CBD oil is all the rage on the wellness scene for its reported anti-inflammatory, sleep-promoting, and pain-relieving benefits. But now, cannabis has earned yet another spot in your plant-based self-care routine, and it’s all about skin care. Topical cannabis treatments are used for their anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects and may help with dryness, rashes, acne, eczema, and psoriasis, according to research.
Like CBD and hemp oil supplements, topical cannabis treatments won’t get you high — so, you get the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, but without the buzz. From serums, creams, and bath salts, to hair products and lip balm, there’s a cannabis-infused product for just about anything you’d like to heal or beautify. But what is it about cannabis that makes for powerful skin care, you ask? Well, it’s all about the cannabinoids, and they’re the latest and greatest mainstream beauty trend.
The cannabis plant contains over 60 different kinds of cannabinoids — the healing compounds that may help heal acne and help resolve a wide and sundry array of health and beauty issues. Given that cannabis products are also super hydrating, they’re also reported to help heal breakouts, but without stripping your skin dry. A 2014 study shows that CBD compounds may help balance out oil production in the sebaceous glands, helping to heal pimples while halting further breakouts. Hydrating cannabinoids may also help fortify the skin’s natural protective barrier function, while also promoting cell turnover and skin regeneration, resulting in clear, youthful, and overall glowier skin.
CBD oil might be especially beneficial when combined with hemp seed oil. Hemp is high in vitamins A, C, E, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are all powerful compounds for the skin. And considering its potent antioxidant effects, infusing skin care products with cannabis makes sense. More specifically, inflammation is at the root of myriad skin-related woes, from rosacea to acne. Because cannabinoids have such effective anti-inflammatory properties, they’ve been shown to help soothe irritated skin, while reducing puffiness, swelling, and easing pain. Since it’s able to target so many health and beauty issues all at once, cannabis is gaining a major surge in popularity as both a wellness and beauty booster.
Cannabis-based beauty products may also nourish your scalp and promote hair growth while adding sheen for healthier-looking locks. The high gamma-linolenic acid content in cannabis is moisturizing and strengthening while helping to prevent dandruff, so cannabis-laden shampoos, conditioners, and hair styling products are popping up left and right. Hemp-based hair care products are loaded with proteins, fatty acids, and other nutrients that may help restore your hair, repair damage, and make it less prone to breakage. Cannabis-based hair products are also super moisturizing and can help relieve an itchy scalp. Hemp oil can also help your hair maintain its natural texture while enlivening the scalp to better support your tresses.
More lax laws, combined with mounting research showing the health benefits of cannabis, mean that there are so many ways to benefit from the plant while skipping the buzz. In terms of the legal fine print, note that hemp-derived cannabis is legal in all 50 states — as long as the plant is grown with under 0.3 percent THC (the cannabinoid that gets you high). That said, it’s always a good idea to source any cannabis-derived products carefully, and from reputable sources. Mainstream beauty products have taken some of the guesswork out of the equation for you, but it’s always a good idea to do a bit of research before buying any cannabis-derived products, as a rule of thumb.
There’s no doubt that the benefits of cannabis-based personal care products certainly look promising. Whether you want to ease pain, heal breakouts and inflammation, or just amp up your skin’s dewy factor, you’ve got more options than ever.
Written by Carolyn de Lorenzo
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