It’s no surprise that cannabis can and may possess skin-healing benefits. All the elements are there. Cannabis is a known anti-inflammatory, with antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In addition, hemp CBD oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which provide moisture and protection from sun damage.
The endocannabinoid system consists of many cannabinoid receptors, and a large portion of these are found in the skin. Molecules in cannabis such as THC and CBD interact with this system to create the aforementioned positive effects.
CBD itself is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it protects the skin from free radicals like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants. Free radicals lead to wrinkles and fine lines, but antioxidants protect our skin from this damage and help fight the effects of aging.
Additionally, because cannabinoid receptors are located all throughout the skin, CBD has the capability of interacting with those receptors to encourage regeneration and healing.
Studies have shown that CBD can help treat an array of conditions related to the skin. Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, has been shown to improve after using CBD Oil. Also, CBD can adjust the output of oils in the skin and inhibit skin cells’ lipid production, making it effective for preventing acne. A 2013 study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that CBD controls cell proliferation and differentiation, indicating it can be used in treatment efforts for skin diseases like allergies or cancer.
Besides the natural health benefits of CBD, topicals also contain an array of other essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids, to encourage skin health. Vitamins A and D are responsible for skin repair. They support skin cell growth and inhibit oil production to help keep skin soft and supple. Like CBD, Vitamins C and E are antioxidants and protect the skin’s collagen and elastin against damage from the sun and free radicals
Faster and More Focused Effects
Topicals are applied right to trouble areas so that the CBD oil can work directly where it’s needed most. CBD’s healing compounds and other nutrients are almost immediately absorbed directly through your skin, allowing them to penetrate the affected area for quicker and more focused effects.
In 2017, Rod (my husband) developed a case of contact dermatitis on his face. The rash persisted for two-three weeks before he sought out a dermatologist, who prescribed a steroid and anti-fungal cream. While the treatment brought relief initially, over the weeks the rash proved persistent and returned.
Rod returned to the dermatologist, who this time just prescribed a stronger steroid cream..
Rod decided to do his own research, and as a result he decided to give CBD oil a try. I acquired a, 99.9% PURE Full Spectrum CBD oil, and proceeded to mix it on a 1:1 ratio with organic coconut oil. After a shower to open the pores, he applied the mixture gently until it was completely absorbed. “Rod did note that his mixture may cause burning or irritation to the eyes. Since the rash was on his face, he had to be careful to avoid his eyes.“
Rod continued this treatment for a week and by day seven, he reported that his dermatitis was completely gone.
A YEAR LATER:, Rod said it’s been clear skies ever since. I’ve had no remission or relapse; it hasn’t come back.” It’s been over a year and unlike the prescription creams he used, which merely treated the symptoms, he said the CBD method was “pretty clear-cut.”
While Rod thinks his recipe could be tried for other conditions, such as warts or acne, so far he hasn’t heard of anyone else giving his formula a go, so for now it remains speculation. That being said, with the abundance of studies already available on the subject, it’s not farfetched to envision all the benefits of cannabis for skin.
Rod’s case exemplifies the potential CBD has with contact dermatitis, Studies have shown potential benefits of cannabinoids in skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Other accounts tote success using cannabis as a treatment for everything from acne to eczema.
When one considers how prevalent skin conditions are, it becomes clear that a safe, effective treatment is not only necessary but will be largely impact a huge number of the population. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that millions Americans are affected by acne annually. Although the majority of sufferers are under the age of 24, approximately 15% of those afflicted are adults. Additionally, reported costs of treating acne are said to collectively exceed $3 billion. Combine those statistics with the approximately 7.5 million U.S. citizens who have psoriasis, 28 million who have (specifically) atopic dermatitis, and the billion dollar anti-aging market, and a very clear picture is painted. Skin care remedies are a deeply sought after and much-needed treatment.
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