I was happy to be interviewed by a Vogue writer/editor on the science and marketing of CBD in skin care and cosmetics. Look for it to come out in December!
There is also evidence to suggest that dietary hemp seed oil can raise levels in the epidermis and make eczematous skin look more like the fatty acid profile found in ‘normal’ skin. In 2005, Dr. J. Callaway, published a study done in Finland in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment documenting the treatment of eczema using hemp seed oil. Dr. Callaway found that symptoms of skin dryness and itching improved significantly in eczema patients after using hemp seed oil for 20 weeks. Dietary hemp seed oil increased endogenous levels of two essential fatty acids (EFAs), linoleic acid , an omega-6, and a-linolenic acid, an omega-3, as well as boosting levels of linolenic acid (omega-6). In addition, transepidermal water loss decreased, subjective levels of skin dryness and itchiness improved, and the perceived need for medication among patients was reduced. So hemp seed oil can be used together, internally and externally to help with the symptoms of eczema.
Hemp seed oil itself has had some success with the symptoms of eczema. As these conditions are characterized by overly dry skin, hemp seed oil can moisturize the skin while avoiding further irritation. In eczema, dry skin occurs due to excessive transepidermal water loss, as persistent inflammation compromises the skin’s ability to act as a barrier. Hemp seed oil may also provide the key to controlling the imbalance that underlies the condition. Its high concentration of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are believed to reduce itching and inflammation better than moisturizers that are low in PUFAs. Linoleic acid in particular is thought to be particularly effective.
There are now about 130 cannabinoids which have been discovered! Amazing! CBD is only one of many, but it is the predominant cannabinoid that we have discovered as of today. We are at the forefront of a whole new science, biochemistry, and industry and dermatology has it’s part too!
CBD or Cannabidiol extracts, which are produced directly from marijuana flowers, are up to 15 percent CBD (or 150,000 ppm).
CBD extracts can be produced indirectly from hemp manufacture as a by-product of the flowers and leaves that are mixed in with the stalks during hemp stalk processing for fiber. This has been done mostly in Europe and 30 other countries and imported into the US until recently, as it was illegal to cultivate hemp in the US until the 2014 Farm Bill.. Now many states have voted to make hemp cultivation legal for research and industrial production
So, Currently CBD from hemp plants are usually only 25 parts per million (so 25ppm vs. 150,000 ppm CBD from cannabis flowers).
While it seems like “cannabis beauty” is a sudden trend, it’s nothing new, with Eastern cultures including China using these effective ingredients for thousands of years. Hemp oil has trace levels of THC and is heavy in omega fatty acids, which are essential for moisturizing dull skin. Fatty acids in hemp oil also help regenerate the skin’s protective outer layer, leaving it smoother and younger looking. Cannabis creams cannot get you high. They aren’t designed to penetrate the skin or enter the bloodstream. Besides CBD, a cannabinoid, hemp oil contains vitamins C and E to help protect hair from broken or split ends and protect skin and hair against damage from the sun. They also keep free radicals from damaging collagen and elastin, which, as you know, gives skin its tight, youthful appearance. B complex vitamins found in hemp are part of the construction process of skin, hair, and nails. Vitamins A and D in hemp oil help with healthy looking skin, as they are responsible for skin repair. Additionally, vitamin A is widely accepted as important for skin cell growth, inhibiting oil production, and promoting skin cell differentiation
The following info comes from an article in “Hawaii, Health, and Medicine” in August 2017:
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAMO) on Oahu is currently educating Hawaii’s veterans on how to best cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the help of medicinal cannabis.
Paring adaptive sports activities with medicinal cannabis, CAMO’s services provide disabled veterans and their families a sense of optimism and hope. Though focusing primarily on military veterans, CAMO rejects no one.
Based on the island of Oahu, CAMO provides a modern holistic approach to helping today’s veterans who struggle to overcome mental health issues. A common ailment, approximately eight million adults suffer from PTSD annually. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
- About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year.
- About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%).
Does your state recognize cannabis as a treatment for PTSD?
Hawaii is just one of 23 states that currently lists post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Here is a quick list of the states that currently allow medicinal cannabis (in some form) as a treatment for PTSD.
- Montana Nevada
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- Washington State
- Washington, DC
CAMO advocates “using legal oils from industrial hemp” as a holistic treatment for PTSD until real medical marijuana is available.