CBD and Skin Health
CBD, cannabidiol, is gaining a ton of traction in the medical and health remedy worlds. While it comes from the cannabis plant, it only contains trace amount of THC (0.3% or less) and will not produce a high. CBD does not produce adverse reactions like anxiety and has shown the ability to reduce them in people that use higher levels of THC. CBD is a cannabinoid that works through a physiological system within the body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The goal of this system is to achieve homeostasis, or internal functioning regardless of external stimuli. The ECS is widely known to help regulate mood, sleep, reduce pain and inflammation; all while promoting a sense of calm and well-being. According to a review published in 2009 in Trends of Pharmacological Sciences, it was found the ECS play a strong role in skin health. CBD can be utilized topically with creams and salves, orally with capsules, sublingually with tinctures or inhaled with a vaporizer.
What Skin Conditions Can CBD Help With?
Eczema: It’s estimated that approximately 31.6 million Americans currently have eczema and it often lasts throughout a lifetime. Scientists aren’t sure what causes it, but believe it’s a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Skin becomes itchy, dry and red. CBD helps manage the skin’s life cycle and helps form healthy cells. Cannabidiol can also help encourage abnormal cell death. Inflammation and pain are also treated with CBD.
Psoriasis: a condition that speeds up the life of skin cells, causes them to build up rapidly on the skin’s surface and forms dry, itchy scaly patches. The symptoms come and go. More than 3 million people are diagnosed with psoriasis yearly. Similarly to treating eczema, CBD helps regulate the way the skin cells develop, which can reduce the production speed and buildup of cells. Cannabidiol will also help with the itchiness, pain and the healing of the patches.
Infection: there are several kinds of skin infections including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. Due to its strong antimicrobial properties, CBD can be used to treat infections and wounds. In fact, hemp was has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. CBD research is showing that it is strong enough to help cure MRSA and is particularly helpful against drug-resistant strains.
Signs of Aging: includes sunspots, fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration and inflammation/sensitivity. CBD is loaded with antioxidants which will fight off those free radicals! CBD can help repair DNA, including damage from UV radiation and other toxins. Cannabidiol is a powerful anti-inflammatory throughout the body and your skin is no exception.
Allergies (Allergic Dermatitis): this is a red, itchy rash caused by contact to a substance or an allergic reaction to it. It can be very uncomfortable and a host of common products can cause it (soap, jewelry, plants, etc. Reactions are caused by an overactive immune system. Providing fatty acids, anti-inflammatory effects and promotion of healthy skin growth are ways CBD provides relief.
Acne: this is very common in the teen years, but many adults continue to have acne. When the hair follicles are clogged, they fill with oil and dead skin. It can also come from a hormone imbalance. CBD helps stop the overproduction of oil and promotes healthy cell growth. It can reduce the inflammation of skin, visibly improving quickly. As it promotes relaxation, lowered stress levels help the skin heal.
CBD is also being used in the treatment of general itchiness and pain of the skin, Seborrhea and skin cancer treatment.