I first started having issues with psoriasis almost thirty years ago.

Initially, I didn’t realize what it was.

I thought I’d somehow gotten brush-burns on both knees. When the rash failed to respond to lotions and didn’t go away, I looked further into my symptoms. Psoriasis has no known cause or cure. It develops resistance to medications. Over the years, I’ve tried all sorts of home remedies and over-the-counter gels, balms and ointments. Even those that proved effective didn’t offer relief for more than a few months. The skin on my knees and elbows regenerates far too quickly, creating a buildup of dead, scaly skin. It can become red, itchy and sore. It’s unattractive and embarrassing. I considered prescription medication but was unhappy about the high cost and potential side-effects. I was delighted when recreational cannabis was legalized in my state. I showed up at the dispensary the day they opened their doors for business. I had done my research and was interested in cannabis-infused topicals. I chose those products with plentiful amounts of CBD, CBN and THC to treat the inflammation. Cannabis-topicals interact with receptors in the skin. Because the cannabinoids don’t enter the bloodstream, there are no psychoactive effects. I can apply the topicals multiple times per day. The products are typically infused with other essential oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus, creating a very pleasant smell. They absorb quickly and have really made a difference for me. As the effectiveness of one strain wears off, I simply switch to a different option. The dispensary carries a wide selection of cannabis-infused topicals.

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