Did you know cannabis for skin care may be the next big thing? It’s only natural that as the medicinal benefits of cannabis become clearer and clearer, the plant become incorporated into the beauty industry. Read on to learn about the benefits associated with using cannabis for skin care, and why you may just want to apply some cannabis-infused products yourself!

Cannabis Topicals

So where does cannabis for skin care begin? Namely, topicals – cannabis-infused lotions, oils, balms, salves, and sprays that are absorbed through the skin to bring relief to a variety of ailments. It’s easy to understand why smoking cannabis is a no-no when it comes to skin health: Any type of smoke, cannabis or otherwise, is damaging to your skin.

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Topicals can be infused with both CBD and THC cannabinoids, and each works better for certain purposes: CBD becomes a soothing anti-inflammatory while THC offers excellent treatment of pain. Some of our favorite topicals are Canna Care’s ginger sports rub and pain relieving salve, as well as Whoopi and Maya’s Rub body balm for women.

Benefits of Cannabis for Skin Care

Antioxidants

THC and especially the non-psychoactive CBD are powerful antioxidants, perhaps even more so than vitamins A, C, and E. When applied topically, antioxidants work to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles caused by “free radicals” (think UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants). With its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may also help with ‘inflam-aging,’ or aging caused by chronic skin inflammation.

Omega-3s

Hempseed oil, which is legal everywhere, contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are needed to moisturize skin and, when combined with antioxidants (hmm, wonder we can find some of those?!), protect against harmful sun damage. If you’re looking for skin that radiates a healthy glow, hempseed oil should be part of your daily beauty routine.

Treatment of Skin Conditions

Anecdotal evidence is sky-high, and findings from official studies are mounting on using cannabis to treat certain skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis; cannabis-infused creams and balms have been known to offer relief from itching, swelling, scars, and redness.  

Much in that same vein, cannabis topicals may offer relief from the itching, stinging, and redness caused by insect bites and some kinds of rashes. Localized pain relief provides treatment for mild burns, and can help reduce future scarring.

Will Cannabis for Skin Care Get Me High?

Not likely. Even if the topical contains active THC, it won’t result in a “high” you would receive from smoking or consuming marijuana in traditional forms because it doesn’t cross into the bloodstream – the exception is transdermal patches, which do allow THC to cross over into the bloodstream.

Stay tuned for all the coming trends that are sure to arise as the cannabis and beauty industries begin to mingle! Stop by Medithrive today to check our selection of topicals, or order online for delivery seven days a week.