Over the years, we have seen a vast array of medical conditions linked to marijuana; a potential treatment for conditions from chronic pain to depression, cannabis is being used more and more across America as a treatment for serious health issues.
Less discussed, but equally as debilitating, is psoriasis, a skin condition that is not merely cosmetic but can have a detrimental impact on the patient’s life. Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S., with around 7.5 million Americans suffering from the condition.
There is, unfortunately, no cure for psoriasis at the moment; so with most topical treatments being short-lived and many sufferers struggling with a host of symptoms, could cannabis help? We have put together some information about the condition, along with a list of our top five strains to combat some of the worst symptoms of the disease.
What is Psoriasis and How Popular is it?
To those who are lucky enough to have healthy skin, psoriasis could be seen to be a reasonably harmless skin condition. However, this is far from the case, with symptoms ranging from patchy dry skin to cracked, broken and bleeding areas of skin that can appear anywhere on the body.
People living with psoriasis often have depression, sleeping difficulties, and stress, as well as severe pain from the irritated and inflamed skin. While some people living with psoriasis may have it better than others, it can, in fact, impede significantly on day-to-day life, with many substances and materials causing the condition to become worse quickly.
Psoriasis is caused by an unusual amount of extra skin cell growth as a result of a faulty immune system. This results in the immune system attacking its skin in error, leading to psoriasis.
Although there is no cure for psoriasis, there is a range of treatments usually involving topical creams or ointments. However, while these typically work to begin with, studies show that the majority of patients eventually become resistant to the treatment.
Cannabis and Psoriasis
Is it possible for cannabis to help with skin health issues such as psoriasis? The short answer here is “it could”; studies* have shown that marijuana can slow down skin cell growth, which is one of the known causes of psoriasis!
Not only this, but there have been suggestions that cannabis could be an effective anti-inflammatory, mood-enhancer and pain regulator – potentially making it the perfect flower for the job at hand!
Our Top Five Cannabis Strains to Help With Psoriasis
While it is not guaranteed that cannabis can treat psoriasis, we have put together a list of our favorite strains that do their best job at combating psoriasis and improve overall skin health – we recommend anybody looking for a new strain to try one (or all!) of these. Enjoy!
#1 Mango Kush – The Tropical Strain
Kicking things off is this fruity number; Mango Kush is indica-dominant hybrid that will take you on a flavor journey to the Caribbean! This bud has low CBD levels at around 0.3% and THC levels reaching up to 20% – so it isn’t one for daytime use (unless you fancy being housebound for the day!)
We had to include Mango Kush for its potent effects, which lend themselves perfectly to long-term sufferers of psoriasis. Studies have shown that long-term sufferers of psoriasis struggle with stress as a result of the condition, so Mango Kush is the perfect choice if this sounds like you!
With deep body effects that will leave you super relaxed and carefree, and with a sleepy undertone that quickly takes your mind off any worries or concerns, it is also an excellent choice if sleep is becoming a difficulty, as this will see you drifting off in no time!
Super flavorsome, Mango Kush tastes (you guessed it!) like mangos, coupled with banana and enveloped in a sweet tropical aroma that you will love.
#2 Cannatonic – The Doctor Strain
Cannatonic sounds worse than it is – don’t be fooled by its name, this is one of the best medicinal strains out there! With high CBD levels reaching around 12%, and with 7-15% THC, Cannatonic is a strong healer that is used to treat a range of different conditions.
If you are looking to medicate while getting high, this is not the one for you, the effects are mostly medicinal, and although you will be left feeling happy and uplifted while super relaxed, you won’t be tripping your head off – so steer clear if that’s what you are after!
This is a great one for those who prefer an earthy tasting smoke, with natural wood flavors and a little hint of citrus to bring a bit of something extra to the table. This hybrid blend of MK Ultra and G-13 Haze makes for a delightful smoke and is a potent anti-inflammatory, perfect for when your skin is flaring up.
#3 Super Sour Diesel – The Potent Strain
We always like to include a strong strain in these lists, and today is no exception; we bring you Super Sour Diesel – the pure sativa strain packing an impressive 24% THC!
This flower offers a super-strength high that isn’t recommended for those just starting out on their weed journey. You can expect that any psoriasis pain will swiftly melt away with this smoke, leaving behind an aftermath consisting of an uplifted, euphoric feeling.
Super Sour Diesel tastes as you would imagine, very much like diesel and chemicals, and the aroma is intensely earthy and strong. It can be quite an overwhelming one to smoke if you aren’t prepared for it!
#4 Harlequin – The Rare Strain
Harlequin isn’t super easy to get your hands on, but we love a challenge, and this is an excellent option for those looking for the medicinal benefits without too much of a high! The sativa dominant strain holds around 7-15% THC but an impressive 10% CBD, making it a great medicinal strain!
Harlequin is a fruity cross between Columbian Gold and Thai and Swiss Landrace strains, and the result is this super calming sativa that tastes incredible! If you prefer the more fruity strains, this is right up your street, with strong mango flavors combined with an earthy musk.
The effects of this flower are predominantly relaxing, and make a fantastic pain reliever, leaving you feeling focused and creative – so is a good daytime option!
#5 Skunk No.1 – The OG Strain
Last but by no means least is the OG, Skunk No.1! This is one of the older strains that has never lost its legend status, with super euphoric effects and potent medicinal benefits we can see why this flower is still around over 40 years later!
Skunk No.1 contains an impressive 15-19% THC and delivers both a mental and physical high that will leave you feeling relaxed in body and clear-headed in mind. Over time the high will change to leave your mind in a dreamy haze that lends itself to a good night’s sleep!
This is a wonderful strain for stress, pain, fatigue, and insomnia as well as often being used for inflammation – making it on to try for people living with Psoriasis. Super sweet and super skunky in taste with a spicy smell that will linger long after you have done smoking!
Final Thoughts on Cannabis for Psoriasis
While we recognize that not every weed strain will affect a condition the same, we hope our collection today brings some relief for you. We know from plenty of anecdotal reports that these are some of the best options for healthier skin and in particular are great for symptoms of psoriasis.
Always clarify with a medical professional before changing any medication – and enjoy the smoke!