The Unexpected Benefits of Cannabis in Skin Care

When you think of cannabis, the last thing you probably think is skin care – but you’re likely to be surprised by the benefits that cannabis can have on our skin. From reducing dryness and reversing the effects of aging there are many reasons you might want to add cannabis topicals of some sort to your daily skin care routine.

We know that cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful as a topical form of pain relief – but what you might not know is that hemp and cannabis are extremely rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to reduce inflammation as well, but they also help in rejuvenating your skin from excessive dryness or even the effects of aging.

“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 as other natural oils are used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hempseed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.”

Natural skin care products that include essential oils are becoming a much more preferred option to the more traditional anti-aging make ups and lotions. Finding a skin care product that includes both essential oils and is infused with cannabis will bring you all the benefits of whatever oils are used, as well as the bonuses of antioxidants and cannabinoids like THC and CBD – when you can find a full spectrum topical lotion you will find yourself reaping the most benefits.

Cannabis can be used in all sorts of skin care products – from daily essentials like face cream and lip balm – to less commonly expected products like your SPF 30 sunscreen. Using cannabis infused skin care products will help your skin feels softer and look younger as it helps the cells regenerate. When you’re looking for a natural way to keep your skin looking nice, cannabis really is the unexpected addition we all needed.

“There are two recent studies that show the importance of CB1 receptors [cannabinoid receptor] in the skin for healthy basal cell regeneration,” she said. “Basal cells have to regenerate and grow. If they don’t, you look much older.”

Evergreen Organix offers a line of cannabis infused topicals for everyday use – including Avocado Lemongrass Body Cream, which is avocado and lemongrass oil blended with premium cannabis, vitamins and minerals and can be used daily. Dosed at 100 mg THC and 25 mg CBD per container this body cream is available in Nevada dispensaries to adults 21 and older.

Jillian Nelson