The Skin and Cannabis

Diagram of the layers of skin

It looks like there is still an awful lot of research to do when it comes to skin conditions being treated with cannabis. It looks like CBD helps with acne and I have read somewhere that THC can act very much like testosterone and cause acne which is probably the reason that I am currently seeing a few blemishes all over my body as I haven’t yet found the right balance. This plant is so complicated and helps with so many health conditions it is going to be a long time before we know all of the benefits of this plant as a medication. If nothing else it is very interesting area of study and even better if you can personally experiment with the plant. I just wish i could grow it and have a full on lab to do testing with an assisstant to clear up after me lol.

But as far as my skin is concerned it has never been more healthy. The Monoclonal Gammopathy of undetermined significance has caused skin infections since i was diagnosed in 2014 usually a fungal infection. Since I started my cannabis prescription I have not had to order any prescription creams or sprays for my skin. Yes i get dry patches and oily patches but I have always had combination skin. It seems to be my legs that are the driest but then I got really bad sunburn & heat stroke when I was a teenager (I think I might have been 14) so the skin on my legs has always been very dry so I probably require a topical treatment (something that is not yet availble on prescription). But before puberty (and the sunburn event) I was also prone to mild eczema on my legs particularly behind my knees. Although this morning I have woken up with sore, cracked skin in my right ear. Normally the CBD coconut oil takes days to start working. But I have cheated todaay and used a tiny drop of the sublingual Noidecs T10:C15 along with the CBD coconut oil. It has given me almost immediate relief the pain has subsided as has the itching within a few minutes of applying.

I also did a hairdressing city and guilds course when I was 16. However, I had only just moved to Bedford and had no friends to practice on so I passed the theory but the practical side was never really nurtured so I can do my own hair (although with my disability I don’t style it anymore and it very rarely gets washed as I have no care) and used to do my mum’s hair but not anyone else’s unless it was a perm or colour. I worked in a very toxic environment when I was training (and I didn’t understand those behaviours at the time) so I got no help to learn the practical side. But that being said there was no learning about the endocannabinoid system when we studied the skin and hair at college.

I think it would be best to go and find some articles and medical papers for you to peruse.

Here are a few articles that may help with finding a remedy for your skin conditions.

https://cannigma.com/physiology/how-cannabis-affects-your-skin/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7736837/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6429381/

It looks like there isn’t a lot of information at this current time. Also topical treatments are not yet available on prescription in the UK so the only cannabinoid that is available as a topical treatment is CBD oils and creams. However the skin has both CB1 and CB2 receptors which suggests that you require both THC and CBD for skin health. The only topical treatment that I use is the Good Hemp oil but I have used a CBD infused coconut oil which works ok but I feel it is expensive £21 for a 250ml pot of coconut oil infused with 250mg of CBD in the pack and the only place I have seen this for sale is Holland and Barrett (I have a small amount left). I have seen other topical CBD treatment on places like eBay but they are even smaller packages and even more expensive. Again there are changes required in the legislation of the cannabis plant before we will see the difference that cannabis can make in many industries some of which are listed below. But it looks like we require both THC and CBD topical creams to treat the skin.

  • Medicine
  • Soil Recuperation
  • Carbon Capture Properties
  • Textiles
  • Food
  • Building and Insulation Materials
  • Fuel
  • Batteries
  • Paper and Cardboard
  • Biodegradeable Plastics
  • Ink
  • Carpet
  • Skin cream
  • Cosmetics
  • Paint

The list is almost exhaustive. So why aren’t we using this plant to solve the worlds ills? Especially the environmental ones.

But in conclusion to this article there is a lot more research to be done on this plant. I can’t even say that it looks like we’ve gone back in time to the dark ages or even victorian times (which some areas of society seem hell bent on takings us back to) because cannabis/hemp was used as a medicine in victorian times and did not have the restrictions that we have now.

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