5 Reasons CBD Is Good For The Skin?
It’s now commonly known that CDB decreases pain, calms anxiety,and controls seizures. But did you know CBD is effective against a whole host of skin conditions as well? And it’s legal so it’s readily available. Here are 5 reasons CBD is good for the skin.
Cannabis And CBD
Cannabis is shrouded in controversy because it’s hard on the lungs, has psychoactive properties, can be addictive, and is potentially a gateway drug. What if I told you you could enjoy all the positive aspects of the plant, without any of the damaging effects? Well, you can by using CBD, or cannibidiol, on your skin. Cannibidiol is the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, and is associated with many medical benefits. CBD can be found in therapeutic salves, balms, ointments, lotions, and topical creams, all with healing properties.
CBD is powerful as a skin care agent because it interacts with the body’s endocanniboid system, or ECS. This system is responsible for many physiological processes, including pain sensation, appetite, memory, and mood. Cannibinoid receptors, both CB1 and CB2, are found within the brain, immune system, lungs, liver, kidneys, and you guessed it, the skin.
CBD And Skin Care
You may be wondering at this point how CBD could possibly benefit the skin. The healing potential of CBD stems from its effect on the ECS or endocannibinoid system, which is responsible for wound healing and cell growth. When this system is imbalanced, the immune system can become overactive, and attack the tissues of the body, including the skin. When the ECS isn’t functioning up to par, cells can abnormally proliferate and differentiate. This can cause pruritis or itching. CBD is soothing to the burning, itching, and cracking indicative of autoimmune and other skin conditions.
CBD is also beneficial for skin conditions due to its ability to moderate immune response. This is significant because conditions like psoriasis and ezcema are the result of an overactive immune system. CBD reduces inflammation, which is a core feature of autoimmunity. The terpenes in CBD, including B-caryophyllene and pinene, are anti-inflammatory when applied topically.
Last, but not least, CBD reduces pain, not only through the mechanism of lowering inflammation, but because the lipids in cannibidiol are easily absorbed through the membranes of the skin where they can exert their pain-reducing effect. Furthermore, the antioxidant properties of CBD are easily delivered into the deep layers of the skin via CBD infused balms and creams, further decreasing pain and inflammation.
Skin Conditions CBD Is Good For
Psoriasis exists on a spectrum, ranging from mild to severe. It’s a painful condition, characterized by an overproduction of rapidly growing skin cells. Due to this rapid growth, the skin cells don’t mature properly. The result is scaly, rough, and cracked skin that may even bleed. Because of its visibility, psoriasis is difficult to hide. It’s a humiliating condition, wreaking havoc on a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem.
An autoimmune disease, psoriasis flares when triggered. Triggers could be dietary, environmental, infectious, and/or stress related. CBD lowers inflammation, inhibits an overactive immune response, and balances the ECS, leading to a reduction in symptoms associated with psoriasis. It also mitigates keratinocyte proliferation, a central feature of psoriasis. Keratinocytes are cells in the epidermis, and comprise about 90% of all cells in the skin.
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2. CBD And Inflammation
Inflammation is the result of the body’s response to a perceived threat, and is a warning sign of an underlying imbalance. Inflammation presents in the skin as soreness, pain, swelling, itchiness, and redness. Increased blood flow to the site of injury, in response to immune chemicals being released, leads to these painful symptoms.
CBD reduces pain and inflammation by moderating immune response through cytokine production. Cytokines are immune signaling proteins that play a key role in pain perception and inflammation. CBD also binds to TRPV1 cells, responsible for inflammation and temperature regulation. When cannibidiol binds to TRPV1 cells, inflammatory signals are prevented from being transmitted. Less inflammation translates to less pain.
3. Rosacea And Acne
Rosacea is a common skin condition affecting millions of Americans. It is often confused with adult acne. It shows up as redness on the nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead. Pimples, pustules, and small bumps may also be part of the picture. If left untreated, it becomes increasingly worse over time. Rosacea is often psychologically damaging, greatly affecting self-esteem.
No respecter of persons, Rosacea affects both men and women. It most commonly afflicts those with fair skin, although, those from Asian or African descent can also suffer from the condition. Causation is thought to be both environmental and genetic. UV exposure, stress, over-exercise, weather fluctuations, caffeine, and alcohol are all thought to be potential triggers.
CBD, applied topically or taken orally, can provide relief for those with Rosacea. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it can quell the painful burning, itching, and stinging of Rosacea flares. Anxiety is common among those with Rosacea, and CBD is well-known for reducing anxiety.
4. Fungal Infections Of The Skin
CBD is beneficial for both fungal and bacterial skin infections, even drug-resistant strains of bacteria, like MRSA. Cannibidiol, applied topically, is an effective antimicrobial defense against bacterial strains that have become antibiotic resistant. Not only is CBD a potent anti-bacterial, it also demonstrates anti-fungal properties. Terpenes are compounds found within the cannabis plant.
They are anti-inflammatory, decrease anxiety, and reduce pain sensitivity. These compounds are able to exert their therapeutic effects due to their ability to bind to receptors. Caryophyllene oxide, a terpene in CBD, is able to inhibit the growth of fungus, both in the cannabis plant itself, and in the human body. Interestingly, this terpene is how dogs sniff out cannabis.
5. CBD And Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is common in today’s society with up to 5 million cases diagnosed annually. Cancer, caused by DNA mutations, can occur in any of the three types of epidermal cells, including basal cells, squamous cells, and melanocytes. UV radiation can contribute to cancer by damaging DNA within the cells of the skin. Skin cancer can result from the cumulative damage caused by years of sun exposure.
An under-functioning immune system, along with exposure to environmental toxins, are also correlative factors in cancer. Cannabis can favorably improve prognosis after receiving a skin cancer diagnosis. Look up Rick Simpson’s story on YouTube where he details his experience with CBD and squamous cell carcinoma.
CBD is beneficial for preventing and treating skin cancer due to its ability to control cell proliferation. It kills cancer cells, and inhibits tumor growth via the lipoxygenase pathway. It also inhibits the enzyme that breaks down anandamide, an endogenously-made endocannibinoid. Transdermal patches are now becoming increasingly popular for treating skin conditions because they provide steady doses of cannibidiol throughout the day.
There will continue to be ongoing conversations surrounding CBD oil. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be, at least regarding CBD salves and balms. They are non-psychoactive, and are effective against a wide range of ailments. The bottom line: you won’t have a mind-altering experience by applying CBD topically. We are barely touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using CBD for skin care, including products for anti-aging.
CBD shines at alleviating pain, reducing anxiety, decreasing nausea, and is beneficial for treating skin conditions. Use CBD salves and ointments for psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, fungal infections of the skin, and even skin cancer. Tap into the exceptional healing properties this remarkable plant can provide!
Have you used CBD for your skin? Let me know in the comments:)