The Basics: CBD Skincare

We talk a lot about CBD here but this cannabinoid has been gaining traction as the next big thing in skincare. Today we’re covering the basics of CBD skincare – how it works with the body and what it could potentially treat.

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What is CBD?

First things first, let’s go over what CBD is. CBD is a cannabinoid and cannabinoids are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in and secreted by cannabis flowers that have psychoactive effects and provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, anxiety, and inflammation.

Research shows that the cannabis plant can produce between 80 to 100 varying cannabinoids and about 300 non-cannabinoid chemicals – the two most commonly known and most abundant in the cannabis plant are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Typically, when orally consumed either via inhalation or through an edible, CBD can have antidepressant-like effects due to its impact on the brain’s natural receptors for serotonin – a chemical that is produced by the body’s nerve cells and impacts everything from emotions to motor skills. But what are the effects of CBD when it’s absorbed by the epidermis through skincare?

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The ECS is a complex communications system found in the brain and body that is capable of interacting with the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.We know that the ECS is comprised of three main components: endocannabinoids – small molecules that activate cannabinoid receptors, receptors – found throughout the body and functionally bind to endocannabinoids signalling to the ECS that an action needs to take place i.e. relieve pain and enzymes – responsible for breaking down the endocannabinoids once they’ve carried out their function. When interacting with cannabinoids, all three components of the ECS work together, ultimately helping to regulate and bring balance to human functions.

While the research is still very limited, a 2009 study published in Trends in Pharmacological Sciences suggests our skin, may have an ECS of its very own.

What can CBD help treat?

One of the greatest benefits of CBD is its ability to control inflammation. According to Robert Dellavalle, MD, PHD, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health, the body has two CBD receptors that we know of: CB1 and CB2 and when applied to the skin, CBD interacts with these receptors to turn down the inflammatory response. Dellavalle explains this happens by “decreasing the interleukins, which are chemicals that are like the immune system’s fire alarm that calls the fire department in an emergency. CBD may decrease the loudness of that fire alarm”. If redness is your problem, you’ll see less redness overall and with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, since CBD also reduces dryness, it could be effective in offsetting any itchiness.

CBD can also help with acne. A contributing factor of acne is the overproduction of sebum (an oily/waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands) and according to Jeanette Jacknin, MD, “there are CB2 receptors on sebaceous glands, which produce oil. According to research, CBD influences the sebum production of cells and has an anti-inflammatory component.” So in addition to controlling sebum production, which will reduce breakouts in general, even if a pesky zit or two pops up, CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the redness or swelling sometimes associated with breakouts.

Incorporating it into your skincare routine

CBD skincare has taken form in every lotion, potion, serum, mask and oil the skincare industry can concoct but given that research is still very limited and the industry itself still unregulated, we always suggest speaking with your dermatologist or a medical practitioner before swapping out any medicated skincare for the CBD alternative if you have an existing skin condition.

Same day weed delivery and weed delivery Canada wide

Have we made a CBD skincare enthusiast of you yet? BR’s online dispensary may not have CBD skincare but you can still get your CBD fix in tincture or bud form any day of the week. Place your orders today and get your goods same day if you live in the GTA or 2-3 business days with our mail order marijuana program. See you down the rabbit hole!

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