Science Takes on Skin Care with Cannabis — and It Works Beautifully

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Cannabis enters the beauty market

Since California’s legalization of marijuana in November 2016, San Francisco has fully embraced the 420 lifestyle. On the side of almost every bus are huge photos of organic, GMO-free nugs paired alongside the words, “Marijuana Has Arrived in San Francisco.”

It’s pretty normal to see businessmen with briefcase in one hand and vaporizer in the other. Downtime now consists of regular stony art, enhanced exercise classes, and happy hours where you can get offered $5 dabs. With this conscious entrance into our conscious social scene, it only makes sense to see it infiltrate the beauty market, too.

The benefits of CBD for your skin

No, your cannabis beauty products won’t get you high. The difference between cannabis and cannabidiol can be pretty unclear to a new user, but cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabis compound without the typical psychoactive effects.

Instead, it provides relief from pain, anxiety, and inflammation. Research has shown that CBD can be an extremely effective treatment for multiple conditions, including psoriasis, schizophrenia, depression, epilepsy, and others.

But CBD isn’t just good inside of the body. It can be a wonder treatment when applied topically, too. Studies have found that CBD oil can have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and can be effective for dry skin and acne.

It may also have anti-aging potential when combined with hemp seed oil, which is included in many topical CBD products. Usual skin care treatments include either vitamin C, E, A, and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp seed oil contains all of these properties, making it a quadruple whammy. To top it off, CBD was found to be a powerful antioxidant in studies on animals.

Choosing the right canna-beauty product for my skin

Before heading to my local dispensary, I looked in the mirror and noticed, per usual, my chapped lips. They’re always flaky and irritated, no matter how much coconut oil I apply. I’ve tried dermatologist-recommended “medicinal” lip balms and every natural kind you can find, so cannabis-infused lip balm was a must.

I also wanted to find a moisturizer or oil to help tame the random small, dry patches around my nose, chin, and under my eyes. My skin around these areas often tends to look dehydrated and tired. And honestly, older than my 21 years. I might not seem like the best candidate for testing anti-aging treatments, but treatments for flat, deprived-looking skin? Sure.

I went to my usual medical dispensary, Harvest on Geary and 11th Avenue in San Francisco’s Richmond District. In terms of skin care, they don’t offer much variety, but they do carry Ojo De La Sol, made by San Francisco Bay Area local Dania Cabello.

I was drawn to their products immediately. Each product carries very few ingredients, and all of which I knew how to pronounce. So I picked out a lip balm and an oil stick, checked out, and immediately applied them outside the dispensary.