Study Finds Cannabidiol May Be a Valuable Tool in Treating Pain From Digital Ulcers

A study published in the most recent issue of the journal Advances in Skin & Wound Care has found that topical CBD “may be a valuable tool to treat pain related to digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis.”

A digital ulcer is a break in the skin of a finger or toe, which can be extremely painful and can become infected. The objective of this new study was to “explore the effect of topical cannabidiol (CBD) in treating digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc).”

 In total, 45 patients with SSc who had digital ulcers were consecutively enrolled between January 2019 and December 2019. Of the participants, 25 were treated with CBD during surgical debridement and 20 were treated with standard local therapy. A numeric rating scale for pain and Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index were administered at the baseline and at the end of treatment.

“Local treatment with CBD was significantly associated with lower pain scores, higher health assessment scores, and an increase in participants’ total hours of sleep”, the study found. “Patients in the control group more frequently required additional analgesic therapy.”

Research conclude by stating that “Topical CBD may be a valuable tool to treat pain related to digital ulcers in patients with SSc.”

You can read the full text of this study by clicking here, and you can find the full abstract below.

Abstract

Objective: To explore the effect of topical cannabidiol (CBD) in treating digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc).

Methods: In total, 45 patients with SSc who had digital ulcers were consecutively enrolled between January 2019 and December 2019. Of the participants, 25 were treated with CBD during surgical debridement and 20 were treated with standard local therapy. A numeric rating scale for pain and Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index were administered at the baseline and at the end of treatment.

Results: Local treatment with CBD was significantly associated with lower pain scores, higher health assessment scores, and an increase in participants’ total hours of sleep. Patients in the control group more frequently required additional analgesic therapy.

Conclusions: Topical CBD may be a valuable tool to treat pain related to digital ulcers in patients with SSc.

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