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The Skin’s Endocannabinoid System

In recent years, researchers have discovered just how important cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system are to maintaining healthy skin and preventing disease. Much as ingesting CBD orally (as with tinctures/capsules) builds up cannabinoids in the systems of the body, applying CBD topically builds up cannabinoids in the skin and underlying muscles and tissues. Cannabinoids help the body fight inflammation and bacteria before blemishes arise while simultaneously reducing both redness and scarring. Finally, by retaining the health of the skin at a cellular level, we can ensure that we age with beauty. You see, the skin has an abundance of cannabinoid receptors which are responsible for the proliferation, differentiation, and survival of skin cells. The CB receptors are responsible for the immune system of the skin. When the endocannabinoid system of the skin is not functioning well, this can lead to disorders of the skin, including acne, dry skin, inflammation, eczema, allergic dermatitis, psoriasis, skin cancer, and more.

CBD and Skin Health

The hemp plant is a pharmacy in a plant – it has over 500 chemicals! The 500+ compounds that have been discovered so far include 110 cannabinoids, over 200 terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, vitamins, plant sterol, chlorophyll, gamma linoleic acid, and more! This means that this plant has many ways in which it ensures healthy cells; it is able to target many different aspects of cellular healing at once.

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Other Herbs

Mother nature has given us many herbs that have been traditionally used throughout cultures as remedies to create beautiful and healthy skin, healing and protecting our largest and most detoxifying organ – the skin!

Rosehip

Phenols in rosehip oil have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties; this will help protect against and heal skin conditions, such as eczema, or allergic reactions. Additionally, it is packed with Vitamin C which protects against sun damage, reduces wrinkles, and brightens the complexion. Rosehip oil additionally helps macrophages shift into a form which promotes healing rather than forming poor healing and creating scars. This oil contains retinoids such as retinoic acid which helps fight acne and creates brightenness by speeding up cell maturation and turnover. Finally, containing linoleic acid, it really moisturizes the skin.

Our Beauty Products that contain Rosehip Seed Oil:

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an amazing supplement for the skin—it moisturizes, contains antibacterial properties, is an antioxidant, reduces the appearance of scars and aging, promotes collagen production, and soothes eczema, psoriasis, and more conditions of dry skin. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic!

Our Beauty Products that contain Jojoba Oil:

Argan Kernel Oil

Even though Aragan oil is most commonly used as a moisturizer, it also contains anti-sebum effects which can help balance oily skin. One of the original uses of this oil has been treating skin infections, as it is both antibacterial and antifungal. Additionally, it is an anti-inflammatory and used for many skin conditions. It is a protector against the sun due to its antioxidant properties and has anti aging effects due to the fact that it can increase the elasticity of the skin.

Our Beauty Products that contain Argan Oil:

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot seed oil is an essential oil with antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Our Beauty Products that contain Carrot Seed Oil:

Calendula Flowers

This oil is used in healing and soothing the skin due to its antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

Our Beauty Products that contain Calendula Oil:

Raspberry Seed Oil

Raspberry seed oil contains antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help fight oxidative stress and are anti-inflammatory. For those with acne, not only is it non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores), but it also has linoleic acid which rebalances the skin’s natural oils while reducing breakouts. It contains high levels of phytosterols which reduce water loss and help the skin retain hydration. Finally, it is a source of vitamin A and vitamin E which help with cell regeneration and growth.

Our Beauty Products that contain Raspberry Seed Oil:

Rose Oil

Rose oil hydrates, brightens, and protects the skin. Additionally, it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties. Finally, it helps reduce hyperpigmentation and boosts collagen formation.

Our Beauty Products that contain Rose Oil:

Vitamin E

Indian Dermatology Online Journal Published a scientific paper, Vitamin E in Dermatology , which claims, “Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble antioxidant and has been in use for more than 50 years in dermatology. It is an important ingredient in many cosmetic products. It protects the skin from various deleterious effects due to solar radiation by acting as a free-radical scavenger. Experimental studies suggest that vitamin E has antitumorigenic (counteracting the formation of tumors) and photoprotective (helping an organism cope with molecular damage caused by sunlight) properties.”

Our Beauty Products that contain Vitamin E:

Boswellia (Frankincense) Oil

A favorite of ayurvedic medicine, the resin of the Boswellia tree has been used as a medicine throughout the ages. It is one of the most valued herbs in Ayurveda. “Gaja Bhakshya” is the Sanskrit name for Boswellia. Ancient Ayurvedic medical books describe this herb’s use as a treatment for arthritis, as well as its use in muscular pain and pain relief. This is because Boswellia is an anti-inflammatory, which grants this oil the ability to reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and age spots.

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An Article By Evie Louise

Evie Louise is a recent psychology graduate from New York University. She is a certified in International Cannabinoid Clinical Therapy. Evie sees all forms of the cannabis sativa plant as the future of psychiatry, and hopes to use it in her therapy practice as a full spectrum approach to mental health and wellness.

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