Your skin is the largest and one of the most important organs in your body. It also is the body’s first point of contact with the world around you. It protects the internal organs from harm, as well as helping the body synthesize vitamin D, and so it goes without saying it is vital to keep the skin healthy.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are both phytocannabinoids, cannabinoids that occur naturally in the plant. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex system of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the brain as well as the skin, reproductive system, and gut, has helped scientists begin the search for alternative options in skin care. They have found that there are cannabinoid receptors in our skin cells that are directly impacted by cannabis and its many components.
The skin contains oil-producing factories called sebaceous glands that play an essential role in the overall healthiness of your skin, and it also protects the body from invading bacteria while lubricating the skin. Sebum is a slightly acidic and antioxidant-rich oil the pores in your skin secrete. The acid in sebum helps to kill harmful bacteria and ultimately protects the skin. The ECS system aids in the production of sebum.
Free radicals damage cells leading to, among other things, premature wrinkles, as well as the oil glands shrinking in size and producing less of the essential oils your skin needs to remain healthy in appearance. Inflammation in the skin is another component in the fight against aging of the skin. Your skin is in a daily fight with the environment around you.
Sometimes the body responds to these attacks too harshly. This is when inflammation in the skin occurs. When activated with topical CBD infused creams and oils, the endocannabinoids slow down the body’s hypersensitivity to inflamed skin cells. When you apply activated cannabis directly to the skin, you are essentially engaging the ECS directly.
Producers of skin products have caught on to the wave of information scientists have recently found and have begun to infuse everyday skin care products such as face washes, lotions, creams, oils, and even anti-aging creams.
Hemp is another plant from the cannabis plant family. It is also making waves in skin care products as it has beneficial nutrients and minerals that help with regenerating and energizing the skins protective layer due to its abundance in fatty acids, as well as its richness in vitamins A and E.
Hemp oil even contains trace amounts of essential minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. With skin being such an essential organ to the health of humans, the furtherment of learning exactly how the ECS responds to cannabis is showing great promise.