Looking On The Bright Side of Marijuana
CBD and How It Helps Acne
Almost everyone has dealt with acne some time in their lives. For some, it just never goes away. While acne isn’t life-threatening, it’s a physical and social nuisance.
Acne is a kind of disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. These glands are connected to your pores , and they produce an oily substance called sebum. Follicles are pathways that run from your glands to your pores, and it is through them that oil transports dead skin cells to the skin’s surface. A pimple grows when follicles clog up.
Acne is actually the most common skin condition the world has ever known, affecting people of all races and ages. But teenagers and young adults often deal with it the most due to puberty-related hormonal changes.
The Role of Cannabis in Acne Treatment
The skin-healing properties of cannabis are no secret. CBD has particularly shown promise in the treatment of more serious skin conditions like eczema and even psoriasis. Furthermore, cannabis is also recognized for its ability to slow down aging, owing to its large reserve of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory functions.
In 2010, a study was conducted by Hungarian scientist, Dr. Tamas Biro, who looked into the effects o fCBD on the skin. He isolated skin cells and applied CBD to see how it would interact with endocannabinoids, or cannabinoids produced by the body itself. One finding he had was that the amount of oil produced by the skin depends largely on endocannabinoid cells.
When we produce too much of the endocannabinoid known as anandamide, or the “bliss molecule,” we also experience a surge in oil production. When a person has a happy or joyful experience, the production of anandamide increases significantly. It is actually the natural equivalent of THC, the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis that creates a feeling of bliss.
To an extent, this anandamide-oil production link may shed light on why people who are “in love” get a pimple out of nowhere or even experience acne flare-ups. When Dr. Biro applied CBD to the skin cells, anandamide was reduced, and this followed by a reduction of oil production.
In 2014, researchers embarked on a study that involved applying CBD on sebaceous glands, where the oily acne-causing sebum is produced. It was established that CBD is highly effective as a sebostatic agent.
CBD was applied directly onto cultured human sebocytes, and this blocked the lipogenic actions of several compounds. Lipogenesis is associated with the synthesis of glucose and sugar specifically in adipose or fat tissue. The researchers concluded that CBD is a promising therapeutic agent for acne treatment, considering its anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory and lipostatic properties.
If you’re in search of a good CBD product to treat your acne, keep in mind that not everything you’ll find are the same. Research all available brands before deciding which one is right for you.
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