In 2012, Israeli scientists identified more than 1,200 genes affected by CBD: 600 gene transcripts were upregulated by CBD and 524 were downregulated. CBD has also been shown to regulate the expression of 491 genes, 165 in skin (4,18).
CBD has been shown to activate both the cannabinoid and PPAR Gamma receptor in skin, which is probably responsible for its claimed skin benefits. Reported skin benefits include:
In order to understand how CBD works, we first have to understand the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The NIH defines the ECS as, “a recently discovered signaling system comprising the cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors, their intrinsic lipid ligands, endocannabinoids, and the associated enzymatic machinery.”1
The ECS is responsible for regulating many systems in the body, such as the limbic, metabolic, nociceptive, and immunologic functions. Endocannabinoids are natural chemical regulators in the body that interact with cannabinoid receptors and help maintain homeostasis. They seem to do this by detecting and regulating pain, mood, hunger, memory, and more.
If the ECS is affected, or the body is not producing enough endocannabinoids, these functions in the body may become unbalanced. And when the body is not producing or regulating endocannabinoids properly, ingesting natural cannabinoids or applying them topically can restore this balance. CBD differs from THC in the sense that THC mimics the natural cannabinoids in the body and binds with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, which are found in abundance within the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract, and in the central and peripheral nervous systems. While THC binds to these receptors, CBD interacts with an enzyme called FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase).4
FAAH is responsible for pulling excess anandamide (a factor in homeostasis) out of circulation.
FAAH breaks down and removes natural endocannabinoids. CBD stops this breakdown and in turn increases the natural endocannabinoids available to the body. Because endo- cannabinoids have a balancing and healing effect on the body’s numerous systems and functions, CBD’s ability to increase the amount of endocannabinoids available to the body may create a bevy of therapeutic benefits.
It is becoming common knowledge that THC and CBD has anti-inflammatory properties to soothe sore muscles and relieve pain. This complex medicine does so much more. Cannabis has at least 80 different cannabinoids, a group of active compounds that give the plant its medical and psychoactive properties. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) might be the best-known cannabinoid, for creating the “high” effect, but non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) tends to be the star in cannabis-based skincare.The benefits of CBD are inevitable, and now there has been a new found benefit of cannabis in skincare. Skin ailments and conditions can be devastating, affecting the physical and mental well-being of those who have them.
With the increasing use of harsh chemicals in skin care products, people are searching for more organic and natural beauty products. And what better than CBD that has medicinal properties as well? Beauty products like face masks, day creams, and body lotions with CBD as its active ingredient are emerging rapidly. Whole plant CBD and hemp-derived CBD are natural anti-inflammatories, which makes them ideal for combatting skin ailments.
Why Use CBD in Skincare?
It is well known that CBD was used as a curative herb thousands of years ago. It is now known as the magical herb having a myriad of health benefits. It is known to aid in the treatment of a wide range of skin diseases ranging from psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and acne to minimizing seizures, stress, and insomnia.
Here are a few reasons as to why CBD works well in the skincare regime.
1. Healing Properties
CBD has therapeutic and anti-inflammation properties and can work better than vitamin C and A as an antioxidant. This can help to treat and soothe irritated skin, painful acne and stimulate cell regeneration for healthier, youthful look.
2. Produces Lipids
Research indicates that CBD has the ability to produce lipids, which are essential components of skin and play a crucial role in the skin’s barrier function. Thus, CBD helps in increasing the skin’s hydration and barrier function, and in regulating and treating the skin cells.
Due to the presence of the terpenes in it, CBD has strong anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and sebum-reducing components. When applied to the affected area, it can work as both an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic to heal and cure the infected area.
CBD, like other cannabinoids, has immunosuppressive properties, which means it can partially or completely suppress the immune response of an individual. This helps CBD to work on skin conditions from the inside out. This can help to treat severe skin diseases like Psoriasis.
5. Ultraviolet Protection
Hemp oil, extracted from marijuana seeds, is loaded with fatty acids that address sun damage. UV rays are associated with a number of skin ailments like aging and cancer, so using CBD oil can ease dry skin and result in a healthier, more protected skin.
6. Stimulates The Endocannabinoid System
CBD stimulates activity in the body’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system plays a key role in the regulation of sebum production. If your body is producing too much sebum, CBD can calm the sebaceous glands by regulating oil production. It can also provide much-needed balance to a deficient endocannabinoid system.
How To Incorporate CBD In Your Skincare?
1. CBD Oil
People have been using coconut oil and tea tree oil for centuries in their skin care routine but there’s an important ingredient to use- CBD oil. Apart for using CBD for anxiety, it can also be used directly as a night serum or can be added it to your scrubs and face masks for instant hydration and rejuvenation.
2. CBD Infused Creams
Switch your regular cream with a CBD infused cream for replenished and supple skin. Many of these come with non-greasy and entirely plant-based formula and are specially designed to work with your natural pH to deliver the ultimate skin protection.
Topicals are the best method of application of CBD to give instant pain relief. Many people use these to treat aching feet and joints and to soothe cramped muscles. The anti-inflammatory properties are also perfect for prevention of wrinkles and acne.
4. CBD Lip Balms
If you’re skeptical about using CBD beauty products, CBD infused lip balms are the best way to try out this trend. They work to hydrate and moisturize chapped and dry lips to give soft, supple lips and are available in fresh mesmerizing flavors.
5. CBD Cleansers
With CBD-infused cleansers, your daily skin care routine can benefit from the naturally nourishing and rejuvenating properties of CBD. These cleansers are sulfate free and gently washes away dirt and oil to leave your face smooth and youthful looking.
Using it can help to keep your pores clean and skin clarified.