When you look at new natural trends, nothing is trending hotter right now than cannabinoid oil, also known as CBD oil. It’s denoted to help alleviate anxiety, depression, inflammation, and even cure acne! That’s right- acne. Whenever something claims to cure or even help acne, I’m always a skeptic and insist on trying it myself. We did of course and saw the real eye-opening effects. Specifically, when it came to the reduction of swelling, sebum production, and stress levels. But, we probe deeper into that in a little bit. Before we get into how it precisely works to treat acne, let’s consider what exactly CBD oil is, how it operates, and what it can be used for:
WHAT IS CBD?
First things first, CBD is not weed, okay?! If you’re thinking, “heck yeah, I’m going to get legally stoned,” sorry, but you’d be wrong. Its true Cannabinoid oil is extracted from the hemp or marijuana plant, but unlike its controversial counterpart, marijuana, it doesn’t contain any psychoactive properties. CBD oil holds higher levels of CBD and low levels of THC; THC is the only compound in marijuana that causes the physcadelic effects, also known as the “high” feeling when smoked or consumed.
In marijuana, CBD levels tend to at lower than THC levels, in the hemp plant CBD levels are raised with lower levels of THC, and in cannabinoid oil CBD levels are the highest with THC levels being very limited to nonexistent. Since it does not contain the THC compound and does not cause you to feel “stoned”, cannabinoid oil is not an addictive chemical.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
CBD oil works by stimulating several receptors within of the body, including the adenosine, vanilloid, and serotonin receptors. It also initiates the TRV-1 and 5-HT1A receptors, which assist in the control of body temperature, pain perception, reduction of inflammation, anxiety, and depression.
What Does it Treat?
CBD oil has been said to treat various diseases. It’s considered a cure-all, here are some of the diseases or general disorders that have claimed have been alleviated or significantly helped by CBD oil users:
- Chronic pain
- Sleep Disorders
- Acne or other skin conditions
IS CBD Effective Treatment For Acne?
CBD oil is remarkably effective when it comes to the therapy of acne in three ways, by restraining oil production, minimizing stress, and decreasing inflammation.
Regulates Oil Production: Cannabinoid oil, either ingested orally or applied topically, helps to regulate oil production by calming down the sebaceous glands and inhibiting the overall production of sebum. This means that if your face is over- oily and facial pores are easily clogged, CBD can be a good option for naturally regulating oil generation.
Controls Inflammation: A second way CBD serves to reduce acne is via its anti-inflammatory composites. As we are well aware, acne is deemed an inflammatory disease in which the pore grows red, irritated, and highly inflamed. When it comes to systematic swelling, some people can only find relief with CBD oil, more specifically those with joint, severe disorders and continuous muscle pain. It is astonishing that in most instances people have reported an almost complete recovery from their chronic swelling and inflammation when using CBD oil regularly.
It wouldn’t be so unlikely to think that perhaps since acne is an inflammatory disease where the sufferers have higher levels of inflammation (due to the genetic IGF-1 gene), cannabinoid oil may also help to decrease the inflammation that comes along with it naturally.
Reduces Stress: One of the most well-known aspects of cannabinoid oil is its ability to reduce depression, anxiety,, and stress. CBD oil itself has anti-stress qualities, it lowers the heart rate and allows stressed people the capacity to relax. A study issued in the international journal of neurophyschopharmacology shows that it has advantageous therapeutic perks on the health of humans, limiting the development of chronic inconstant stress (CUS).
This is encouraging news when it comes to the treatment of acne; because assuredly acne produces stress and stress causes acne. It can be a difficult cycle to break. When stressed, the epidermis or skin and the brain both produce a spike in cortisol which starts higher levels of inflammation, enhanced sebum production, and in general, the perfect breeding ground for acne.
With stress, inflammation, and oil generation all taken out of the picture, it seems that cannabinoid oil tackles acne in a multifaceted approach, which is exactly what is required when it comes to chronic adult acne that is unresponsive to topicals and medicine.
As someone who believes in dealing with acne in a holistic approach by considering all health aspects, I was beyond ecstatic to give CBD oil a whirl. It started with at my friend’s house when I told her I was experiencing chronic back pain, she whipped out her CBD oil and insisted that I gave it a try- I did. And I never looked back. The very next day I was so eager to try it again that I went to my local fresh thyme and bought my bottle.
Oddly enough I realized after going out that night and having a few drinks I didn’t breakout, it seemed strange, but I didn’t think too hard about it. The next few days, I was off the rails so to speak, I completely went off of my insanely strict diet and ate anything I wanted. I went out a few nights, drank some champaign a bit, stayed up all night, but wait what’s this- still no acne?! At this point, I had been taking CBD oil orally for about two weeks.
Some people I know never considered CBD as an acne treatment until they tried it, it initially began with pain and slightly easing a bit of social anxiety, but as time went on they were astounded to find that not only were they actually feeling better but they were looking better too
My skin, perhaps beside a spot or two, had 100% gained full clarity. I was bewildered, after so much study and research, energy and time put into a diet and living a healthy lifestyle, I couldn’t surmise why all of a suddenly (as I was totally off my diet) my skin had been the clearest and least bothered it’s been in months.
Then it dawned on me, besides abandoning my old diet and habits, I questioned if there was anything new I had begun applying. As someone who is very routine, it was easy for me to figure out it was the CBD oil quickly. My back pain subsided, stress was gone, and my skin was the clearest it’s been in a very long time. Could this be the miracle solution people claim it is?
Today many people use CBD oil, for me its only been about a month now, and I can say that I’ve noticed exciting effects, physically and mentally. I no longer wake up and bothered if I’m going to breakout, I sleep better at night and overall it has just been an extremely positive experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen effects with their current skincare, diet, or exercise regimen and continued to struggle daily with acne. With all indications alleviated and no side effects included, I would stretch as far as to say that it is an even more effective treatment for acne than accutane.