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The Benefits Cannabis Products Bring To The Cosmetic Industry

Leslie kahn


The cannabis beauty industry has exploded in the past decade. Cannabis usage is not only considered to be crucial to maintain good health for many patients, but it has found its way into the skin care, beauty and cosmetic industry. In this article I will discuss how cannabis-based products will keep you looking and feeling better.  

Antioxidant Properties

Your skin is the largest organ in the body. It is the first defense against infection and helps regulate body temperature. Protecting your skin is important to maintaining good health. 

Both THC and CBD in cannabis have been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties. They protect your skin from becoming damaged by free radicals. Stress, ultaviolet rays and all types of pollution lead to the creation of free radicals that can age your skin and may result in skin cancer for some people. 

Antioxidants such as Vitamin E and carotene, which is the precursor for Vitamin A, can be found in good supply in hemp seed oil.

The Importance of Essential Fatty Acids

A healthy diet, which contains a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids, is the key to maintaining a strong immune system and healthy skin. Studies show that many common illnesses result in deficiencies or imbalances  of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Hemp seed oil contains the following fatty acids:

  • Omega-3 Alpha-linolenic acid
  • Omega-6 Linoleic acid 
  • Gamma-linoleic acid, oleic acid and stearidonic acid

These acids appear in many other plants and are already present in the majority of beauty products. However, at 80%, only cannabis has such a high percentage which is comparable to the proportion of fatty acids that naturally occur in our skin. As a result, the penetration rate of the skin by cannabis-based products is very high. This makes your skin supple and smooth with fewer wrinkles and lines. They work for every skin type, including oily skin. They can be used to control a number of skin problems or as an integral part of maintaining good health.

These fatty acids also protect your skin from sun damage. Cannabis oil or cannabis-infused creams and lotions promote the growth of new skin cells which keeps your skin looking radiant and free from discoloration and rashes. Don’t forget about your lips which can dry out from the sun in the summer or crack from the cold in the winter. Cannabis-infused lip balms will keep delicate lips in tiptop condition.

Anti-inflammatory Properties

Both THC and CBD in cannabis are known anti-inflammatories. The effects of inflammation may lead to elevated oxygen levels which can cause aging of the skin as well as cataracts and retinal degeneration, melanoma and dermatitis. By reducing the oxygen levels, cannabinoids help to reduce inflammation.

Enhances Skin Absorption

The terpenes in cannabis can enhance the skin’s ability to absorb topical treatments more quickly. It is highly recommended that you use your cannabis-based topicals before you use other products on your skin and hair.

Helps Control Skin Conditions 

By hydrating cells and stimulating their regeneration, the cannabinoids in cannabis aid to protect the skin from irritants. Cannabis-infused products help control the following skin conditions:

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Acne and blackheads
  • Itching
  • Fungal skin infections
  • Rashes

Great For Your Hair

Cannabis-infused products provide the following benefits for your hair:

  • Strengthens and nourishes your hair 
  • Increases its elasticity which keeps it from breaking off 
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Stops your scalp from drying out
  • Improves the circulation of blood to your scalp
  • Controls dandruff

Hemp seed oil contains a type of fat called ceramides which strengthens cell membranes. These membranes prevent your hair from losing its moisture. The Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids also contribute to shinier hair and a healthy scalp.

Recommended Delivery Methods

Topicals

The cannabis-infused topical is one of the best delivery methods for your skin and hair. It works by binding to our CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. It is portable, discreet, works quickly and provides immediate benefits for localized pain and symptom relief for several hours. Topicals comes in many different forms which include: 

  • Soaps 
  • Lotions 
  • Creams 
  • Balms 
  • Pomades or Hair Gel 
  • Shampoos 
  • Massage oil

Vaporizers

One of the healthiest delivery methods is vaporizing. It provides many benefits while avoiding harmful toxins. Its effects are immediate and it is very easy to control the dosage. You simply stop inhaling when you have had enough.

Edibles 

Many consumers enjoy edibles which typically provide benefits for a extending period of time without having to dose again. However, there is a delay in the onset of the effects and it is possible to overdose by eating too large a portion.

My Final Word About Smoking

Smoke of any kind, be it cannabis or cigarettes, contains carcinogens. These carcinogens can prevent skin cells from producing collagen. Collagen is a protein responsible for providing structure in the majority of your body, including skin, bones, tendons and ligaments. Without an adequate amount of collagen, skin ages much more quickly. If you already have chronic skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, inhaling smoke can exacerbate it.

Now that we are all still sheltering in place, from the safety of your home you can also upgrade your skin and hair care products by adding cannabis oil to them.

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cannabismo.org, Benefits of Weed For Beauty, Sept. 10, 2019, Mary J.
drgreenrelief.com, The Beauty Benefits of Marijuana
2020-solutions.com, Cannabis and Beauty: 5 Benefits To Consider, Aug. 16, 2019
greencamp. com, Cannabis Beauty Products: Everything You Wanted To Know About Marijuana in the Beauty Industry, updated April 28, 2020, Helena Mills
hempbasics.com, Hemp Seed Nutrition