CBD, as a compound within cannabis, has been used to treat pain and nausea for decades. More recently it’s been shown to help reduce seizures and spasticity. However what’s less well known is the catalog of ways CBD can successfully treat skin conditions.
While cannabinoid receptors are densely populated within the brain, there are also receptors throughout all the major organs in our body, and within the biggest organ of all: our skin.
This means that there is potential for cannabinoids to treat a whole slew of skin conditions, from the relatively minor – dry skin, psoriasis, dermatitis – through to skin cancers. And armed with growing awareness of the endocannabinoid system’s importance for human health, scientists have sought to learn whether cannabinoids, chief among them CBD, might prove a powerful new treatment source. It just might be that cannabis-based products are on the brink of revolutionizing the beauty industry as well as the healthcare industry.
CBD For Skin Conditions: Scientific Studies
In September 2013 the British Journal of Pharmacology published a study entitled Epigenetic control of skin differentiation genes by phytocannabinoids. As part of this study three cannabinoids: cannabidiol, cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabidivarin (CBDV) were analyzed. In the published findings, which were characterized as “remarkable”, it was determined that “cannabidiol reduced keratin 10 mRNA through a type-1 cannabinoid (CB1) receptor-dependent mechanism”. This led to a conclusion that cannabinoids “(especially cannabidiol) have the potential to be lead compounds for the development of novel therapeutics for skin diseases.”
CBD For Skin Cancer
This 2013 study entitled Anticancer activity of anandamide in human cutaneous melanoma cells looked at how the endocannabinoid system might play a role in fighting cutaneous melanoma. The study concluded that: “these findings demonstrate that AEA induces cytotoxicity against human melanoma cells in the micromolar range of concentrations through a complex mechanism, which involves COX-2 and LOX-derived product synthesis and CB1 activation.”
CBD For Psoriasis
In 2007 this study sought to ascertain whether cannabinoids might engage with the cannabinoid receptors in skin, and therefore be beneficial for skin conditions such as psoriasis. The conclusion states that “cannabinoids inhibit keratinocyte proliferation, and therefore support a potential role for cannabinoids in the treatment of psoriasis.”
CBD For Pruritus
This 2006 study evaluated the effects of cannabinoids on Pruritus on 22 therapy-resistant pruritus patients. The research findings concluded the following: “In 14/22 patients a good antipruritic effect could be documented. The average reduction in itch was 86.4%. The therapy was well-tolerated by all patients; neither burning nor contact dermatitis was observed.”
CBD For Allergic Contact Dermatitis
This 2007 study entitled Attenuation of allergic contact dermatitis through the endocannabinoid system. Looking into how cannabinoid receptors in the skin affect allergic contact dermatitis, the study came to the conclusion that, “These results demonstrate a protective role of the endocannabinoid system in contact allergy in the skin and suggest a target for therapeutic intervention”
Given how promising these recent scientific findings have been it’s no wonder that many people suffering from various skin conditions are experimenting with cannabis products. For the truth is that existing treatment options have failed many patients, and it thus becomes common sense for patients to try a CBD/cannabis product – especially considering the absence of intoxication that comes from topical application.
Why Hasn’t Topical Cannabis Always Been Legal?
The reasons cited for keeping cannabis illegal are fatuous (and have proven disastrous to human health), but none of these fatuous “arguments” even apply to skin lotions – meaning the prohibition of cannabis skin care products is even more absurd and nonsensical.
Let’s go through the arguments one by one:
1. Cannabis gets you high
Applying cannabis topically does not get you high.
2. Smoking cannabis is bad for your lungs.
Applying cannabis salve to your skin is not bad for your lungs.
3. Cannabis is addictive
Applying topical cream to your skin is not addictive.
4. Cannabis is a gateway drug
Applying a salve is clearly not a gateway to anything except better skin.
CBD For Skin Conditions: Conclusion
CBD salves are finally appearing on online shelves. This is great news for anybody suffering from skin conditions. Not only is CBD salve proven to assist with skin conditions as diverse as psoriasis, dermatitis and skin cancer, but anecdotally people have reported CBD reducing the amount of dry skin, getting rid of warts, getting rid of rashes, even getting rid of fungal infections.
Essentially, therefore, if you have a skin problem of any kind, there is a high chance that CBD salves will help you, and possibly better than any other product on the market.
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