“Cannabis wrinkle creams”, sounds strange to you? Recent studies show it to be more practical and effective than you might have guessed.
Cannabis vs Wrinkles
Wrinkles are caused by various external and internal factors. Some common factors that can contribute to wrinkle production may be an unhealthy diet, stress, sun exposure and/or environmental factors. Ageing skin is something that is a natural reaction to our body’s lower production levels of collagen and elastin, the components that keep our skin firm.
So where does cannabis come in? The antioxidants in CBD – chemical found in cannabis, assist in combating the loss of oil, collagen and elastin in our skin glands. CBD serves as an anti-inflammatory to reduce any inflammation providing more moisture while relaxing the skin, which over time results in reducing the production of wrinkles as well as the appearance of them.
CBD also has the ability to counteract the harmful effects of free radicals, and the second is its ability to moisturize. Free radicals are tiny molecules that are found all throughout the body. Although they are “natural”, if left unchecked they can cause oxidation of the skin cells — which is a direct cause of fine lines and wrinkles. Neutralizing these free radicals is essential for preventing wrinkles and this is where antioxidants come into play. These are substances that kill off free radicals inside the body, thus preventing them from harming skin cells.
Two of the most effective antioxidants found in cannabis are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both of these compounds work with the body’s endocannabinoid system(ECS), a network of receptors that protects against oxidation and other kinds of cell damage (among many other functions). By activating the endocannabinoid system, cannabis wrinkle creams help heighten the body’s natural defenses against free radicals.
ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is also responsible for helping the skin maintain homeostasis, meaning it controls the production of protective oils like sebum, which keeps the skin from drying out. It may be helpful to think of the ECS as your skin’s natural irrigation system.