If you are looking for the next big thing in skincare, look no further than your local dispensary or hemp-friendly beauty line. We’ve all heard about the multitude of ailments that marijuana has proven to be beneficial in treating, but have you stopped to consider what cannabis can do for the largest organ in your body, your skin? Cannabis is proving to be a viable solution to a plethora of skin dilemmas, boasting the ability to reduce inflammation, destroy bacteria as well as being particularly rich in potent antioxidants. The good news is that reaping the benefits of canna-skincare is not limited to the lucky folks who live in states that have legalized. Many skin care products are just as effective when made from hemp as when made from marijuana since they are both rich in CBD.
Cannabis is particularly effective as a skin care tool due to its ability to act on the CB1 and CB2 receptors found within skin throughout our bodies. When interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, topicals are able to effect change from the inside out, on a cellular level. This equates to skin that doesn’t just temporarily feel healthier but actually IS healthier. Of course, for maximum benefit, cannabis topicals are preferable. Smoking, in general, is not so great for the skin. Topicals, on the other hand, provide direct interaction with the cells you most want to see benefit and bypass the blood/brain interaction that can make you feel “out of it” when smoking or vaping cannabis.
Cannabis skin care products are available commercially but can also be made by the talented DIY enthusiast from the comfort of your own home with recipes like these found on Wikileaf. You’ll find products on the market now to address everything from basic moisturization and skin health to skin infections and abnormalities. Here are a few of my favorites:
Mary Jane’s Medicinals Lip Bong
This lip balm is nutrient packed and the perfect go to for healthy, moisturized lips. It’s great for maintaining the delicate balance of your lips’ skin, which can be prone to things like chapping and cold sores. BONUS- this balm can also be rubbed on your temples to treat headaches!
Treat Yourself Cannabis Infused Whipped Body Butter- Skin Healing Formula
This body butter is designed to treat everything from psoriasis and eczema to poison oak and dry skin. It’s rich moisturizing effect combined with it’s calming, healing properties make this a go to for people with sensitive skin.
Kush Creams Aloe Based Face and Eye Cream
This cream is excellent for promoting a healthy, youthful face! With powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it is your ideal weapon for perfect for fighting acne and wrinkles! Use it at night and under makeup!
If you haven’t jumped on the canna-skincare bandwagon, there’s no time like the present! Many hemp-derived CBD products are available nationwide and with marijuana legal in some form in 26 states and counting, marijuana derived products are becoming increasingly popular. You may find cannabis is the secret you’ve been waiting for to heal and beautify your skin!