(HealthDay)— Many people are turning to CBD or cannabis products to treat skin conditions such as acne or rosacea, but researchers warn that research on their safety and effectiveness hasn’t kept up with demand.
When more than 500 adults were polled about their use of CBD (cannabidiol) or marijuana, 17.6 percent said they used an over-the-counter cannabis product to treat skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, rosacea, or eczema without a dermatologist’s recommendation, and even more were interested in trying these products.
CBD is derived from hemp, a close relative of the marijuana plant, but unlike THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in marijuana, CBD does not cause intoxication.
“People are using these products without consulting a doctor, and even those who aren’t using them are curious,” said study author Dr. Adam Friedman, chair of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.
He believes it is time for science to catch up.
Early animal data suggests that these products may aid in the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. “We know that cannabinoids activate the body’s resolvin pathway, which helps to resolve inflammation,” Friedman explained. “Cannabinoids set the stage for inflammation to resolve and recruit the players critical to cleaning up the damage caused by inflammation.”
Approximately 89 percent of people believe marijuana or other cannabis products have a role in the treatment of skin disease, and the majority said they would be willing to try one of these products if their dermatologist gave them the go-ahead.