While “chronic itch” might sound to those who don’t suffer from it like no more than a mild annoyance, it can be debilitating, extremely frustrating, and can lower the quality of life for folks who suffer from it. Now, new research shows that cannabis may be able to help.
Known clinically as chronic pruritus, chronic itch is difficult to treat because there are not many therapies approved by the FDA. Many treatment options just help to relieve itches temporarily. Now, a new study by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that medical cannabis could be a new and promising treatment for the chronically itchy.
The study, which was published in JAMA Dermatology on April 9, 202, looks at exactly how medical cannabis can help.
“Chronic pruritus is a debilitating symptom that is associated with numerous dermatologic, neurologic, and systemic diseases,” the study’s abstract explains. “It is often resistant to treatment and can cause a severe reduction in quality of life. Currently, to our knowledge, there is a lack of US Food and Drug Administration–approved therapies for pruritus, so treatment can be difficult and relies on off-label therapeutics. In this article, we report a case of successful use of medical marijuana for treating chronic pruritus.”