Updated: Aug 14, 2020
CBD is a powerhouse ingredient for the skin. Learn how cannabis promotes skin health.
CBD calms irritated skin, protects from oxidative damage, normalizes oil production and provides long-lasting nourishment and moisture.
The Science of Skin
Skin. It's our body's largest organism and the first line of defense against infection and injury. Along with its role in protecting from various environmental challenges, it is a highly active structure in itself. For example, the skin is both the source and target of several hormones and has its own immune system. Without this brilliant organ, human life as we know it would be impossible.
Almost every cell type in the skin contains CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are present because of the skin's Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Endocannabinoids act on various cell types and contribute to their healthy physiological function, including helping the skin to repair and maintain itself. Endocannabinoids are anti-inflammatory, they balance the skin's oil levels, regulate sweat glands, and act positively on sensory nerves.
Endocannabinoid dysregulation, poor health of the ECS, is becoming well known to be the cause of many diseases. More studies need to be conducted but breakthrough research has shown that when it comes to skin, an unhealthy ECS can contribute to issues such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and chronic dry skin.
What Role can CBD Skincare Take?
As is turns out, CBD has the same receptors as our skin and our skin responds beautifully when applied topically in home-care and even more so in professional strength treatments.
CBD stimulates our skin's natural cannabinoid receptors. So instead of using an ingredient that is foreign to the skin to change it, CBD is working WITH your skin to improve necessary functions.
What to look for in CBD Skincare
CBD skin care is not all the same, as it could contain a Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate, or just good ol' hemp seed oil. What's the difference?
Full spectrum contains all of the cannabinoids and that includes a little THC. A full spectrum product is the most effective because it has a wide array of vitamins, minerals, terpenes and omega fatty acids. You will also get a hemp-y scent. If the THC and scent isn't for you, you'll want to try one of the other options.
Broad spectrum has all the goodness of a full spectrum but without the THC.
Isolate basically isolates the CBD from all of the other cannabinoids and terpenes. It's pure CBD, no scent, no oils, ect. You will see this a lot in skin care because when it comes down to certain formulations, a full or broad spectrum will not always mix well with other ingredients the formulator may want to add. However, it is not as beneficial because you are going to miss that "entourage effect".
Hemp seed oil contains no cannabinoids, it's pressed from the hemp seeds. It contains a high amount of omega fatty acids, so you do get hydration and oil regulation, but you are not effecting the ECS.
Hope this helps break down some basics. Come see me for a consultation if you want to discuss anything further :)