Researchers at the University of Colorado believe a compound in the drug could help improve common skin conditions.
Scientists have started trials on an anti-inflammatory compound named CBD, which doesn’t cause a ‘high’. Dr Robert Dellavalle, who is leading the research, said: ‘There’s a large segment of the population that doesn’t like using steroids, even if they are topical steroids on their skin. ‘[CBD] could be an alternative, natural product for them to try.’ The compound, known as cannabidiol, has already been backed by the World Health Organization, while global health chiefs declared in December that it had ‘no adverse outcomes.’ Holland & Barrett already stocks a legal oil from the compound.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky and crusty patches on the skin and scalp (Picture: Getty Images)
The researchers are working with over 40 Parkinson’s patients with skin condition seborrheic dermatitis, according to InsideScience. Ian Hamilton, a drug researcher at York University told MailOnline: ‘There is emerging evidence that chemicals within cannabis might offer potential health benefits. ‘But we will need more than one research trial to be done before we can say whether this works of not.’
He concluded that it might take several years before research can help produce medicines that can be used for skin conditions. Eczema, a group of diseases that results in inflammation of the skin, strikes six million people in the UK, including singer Adele. More than 650,000 people in the UK – including Liam Gallagher – have psoriasis, a skin condition that causes red, flaky and crusty patches on the skin and scalp. Topical steroids, which can cause skin thinning, have been used against both conditions.