Cannabis Beauty Care: How Cannabinoids Benefit The Skin
Hemp oil has long been recognised as beneficial for the skin. Now, as the prohibition is coming to an end, hemp cosmetics are experiencing a revival. And it turns out, cannabinoids are key.
Hemp seed oil only contains trace amounts of cannabinoids, which is why it can be used legally in cosmetic products. It has traditionally been used in shampoos for its omega-3 and omega-6 oils, which are known to be very beneficial for hair.
But now new research shows that cannabinoids themselves are good for the skin, too. According to a study published in a scientific journal, smoked or ingested cannabinoids can play a significant role in lipid production, and could potentially be used to treat dry skin and acne. The same effect can also be achieved when the cannabinoids are applied topically in the form of a cream. The research suggests that it is the endocannabinoid system (the system in our bodies that responds to cannabis) that is responsible for this effect. Another study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology found that cannabinoids could be harnessed to help treat skin disease such as psoriasis.
With the growth and acceptance of the cannabis industry, the US based company Medical Marijuana Inc. has released a range of anti-ageing products that harness the power of pure, unbridled cannabis. Coined “Cannabis Beauty Defined”, this new range of products will use cannabinoid rich contents, particularly CBD, to help moisturise and maintain healthy skin – and science says it works.
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