How can medical cannabis help with Dermatological conditions?


Dermatology is a branch of medicine that deals with conditions relating to the skin. There are a variety of different fields within this brand, including cosmetic dermatology, paediatric dermatology, and the treatment of skin cancer.

Dermatology includes both skin complaints caused by a medical condition and procedures to improve the aesthetic appearance of the skin. These are classified as ‘medical need/emergency’ and ‘elective’ (lifestyle choice). Sometimes there can be overlaps between the two. Both forms of conditions and treatment are equally valid.

Depending on the specialism, there are dozens of dermatological conditions that may need treatment. They each come with their own range of symptoms and can affect the sufferer’s quality of life from a mild to a severe degree.

Some common conditions include:

  • Burns
  • Acne
  • Athletes Foot
  • Birthmarks
  • Blackheads
  • Skin cancer
  • Lupus
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Herpes
  • Psoriasis
  • Thrush
  • Varicose veins
  • Warts

This list is not exhaustive, but gives a sense of the diversity and range of potential dermatological conditions.

Symptoms of dermatological conditions will vary depending on the condition itself. In general, symptoms to look out for include:

  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Painful areas to touch
  • Unusual moles or spots that weren’t there before
  • Unusual or painful rashes
  • Ongoing spots or pimples that are painful or affect your quality of life
  • Pus or mucus oozing from the skin

Many cosmetic dermatological conditions can be avoided or alleviated through good personal hygiene, such as regular face cleaning and thorough showers. Nonetheless, severe dermatological conditions can be painful, distressing, and have long-lasting effects. If you start to experience severe symptoms, you should seek medical advice quickly to reduce the long-term impact of the condition.

Treatment will, of course, depend on the dermatological condition. Dermatologists are trained in specialist treatments that directly affect the root cause of the condition. For some people, treatment will be necessary to reduce physical pain or get rid of infections. For others, dermatological treatment is focused on aesthetics, such as in the case of acne, blackheads, or birthmarks.

The first step to getting medical treatment for a skin condition is to visit a GP. They will either be able to diagnose and treat your condition themselves, or refer you to a specialist should it be required. Common forms of treatment include:

  • Prescriptions for oral medication
  • Prescriptions for creams, lotions, or gels
  • Light therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Cosmetic treatments and surgery
  • Chemical peels
  • Microdermabrasion

It’s also possible to treat some skin conditions without visiting a doctor. Visiting a pharmacist may suffice for conditions like acne, blackheads, and eczema. Over-the-counter medications have been known to help with mild forms of these conditions.

There are also the options of visiting a private dermatologist, especially for forms of treatment such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion which are not covered by the NHS.

How we can help

When traditional forms of treatment provide little to no relief, medical cannabis can be an alternative route to investigate. In Canada, there are already several approved uses of medical cannabis relating to dermatology, including psoriasis, lupus, and chronic pain relating to a variety of dermatological conditions.

In addition, there are early indications from a Canadian study that medical cannabis may be helpful in treating conditions such as acne, dermatitis, pruritus, wound healing, and skin cancer. 

At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer treatment plans personalised to specific conditions and needs. Our expert specialist doctors can provide private care for patients through online video link consultations and will guide you through treatment options available from the clinic.

Appointments start from only £49. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to advise you on treatment options unique to your dermatological condition.

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