Medical Marijuana for those with Eczema
When people think of medical marijuana, the usual image is of someone smoking a joint, or perhaps eating a brownie. But the truth is much more complicated and interesting.
Cannabis medicines can be consumed in all sorts of ways. Yes, smoking a joint can be good medicine. Having a toke is a quick and easy method for those who need instant relief, and the rapid onset allows a patient to more easily titrate their dose.
Another common way of using marijuana medicines is through infused food products like cookies and brownies. Cannabis capsules are also growing in popularity, they allow for an easily standardized dose and quick consumption.
For patients who need steady, sustained relief, eating their medicine 2-3 times a day can be very effective. But for patients suffering from nausea or who need quick relief, sometimes inhaling their medicine is a better option.
For most of European history, marijuana medicine was taken in the form of a tincture. Some of these were still available from Canadian pharmacies into the early 1950s. Tinctures provide a more rapid onset than eating, and can be quickly used in any environment.
Most people don’t think of marijuana medicine as something you rub onto your skin, but one of the most popular types of marijuana medicine is topical creams and ointments.
Sold under brand names like arthritis Cream, Hugz Oil and Green Lion Salve, these cannabis creams and ointments are very effective medicines for patients suffering from ailments like arthritis, eczema and psoriasis, as well as muscle spasms or chronic and post-surgical pain. Our dispensary regularly receives very positive feedback from patients who use these topical marijuana products for such ailments.
Although they are made with potent marijuana extracts, these topical medicines are not psychoactive at all. The active ingredients have been diluted and dissolved into skin cream or beeswax. They can be used safely on anyone of any age with no psychoactivity or side-effects.
In a world where marijuana medicines were fully legalized and integrated into society, I would expect that these topical marijuana products would be more widely used than any other. Because of their safety, ease of use and wide range of applications, cannabis creams would be in every medicine cabinet across Canada. I look forward to a future where such cheap and effective marijuana medicines are widely available and sold without a prescription through pharmacies and corner stores nationwide.
* as always please be sure to consult with a health professional to assess the risks and rewards of adding medicinal cannabis to your treatment program.