I suffer from plaque psoriasis on my elbows and knees.
There is no known cause or cure for the disease.
It is the result of an overactive immune system. External factors, such as stress and humidity, also affect severity. I experience red, raised and scaly skin patches that can become itchy and sore. They occasionally crack and bleed. The condition is chronic, ugly, painful and embarrassing. When I was initially diagnosed, I looked into different forms of treatment. There are oral medications, ointments and the use of UV light on the skin. All of them include side-effects. They put me at risk of everything from headaches and fungal infections to liver damage. These medications are extremely expensive, and in most cases, the psoriasis builds up a gradual immunity to the treatment. I switched to over-the-counter lotions, creams and gels that didn’t work very well. I had given up making any improvement to my condition when marijuana was finally legalized in Michigan in 2008. I immediately went through the doctor’s visit and paperwork to qualify for my medical marijuana card. This allowed me to shop at my local dispensary in Muskegon. Having access to cannabis topicals made a huge difference in the condition of my skin. Cannabis-infused topicals work through receptors in the skin that trigger a response from the body’s endocannabinoid system. They don’t cause any high sensation and can be applied multiple times per day. The Muskegon dispensary carries a wide variety of roll-ons, sprays, lotions, gels, ointments and even bath bombs. They combine cannabinoids with essential oils that provide soothing relief.