For centuries, plants have been grown and utilized for all forms of human health and health maintenance. Specific to the inner, plants can help nourish homeostasis- overall body balance. Specific to skincare, the vitamins, fatty acids, and omegas found in plants help nourish and treat hair and skin: sunflower, mint, and aloe are three plants that are great for skin care and overall health.
Cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, both of which are plants, have been studied for overall health and skincare benefits, and the results are amazing. Cannabis is loaded with compounds called cannabinoids, each of them a little miracle on it’s own, that work with the other compounds to treat the needs of the body. As it relates to skincare, cannabinoids have many benefits.
Because of prohibition, cannabis consumption at any level, even a topical, has been demonized, but it’s a new day and the truth is free. Cannabis is in fact beneficial for skin health.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis, both cannabis hemp and cannabis marijuana, that are largely responsible for the effect of cannabis. THC and CBD are the 2 most popular cannabinoids. Others are: CBG, CBN, and THCV to name a few. Cannabis has over 100 cannabinoids/compounds and more being discovered as prohibition melts away.
Cannabinoids are compounds that also produce in the human body through the endocannabinoid system. Interesting right? The plant and the human body both have endocannabinoid systems that produce cannabinoids. I bet the thought now is- “why is cannabis prohibited then?” That answer will take a full focused article to answer.
Cannabinoids are a huge part of the medicinal benefits and properties of cannabis. To learn more about cannabinoids, check out this article focused on cannabinoids on the Plain Jane blog.
The Benefits of Cannabinoids for Skincare
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As it relates to cannabis hemp and cannabinoid CBD for skincare, the positive reviews and results are overwhelming. Check out these varying facts relating to cannabinoids for skincare:
- “The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may be particularly useful for reducing potential triggers of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. As CBD oil can help soothe skin and reduce the appearance of irritation, it may be useful for people with sensitive skin.”
- “Because the ECS (endocannabinoid system) plays an important regulatory function in the skin, it is plausible that treatment with topical cannabinoids could be efficacious for certain disorders or skin health in general.”
- “Cannabinoids, like CBD, are heavily involved in managing the immune response to infection and injury. Our body’s endocannabinoid system regulates inflammation, and scientists have discovered that cannabinoids are an important factor in actually clearing up inflammation.”
Closing- CBD for Skin Care Research
The information below is a summary of a few research studies supporting cannabinoid CBD for skincare/skin health, reported by Medical News Today.
- A study conducted in 2019 notes that CBD may be useful for treating some common symptoms of skin conditions, such as dryness and itching due to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and can be useful for reducing triggers of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.
- A 2019 study suggests that CBD could be beneficial for treating the appearance of acne scars.
- A 2017 study found that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD may help prevent the appearance of aging in the skin.
- A 2016 review discovered potential antibacterial and antifungal properties of the cannabis plant that could help prevent acne due to infections on the skin.