What is DMSO?
Dimethyl sulfoxide, or DMSO, is a by-product of paper making. It comes from a substance found in wood.
DMSO has been used as an industrial solvent since the mid-1800s. From about the mid-20th century, researchers have explored its use as an anti-inflammatory agent. While it can sometimes be found as an oral supplement, its safety is unclear. DMSO is primarily used by applying it to the skin. DMSO is easily absorbed by the skin. It’s sometimes used to increase the body’s absorption of other medications.
Some researchers suggests that DMSO might also be useful for:
- Reducing pain and inflammation caused by arthritis
- Treating bladder pain and inflammation
- Slowing the progression of cancer
DMSO is available without a prescription most often in gel or liquid form. It can be purchased in health food stores, animal feed and seed shops, and on the Internet.
DMSO is used topically to decrease pain and speed the healing of wounds, burns, and muscle and skeletal injuries. DMSO is also used topically to treat painful conditions such as headache, inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many many more uses. See More DMSO Uses
Why am I telling you about DMSO?
Our skin contains a large amount of cannabinoid receptors. When cannabis is applied directly to the skin, cannabinoids are absorbed quickly into the affected area without wasting time metabolizing or breaking through the blood/brain barrier. This means that the body can utilize more cannabinoids without the risk of overconsumption.
Because cannabinoids cannot penetrate much past the upper epidermis there is no risk of intoxication unless accompanied by a carrier agent like dimethyl sulfoxide (or oleic acid), which could be used to enhance the penetration into the skin. So if you decide to DMSO to your topical please be aware that it is a carrier and be careful when administering.