I’ve dealt with psoriasis on my elbows and knees for over thirty years.
When the redness first showed up, I had no idea what it was.
I thought it might be some kind of brush burn or eczema, but it didn’t go away. Putting lotion on the rough patches of skin didn’t help at all. I finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with psoriasis. It is a type of immune disorder that causes the skin to regenerate too quickly and build up in scales. It gets red, itchy and painful. It’s very unattractive and rather embarrassing. I tried a variety of medications prescribed by the doctor. They were extremely expensive and few of them proved effective. The psoriasis built up a resistance to any of the treatments that helped very quickly. I was also worried about the harmful side-effects. I had given up on finding a worthwhile treatment by the time recreational marijuana was finally legalized in my state. I’d heard good things about using cannabis as a natural remedy for skin issues. When I visited the dispensary for the first time, I consulted with the budtender. Although I’d done a lot of reading, I wanted to get recommendations. He encouraged combining tinctures with topicals to treat my condition from the inside and outside. I choose products with a high CBD ratio and have been very impressed with the results. The tinctures include a dropper in the packaging that I use to place a couple of drops under my tongue. The cannabinoids are absorbed very quickly. I apply cannabis-infused lotions and balms directly to my elbows and knees.