Try Topical CBD. Your Epidermis Will Thank You.
By Kersha Chettri
There’s no denying that marijuana is having a major moment. Thanks to widespread use in the medical and wellness industries owing to its health benefits, cannabis is now a growing trend in the beauty world — and for good reason.
As the drive for more natural, sustainable skin care increases skin-care products are now touting cannabis. With the increasing trend of organic beauty products like African black soap taking the market by storm, cannabis skincare products are being seen in the form of cannabis-infused topicals like oils, balms, creams, salves, and lotions.
Cannabis used in most skincare uses non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) rather than THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, thus making them completely legal. Even if it does contain trace amounts of THC, cannabis infusions act on a peripheral basis and do not enter the bloodstream. Therefore, it can be safely used with zero psychoactive effects on your body or the risks of failing a drug test.
Here are 6 interesting ways cannabis can benefit your skin:
Cannabis Helps with Skin Irritation
Cannabis, when applied, topically, offer localized pain relief while reducing swelling making them ideal to help with bug bites, scratches, and other skin abrasions. The application of CBD relaxes and soothes skin and can be used to treat rashes, dry skin, and more serious skin conditions like atopic dermatitis (AD), which is the most common type of eczema. What’s more, the high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids present in cannabis can help to relieve the itching and inflammation associated with eczema. According to research from the National Eczema Association (NEA), cannabinoids bind to receptors in the skin that could reduce the symptoms and appearance of AD.
Cannabis Alleviates Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disease that is characterized by itchy, painful red patches on the skin. Currently, there is no known cure for the condition. Cannabis, however, is proving to be a powerful treatment for psoriasis. According to a study, the cannabinoids in cannabis was found to inhibit the buildup of dead skin cells – a direct cause of psoriasis. While more research is needed, anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis as a potential treatment for psoriasis.
Cannabis Helps With Skin Aging
Cannabis, when applied topically, is found to slow the skin aging process. A study revealed that the CBD found in cannabis is a more potent antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it effective in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines. In addition, they also neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging the collagen and elastin in your skin, keeping your skin tight and youthful in appearance. So not only does cannabis make your skin looking more youthful, it also keeps it healthier.
Cannabis Can Combat Acne
Cannabis is loaded with essential fatty acids which provide hydration that is often found to be lacking in people with acne. Its antibacterial properties can help treat the bacterial infection on the skin which is a major contributor to acne. Cannabis skincare products are non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, they have anti-inflammatory properties, and they’re rich in antioxidants.
Moreover, another study showed that CBD cannabidiol inhibited and helped regulate lipid production, helping to combat excessively oily skin. Another study showed that the cannabinoids in cannabis can improve the appearance of acne because they are natural anti-inflammatories and can help to reduce the inflammation of active acne.
Cannabis Fights Bacterial Skin Infections
According to a study, cannabis contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help in fighting skin infections. Both THC and CBD, the most popular compounds in cannabis, were found to provide relief for numerous bacterial skin infections like boils, cellulitis, impetigo, and even folliculitis. According to a study, cannabis fights against MRSA, a bacterium that causes difficult-to-treat infections since it does not respond to many antibiotics. MSRA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus causes infections in different parts of the body, causing a life-threatening infection.
Cannabis Boosts the Protective Shield
Cannabis contains vitamin A and D that contribute to the skin’s natural barrier function as they stimulate cell regeneration for healthier skin. The vitamins in cannabis help to protect the skin against damage from the sun, smoke, and other environmental pollutants. Moreover, fatty acids also protect and strengthen your skin’s outer layer, giving you healthy and more radiant skin.
So far, cannabis is the single natural and non-irritating ingredient that is known to help with a number of skin ailments. Though the use of cannabis in skincare is still fairly new, as scientific research into the therapeutic applications of cannabis proceeds, it is possible that even more benefits for skin will be revealed. It’s no wonder that topical application of CBD skincare products is working its way into the skincare regimen of cannabis believers and skeptics alike.
Where to Find Cannabis Skincare Items
If you’d like to try before you buy, make your way to My 420 Tours in Denver, Colorado – the cradle of cannabis legalization. Every Friday, our friends at VESL CBD are here to provide samples of amazing topical products and to talk to people about the benefits.
Every day of the week, you can find VESL products on the My 420 Tours shelves, as well as a selection of CBD salves, sprays and soaks by Ambary Gardens.
Looking for more wellness knowledge? Dive into the Endocannabinoid System and gain a doctor’s perspective on the Cannabis Wellness Tour. This in-depth learning experience takes travelers from a classroom to a grow facility to a dispensary, guided by knowledgeable professionals and experts all along the journey.