Article by Amanda Siebert, The Georgia Straight
Move over, grapeseed oil: it looks like cannabis is shaping up to be the next trending skincare ingredient, and for good reason.
While some might be surprised to see pot extracts in beauty products, recent research shows that the same cannabinoid receptors located in the nervous system, gut, and reproductive organs in the body are also found on human skin cells.
These receptors, also known as CB1 and CB2 receptors, are binding locations for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other active compounds found in cannabis.
When infused skin creams or bath products are applied to the skin and react with the body’s endocannabinoid system, change takes place on a cellular level—meaning that your skin actually becomes healthier, instead of just temporarily feeling softer.
Once applied, some topicals have been shown to help reduce inflammation, eliminate bacteria, and help regulate oil production. Cannabis is also rich in potent antioxidants.
Skincare products formulated with hemp have also shown to be effective, as both hemp and marijuana are rich in CBD.
With that, here are three B.C.-made products to try out next time you pop by your local dispensary.
Problem skin sucks year-round, but it’s particularly annoying in the summertime. Enter MJ Creams, a local brand that produces salves and lotions made with only the best natural ingredients, and just the right amount of water-extracted marijuana resin and hemp seed oil.
Our favourite, the brand’s SKIN cream, tackles tough issues like eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, sores, and bruises, without making skin oily. In addition to resin and hemp seed oil, essential oils like sunflower and jojoba are joined by extracts of comfrey and calendula to help provide relief for inflamed skin.