Cannabis has seen a tremendous rise in popularity over recent years.
And the signing into law of the 2018 Hemp Bill by President Donald Trump came as a welcome relief for cannabis cultivators, distributors, and users.
That milestone development in the cannabis industry made it legal to grow, distribute, and use hemp across all the 50 U.S states.
Hemp is a variant of the cannabis plant that’s popular for its low content of the psychoactive compound – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
It’s from hemp that the most therapeutic compound of cannabis, known as cannabidiol (CBD), is mostly extracted.
CBD is used to treat and manage a wide range of physical, mental, and neurological conditions.
And the main reason medical experts recommend CBD is that, unlike THC, cannabidiol doesn’t produce psychotropic or intoxicating effects on the user.
You can use CBD to treat conditions that manifest in chronic pain, anxiety, inflammation, and seizures, without worrying about experiencing any mind-altering effects. Read more at Herbonaut about these benefits.
Beauty & skincare is one of the industries where the popularity of CBD has been rising fast and furious.
But just how does CBD help with skincare? This post shall examine the top 6 skin conditions that you can prevent, treat, or manage with cannabidiol.
Bottles of hemp-derived CBD oil
CBD for Acne
CBD boasts immense anti-inflammatory properties that help with not only acne but also other inflammatory skin conditions.
Acne is the result of the over-secretion of sebum, which usually happens due to hormonal imbalance, unhealthy diets, high-stress levels, or improper skincare products.
When the skin produces more oil than it should, that oil ends up blocking the skin pores, aided by the Propionibacterium.
Your body registers that as an abnormality, and immediately unleashes defense mechanisms that attempt to clear your blocked pores.
That autoimmune response results in tiny inflammations on the surface of the skin, known as acne.
Cannabidiol helps to manage acne breakouts in two ways. First, CBD inhibits the formation and accumulation of sebum in your sebaceous tissues.
Secondly, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties act on acne breakouts, thereby escalating the recovery process.
As acne can also be triggered by hormonal imbalance, it’s worth mentioning that adequate sleep can make all the difference.
Thankfully, cannabis seeds help with insomnia and reducing stress too, which makes it all the more effective for acne breakouts.
CBD for Seborrheic Dermatitis
Like acne, seborrheic dermatitis is caused by the overproduction of sebum. It may also result from the rapid proliferation of skin cells due to the Malassezia fungus.
Seborrheic dermatitis mostly affects the face and scalp area, especially around the hairline.
The condition might also extend to the skin folds around the ears, knees, elbows, and under the breasts.
CBD relieves seborrheic dermatitis by decelerating the secretion of sebum and the proliferation of cells on the skin.
Cannabidiol primarily works on the cells that make up our sebaceous glands, known as sebocytes, to treat or manage seborrheic dermatitis effectively.
CBD for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that’s characterized by an abnormal proliferation and division of skin cells, leading to painful spots on the skin.
Redheads and silver outlines mark the spots. Some spots can also be brown or pink.
Though it’s a bit less common than acne, psoriasis is more severe. But that’s not all; this debilitating skin condition doesn’t have a cure yet.
You can only mitigate its symptoms using therapies, limiting your exposure to the sun, or making a raft of lifestyle adjustments.
But for better results, you might consider using CBD. CBD decelerates cell division, while its anti-inflammatory properties soothe the symptoms of psoriasis.
It’s not yet clear how CBD reduces excess cell growth on psoriatic skin. However, researchers theorize that it has to do with cannabidiol’s ability to suppress the receptors that stimulate cell proliferation.
A person with a skin condition
CBD for Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
Atopic dermatitis is another skin condition that you can manage with cannabidiol.
Atopic dermatitis is more common in children, with up to 10% of children aged six or under suffering from the disease at some point. The condition is also more prevalent during the colder months.
In most cases, your doctor will prescribe corticosteroid creams.
While these creams can somewhat relieve the symptoms, they almost always leave the patient with side effects. For most people, the condition returns after the prescription is over.
But since atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory condition, you can manage it better using CBD. It can be used right on the skin or even as weed gummies for consumption.
By applying a CBD-enriched salve, the ointment binds to your skin cells quickly, offering an almost immediate soothing effect. CBD also soothes the itchiness and redness, which are the most serious problems associated with atopic dermatitis.
CBD for Skin Cancer
It’s impossible to discuss the benefits of CBD for skin cancer without referring to Rick Simpson.
Rick Simpson is a basal cell carcinoma survivor whose story has been the inspiration behind numerous research on the effects of CBD on cancer.
After getting diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2003, Simpson underwent surgery in a bid to get rid of the three cancer spots on his body.
The surgery failed to provide the desired results, leaving Rick more heartbroken.
However, Rick heard of the discovery by the University of Virginia that CBD could treat cancer in mice. He purchased CBD oil, applied it on his bandage, and the spots disappeared in a matter of days.
CBD helps with skin cancer in various ways. First, its anti-proliferative inhibits the multiplication of malignant tumors.
It also restricts angiogenesis, which is the process where cancerous tumors receive adequate blood supply, enabling them to thrive.
Lastly, CBD inhibits apoptosis, which is the spreading of cancerous cells.
CBD for Premature Aging
Though not a medical condition per se, premature aging is another serious concern that affects the skin. Nearly all symptoms of premature aging manifest on the skin.
Thankfully, you can use CBD to diminish a broad range of aging symptoms, including skin dullness, wrinkles, and a ruddy skin tone.
CBD comes with antioxidant properties that counteract the effects of free radicals, thereby preventing oxidative damage on your skin cells.
The effects are younger and more radiant skin. What gives CBD an advantage over other antioxidants is the fact that it works on all kinds of skin tones.
A smooth and radiant skin
Research on the effectiveness of CBD for skin conditions is still work in progress.
But what we know so far is already reason enough to incorporate cannabidiol into your beauty and skincare routine.