After researchers discovered the Endocannabinoid System (ECS hereafter), it became clear that Cannabis’ role in supporting our health is way more vital than expected by many, even in the scientific community.
When it comes to skin care, CBD can be a natural ally and protector. Human skin is packed with receptors and, among those, there also are cannabinoid receptors. These bind with phytocannabinoids, triggering the entourage effect.
However, CBD is not a cure-it-all panacea, it has a lot of benefits, but there is still a lot of research to be conducted on this and other cannabinoids.
Today we will focus on the benefits, with some caveats, of Cannabidiol (and cannabinoids in general) on skin and its potential as a CBD cosmetic.
Cannabinoids and skin
It should not come as a surprise that phytocannabinoids are a valuable resource for our skin. As we said above, ECS’ receptors are spread throughout the body, and this comprises our superficial tissues.
Now, when considering whether cannabinoids can help us in relieving pathologies such as acne or dermatitis, we have to take into account the ECS plays in our body. One of the most important functions is that of modulating the immune system, pain response, and metabolism.
It is hardly surprising that cannabinoids can boost our skin’s health. Many conditions such as psoriasis and acne are after all an unbalance in the self-regulating mechanism of our skin. Cannabinoids, be those -endo (produced by our own ECS) or -phyto (those found in Cannabis Sativa L.), can bind with our receptors and trigger a healthy response in our skin, thus improving our skin wellbeing.
What does cbd do to the skin?
Until now, we have talked about cannabinoids in general, yet it is no mystery that the king of cannabinoids is CBD, aka Cannabidiol.
To be fair, there are more than 150 cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant. But CBD is the one that is being more studied and is showing more promise, especially when it comes to its applications to both phytochemistry and cosmetics.
Fortunately, studies on CBD are growing, thus we are able to provide more information on CBD benefits for the skin. Of course these should be taken with a pinch of salt, as more studies need to be conducted.
Cannabidiol, by binding with Endocannabinoid System receptors, regulates the production of the hormones that cause oil secretion in our skin.
Mitigate free radical damage
Metaphorically speaking, free radicals are the agents of aging. By mitigating their action, CBD helps the skin to stay younger.
Cannabidiol most notable quality, when applied topically CBD may help our skin in fighting local inflammations, redness, and similar conditions.
Of course, one should consider two things when buying CBD cosmetics:
First, the amount of CBD and THC in the formulation. Unfortunately, many CBD cosmetics manufacturers have failed to provide clear and reliable details. In the past, there have been instances of topical products containing too much THC.
This happens when retailers decide to source their products from unreliable CBD cosmetics wholesalers. And this also explains why at Enecta Farm we decided to take a different approach.
That said, there is also another issue with CBD cosmetics. We are somewhat in the dark about the side effects of cannabidiol on our skin. Sure, we know that it is mostly safe, but research is being conducted on possible issues arising from CBD absorption.
For instance, it is not advised to use CBD cosmetics in combination with alcohol-based products, as the latter could jeopardize the former benefits.
Also it is not recommended for pregnant women to assume CBD products, as there aren’t many studies related to that scenario.
CBD for acne and psoriasis
Let’s start with the nightmare of all teenagers: ACNE!
Well, it turns out that CBD could become teens’ best ally in their daily struggle to not look like a real life pointilist painting.
How come? Well, according to a 2014 study, Cannabidiol can prevent sebocytes from creating too much sebum. What the heck are sebocytes you may ask? These are the cells responsible for sebum production of course! The waxy substance that covers our faces, usually to protect them, but sometimes things get out of control and bam! Welcome acne. Fortunately, CBD cosmetics may turn out to be a valuable solution.
If you’re here, you are most likely a CBD retailer, so you probably have a decent knowledge of how the market works. Teens want to look cool, Acne = not cool, CBD cosmetics make them cool again (well, sort of, if only things were this simple). So, better rack up some bulk CBD cosmetics before they become the next big thing in the teens vs acne perennial fight.
CBD and psoriasis
According to a 2020 study, CBD could be helpful for treating Psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabidiol are showing great promise in helping our skin relieve the harshest symptoms of Psoriasis. However, take the study’s conclusion with a pinch of salt, as more studies are needed.
CBD antiinflammatory properties
Reduced inflammation is one of the most famous and up to now more well-known effects of CBD topical application.
Just to give you a refresher, inflammation happens when the immune system is fighting either repelling an infection, external agents, or there is some kind of unbalance that triggers immune cells into action.
Usually inflammations will clear up after a few days. Yet, sometimes this does not happen. In these scenarios, we look for help, which could come in the form of non-natural topical products or, much better, natural ones, such as CBD cosmetics.
Many studies show that Cannabidiol in hemp cosmetics binds with our Endocannabinoid system receptors, helping our body in modulating the immune response and thus relieving the symptoms of inflammation.
This is especially important when you think that many anti-inflammatory medicinals achieve the same results through chemicals that usually have more severe side effects.
Conclusive remarks: CBD cosmetics, an industry on the rise
After all we have said, it should come as no surprise that we firmly believe that the CBD cosmetics industry is on the verge of booming.
Sure, we still need more studies to confirm the encouraging results we have had thus far, but CBD cosmetics’ future seems radiant.
However, it is important for players in the industry to step up and start enforcing stricter production standards, certifications, and quality standards too.
This is what we are doing at Enecta Farm with our wholesale CBD cosmetics line.
If you are a retailer and are curious about our products, take a tour on our CBD cosmetics page.
Or, alternatively, you can just drop us an email at