Can CBD or Other Cannabis Products Help Ease Psoriasis?

By Kerry Weiss
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
August 22, 2022

In recent years, cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, have been gaining popularity with people managing chronic conditions. But what exactly are cannabinoids—and can they play a role in managing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis?

CBD, THC, THC-A: What to Know About Popular Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are molecules found in the cannabis sativa plant. Though there are more than 100 types of cannabinoids, the two most commonly used are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

"CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis—THC is the first,” explains Adam Friedman, M.D., professor and interim chair of dermatology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.