As CBD continues to grow in popularity, we are beginning to see this miraculous cannabinoid being used for everything. Whether it’s soap, shampoo, or CBD beer, people are using CBD daily. This can be contributed to the proven medicinal benefits behind the compound and it being the latest new “craze.”
Lately, I have seen many new CBD products produced for skin care. These products are specifically applied to your skin to treat rashes, bug bites, dry skin, eczema, acne, wrinkles, cancerous moles, and many other ailments. For those that are unaware, our skin and hair have cannabinoid receptors. They act the same as the cannabinoid receptors found in our body and our eyes. These receptors are part of our bodies natural endocannabinoid system. The receptors allow us to absorb CBD into our body.
The receptors in your skin are very effective when applying CBD topically. Recent studies are beginning to show positive results for CBD being used as a skin care treatment. The list of CBD products offered nowadays can be confusing. In this article, I will discuss the benefits, skin ailments, and products that are ideal for your skin. I hope this article can help clear up any confusion that you may have.
Acne is a common skin condition that produces what many call “pimples.” Acne occurs when our skin overproduces an oily matter called “Sebum.” Studies have shown that the “Sebaceous Gland” in our skin has cannabinoid receptors. These receptors absorb CBD which, in turn, monitors the lipid production. Therefore, limiting the amount of oil produced. This allows CBD to act as a “sebostatic agent.” CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory as well. This can be helpful for treating acne scars. CBD helps the scars and redness fade.
These studies show promising evidence towards the use of CBD to treat and prevent acne. Many dermatologists are hesitant to recommend the use of CBD due to the limited amount of clinical research behind the cannabinoid. The research that has been conducted on CBD for acne is still in the beginning stages. As the cannabis plant becomes more legal, we will begin to see more research directed towards skin care..
CBD has been known to help treat dry skin. It can be beneficial for those suffering from common dry or cracked hands, and it can benefit those suffering from eczema. Eczema is a severe dry skin condition that causes redness in the skin. This is commonly seen on your arms and/or face. Eczema is caused by water loss in your skin and inflammation.
Applying CBD to your skin can help your skin cells regrow at a regular speed. This helps your skin cells live longer. Which, in turn, prevents the spread of Eczema. In one study, scientists administered a topical CBD ointment to 2,456 patients. After the study concluded, all the patients experienced a decrease in their eczema symptoms. Doctors monitoring the study reported a 58.6% decrease in symptoms. The study lasted 38 days.
The compounds found in CBD help treat dry skin, but the effectiveness of CBD is due to its natural regulation of body chemistry. For example, Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is found naturally in our bodies. PEA helps restore dry skin. PEA is not present in CBD, but CBD helps PEA become more effective. This is because CBD communicates with PEA to enable the compound. CBD can also increase the amount of Anandamide (AEA) that is present in the skin. AEA is used for pain regulation and management. The study mentioned above shows promising results for CBDs effectiveness in monitoring our bodies natural chemistry.
Year after year, many people seek out the next best product for preventing signs of aging on their skin. This could be wrinkles, stress marks, and even sagginess of your skin. If your skin appearance is important to you, then CBD may be an effective option to consider.
Skin aging is caused by a reduction of collagen levels, oil levels, and elastin levels in our skin. As time progresses, our skin becomes less firm and drier. Our skin even becomes less elastic. These are all caused by a reduction in our skin levels mentioned above.
Clinical research for the use of CBD as an anti-aging agent is limited. This is due to the current legality of the cannabis plant and the length of time needed to conduct the necessary studies. However, research has shown that using CBD topically has no side effects.
There is evidence supporting the use of CBD as an antioxidant. This can help protect your skin from sun damage. Sun damage is a very common side effect from aging. CBD can help prevent the negative effects commonly seen from sun damage.
As an antioxidant, CBD works to reduce the number of free-radicals on your skin. Free-radicals break down collagen much faster. As mentioned previously, collagen helps keep skin firm. Therefore, CBD can help keep your skin looking firmer longer.
As mentioned above, aging skin is known to be dry. After you turn 20, your skin becomes drier each year. This is why CBD is so beneficial. As discussed in the “Acne” section, CBD plays an important role in the excretion of oil from the sebaceous glands. This helps keep your skin looking refreshed. CBD is an anti-inflammatory as well which helps keep wrinkles and stress lines less visible.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that creates a build up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. The condition is an autoimmune disease that accelerates the life cycle of skin cells. The symptoms include red scaly skin patches that are quite itchy and painful. Those suffering from the condition have come forward about using CBD to manage their psoriasis.
In a 2007 study published by the “Journal of Dermatological Science,” researchers found that when CBD was applied to the skin it prevented the overproduction of Keratinocytes, otherwise known as skin cells. This shows promising results, but the reason for how the CBD was absorbed is still somewhat a mystery.
The Next Step
If you decide that you want to give CBD a try, the next step would be choosing the form of CBD you want to administer to yourself. You need to consider what condition you want to treat. If you want to apply CBD to your wrinkles and stress marks, then you may want to consider using a salve. This is commonly applied directly to your skin. This can be in the form of a body butter as well.
Typically, a salve is the most common form of CBD used to treat skin conditions. A salve is the best for applying topically to your skin. A tincture or oil form is commonly administered orally. This is the best form of CBD for treating mental illness and insomnia. However, some users will apply drops of oil to their skin topically which can produce similar results as the CBD salve.
All in all, you need to consider the best form and method before using CBD. Always conduct your own research before buying. The consumption of cannabis products is the sole responsibility of the user. I recommend consulting with a doctor before purchasing CBD products for skin conditions.
I hope you found this article informational and entertaining. Now you have the knowledge necessary to help you live a long and healthy life. Happy Hemping!
Sean Huber has been working in the cannabis industry for five years. His experience includes hempcrete construction, cannabis cultivation, social media marketing, and cannabis accounting services.