Weed for your face? Don't be shy.. it's just science. One of the main chemical compounds in marijuana, CBD, has for centuries been used topically to alleviate skin ailments. Now science has uncovered additional benefits topical CBD can provide. CBD's long awaited role in skin care has arrived, and we are here to tell you why.
Your skin's receptors (referred to as CB2) are activated by your body's own endocannabinoids or by CBD ("phytocannbinoids"). These receptors allow your skin to regenerate on a cellular level. The bottom line? CBD repairs your skin faster than your body can repair itself naturally. By speeding up the process of skin regeneration, you can slow down the effects of aging, skin conditions, and even help repair the damage done (for all you sun goddesses out there). Think of the compound combo as natural versions of Retinol and Botox for your skin.
No, it will not get you high. But your skin may feel a kind of high it's never felt before. CBD works best for your skin when used topically (from Greek topikos, "of a place".) This provides your skin with a localized treatment that doesn't reach your bloodstream. This is important because you want the benefits of these compounds to be seen externally not felt internally. A good example is Aspirin. When taken orally, Aspirin relieves pain, reduces fever, and reduces inflammation internally. But when taken topically, it functions like salicylic acid to unclog pores, reduce swelling, and exfoliate the visible organ, your skin. CBD works very much the same way. Even Elle Magazine experimented with topicals and found that the cannabis plant has major topical benefits. The effects of marijuana used topically can be seen AKA giving your skin a "high" or overall improvement.
What are the individual benefits of CBD you say? That's easy. CBD, or cannabidiol, has been under the spotlight recently as studies arise finding the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of the compound. These benefits have been linked to blocking free radicals that can cause aging. When used topically, the CBD is harnessed for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases. It also can effectively target acne and other skin inflammations.
Now you should be able to explain to your mother the science and benefits behind using cannabis… for your skin.