Increasingly, cannabis research is showing that it has profound health and well-being benefits. Although many of the properties remain a mystery, what is clear that cannabis has certain properties that can’t be matched by pharmaceutical drugs when treating certain conditions.
A good example of this is in the treatment of epilepsy. An Italian study conducted at the University of Pavia, entitled, ‘Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Epilepsy: Hard Evidence at Last?’, concluded that the CBD cannabinoid was effective at treating epilepsy, particularly Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
The study concluded, ‘For the first time, there is now class 1 evidence that adjunctive use of CBD improves seizure control in patients with specific epilepsy syndromes.’
This study led to the development of Epidiolex which passed FDA approval in June 2018 and uses the cannabinoid CBD as an active ingredient.
Research continues to be undertaken in medical cannabis and possible applications, and increasingly, more and more countries throughout the world are legalizing the drug.
As well as medicine, the world of cosmetics is also getting a cannabis makeover. It seems that using cannabis-infused products are good for your skin. In this post, we explore how cannabis is becoming a superstar in the beauty treatment scene.
If you can’t get hold of cannabis beauty products, you may want to consider growing your own. To do this, you may require special equipment if you are growing indoors, and you will need feminized cannabis seeds as they provide better yields.
Businesses such as Seedsman can supply all the equipment you need. This route is worth investigating, especially if you want to use cannabis-based products regularly.
Skin Care and Cannabis
Cannabis beauty products tend to use the CBD element of the plant. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The properties, when applied on the skin, are soothing and bring pain relief. It also possesses antioxidant properties. This has been shown to provide the following benefits:
- Acne relief
- Reduces puffiness
- Reduces swelling
- Reduces soreness
The science behind this is fascinating. It binds to TRPV-1 receptors that are embedded into your skin. A study carried out in 2005 showed that the reaction between certain cannabinoids and specific receptors in the skin was unique. The 2005 American study entitled, ‘Evidence for novel cannabinoid receptors’, released by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health concluded:
‘These include transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) receptors and as-yet-unidentified receptors implicated in the endothelium-dependent vasodilator effect of certain cannabinoids.’
Vasodilator means medicine that widens blood vessels to allow blood to flow more freely and are often used to treat conditions such as angina and congestive heart failure.
When cannabis comes into contact with your TRPV-1 receptor, it brings relief to the receptors, and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties work their magic. There is also some evidence that cannabis skin lotions and the like bring pain relief to injuries such as tennis elbow.
There have been a number of scientific studies that show that cannabis potential in skincare is massive. The potential role of cannabinoids in dermatology, a study conducted in 2019 and released by The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, America, concluded:
‘Cannabinoids have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, anti-aging, and antimalignancy properties by various mechanisms including interacting with the newly found endocannabinoid system of the skin thereby providing a promising alternative to traditional treatments.’
Take a Holistic View
CBD is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids that are found in a strain of cannabis. Like THC, another cannabinoid, CBD is well known for its healing properties. Increasingly, it is believed that using beauty products that contain the full range of cannabinoids rather than isolating just one is the way to go.
Some liken it to taking supplements. To get the benefits of one, you need to take another. It is similar here.
Check the Source of your Cannabis Treatment
As with food, it is important you know the source of your cannabis treatment. It is a good idea to check the packaging to show that it contains a whole plant extract. This ties in with taking in a holistic view. If the product doesn’t contain a whole plant extract, the cannabis element could have been processed to death, bringing no benefits at all.
If you suffer from mental illness, it is a good idea to exercise a little bit of caution and maybe talk to your GP first. Some cannabis-based medical treatments have caused adverse effects with those suffering from mental illness.
That said, it is not every mental illness that is affected by medical cannabis treatments.
Cannabis benefits are becoming realized more and more. If your current skincare and other beauty treatments are letting you down, you should give a cannabis one a try.
And remember you can grow your own cannabis quite easily.