We have all heard of the discovery that red wine has the ability to prevent heart disease, cancer, and wrinkles. Now it has also been established that cannabis oil is good for your skin and Medical Marijuana Inc. launched a line of anti-aging beauty products, starring super-concentrated cannabis-enriched hemp oil.
Before you get too excited about the idea that cannabis products can be found in the beauty section at your local department store, next to L’Oréal and Estee Lauder, you should take note that this isn’t new news. Even though it is subtly referred to as “hemp,” cannabis has been an ingredient some beauty products for a long time.
Hemp seed oil has been casually used in cosmetics during the war on drugs. This is because it only contains trace elements of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Hemp is predominantly ubiquitous in shampoos and conditioners as it is full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is thus a great emollient for hair.
What makes the latest cannabis oil beauty products different is that it’s going for the hard stuff. Medical cannabis oil beauty products use cannabidiol-rich hemp oil in its exfoliant, cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, gel masque and serum.
Cannabis oil beauty products can actually be a life saver — well for your skin at least. Clinical research has been done which proved that cannabinoids have anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, there are studies that prove cannabinoids are responsible for lipid production and, thus, for regulating conditions like dry skin and acne. “Our preclinical data encourage people to explore whether endocannabinoid system-acting agents could be exploited in the management of common skin disorders,” scientist Tamás Biró said. “It also suggests that these agents can be efficiently applied to the skin in the form of a cream.”
Another study in the British Journal of Pharmacology proved that cannabidiol has the potential for helping some skin diseases.
It seems convincing enough that one should approach cannabis beauty products with an open mind. Still, it is kind of ironic that the wrinkles of so many peoples’ years of smoking can be undone by a topical dab of cannabis oil.