Cannabis skincare

Cannabis is a plant that is very controversial., Since the 1930s it has been demonised, made illegal and blamed for a lot of society’s ills. Though demonised, it has a history of being an extremely useful plant. The female plant is mainly reared for consumption and is the psychoactive branch of the family, the male plant has been used for centuries for other purposes under its working name -hemp.

Benefits of cannabinoids

Everyone knows that cannabis can get you high (the female plant anyway) and the psychoactive chemical is THC. This is not the only cannabinoid that is interesting. CBD is a cannabinoid that exists in high quantities in the cannabis plant. According to the British Medical Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD has been found to be:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiemetic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Anti-psychotic

These benefits mean that it has potential to be used as a medicine to treat neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, nausea, anxiety, schizophrenia and as a treatment for cancer.

What does this mean for skincare?

Skincare products can vary from being very gentle to exceptionally harsh and this is all to do with the compounds they contain. Skincare products that contain CBD from whole plant hemp or hempseed oil are natural anti-inflammatories, which men that they are effective as an acne treatment. CBD has anti-oxidant properties, so it can be used to prevent signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help to alleviate psoriasis.

What products are available?

Perricone MD CBx for Men Super Clean Face Wash

This cleanser is pleasant smelling and leaves skin smooth and clean with no hint of dryness or reduced oils with repeated use. It is very suitable for sensitive skin

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

The Body Shop is famed for the quality of its products, but this is one of the best. Using hemp seed oil, this is a great moisturiser for rough hands and even works as a barrier cream to protect your skin. Moisturising enough to only need an application once a day and with a neutral fragrance, this is a great hand cream.

James Jeffrey’s Botanicals Glow Oil

This oil contains organic jojoba oil, sea buckthorn oil and hempseed oil which act to hydrate, clarify and tighten skin. As face serums go, this is very well suited to sensitive skin, feels luxurious and has a fragrance that reminds us of high-end spas.

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