For thousands of years (5,000 to be precise), Hemp has been cultivated and used in varying forms to treat a whole range of ailments, health and beauty concerns - its potential medical uses were even described in Merck’s Manual as early as 1899.
But, while it’s been revisited time and time again by various generations and cultures, the definitive research on Hemp – and its effects on the endocannabinoid system (we’ll get on to that) – is still relatively small. What we do know is that Cannabinoids work in tandem with this system in order to maintain equilibrium all over your body – and that includes your skin.
If you’re not clued up on your endocannabinoid system, we are here to help. Put simply, this is a vast, naturally-occurring system of receptors and enzymes that exist all over your body, regulating all of your bodily functions – from your brain to your vascular system, your digestive system to your immune system. The reason? To maintain healthy balance throughout your body and mind. In order to achieve effective results, research shows that CBD (a Cannabinoid, and specifically, Cannabidiol) prevents the endocannabinoid enzymes from breaking down, supporting its natural functions and the body’s circadian rhythm.
But how does all this affect your skin? Your body’s circadian rhythm is the pattern of behavioural and physical changes that follow a daily cycle and it responds primarily to light and darkness in our environment. This means that a healthy, functioning circadian rhythm will help us sleep better at night, which is when our skin repairs. In fact, a bad night’s sleep will show up on your skin within 24 hours. In regulating our circadian rhythm, our endocannabinoid system helps with our sleep and our skin. It also has balancing, soothing properties that can get to work on tired skin.
Want to find out more about CBD? We’re here to help! Take a look through any one of our other CBD blog posts for more information – we suggest taking a start with our ‘the ABCs of CBD’ post.