Cannabis is a plant, and like so many other plants, it has compounds in it that help our bodies. There are a multitude of compounds inside of cannabis but the most prominent ones used for medical purposes include THC and CBD. These compounds interact with the endocannabinoid system in your body. Your endocannabinoid system is responsible for many processes including things like inflammation, anxiety control, appetite and hunger, and even sleep. Different strains of cannabis can help your endocannabinoid system get things under control if you have skin conditions. Here are some ways CBD can help improve your skin
1. It targets the source.
The first way it helps your skin is by targeting your endocannabinoid system with the same level of effectiveness as prescription medications. Your body's endocannabinoid system reacts with the cannabinoids it produces naturally. So all the things that you're getting out of cannabis are things that are naturally produced in your own body, which makes it incredibly healthy and safe because it's not a foreign compound like prescriptions. Sometimes your endocannabinoid system is responding in a way you don't like, giving you too much anxiety or preventing you from sleeping. With cannabis, you can better regulate this.
2. It treats acne.
CBD oil has been shown in numerous studies to function as an anti-inflammatory agent, which means it helps calm the skin, especially if you are prone to serious acne. Acne is an inflammatory condition, so the soothing properties of CBD oil reduce redness on your skin and diminish the number of breakouts. CBD oil also decreases excess production of sebum, which is the oil that usually triggers a lot of acne.
3. It treats wrinkles and other signs of aging.
CBD oil has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants play an instrumental role in reducing the visible signs of aging. They counter the damage done by free radicals, which are literally everywhere and especially present in your external environment. Anti-aging CBD creams can reduce skin discoloration and dullness in the skin, and diminish wrinkles.
4. It’s good for sensitivity.
CBD oil is great for its soothing properties and it can minimize skin sensitivity including redness, so if you have sensitive skin, this is a great thing to try. A lot of prescription medications for skin conditions, even over-the-counter lotions, can treat the main problem but still leave your skin very red and blotchy, but CBD oil won't do that.
5. It has fewer side effects.
Another benefit of using CBD is the lack of side effects. Certain people might have mild reactions to cannabis, but in most cases, these are limited and typically manifest when THC is involved. THC is the psychoactive compound, but CBD can be used without the THC to achieve the medical benefits of activating the endocannabinoid system without the psychoactive high. Thankfully, it's much easier to test different varieties, different strains, and different levels of CBD or THC in minimal doses at limited cost to verify if there are any side effects. By comparison, many prescription medications come with a long list of potentially hazardous side effects.
6. You have better control over your dosage.
If you have ever had a prescription for this problem, you know that eventually your body adapts to regular medication for chronic problems. Even topical prescriptions eventually build up a tolerance. With CBD, however, you can manually increase and decrease the dosage to match your tolerance levels and achieve the desired outcomes.
7. There are different ways you can consume it.
Sure, with acne you might be tempted to use a topical CBD gel or lotion, even oil, but you're not forced to. CBD oil is something you can drip under your tongue every morning, add to your morning smoothie, or mix into anything else you eat or drink. You can add CBD gel or lotion to your skin specifically on the affected area. If you don't want to do that, you can always consider a vaporizer, edibles, or smoking cannabis as long as the THC is not problematic. Obviously, for children under the legal age, CBD products are the only option, but once you become of age in an area where it's legal, you have more flexibility in how you want to consume your medication.
8. It’s cheaper overall.
High-quality marijuana from a dispensary is still going to be much more affordable for acute or chronic conditions compared to over-the-counter prescription medications which are marked up substantially. You have to understand that hospitals and doctors, even if you have insurance, will mark up what you pay severely in order to offset the cost of working with an insurance company and keep the pharmaceutical companies happy. Unfortunately, you bear the brunt of that financial burden, but when you are working with cannabis, the real fringe benefit to it not being as widely regulated within the medical system is that you can have medication at a much more affordable rate.
9. It’s safer.
Chronic skin conditions can be the result of many things, whether it's hormonal problems within your endocannabinoid system, extra stress and anxiety increasing problems with your skin, or issues regulating your appetite, which lead to consuming bad foods. Whether your skin problem is that of acne, psoriasis, or eczema, studies have shown that using cannabis, specifically CBD oils or lotions or gels, can be most effective at treating chronic issues. After all, the occasional pimple is not so much of a problem as regular acne all over the body or as severe as a bad case of psoriasis.
Overall, there are plenty of options out there for treating skin conditions and no matter what condition you have, it's always best to try different strains, like indica or sativa, various levels of THC, different terpenes in the cannabis products, and so on. You can test different products, different consumption methods, and different CBD products with or without the THC, just to get a feel for all of them and to see which ones work best for you. There are very few side effects reported with CBD use, and when there are, they are incredibly minimal. That's why it's advisable that you try things to see if you have any type of allergy or other reaction so that you can pick a different product in the future.