You’ve almost certainly smoked it, you’ve probably eaten it and you may have vaped it. Buy have you ever tried rubbing cannabis on your skin? It’s fair to say that marijuana-infused creams, balms and salves haven’t attracted anywhere near the attention that they deserve, but these products offer a unique way to get the therapeutic benefits of cannabis.
Cannabis is packed with anti-aging properties that help to prevent wrinkles, limit sun damage and leave your skin glowing, healthy and free of complaints. Combine these anti-aging, nourishing and protective qualities, and you finish up with a product that appeals to all kinds of demographics. And it’s fair to say that established beauty companies haven’t let the potential of hemp-based and cannabis-based skin care products go unnoticed.
Smoking cannabis vs cannabis creams
If you want to use cannabis to keep your skin in tip-top condition, then your method of consumption is of great important. Smoking, whether it’s via and old-fashioned joint or in a pipe, is unhealthy and could be damaging for your skin. You’re still taking in the carcinogens from the papers, and the smoke from the plant has some nasties in it too. Exposing the skin to hydrocarbons is never a good move, as it stifles collagen, which helps to slow the aging process.
You don’t necessarily have to stop inhaling cannabis if you want healthier skin – smoking from a bong or enjoying your weed through a vape helps negate the damaging side effects of the smoke.
However, when applied topically to localized areas, the aging effects that smoking cannabis brings are reversed. Puffy, soft bags under the eyes are no more, and irritated skin is calmed with cannabis creams. The versatility of cannabis topicals is mighty impressive and can be used to tackle most common skin problems. Every modern-day beauty regime should involve CBD and THC to some extent.
How cannabis works as an anti-aging agent
It’s not by coincidence that cannabis creams have a positive effect on worn, dry and aging skin – it’s thanks to the presence of cannabinoid receptors in the skin. The endocannabinoid system is vital in determining how the body responds to pain. When you get a skin injury, such as a wound, endocannabinoids work to heal the damage.
CBD, THC and other cannabinoids are chemically similar to endocannabinoids, and therefore when applied in a targeted way, can have a significant impact on damaged skin by activating the cannabinoid receptors in that area.
Skin care products that work with the endocannabinoid system could be a “fundamental element” of future cosmetic remedies, says Phytecs. Admittedly, the company manufactures cannabis-derived products, but with the anecdotal evidence piling up, it’s hard to disagree. Cannabis is almost like a superfood, packed with vital compounds that the skin needs.
CBD and THC are antioxidants
The U.S. federal government recently admitted that CBD is a potent antioxidant, and more effective than vitamins A, C and E. THC has the same property, but its psychoactive trait holds it back for mainstream approval. The antioxidant qualities of CBD and THC come to the fore through topical application, with the compounds able to directly tackle wrinkles, fine lines, skin irritation and other complaints.
Topping the skin up with antioxidants is essential in stifling free radicals. Free radicals can come from a number of sources, including smoke, UV rays and air pollutants. Exposure to free radicals on a daily basis damages skin cells and accelerates the aging process. Free radical-caused damage can even lead to cancer – for example, consistent sunburn can bring about skin cancer.
CBD and THC are potent anti-inflammatories
CBD and THC are powerful anti-inflammatories. How does this relate to skin? You could used cannabis-infused products to help with any swellings, skin irritations and puffiness. The skin is full of cannabinoid receptors that CBD, THC and other cannabinoids link with.
Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions could also be relieved through cannabis cream, thanks to the plant’s antioxidizing properties.
Cannabis creams are packed with omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to promoting healthy-looking skin that radiates and gets you ready to face the world. Hempseed oil products are perfect, and are thankfully legal throughout the United States. They are typically infused with omega-3 and omega-6 acids which help to moisturize and brighten the skin. The omega-3s and THC also protect the skin from UV rays. This also aids the battle against wrinkles and helps stop skin cancer.
Keep good care of your skin with these DIY topicals
You don’t even need to go out and buy a cannabis topical – if you’re so inclined, you could make one yourself. Here are two awesome cannabis topicals that you can make at home.
Cannabis face masks
If you like using face masks, then why not add some cannabis. Combine ¼ cup of cannabis oil (with your chosen CBD to THC ratio), one ripe avocado, two teaspoons of spirulina powder and a few drops of patchouli oil. Then apply to your skin, sit back, relax and allow the cannabis healing process to begin.
Start with ¼ oz of cannabis flower, 1 ½ cups of coconut oil, 1/3 cup of beeswax, one saucepan, one jar, one baking sheet and one cheesecloth. If you wish to add other essential oils, have these on hand. Decarboxylate the pot at 240 Fahrenheit for around 30 minutes, while warming the coconut oil in the saucepan on low heat, stirring throughout.
Mix in the decarboxylated cannabis and stir for a further 20 minutes or so. Then remove the mixture and strain through the cheesecloth. Melt the beeswax, re-add the cannabis-infused coconut oil, throw in your chosen essential oils (if any) and then decant your salve into the jar.
However you choose to use cannabis on your skin, any application of the herb will pay dividends. In comparison to the general anti-aging products on the market, cannabis topicals are cheaper and more effective. And they are multipurpose. You can treat skin complaints, chronic pain and inflammation with ease.