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How Cannabis Is Invigorating The Beauty Industry

Posted: May 26, 2020 in Cannabis and The Beauty Industry

Our ancestors have been using cannabis for centuries to treat skin diseases. They might not have known that both THC and CBD have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, but they definitely realized that cannabis provided many benefits for the skin. Fast forward to the 21st C where the addition of cannabinoids, terpenes and hemp seed oil have invigorated the beauty industry. In this article I will explain the many benefits that cannabis-infused products provide for your hair, skin and nails.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Research using human trials has demonstrated that both THC and CBD have very strong anti-inflammatory properties. Studies indicate that cannabis facilitates the healing of wounds and diminishes the visibility of scars. The following skin problems respond well to treatment by cannabis products:
1. Psoriasis
2. Eczema
3. Contact, atopic and asteatotic dermatitis
4. Acne
5. Hidradenitis suppurativa
6. Rashes
7. Bacterial skin infection

Antioxidant Properties

Free radicals are unstable molecules that form when atoms gain or lose electrons. They can damage the cells in your body by increasing oxygen levels beyond what is necessary. Stress, cigarette smoking, pollution and other environmental factors create free radicals which are neutralized by antioxidants.

THC, CBD and other cannabinoids are powerful antioxidants that help repair and hydrate the skin which reduces lines and wrinkles. The result is smoother, healthier looking skin.

Essential Fatty Acids Present in Cannabis

Hemp seed oil contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids which are polyunsaturated fats that provide a number of important functions. In fact, hemp seed oil is considered to be the most perfectly balanced oil. It contains the ratio of 3:1 of Omega-6, (linoleic acid) to Omega-3, (alpha-linolenic acid), deemed to be the optimum balance of fatty acids for long-term healthy nutrition. Hemp seed oil also contains lesser amounts of three other essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, gamma-linolenic, oleic acid and stearidonic acid.

The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

1. Protects your skin from the sun due to its effective anti-inflammatory properties
2. May reduce acne
3. Improves skin barrier function which keeps out irritants and seals in moisture
4. May speed up wound healing
5. May reduce skin cancer risk
6. May boost hair growth and reduce hair loss

The Function of Omega-6 Fatty Acids

1. Contributes to the structure and function of cell membranes
2. Helps with brain function
3. Stimulates skin and hair growth
4. Supports bone health
5. Regulates metabolism

The human body does not manufacture Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. They come from the consumption of foods and/or the application of skin products.

Aids in Skin Absorption

One of the many functions of terpenes is to make the skin more porous. As a result, this enhances the absorption rate of topicals. The faster the absorption rate, the faster the products start to work their magic.

Anti-Aging Properties

In addition to fatty acids, hemp seed oil also contains vitamins B, D and E as well as magnesium, phosporus and potassium.

Importance of Vitamin B
1. May produce new skin cells
2. Slows skin aging and reduces dark age spots
3. Contains folic acid which supports collagen production.
Collagen is a protein that gives structure to the skin and helps with blood clotting. As we age, the amount of collagen that the skin produces declines, beginning at 25!

Boosts Hair Growth and Strength

Environmental factors such as very hot and very cold temperatures can affect your hair follicles. It can cause a loss of moisture which affects the scalp and robs your hair of shine. The gamma-linolenic acid in hemp seed oil has moisturizing properties which nourishes your scalp and hair. It aids in improving the circulation of blood in the scalp. It also enhances the elasticity of hair strands. This stops it from breaking off easily. Great for nail strength, as well!

Best Cannabis Delivery Methods for Your Skin and Hair

Topicals

There is much research to support the presence of many CB1 and CB2 receptors on human skin including on hair follicles, in sweat glands and in nerve fiber bundles. Cannabis topicals provide many therapeutic benefits by bypassing the blood and brain barriers, so there are no psychotropic effects.

Advantages of Using Topicals
1. Very portable and discreet
2. Provide immediate and localized relief that can last for hours
3. You can easily make your own products by mixing cannabis oil with your existing hair and skin care products. During the pandemic when it is still dangerous to receive a professional massage, you can add cannabis to your massage oil and massage yourself, your partner and your children!

Edibles

Many older cannabis patients, who prefer not to smoke or vape, feel most comfortable using edibles as their preferred delivery method. However, the dosing can be tricky for new users. The fact that there is a delayed response time of anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours may be problematic. The conventional wisdom is go slow and start low.

How Smoking Impacts The Skin

You can always identify a cigarette smoker by looking at their skin. The toxins in tobacco wreak havoc, aging the skin prematurely. According to New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Bobby Buka, there is no difference between cannabis and cigarette smoke when it comes to the impact they have on the skin.

He highly recommends using a vaporizer if you want to benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis. Even a bong is preferable to smoking a joint or using a pipe. I will leave you to make your own decision whether to embrace or reject this advice!

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Wanted To Know About Marijuana in the Beauty Industry, updated April 28, 2020, Helena Mills

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