Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of nearly 100 compounds found in the cannabis plant. It has no psychotropic effects, but researchers are discovering that it has a full application for medical use. The use of CBD in skin care is one topic of great interest.
Discoveries about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the skin explain why CBD oil is so effective in treating skin conditions. The skin has long been defined as an organ, but the idea that the skin has its endocannabinoid system is new. This means that the skin and the “micro-organs” in the skin have neurological, endocrinological, and immunological functions.
The skin functions more effectively in these ways when it is healthy, producing new cells, releasing dead cells, and controlling inflammation. Because the skin is such a large organ it is particularly susceptible to damage from the sun, environmental pollution, and stress. If the ECS which controls endocrine and immune functions is not working well in the skin, the skin is susceptible to skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
One research project showed that mice that were lacking the endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB1 in the skin had allergic inflammation of the skin. Conversely, mice with increased levels of endocannabinoid receptors seemed to have protection from the allergies and inflammation. This would suggest that the inflammation is due to a lack of cannabinoids in the skin. In other words, CBD topical creams might be able to help treat the likes of inflammation-related conditions such as Arthritis.
Another study used a preparation of cream with cannabis seeds to treat facial acne on test subjects. The goal was to decrease the amount of sebum (a skin secretion which causes acne) on the face. During the 12-week study, the subjects treated with the product which included cannabis seeds showed a marked decrease in sebum production.
This and other studies have confirmed that creams and skin products containing cannabidiol (CBD) to penetrate the skin to address the underlying skin conditions by regulating the ECS.
So, can products that modulate or regulate the endocannabinoid system like CBD be used to treat skin disorders such as acne? According to recent studies, the outlook is positive. Because the health and regulation of the ECS in the skin have such a broad effect on the health of the skin, it appears that by using CBD products to treat the skin will improve the regulation of the endocannabinoid system, resulting in clearer, healthier skin.