Psoriasis is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting about 7.5 million in the US with 150,000 new cases each year. It is caused when skin cells get a wrong message to grow too quickly. These cells don’t shed as normal ones do, resulting in red, patchy, and sometimes scaly, buildup. Commonly affected areas are the knees, lower back, scalp, and elbows.
It is not contagious — sufferers must have the gene that can cause it — and some may report pain in the affected areas. According to the Mayo Clinic, changes in lifestyle such as regular moisturizing, quitting smoking and managing stress may lessen the effects.
The disease is chronic and there is no cure. Treatment is treating the symptoms, something Cannabis may help with.
THC And The Immune System
A University of South Carolina study found that THC, one of the two major compounds in cannabis, and part of a family of compounds called cannabinoids, can suppress the body’s immune response which is what leads to outbreaks. Cannabinoids are also potent anti-inflammatory agents, a 2009 study found.