Cannabis is known to offer many health benefits. It provides pain relief, promotes relaxation, and it may even treat some serious medical conditions. Another great thing about cannabis is its ability to improve skin’s appearance.

This article will discuss the wonders of cannabis for skin and how you can use it in your daily routine.

Cannabis for Skin:  How Does it Work?

Cannabis promotes beneficial effects by interacting with the endocannabinoid (ECS) system, a network that exists throughout our brains and body. It influences almost everything we do. Elements include epidermal keratinocytes that produce keratin in the skin and melanocytes that produce melanin in the skin. It also interacts with the immune system to help treat skin-related autoimmune disorders.  

Compounds in cannabis interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the ECS to produce certain results. In terms of skin, cannabis is known to reduce pain, stimulate wound healing, and provide antimicrobial effects. It is most effective in treating skin when applied topically.

What Does Cannabis for Skin Treat?

Acne and Rosacea

Acne occurs due to increased sebum production and inflammation in the sebaceous glands. Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that causes flushing, enlarged blood vessels, small, puss-filled bumps, and redness. Although it is not known to be related to acne, it is often mistaken for acne and can be treated with some acne medications.

Cannabis for skin has been shown to treat both acne and rosacea by interacting with the CB1 receptors. It reduces redness, sebum reduction, and inflammation. However, cannabis may also cause acne in certain people when used excessively.  

Hair Growth Disorders

Cannabis for skin has shown promising results in the treatment of hair growth disorders including alopecia (hair loss), hirsutism (excessive hair growth in women that may be similar to male hair growth), and hypertrichosis (hair growth with density and length that is beyond normal limits for a person’s age).

The compound’s anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive characteristics make it an effective treatment for alopecia. Its interactions with CB1 receptors also help treat hirsutism and hypertrichosis.

Wound Healing

Cannabis’s ability to proliferate and differentiate epidermal keratinocytes and reduce inflammation makes it an effective wound healer. It has been shown to produce alterations in immune cells after incisions.


Also known as eczema, dermatitis causes swelling, irritation, dryness, and itchiness. It can also cause blisters that ooze, crust, or flake.

According to research, cannabis for skin may react with the CB1 receptor to reduce inflammation and irritation. More research is needed to establish whether it can be an effective treatment for dermatitis, psoriasis, and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Pigmentation Disorders

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Several types of pigmentation disorders can affect skin. Cannabis has been shown to treat vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that causes patches on the skin, and melasma, which also causes patches of discoloration but is not related to immunity.

Cannabis may promote normal epidermal melanocyte apoptosis. It is shown to have dual effects. At low concentrations, it reacts with CB1 receptors to induce melanogenesis to treat depigmentation. At high concentrations, it induces apoptosis to treat melanomas and melasma.


Pruritus is an itching sensation that occurs on the skin. It can be localized or widespread.

A 3-week study of 21 patients with pruritus revealed cannabis for skin may reduce itching. 38% of subjects said it provided total relief. 52% reported significantly reduced symptoms.


Psoriasis is an immune disorder that causes itchy, scaly patches on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp. Cannabinoids’ anti-inflammatory and immune system-related effects reduce T-cell activity and minimize psoriasis symptoms. Researchers plan to conduct more studies to determine if cannabis is a suitable psoriasis treatment.

Dry Skin

Ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol are stored in the skin’s barrier. They are beneficial to skin health. They help protect the skin from toxicity, allergens, and infectious agents.

Studies have revealed that a lack of lipids, CB1, and CB2 in the skin barrier can slow skin repair and lead to dryness and changes in permeability. This research indicates that cannabinoids can boost skin barrier repair properties. It may be effective in helping skin maintain a youthful appearance and retain moisture and hydration.

Antimicrobial Effects

Cannabis’s antimicrobial effects can help protect the skin from methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MSRA), a group of staph bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. MSRA germs can get into skin injuries like scrapes, burns, cuts, and bites.

Which Cannabis for Skin Products are Recommended?

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CBD is especially effective in improving skin health. It is often found in creams, ointments, pastes, and other topical products. Choose the cannabis for skin product you feel is best considering your skin type and the condition you are treating.

Ongoing clinical studies are being conducted to determine the best dosages, frequency of applications and formulations for various conditions. However, most products have a recommended dosage you can follow. You can also consult your doctor or a budtender for more specific dosage information.

Because the industry is highly unregulated, it’s advisable to source topicals from a brand you can trust. Look at customer reviews to ensure the brand you are purchasing from is trustworthy. Look at lab tests that confirm a product’s purity and potency.

Cannabis for skin products can treat various skin conditions. They protect against psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, pigmentation, and hair growth disorders. They also aid with wound healing, itching, and dryness, and can have anti-aging effects.

Choose the product that’s right for you to experience symptom relief. We wish you luck reaching your wellness goals.