Hemp oil for skin is quickly becoming known for its ability to calm, soothe and rebalance the body’s largest organ, the skin. If you haven’t tried hemp oil for skin, we hope you’ll consider using this incredible plant as part of your new hemp skincare routine after reading this article.
According to a review published in 2009 in Trends of Pharmacological Sciences, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has been found to play a strong role in skin health.
Now, before we get into the science of how hemp oil for skin conditions works and you’re searching for hemp seed oil for skin before and after images, you can actually see just how effective a full spectrum hemp oil tincture has been for Lisa and her psoriasis in the image below. Lisa also had this to say about her experience:
"I tried every pharmaceutical to fix my psoriasis to no avail. When I started using hemp oil, I had no idea how much of an effect it would have on my anxiety. Once that settled, so did my skin. It reduced my anxiety and my body's inflammatory response to stress. Now I have no psoriasis or anxiety! I love this stuff!"
Hemp oil for skin before and after: photo credit, LM
CBD-rich hemp oil for skin can be utilized topically with balms and creams, orally with capsules, sublingually with tinctures, or when inhaled with a vaporizer. CBD is being used for general itchiness and pain of the skin, seborrhea, and skin cancer treatment, in addition to the conditions described next.
Before we cover hemp oil for skin infections and various conditions we briefly wanted to take a moment to fill you in on what the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is, because it makes up a major part of why various hemp oil skincare products work so well.
The endocannabinoid system is a powerful system inside your body that is responsible for bringing balance and order to every single other system in the body. Simply put, any system that is under stress, tired, or worn out, gets help from the ECS.
The ECS will work with and through cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBG and THCA to support the normal healthy functioning of organ systems like the skin, kidneys, liver and so on. If there’s a system in the body, there’s cannabinoids at work - that is, unless you’re not getting any…
You see, the body produces its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. These are seen in mothers breast milk and with that, have been found absolutely vital to the healthy functioning and development of babies.
But after breastfeeding, humans these days aren’t likely to be getting enough cannabinoids in their system due to the fact that the cannabis plant isn’t growing freely across the land like it once was, and farmers simply aren’t growing hemp in NZ as much as they/we could be.
If we don’t get enough plant-based cannabinoids, and our system is under stress, the ECS simply gets worn out causing other systems in the body to fall into a state of disarray and distress.
This is why when we see hemp oil on skin clearing up conditions like eczema, psoriasis, MRSA and other hard to treat symptoms, we begin to understand why. Because your body has been crying out for cannabinoids, aka hemp oil for skin issues.
Now that we’ve covered hemp oil for skin through leveraging and activating the endocannabinoid system, we can begin to look closer at what the research tells us about the effects of hemp balm, hemp salves and also sublingual products such as hemp extracts.
It's estimated that approximately 31.6 million Americans currently have eczema and affects one in three New Zealanders at some stage throughout their lives. Scientists aren't sure what causes it, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Hemp oil on skin works wonders for conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
The skin becomes itchy, dry, and red. The cannabinoids found in hemp oil for skin products help manage the skin's life cycle and helps form healthy cells. Cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) can help encourage abnormal cell death. Inflammation and pain are also treated by terpenes and cannabinoids.
Hemp oil for skin conditions like psoriasis is a condition that speeds up the life of skin cells, causes them to build up rapidly on the skin’s surface and forms dry, itchy, scaly patches. The symptoms come and go. More than 3 million people are diagnosed with this yearly in the USA.
Similarly to treating eczema, hemp skin products made from whole plant hemp extracts help regulate the way the skin cells develop, which can reduce the production speed and buildup of cells. Cannabidiol can also help with the itchiness, pain, and the healing of the patches.
Hemp oil for skin conditions has been used for thousands of years dating as far back as 4000 BC in China, but with the ban on cannabis products back in 1930, it’s no wonder western medical science is only just catching up to the healing benefits of hemp for skin problems.
There are several kinds of skin infections including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. Due to hemp's strong antimicrobial properties, hemp skin products such as in the case with a hemp balm, can be used to treat infections and wounds. Hemp research is showing that it is strong enough to help resolve MRSA (also called staph) and is particularly helpful against various drug-resistant strains of bacteria. For more information on how cannabinoids like CBD work for MRSA, read our article How CBD Works for Staph [MRSA].
This is a big deal as with the case of drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA, these microbes can wreak havoc and tear apart a person’s health from the inside out with symptoms such as feverish swollen sores full of pus that come with a nasty fever that can lead to chills, muscle aches, shortness of breath and chest pain if left untreated. If hemp can help with this, why would someone not give it a try with the approval of their Doctor.
Signs of skin aging include sunspots, fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, and inflammation/sensitivity. Hemp is loaded with antioxidants which can fight off those free radicals. Cannabinoids can help repair DNA, including damage from UV radiation and other toxins.
Hemp oil on skin, specifically a hemp oil with a full spectrum of cannabinoids, can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory that is applicable throughout the body, and your skin is no exception.
Allergic dermatitis is a red, itchy rash caused by contact with an irritating substance or an allergic reaction to it. It can be very uncomfortable and a host of common products can cause it (soap, jewelry, plants, etc.).
Reactions are caused by an overactive immune system. A full spectrum hemp oil product can offer relief by providing fatty acids and anti-inflammatory effects from cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD), as well as the promotion of healthy skin growth through leveraging an active ECS.
Acne is very common in the teen years, but many adults continue to have acne. When the hair follicles are clogged, they fill with oil and dead skin. Acne can also come from a hormone imbalance.
Hemp oil made from a full spectrum of terpenes, fatty acids and cannabinoids, can help stop the overproduction of oil and promote healthy cell growth. It can quickly and visibly reduce the inflammation of skin. As it promotes relaxation, hemp extracts promote lowered stress levels and helps support skin health.
Many people ask, “is hemp oil good for hair” and unsurprisingly, hemp oil has been shown to support healthy hair growth while aiding in the repair of damaged hair due to it’s impressive array of omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids, phytosterols, flavanols, terpenes and other rich-hair supporting compounds.
There are many hempseed oil benefits for hair growth which we covered in a previous article, but some of those benefits can be supercharged with a full spectrum hemp oil or balm, due to the nature that hemp seed oil is mostly devoid of terpenes and cannabinoids.
In saying that, even without those compounds, research still shows many benefits of hemp seed oil for hair such as:
There are many other hemp seed oil benefits for hair, but for more information we recommend you check out our other article on hemp oil for hair.
Hemp oil for skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and acne that are made from a full spectrum of hemp compounds are a wonderful choice to support a host of skin conditions. From reducing swelling to treating infection, cannabidiol is a powerful option to promote well-being in the body’s largest organ, the skin. With its anti-aging and acne fighting properties, cannabinoid-based cosmetic products are becoming popular choices for beauty regimens.
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As always, prior to making changes to your lifestyle or treatment plan, consult with a licenced medical professional.