The hemp plant is an incredible natural resource, full of beneficial compounds and minerals including specifically cannabidiol (CBD), which is fast becoming the new it product on the beauty market. Companies are recognising the incredible proponents of CBD and have begun touting it as the “new super oil” for a great number of uses - from anti-ageing to skin nutrition, and has even been shown to effectively treat acne.
So what is it about hemp that people are only now cottoning on to?
Old Plant - New Tricks?
Throughout history, the cannabis plant has been used for all kinds of purposes. Our ancestors saw its potent therapeutic potential, using it for soothing skin, treating joint injuries, easing chronic pain, and is said to have been used in religious rituals for anointing those suffering from a diverse range of ailments.
So what’s in it?
For starters, the hemp plant as a whole is jam packed with an incredible amount of beneficial compounds. Every part of the plant can be utilised; from its nutrient, oil and mineral rich seeds, strong fibres of its stem used for textiles and building, to the resin-rich leaves and flowers of the plant; this plant has an infinite amount of uses. But topical application of hemp rich oils and body butters are now coming into the beauty market en mass. So let’s take a look at what’s inside this incredible plant that provides such therapeutic results.
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A Moisture-Rich Product for Dry Skin
To start with, hemp is rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid, both known for its fantastic moisturising components that help regenerate the skins outer protective layer; leaving it looking younger and feeling smoother. It also contains vitamin E and C, which keep free radicals within the body from attacking collagen and elastin; both integral for youthful and fresh looking skin. Vitamins A and D are also both integral for skin reparation and are found in relatively large amounts in the hemp plant, making it particularly beneficial for those suffering from skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Hemp oil is safe and easy to use orally and gives you a far more potent dose than you would get from eating raw hemp material alone. In saying that, there are plenty of reasons for eating the seeds of the hemp plant, which are naturally rich in CBD, essential oils, minerals, vitamins, and are heavily laden with beneficial proteins, integral to the maintenance of regular bodily functions.
CBD for Acne Treatment and Prevention
Acne, a skin condition that involves the overproduction of sebum; an oily substance that protects the skin from outside bacterias and viruses while keeping it moisturised, can affect young and old alike. It is more often than not brought on by changes in hormones, but can also be generated by medications and even overusing skin products. The sebaceous glands that produce these oils contain endocannabinoid receptors, which is affected by cannabinoids both endogenous and synthetic; like cannabidiol.
But, how can CBD help with regulating the overproduction of oils without zapping it of what it needs?
In a study conducted at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, directed by physiologist Dr Tamas Biro, where he isolated skin cells and applied CBD, found that CBD:
Does not stimulate but inhibits lipid synthesis, especially if the lipid synthesis was previously unregulated, as for example in acne. It was very surprising, that a phytocannabinoid could prevent the action of the endocannabinoids. - Biro
So, CBD for acne can be used to affect and control the production of these oils by inhibiting the lipid production. And not only can CBD oil be used topically to treat acne with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial components, but it hails beneficial results as an acne preventative as well.
Skin Conditions that Benefit from CBD
Studies have shown potential benefits of cannabinoids in the treatment of psoriasis, due specifically to its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its effect on the endocannabinoid system. Psoriasis is a skin condition, where the skin cells regenerate every 3-5 days rather than the normal 30 day life cycle. The underlying mechanism for psoriasis involves the immune system. Recent research has found that the endocannabinoid system binds with the messaging molecules within our immune system, that then regulates primary physiological functions.
The communication channels through which endogenous, botanical or synthetic cannabinoids bind to our system are now beginning to be understood by the scientific community, and research now suggest that both THC, the psychoactive sister of CBD, and CBD itself dampen the immune systems responses; which is the desired result for an overactive immune system. And since there are cannabinoid receptors in the cells throughout the skin, it is possible to treat skin conditions both topically and systemically.
For this same reason, CBD is also efficacious for those with other skin conditions like eczema, rashes and allergies; where once they struggled to treat their skin conditions, they now feel relief. This is a incredible relief for those who previously had to rely on creams and pills that include harsh ingredients like steroids and petrochemicals.
Do Your Research!
When it comes to looking after your skin, using whole, natural products without harsh chemicals and detergents are best, especially when looking after sensitive, acne prone or dry skin. If you are looking to improve your skin health and appearance, why not try CBD as an alternative to the hoards of products in your local chemist or supermarket.
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