Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson
So here’s another daily do from your friendly local dermatologist!
All right marijuana, let’s talk about it and it’s not just because I live in Colorado, the mile-high state, but it’s because CBD is a big topic and cosmetics and oils and natural medicine. So let’s talk about it. I actually just got done writing a chapter in a textbook with another couple of colleagues about the uses of CBD in dermatology. So, in lotions, in potions that sort of thing, and right now guys there is no evidence to support its use for basically anything in dermatology. In fact, there’s a lot of evidence that says do not use it in dermatology. Now there are some interesting qualities of CBD and some anti-inflammatory qualities and a lot of times in dermatology we need to reduce the immune response in our skin. So I do think in the years to come, once we figure out a way to ensure purity and concentration, which we do not have right now, but once we have purity and concentration locked down then we can do the good studies to demonstrate what the uses of CBD are for dermatology, because I think there are going to be some in the future but right now the products that you get over-the-counter and in these natural medicine places. They are tainted with pesticides, rodentcides, so killing pests, killing rodents, killing bugs. They have huge amounts of those in them. There’s no purity for these products. They’re very dangerous and because marijuana is a great plant for taking heavy metals out of contaminated soil a lot of these are contaminated with heavy metals as well. The last thing I’ll say about this is when you have a product that you buy in a store that says CBD and no psychoactive substance, so nothing that gets you high in there, studies have been done that have shown that 30 percent of those have enough of the psychoactive substance to get you high just by putting it on your skin. To make you pop positive on drug tests for your work. Now look, I think that there’s gonna be a lot of uses for certain parts of the marijuana plant in all areas of Medicine in the future, but we don’t have any evidence right now and just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe. Arsenic is natural and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t want to put that all over your body. So is cyanide, so is fill-in-the-blank. So please just because it’s natural does not mean it safe and please, because it says it’s pure in a store that isn’t regulated by the FDA, products that aren’t regulated by the FDA and an industry that’s never been studied. Now is not the time to play with your health. So, please, please, please encourage your local politicians and the scientific community to do what we are supposed to do to safeguard you, and that means doing good studies. Lock down the purity, get the heavy metals out of there, get the pesticides out of there, lock down the purity. Then do the studies so that we know what your risks and what your benefits are for these products like we would with any other prescription medication and then once we can have an honest conversation with you about the pros and the cons from a trusted, verified, purified source, which there is none out there right now, then we’re gonna have some uses for this product, but not now. Playing Russian roulette and I don’t like doing that with people’s health.
Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!