Can Cannabis Help Your Acne?
Congratulations Cannabis! You are now legal in Massachusetts. After almost 100 years of being vilified, you have finally returned as a respected healer and plant helper. Welcome back!
Cannabis has been an essential part of medical traditions around the world since the beginning of human history. Used as one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese Medicine, also used in ancient Egypt, India, and Greece. The benefits of cannabis have been respected and recognized throughout the world.
The two strains of cannabis (cannabis sativa and cannabis indica) contain 14 active substances, known as cannabinoids. The most well-known cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).
THC is well-known for its psychoactive effect, and also for its ability to bind to CB1 receptors in the body to balance the central nervous system, liver, gonads, and glands.
CBD, which does not have a psychoactive effect, is known for binding to CB2 receptors to balance the peripheral nervous system, the immune system, and lymph tissues.
The overall effect of cannabinoids is to balance the endocannabinoid system in the body, which can result in overall balance in all body tissues and systems – especially the nervous system.
So now, with legalization in Massachusetts, it is possible for you to experience relief from pain, anxiety, insomnia, neurological conditions – and even acne - like never before.
That’s right. Research has shown that cannabis can reduce acne. However, you have to use the right cannabinoid.
Smoking pot can increase acne; this is because THC increases testosterone levels, which can lead to more acne. Testosterone is an androgenic hormone linked to excessive sebum production in the body, which can trigger acne if you already have acne-prone skin.
Instead, you want to get yourself some CBD oil (we carry an amazing brand in you are interested!). CBD is especially indicated for acne patients that also experience anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
A study conducted in 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed that a cannabinoid called CBC (cannabichromene) treats acne by reducing sebaceous gland sebum production and arachidonic acid production. CBC is found most readily in CBD oil.
However, research is still too recent when it comes to assessing the long-term effects of cannabis use. We already know that long-term heavy use of cannabis can lead to memory, learning and intellect impairment, addiction and perhaps the unmasking of psychosis and schizophrenia.
So use what you need, but remember:
Taking CBD oil will not address the root-cause of acne. It is a brilliant medication to take while your body is being balanced and restored, but the ultimate goal is to achieve clear skin without the use of cannabinoids or any other strong medication.
If you need help treating your acne, be sure to book your consultation online or in-person to get to the root-cause. We understand acne and how to balance the body to get clear skin!