Alopecia areata is hair loss on the scalp, as well as other areas of the body, and may be temporary, or permanent. It occurs when the immune system attacks hair follicles, and may be brought on by severe stress. Marijuana has been shown effective in treating the underlying causes of alopecia areata, and may be able to slow or stop progression of the condition.
Cannabis has been long known to help treat autoimmune diseases and decrease inflammation through activation of the CB2 receptors present in the immune system. By activating CB1 receptors in the nervous system, marijuana has also been shown to lower stress that can damage hair and wreak havoc elsewhere in the body.
While there hasn’t been much research into the subject of treating alopecia areata with cannabinoids, it would be very interesting to see the results of a study using a topical cream to treat the local autoimmune and inflammatory processes, as well as inhaled or ingested cannabis to decrease psychological stress causing the condition.
Treating hair loss with cannabis may work for you, or at the very least, make it more bearable to suffer from. Let us know in the comments section!