Tuesday, 19 January, 2021

Medical Marijuana for Alopecia Areata

Alopecia is the loss of hair that is caused by different reasons which includes the damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections.

There are two main types of alopecia, namely Alopecia Areata and Androgenetic Allopecia. Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins.

The hair falls off in round patches and the damage to the follicle is usually not permanent. Alopecia Areata is most common in people younger than 20, but children and adults of any age may be affected. Women and men are affected equally. On the other hand Androgenetic Alopecia is a kind of hair loss that is inherited. Hair on the head thins and falls of. About 60% of people with this type of Alopecia are men. Unlike Alopecia Areata, Angrogenetic Alopecia is permanent.

Although not too many people have heard about it, the fact is that Alopecia Areate is a very common and specific autoimmune disease that is brought about by genetics, autoimmunity and cytokines.

Unfortunately, there is no definite cure for Alopecia Areata. Still, medical professionals and patients suffering from Alopecia Areata have resorted to alternative methods of minimizing the negative physical effects of Alopecia Areata, specifically the hair loss. So while there is no cure for Alopecia Areata itself, some patients found out that some specific medications approved for other purposes can help hair grow back.

As stated earlier, Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease. As such, it can be generally treated with the same medications usually used to treat other autoimmune diseases. Medical marijuana, as supported by various medical researches has been noted to strengthen the immune system of a user. In cases of Alopecia Areata specifically caused by autoimmune factors, medical marijuana is a great help in building up and restoring the immune system. Other studies attribute this effect as well to the appetite-stimulant property of medical marijuana. A patient who eats better gains more nutrients, thus, immune system is stronger to fight of diseases. The patients regain better health and well-being. With the reversion to better health and balanced immune system which enables the body to function normall. This includes the body’s ability to gain back the lost follicles and aid in hair growth. Indeed, medical marijuana is a no-risk alternative treatment for Alopecia Areata.

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