Cannabinoid-based skin treatments are popping up all over the market, and many claim that cannabis could be the next big thing in skincare. CND, the main ingredient in most of these products and treatments, is known for its’ stress reducing and pain relieving effects which are also very beneficial to having healthy skin.

Why Cannabis Skin Care?

Inflammation is the number one cause of a large amount of skin care problems. Everything from acne, to rosacea, psoriasis, and even aging, can benefit from cannabinoids anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cannabis can be used in skin care to target puffiness, redness, swelling, and soreness all at once. This potentially makes CBD a considerable asset in combatting acne and providing us with anti-aging benefits. But what makes CBD popular is that it can help relieve pain.

As quoted in Well and Good; “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch, and pain,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. “This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just like other oils found in skin care products, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hempseed oil make it a great choice for people with dry skin and eczema.”

Cannabis for Anti-Aging

Skin care products that have infused with cannabis have strong anti-aging properties and can help to reverse some of the damage done to the skin over time. Hemp oil, for example, has been around in the skincare world for a very long time. It is made by cold-pressing the hemp seeds into oil and is exceptionally high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are super essential when moisturizing dry, dull skin.

The same fatty acids are also responsible for helping to renew the skins outer layer, leaving the skin smoother and looking more youthful. Hemp infused products are also high in vitamins C and E, which help to protect the skin and hair from the sun and keep collagen and elastin from being damaged.

CBD is found in hemp and marijuana, has also been proven to reduce the physical appearance of aging. CBD helps regulate the life cycle of skin cells and provides anti-inflammatory properties to break down free radicals (which damage collagen and make us look older).

More than One Cannabinoid

CBD, though popular at the moment, is not the only cannabinoid in the plant. Cannabis has around 100 known cannabinoids. CBD and THC being just two of those.

Studies show that CBD works better when in contact with other cannabinoids in what is known as the “entourage effect.” It is much better to look for products that are known as “Full-Spectrum” because they contain all of the cannabinoids and are not overly processed. CBD works better when all of the cannabinoids are present so that the full effects can are felt on our endocannabinoid systems.

Much like with other supplements, such as turmeric, which needs black pepper in order to be absorbed properly, CBD needs other cannabinoids present to function to the best of its ability.

Legally this can be an issue as cannabis-infused products are regulated at the state level and still considered a class 1 drug federally which means that these products cannot cross state lines legally. Still, hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, and although it doesn’t contain any THC, it does includes many of the other cannabinoids that should be present to produce the entourage effect.

In the upcoming months as we at VCO continue to work closely with the veteran’s community, please keep a look out on our social media for giveaways and the announcement of our line of CBD products.