Yes, that’s right! Marijuana could soon be finding its way to your medicine cabinet. With acne affecting an estimated 80% of all people between the ages of 11-30, this far-fetched idea is quickly becoming a reality. With acne products a 3 billion dollar industry worldwide, it is no wonder more and more cannabis-based topicals are popping up on the market.
Acne: what is it?
Acne is an overproduction of sebum, an oily waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous gland. When this is overproduced, it clogs the pores, which allow bacteria to grow and form a pimple. Other factors that cause acne are stress, poor diet, and hormonal changes, to mention a few. Acne affects people of all ages and races, and there are various types of pimples. The most common types of pimples are blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, papules, and nodules. Even though most appear on your face, they can also show up on your chest, back, neck and shoulders. Acne is not a serious life-threatening condition, however, in severe cases, it can cause low self-esteem, depression and leave nasty scars.
Reefer to the Rescue
So how exactly can cannabis help to clear your skin? The marijuana plant is made up of more than 100 different types of cannabinoids. The 2 most abundant of these are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is what gets you high, while CBD has no intoxicating effects. Even though most people look for high amounts of THC when purchasing cannabis, it is actually CBD that has many of the medical benefits, therefore giving it a huge potential for the treatment of acne, as well as other skin conditions. CBD is a well researched anti-oxidant as well as a potent anti-inflammatory, 2 things that neutralise cell-damaging free radicals.
CBD has also been shown to inhibit the lipid production in skin cells. Studies are still at their early stages, but sebaceous glands are known to have cannabinoid receptors, which means they can be controlled by the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a system in our body responsible for creating homeostasis. When something in our body becomes inflamed, it is the ECS that regulates and balances it out to reduce it. So while the verdict is not yet in, CBD creams seem to have a good chance at the next breakthrough in skin care. Whether you are making homemade topicals or shopping online, look for products high in CBD.