The widespread use of marijuana in the medical and wellness industries due to its health benefits, has made marijuana a growing trend in the beauty world and as such, skin care products are now touting marijuana as the drive for more natural, sustainable skin care increases. An increasing trend of organic beauty products like African black soap are taking the market by storm coupled with cannabis skincare products mostly in the form of marijuana-infused topicals like oils, balms, creams, salves, and lotions. Most skin care products are made with the non-psychoactive compound CBD (cannabidiol) rather than THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, thus making them completely legal. They however contain trace amounts of THC, but it should be noted that cannabis infusions act on a peripheral basis and do not enter the bloodstream as such they can be safely used with zero psychoactive effects on the human body or the risks of failing a drug test. This article looks at interesting ways in which cannabis can benefit the human skin.
Marijuana Helps with Skin Irritation
Clinical trials have revealed that applying marijuana topically offers localized pain relief while reducing swelling making marijuana for treatment of bug bites, scratches, and other skin abrasions. Also, the topical application of CBD relaxes and soothes skin and is ideal for the treatment of rashes, dry skin not leaving out more serious skin conditions like atopic dermatitis (AD), (the most common type of eczema). According to research from the National Eczema Association (NEA), the high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids present in marijuana can help to relieve the itching and inflammation associated with eczema due to the fact that cannabinoids bind to receptors in the skin that could reduce the symptoms and appearance of AD.
Marijuana Alleviates Symptoms of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a skin disease that is accompanied by itchy, painful red patches on the skin coupled with the fact that there is no known cure for the condition which makes it even worst. Marijuana is proving to be a powerful treatment for this condition. A study on marijuana revealed that the cannabinoids in marijuana was found to inhibit the buildup of dead skin cells which is a direct cause of psoriasis. Though more research is still needed on this topic, anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis as a potential treatment for psoriasis.
Marijuana Helps With Skin Aging
It has been found that applying marijuana topically slows the skin aging process. According to research, CBD found in marijuana is a more potent antioxidant than vitamin C or E, making it very effective in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines coupled with the fact that they also neutralize free radicals and keep them from damaging the collagen and elastin in the human skin keeping the skin tight and youthful in appearance. So not only does marijuana make the human skin look more youthful, it also keeps it healthier.
Marijuana Can Combat Acne
It should be noted that marijuana is loaded with essential fatty acids which provide hydration that is often found to be lacking in people suffering with acne. The antibacterial properties of marijuana can help treat the bacterial infection on the skin which is a major cause of acne. It should also be noted that skincare products from marijuana are non-comedogenic, implying that they won’t clog pores, have anti-inflammatory properties, and most importantly are rich in antioxidants.
Equally, another study on marijuana revealed that CBD cannabidiol inhibited and helped regulate lipid production, which helps in combating excessively oily skin and that the cannabinoids in cannabis can improve the appearance of acne due to the fact that they are natural anti-inflammatories and can help in reducing the inflammation of active acne.
Marijuana Fights Bacterial Skin Infections
According research on medical marijuana, this herb contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can be of great benefit in fighting skin infections. The two most popular compounds in marijuana THC and CBD were found to provide relief for numerous bacterial skin infections including boils, cellulitis, impetigo, not leaving out folliculitis. Another study also revealed that marijuana fights against a bacterium that causes difficult-to-treat infections known as MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus which does not respond to many antibiotics and can trigger a life-threatening infection.