CBD (cannabidiol) has gained a whole lot of attention as a natural, versatile wellness product. Unlike its hemp sibling, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects, making it a popular choice among health enthusiasts who recognize the health benefits of cannabis but prefer to remain clearheaded.
While the mental benefits of CBD are widely known and praised, the physical benefits are often overlooked. Topical CBD products may not make the media headlines as often, but they have a very loyal, passionate fan base for a myriad of reasons. Here’s a look at why so many guys are slathering CBD lotions and creams on their skin.
1. To Look Younger
Time takes a toll on the skin. Collagen is a protein that helps to give your skin structure and volume, so it looks and feels firm and plump. According to Scientific American, starting at age 25, people produce 1% less collagen every year, which naturally causes skin to lose elasticity and become thinner and more fragile. CBD may be able to slow collagen loss and breakdown, so skin looks more youthful for longer.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg! Many CBD users have found that hemp lotion with CBD reduces wrinkles, redness, and fine lines while making skin look more vibrant and alive. CBD gets a lot of praise, but it’s not a miracle cure for everyone. Everyone’s body chemistry is unique, so it’s up to you to see if CBD lotions and creams work for you.
2. To Combat Acne
Oily skin is prone to acne. While there are many myths about CBD out there, scientific research has shown that CBD inhibits oil production and reduces inflammation in the glands that produce oil. There’s no guarantee that CBD will deliver blemish-free skin, but it’s certainly worth looking into if you’re struggling with oily skin.
In addition to facial treatments, you can also find full-body soaps and body washes that may reduce acne on your body. According to WebMD, CBD has antibacterial properties with a potency comparable to antibiotics. In fact, CBD killed bacteria in just three hours, while Vancomycin (Vancocin) took six to eight hours.
3. To Moisturize
Don’t overlook topical CBD products as all-around excellent hydrating lotions. Dry skin can be more than annoying — it can be painful, very difficult to manage, and exacerbate dry skin and acne. There are many natural plants and ethnobotanicals that can help with everything from gut issues to dry skin and hemp plants are no exception. The CBD extracted from such plants contains a host of nourishing nutrients, as well as the aforementioned anti-inflammation and analgesic properties. In short, CBD topicals are like the lotions you’re already using, only supercharged.
4. To Relieve Aches and Pains
CBD isn’t just used for beauty purposes. Many CBD enthusiasts love that CBD acts as an analgesic, providing a natural alternative to prescribed pain medications without the associated side effects. Suitable for a wide range of conditions — from sports injuries to arthritis — CBD stimulates receptors in your endocannabinoid system that signal your body to release endorphins that soothe pain.
While scientific research into CBD as a pain reliever for humans is still ongoing as of 2020, studies involving animals suggest that CBD has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. There’s also no shortage of anecdotal evidence to be found out there. In short, if you suffer from chronic pain, CBD is worth trying.
Try Something New
Whether you’re struggling with a specific skin condition or just looking to elevate your appearance, CBD is absolutely worth a shot. Using CBD for energy and focus, as well as anxiety and stress, has become so common. Now, more and more people are learning about (and loving) its benefits as a skin treatment. Be realistic with your expectations, and you might just be amazed by the results.
Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.