The calming and healing properties of cannabis derivatives— cannabis seeds, oils, concentrates and extracts have been recognised for hundreds of years, and marijuana has remained as one of the most widely practised drugs all over the globe. However, the specific chemistry and mechanism of marijuana activity were unexplained until the discovery of cannabinoid receptors (CBRs) at the end of the twentieth century. The understanding and development of endogenous ligands of CBRs— endocannabinoids initiated current progress in the knowledge of the function of the cannabinoid system in physiological and pathological processes in human beings. CBRs have also been expressed to be shown in healthy and diseased skin, implying that the modification of the cannabinoid system could be significant for the development of numerous skin diseases. Therefore, scientists and medical cannabis advocates performed a study of available research and data to review contemporary information about the cannabinoid system in the skin pathophysiology pointing out potential future. therapeutic targets.
There are two kinds of cannabinoids:
Endocannabinoids – generated naturally within the human body.
Phytocannabinoids – happen in nature and are consumed (cannabis)
Understanding the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) with CBD
The Endocannabinoid System is a chain of receptors found throughout the entire human body. It is within the tissue connecting to each other, immune cells, organs, glands, and the brain. With its complex activities within the immune system, nervous system, and virtually all of the body’s organs including the skin, cannabinoids interact inside this system and function as a link between the body and mind. The purpose of the regulatory system is to regulate homeostasis— keeping the body in a state of equilibrium by efficiently controlling bodily processes such as appetite, mood, pain sensitivity, and sleep. Although both endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids attach to receptors inside these systems, phytocannabinoids are the most efficient because they have much more significant influence inside the body. In summary, phytocannabinoids “ignites” the central regulatory system via the endocannabinoid system and present an overabundance of powerful anatomical advantages. The best model and most notable phytocannabinoid are CBD.
Researches have shown CBD to be useful to the skin. It is because of how CBD communicates with the endocannabinoid system. This is a system of neurotransmitters or receptors. These receptors are spread throughout the body but are observed mostly in the skin.
ECS has a vital influence on the health of the skin in particular. CBD serves as a natural supplement to the system. When it’s operating at its best, the skin stays moisturized, hydrated, and glowing.
CBD is extracted and isolated from specific types of cannabis. It is the second most abundant compound in cannabis, typically denoting up to Forty percent of its extracts. CBD is a compound that can be obtained in both psychoactive cannabis (marijuana) and non-psychoactive cannabis (hemp). However, most legal CBD products that are available in the market will be extracts from hemp.
More labels have started to incorporate CBD onto topicals, such as ointments, lotions, creams, salve, and lip balms, for its skin benefits. CBD topicals are recognized in treating symptoms with chronic pain, inflammation, acne, psoriasis, cancer treatment, anti-aging, and other skin diseases.
Topicals infused with CBD are recommended to be applied as other similar beauty and body care products. It can be used as it when necessary or as a regular daily beauty product. CBD administered topically is absorbed directly into the skin.
CBD infused lipsticks
Skincare specialists think that supporting the skin from the inside out is hugely more effective from outside in. This theory pertains to the treatment of all skin issues and is one of the logics of why a CBD infused lipstick can be more useful than typical lip balm. Many people nowadays are replacing conventional body lotions with the latest CBD infused, and it’s expected that soon every woman will have a CBD infused lipstick in her make up bag.
The Cannabis Beauty Spa
Beauty and Cannabis day spas are coming into trend. Spas incorporate CBD infused creams into their most popular body therapies and massage. Many marijuana dispensaries have been adjusting their marketing strategies with the concept of a spa, adopting related services, like massage, acupuncture, CBD infused beverages and smoothies.
The Legalization of Hemp CBD
In contrast to marijuana, federal law permits for the cultivation, processing, and marketing of hemp and hemp products, which would include cannabinoids obtained from industrial hemp. Passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President in 2014, the Farm Bill authorizes the growth and cultivation of industrial hemp in states where hemp is legal to grow— Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014.
In the future, there is an expectation for targeted cannabinoid treatments to control these chronic skin problems better and enhance the youthful beauty and appearance of our skin.
Natalie Gray is a Biochemical Engineer. She works in the Research and Development team that focuses on the design and construction of unit processes. She is a recreational marijuana supporter and her love for organic chemistry brought her to medical cannabis. She grows her own flowers, working on different projects and study everything above and under cannabis roots.