A peer-reviewed scientific study entitled “Rare phytocannabinoids exert anti-inflammatory effects on human keratinocytes via the endocannabinoid system and MAPK signalling pathway” has been published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. This is the second such Company-sponsored study to demonstrate the anti-inflammatory effects of rare cannabinoids and their potential application for the treatment of skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, pruritus, and acne.
The study, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Mauro Maccarrone at the Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, investigates the anti-inflammatory effects of the rare cannabinoids, cannabichromene (CBC), Δ9-tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) on inflamed human keratinocytes (HaCaT cells) and elucidates the potential mechanism of action associated with these compounds in the skin.
Results demonstrate these rare cannabinoids significantly blocked inflammation by reducing the release of tested pro-inflammatory interleukins, including IL-1β, IL-8, IL-12, IL-31, IL-10 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-β). Results showed that THCV and CBGA act synergistically with the endocannabinoid system elements to activate anti-inflammatory effects. This demonstration of the mechanism of action opens new perspectives for possible treatments of inflammation-related skin conditions.
The peer-reviewed publication can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/24/3/2721
This study is a follow-on to a previously announced peer-reviewed publication in June 2022 analyzing the effects of various rare cannabinoids on the major endocannabinoid system elements in skin cells.