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Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist

Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist


The Benefits of Medical Cannabis: Healthy Skin

Published March 21st, 2017 by Sahil

The Connection Between Medical Cannabis and Your Skin

With all the recent news about medical cannabis being legal in over 25 U.S. states (including Florida), there’s a large increase in patients seeking out educational information regarding the benefits of medical cannabis. We’ve heard how cannabis can help relieve pain, aid cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, assist with mental disorders, and other various benefits for a wide range of medical conditions. Another benefit of medical cannabis is the positive affect the plant has on the skin. But, the way it’s used to help your skin is not how you might expect.


By smoking medical cannabis – which is actually not a legal form of medical cannabis use in Florida – you can actually damage your skin, potentially causing your skin to age faster. Smoking cannabis (also called marijuana) can exacerbate skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea.

How Can Medical Cannabis Help My Skin?

Instead of smoking the plant, some dermatologists are applying the plant to the skin directly (often called topical cannabis or topical marijuana). Cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant contain powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that not only help skin conditions but can help skin look younger. A 14-day study finds CBD-based topical improves skin appearance. In the same study, after the first seven days of treatment, 85.71% of the women reported an improvement and after 14 days, 100% of the women said they noticed a difference. The trail also found that 80.95% of the participants specifically noticed an improvement in skin texture.


Different elements of the plant help different parts of our skin, such as: the leaves of the plant can serve as a dressing for sores and wounds, other elements can be used to relieve pain and itchiness caused by skin conditions, seeds found in the plant can be used to treat eczema and can strengthen the skin to be able to resist bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, and crushed leaves can be rubbed on an affected area to control scabs. Medical cannabis has also been proven to reduce dryness, skin sensitivity, and soothing bug bites. Some of the skin conditions medical cannabis can help include:


  • Eczema

  • Dermatitis

  • Seborrhoeic Dermatitis/Cradle Cap

  • Varicose Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Lichen Planus

  • Acne Rosacea

How Can Medical Cannabis Help with Skin Cancer?

We talked about how parts of the marijuana plant (cannabis plant) can help relieve and cure various skin conditions, but what about skin cancer? There has been considerable research proving that cannabis oil can aid with skin cancers. There are three main types of skin cancer: malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Of the three skin cancers, malignant melanoma is the most deadly and the other two are slow growing, more treatable conditions. Malignant melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body. A common symptom of malignant melanoma is a new mole or an existing mole changing color, size, and or shape. Basal cell carcinoma often looks like open sores, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars and are usually caused by a combination of cumulative and intense, occasional sun exposure. They usually do not grow any larger than the regular size. Squamous cell carcinoma often looks like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with a central depression, or warts. Caused by cumulative ultraviolet (UV) exposure over the course of a lifetime. They can become disfiguring and sometimes deadly if allowed to grow. In these cases a small amount of cannabis oil can be applied to the affected area with no pain, no surgery, naturally to cure and eliminate the skin cancer.

Medical Cannabis in Florida

For more information about how medical cannabis can help your skin look younger or how it can help a skin condition you may have, click here. Or call us on 305.615.2440. We're ready standing by for your medical cannabis questions in Florida.  

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