CBD can be used topically and have great results because of our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) extends into the skin (epithelial membrane). The ECS can control (modulate) many things including immune response (inflammation and anti-inflammatory properties), cellular regeneration, and homeostasis, all of which are important when discussing the skin and skin conditions (1).
The antioxidant properties (against oxidation) are also great when discussing the skin and cosmetic disorders like dark spots (hyperpigmentation) by lifting the dark spots and help defend against ROS reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can cause cellular damage to our living cells (1).
Studies show that we can utilize CBD topically to address a variety of skin conditions because of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties because most skin conditions start or stem from an inflammatory reaction.
According to the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, using CBD topically was shown to help improve and address a variety of skin conditions including eczema, itchy skin (pruritis), wound healing, skin infections, atopic dermatitis (chronic inflamed skin condition), cutaneous malignancies (skin cancer), psoriasis, acne, controlling the growth of hair (modulation) as well as other inflammatory skin conditions (1).
Because of the beneficial properties mentioned above, we can also use CBD topically for wound healing because of the anti-microbial (anti-bacterial) properties which was shown to kill 20 different strains of bacteria, including the strain that is responsible for acne (Propionibacterium) and the strain that causes MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus) (1).
CBD displays some amazing anti-microbial properties that can defend against bacterial infections, as well as speed up cellular regeneration, which is important for wound healing. Do yourself a favor and toss out things like Neosporin and replace it with a much healthier alternative. Neosporin is made with petroleum (oil), which is a known carcinogen because of the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) (2).
The last thing we want to do is spread a known carcinogen into an open wound, directly on an exposed wound. We want to have a positive impact on our cells that are healing, not a negative one.
Cheers to these amazing medicinal plant compounds and their importance in human health, even when using it topically for a variety of skin conditions.
*This information is for educational purposes only and simply sharing of the information pertained to this particular study. No medical advice or claims are being made.
1. Baswan, S. M., Klosner, A. E., Glynn, K., Rajgopal, A., Malik, K., Yim, S., & Stern, N. (2020). Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol (CBD) for Skin Health and Disorders. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 13, 927–942. https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S286411
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