How CBD Can Help Your Skin
The CBD boom is here and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. Celebrities and Hollywood elites have been documented singing the praises of the super compound across news and social media outlets. From Melissa McCarthy rubbing CBD oil on her feet before the Oscars, to Kim Kardashian, who threw a CBD-themed baby shower, CBD is all the rage in Hollywood. High end retailers have also taken notice, Barneys opened a cannabis and CBD lifestyle shop in Beverly Hills, and Saks Fifth Avenue opened a similar type boutique inside their flagship store in Manhattan.
Many of the benefits of using CBD tinctures and other products center around inflammation, anxiety and relaxation. We’ve seen a wide variety of CBD infused products from mascara to facial masks. But, some might ask why are we seeing CBD in beauty products? Is there a relationship between CBD and skincare? Kim Kardashian would likely tell you yes, and the team over at Saks 5th Avenue would strongly agree, but sometimes not all endorsements come from the rich and famous. Some come from medical professionals. Hervé Damas, MD, a physician in the Florida medical cannabis practice recently told Health.com about what he tells patients concerning using CBD for skin disorders.
For dermatological issues such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema, I’ve found CBD to be very effective at decreasing the flare-ups, irritation, and discomfort my patients experience,” he tells Health. “Depending on the severity of the disease, I will use either topical creams or a combination of topical and systemic treatments."
After reading Dr. Damas’s testimony it would make sense to wonder how taking a CBD oil can help severe skin conditions like psoriasis. The answer lies in how CBD works with our bodies in general and the root cause of the issue. Humans have an endocannabinoid system that responds to external cannabinoids, what are called phytocannabinoids. CBD is an example of a phytocannabinoid. When you eat CBD 500mg gummies it tells your body to make more of our naturally produced endocannabinoids like 2-AG. The CB1 and CB2 receptors that makeup our endocannabinoid system impact a number of bodily functions and responses in different ways.
One of those responses deals directly with inflammation. Essentially when the right receptor receives the proper amount of endocannabinoids it tells the body to ease back on the inflammation, which is why a number of skin conditions like psoriasis can find relief when CBD is introduced. Psoriasis is a skin condition that is the result of inflammation. The inflammation that causes psoriasis is different than what causes inflammation in your knee, therefore taking ibuprofen may work for your knee but will do little for your skin. That’s where the proper receptors and compounds come into play.
We’re still learning about the benefits and uses of CBD, but what we do know already is very beneficial. If you’re new to CBD and looking to try it to see what it can do for you, start with a vanilla CBD oil drop and add it to your morning coffee.