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Extracts from the cannabis plant could help regulate allergic reactions and inflammation typical of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis according to scientists from the University of Bonn, whose study was published in the June edition of the journal Science.

BY Amy Anderson 4 July, 2007

Extracts of the hemp plant cannabis are traditionally used as a remedy against skin inflammation, but due to the intoxicating effect of the component THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) the plant was taken off the chemist’s shelves in the 1930s.

But recent research has discovered that the biological method in which hemp extract can bring down inflammation is in fact correct because receptors in the brain that react to the intoxicating effects of cannabis are also present in the body and, when stimulated, have a regulating effect on skin inflammation. Now scientists are investigating the formulation of new creams containing cannabis that will not be intoxicating to the brain while being beneficial to the skin.

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