Cannabis finds itself in the spotlight once again, but this time it’s not for recreational legalization, or anything to do with stock prices. Now it’s for a more functional reason, one that is heart warming to learn about and helps show just how powerful this natural, wonder plant really is.
This story is about Carter, a baby that suffers from an extremely rare skin disorder called Lamellar Ichthyosis. This disease doesn’t allow Carter’s dead skin cells to flake off, leaving his body covered in dark scales and his skin is so tight that he can’t even blink his eyes. His parents, Shai and Zac have tried everything and been to every specialist they could get an appointment with. Nothing has helped Carters condition though. Corrective surgery, pharmaceutical drugs, antibiotics, steroids or a whole host of natural remedies such as coconut oil or oatmeal baths have done little to ease his condition and suffering. Carter is forced to stay mostly indoors and requires round-the-clock attention from his parents.
The family finally decided to try out a cannabis infused skin cream made by Carters grandmother in yet another attempt to find their baby boy some relief and guess what, the results were amazing to say the least. Carters mom applies the cannabis oil/cream all over Carter’s body (including his scalp) and they could tell, even after the first application, that something positive was happening.
“(His skin) was completely clear, like soft as a newborn. No scarring, no sign that there was ever even any (dead skin cell) build up there at all,” says Carters mom Shai. She also said that her son’s dermatologist was amazed by the results and was unable to prescribe anything that would have even close to the same effect.
So how does it work, or rather why? Dr. Scott Jacobsen says that cannabis taps into the nature of our bodies. “The endocannabinoid system is found throughout the body, in the brain, in the immune system, in the nervous system, as well as in the skin. Actually, skin cells have cannabinoid receptors in them, and so putting it (cream) on topically you’re going to get that action directly where it’s needed.”
Carters parents are grateful for the relief their son is receiving from the cannabis cream, with his mother tearful but happy at the mere mention of the progress her son is making.
Skin care products made with cannabis are becoming very popular and while many believe that applying a THC rich skin cream will get you high, studies are showing that it does not. This is because the oil does not penetrate into your bloodstream when applied topically to the skin. Typically, cannabinoids only penetrate to the system of CB2 receptors and won’t deliver a euphoric sensation of being high. This is especially true when using topicals that are made from CBD or hemp material.
According to a study concluded by the University of Colorado, cannabis creams have been shown to have a general positive effect on eczema or psoriasis symptoms. Cannabinoids are also known to reduce inflammation, which can be a big plus to patients suffering with any number of health-related issues including skin disorders.
In Canada, research is moving ahead full steam, with Licensed Producers involved to make sure everyone can benefit from this wonderful plant.It’s only been a few months since recreational cannabis became legalized in Canada, but the amount of energy and research being put into the medical benefits of cannabis is staggering. Cannabis could become one of the biggest revolutions in the health industry in recent history as researchers look at all the potential treatments that can be derived from the plant. From aiding in reducing seizures, fighting stress and several conditions that are linked with old age – cannabis is really just beginning to show what it’s capable of when it comes to aiding our health.