Try Topical Cannabis. Your Epidermis Will Thank You. 

There’s no denying that 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. Cannabis skincare products come in the form of cannabis-infused topicals like oils, balms, creams, salves, and lotions.

Cannabis used in skincare uses non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) and THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. If it does contain trace amounts of THC, cannabis infusions act on a peripheral basis and do not enter the bloodstream.

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 cannabis topicals 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


By Kersha Chettri

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