Burns are one of the most common household injuries (but most of us know from falling asleep without enough sunscreen on that they can actually happen anywhere). A burn is damage to the body’s tissues caused by heat, sunlight, radiation, chemicals, or electricity. With a burn, you might experience swelling, blistering, infections, scarring, or more dangerous symptoms, depending on the severity. First-degree burns reach only the outer layer of the skin, while second-degree burns penetrate into the layer beneath that, and third-degree burns cause damage even deeper.
Some burns can be life-threatening: If the burn is deep, large, or covering a major part of the body (like your face, feet, or hands), it might be an emergency. Otherwise, burns can generally be treated at home with a cooling or antibiotic lotion, a bandage, and an over-the-counter pain reliever. Cannabis-infused lotions or creams can be excellent pain relievers for burns, thanks to the terpene linalool, which can act like anesthesia.
Topical CBD treatments can also help soothe inflammation. Meanwhile, one study showed burn patients in the U.S. used cannabis at a rate of 27 percent, compared to 7 percent of the general population. At cannabisMD, we’ll keep you updated on the best-tested products and treatments options for a variety of conditions, including burns.