Though hemp has been used in cosmetics for ages, more and more companies are integrating THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) into their skincare lines.
The Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology found that cannabinoids are responsible for lipid production and, therefore, for regulating conditions such as dry skin or acne. “Our preclinical data encourage one to explore whether endocannabinoid system-acting agents can be exploited in the management of common skin disorders,” said Tamás Biró, a scientist on the team.
In addition to being an anti-inflammatory, cannabis has been more recently noted as an antioxidant. Some studies have shown that THC itself possesses more anti-aging qualities than cannabidiol. The antioxidants assist in neutralizing the damaging effects of free radical oxygen particles.
The balance between detrimental and defensive biological processes, such as oxidative stress and anti-oxidation, determines the ageing process. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has a fundamental role to play in various aspects of the aging process, both mental and somatic.
On a cellular level, the ECS regulates expression of the important neurotransmitter, brain-derived neurotropic factor, an important protein responsible for the development and maintenance of healthy neurons, which underlies its ability to assist in neurogenesis (growth of new neurons).
It is now known that the endocannabinoid system is involved in the maintenance of healthy skin in various ways. Cannabis topicals may also be used to treat inflammatory skin diseases.
Dermatologists note that smoking cannabis is not the
healthiest form of consumption for your skin. If you are a cannabis user, oral consumption is the best method for protecting your skin. Smoking cannabis has the same effects on skin as smoking cigarettes would. Doctors urge that if you insist in smoking you have a heavy-duty moisturizer on, but if you insist on smoking, use a vaporizer.