Before we go into the various skin conditions CBD
may help alleviate, let’s dive into a bit of
science so you understand more about this amazing
compound and why it may have such a big impact on
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of the major
active cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
Existing naturally within the body is a complex
neurotransmitter network called the
endocannabinoid system (ECS) that plays a critical
part in the operations of the central and
peripheral nervous systems. Cannabis plant
cannabinoids, called phytocannabinoids, can
trigger the same receptors as the body’s own
Here is where it gets interesting in regard to the
skin. The ECS, which was only just discovered in
the 1980s, is present in the skin itself.
According to a study published in Trends in
Pharmacological Sciences, the main physiological
function of the cutaneous ECS is to “control the
proper and well-balanced proliferation,
differentiation and survival” of skin cells, as
well as the skin’s immunity.
CBD has been receiving lots of headlines for its
potential positive effects on everything from
anxiety to depression to chronic pain to insomnia.
However, one area where CBD has numerous potential
benefits on our body’s biggest organ–the skin.
It turns out that many of the potential benefits
of CBD, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
properties, for example, are exactly what makes it
potentially very good for the skin. From
conditions ranging from psoriasis and eczema and
acne to anti-aging, the wide-ranging uses of CBD
for the skin are just beginning to come to light.