There skin is our business card, and we would all like to show a bright and flawless complexion. It goes without saying, it is not always possible, but there are skin pathologies that can originate from particular situations in our life – moments of strong stress or simply growth – or from other dermatological reasons, which can have even serious unsightly effects, reaching create social distress in some people.
Those suffering from special problems such as acne or psoriasis, for example, he knows very well what we are talking about, as both are two disorders which, although without particular complications at a clinical level, can considerably affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it, affecting above all self-esteem.
Anyone who has had or has manifestations of acne or psoriasis will probably have tried everything, from creams to special cleansers, in some cases without real success, in others with good results but consequent to the application of too aggressive products.
Scientific research, however, in recent years has made great strides, managing to combine efficacy and natural solutions, as in the case of CBD, a substance that is contained in the cannabis, which is talked about more and more frequently. And with good reason.
What is CBD
The cannabidiol, most commonly CBD, is a compound found in both cannabis plants and hemp plants, which is also more specifically called a cannabinoid, on a par with THC, CBG and CBN.
Specifically, CBD and THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, are the two most common and capable of interacting with the human body in unique ways.
Although hemp and cannabis are biologically related, the former does not produce the same psychoactive effects as cannabis, and has always been used as a raw material, food source and medicine. In fact, according to the legislation of the European Union, the cultivation of hemp and the processing of crops with less than 0.2% THC are legal in all states; the World Health Organization itself has ensured that taking CBD does not involve any health risks of any kind.
Indeed, contrary to what many think, this substance can have really interesting benefits from many points of view, allowing to alleviate and treat ailments and diseases of various kinds.
CBD and acne: the health benefits of the skin
CBD helps to counteract and reduce inflammation and the sensation of pain in the body, as well as to induce sleep or relieve anxiety. But many benefits are also evident as regards the health of our skin: in fact, more and more natural cosmetic compositions are using it the non-psychoactive molecule of CBD, which has a nourishing and restorative effect on cellular tissues being an extremely rich substance in omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid, extremely valuable nutritional elements for the ability to stimulate the construction and protection of the lipid barrier and the effectiveness of the elastin fibers, which guarantee tone, nourishment and health to the skin.
But let’s get into the specifics of one of the most common skin diseases: acne.
As for theacne, for example, CDB is able to activate the receptors of the endocannabinoid system widely distributed in the skin, stabilizing the balance of the skin. In 2014 the magazine Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) demonstrated that CBD molecules can act as regulators of oily substance production in the skin glands; their action, therefore, aims to normalize the production of sebum, without dehydrating the skin.
These important discoveries have led more and more brands to create CBD-based products, born with the intention of fighting acne; by combining cannabidiol molecules with other elements, such as colloidal oatmeal, or inspired by liposomal technology, as happens for example in the CBD cream of Canzon, the skin is protected and less vulnerable to acne.
But this is not the only skin problem that CBD helps to counteract.
CDB and psoriasis: an effective natural method
Also in the case of psoriasis the regulatory action is the result of the combination of cannabidiol with the endocannabinoid system, a network of mediators and receptors that stimulate the immune system and intervene in the management of inflammation. These molecules seem to be able to help the body regain balance, limiting the unmotivated reactions of the immune system, as occurs precisely in psoriasis, which is a disorder of growth and activity of the keratinocytes, the most abundant cells in the epidermis, simultaneously treating infections.
In skincare to combat psoriasis, the watchword is prevent skin dryness and not to allow external agents to influence its state; to soothe irritation and itchy skin a cream based on CBD and colloidal oatmeal such as that of Canzon can be a great solution, as in combination with liposomes they help improve the delivery and absorption of CBD in the body.
Using a topical CBD-based cream also allows you to focus more on problem areas, rest assured that the active compounds will never reach the bloodstream, being quickly absorbed by the skin.
CBD, is it legal? Are there any risks?
As mentioned above, CBD is legal in Europe, even if the choice of allowing the sale is left by the EU to the discretion of the States; in Italy, its use is regulated by law 2 December 2016, n. 242, which established the possibility of growing hemp with a THC less than 0.2% that falls within the types of seeds provided by the European catalog, with a tolerance that can reach up to 0.6%, taking into account the fact that THC can vary according to temperatures and fertilizer. It was the scientific community that set the maximum limit of THC at 0.6%, declaring that there are no narcotic effects.
Some doubts, however, had been left by the fact that no one had made it clear that the sale of products based on hemp and with THC below 0.6% was legal; thus, the sentence to the United Sections of the Court of Cassation arrived, on May 30, 2019:
The marketing of cannabis sativa L and, in particular, of leaves, inflorescences, oil, resin obtained from the cultivation of the aforementioned hemp variety does not fall within the scope of the application of Law 242 of 2016 which qualifies only the cultivation activity as lawful. of hemp of the varieties registered in the common catalog of agricultural plant species, pursuant to Article 17 of Council Directive 2002/53 / EC of 13 June 2002 and which exhaustively lists the derivatives of the aforementioned cultivation that can be marketed; therefore they integrate the crime referred to in article 73, paragraphs 1 and 4 of the Decree of the President of the Republic no. 309 the conduct of sale, sale and, in general, the marketing to the public, for any reason, of products derived from the cultivation of cannabis sativa L., unless such products are actually devoid of doping efficacy.
What should I watch for when choosing a CBD product
When using CBD it is very important to determine the THC content, since the quantity present in hemp is very low. In fact, in many jurisdictions the percentage of THC cannot exceed 0.2-3%.
To know the level of THC present in the product, and consequently understand if we can use it and, above all, if we are not in the presence of an illegal product, it is therefore essential to examine the ingredients but, even more so, any laboratory analysis and tests, which some companies, such as Canzon, make available by entrusting them to external laboratories to guarantee their quality and impartiality. In its creams against acne and psoriasis, for example, the THC level is equal to less than 0.033%.
Obviously, preferring brands that provide public laboratory tests means relying on companies that show their integrity and seriousness.
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Original article published on May 27, 2020