The potential role of cannabinoids in dermatology, 2020

Topics: Cannabinoids in dermatology; cannabidiol; cannabis; endocannabinoids.

Authors: Tabrez Sheriff, Matthew J Lin, Danielle Dubin, Hooman Khorasani


Cannabis is increasingly being used world-wide to treat a variety of dermatological conditions. Medicinal cannabis is currently legalized in Canada, 31 states in America and 19 countries in Europe. The authors reviewed the literature on the pharmacology and use of cannabinoids in treating a variety of skin conditions including acne, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, skin cancer, pruritus, and pain. Cannabinoids have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, anti-ageing, and antimalignancy properties by various mechanisms including interacting with the newly found endocannabinoid system of the skin thereby providing a promising alternative to traditional treatments.

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