The skin is the largest organ of the body— surely you’ve heard this fact before. But what is actually going on with our skin? The largest organ of our body is not only our most important protective shield, but also an incredibly complex system involving neurological, immunological, and endocrinological functions. Let’s take a look at what systems are at play within our skin and what CBD can do to support healthy skin function.
Skin and the ECS
The skin is comprised of a complex network of an estimated 35 billion cells, that every 28 days regenerate and renew themselves into a new epidermis. This cellular regeneration is critical to biological survival since the skin is perpetually at work protecting our inner organs from harmful pathogens, and environmental threats like UV rays, toxin exposure, and extreme temperatures.
It should come as no surprise that the body’s most important regulating system, the ECS (endocannabinoid system), also has a leading role in regulating cellular skin function to maintain homeostasis (balance) throughout the body. The family of components that make up the body’s ECS— neurotransmitters, receptors, and enzymes— are spread throughout the body including the brain, spinal cord, lungs, liver, digestive system, muscles, reproductive tract, immune system, pancreas, and —you guessed it— within the skin.
Given that the ECS influences nearly all of our daily physiological functions, it makes sense that a malfunctioning, depleted, or disrupted ECS could have an impact on skin health. Since the ECS was only recently discovered in the 1990s, there is growing research that supports the hypothesis that disrupted endocannabinoid signaling within the ECS is directly related to issues within the skin. This research is ongoing and evidence continues to grow that affirms the ECS’s influence on skin health.
The idea that the ECS acts as the skin’s “conductor” is an important one. Within the skin, the ECS is directly involved in processes such as thermal regulation, skin cell homeostasis (cell growth, survival, and death— the regeneration process), regulation of oil-producing sebaceous glands, and regulation of hair follicles. If any components within the ECS are disrupted, the skin cell balance may also become disrupted, resulting in skin conditions. By balancing the ECS, it restores balance to skin cell growth and oil production, while promoting overall skin homeostasis.
How does CBD support the ECS for healthier skin?
As part of our ECS, there are molecules that the body naturally produces called endocannabinoids, along with endocannabinoid receptors, located within the layers of our skin. When external cannabinoids like CBD are introduced into the skin layers via topical application, this activates the skin’s ECS, and the external cannabinoids directly interact with and can influence your body’s internal endocannabinoids within the skin. It should be noted that the topical application of CBD will never enter your bloodstream due to the skin-blood barrier unless it is applied using a transdermal patch.
The primary way that CBD provides support to the skin is by interacting with endocannabinoids and receptors, and by influencing the ECS to restore balance or homeostasis to the skin. The emerging clinical studies on how topical CBD is being used treat various skin conditions shows great promise. We have much more to learn on the topic, but there is a growing mountain of evidence that shows how supplementing endocannabinoids within your skin with phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant directly influences the ECS to promote balance and healthy-looking skin.
The research team at HempLand USA has developed a topical CBD product that was specifically designed to promote better skin health and balance. Cannabitol® Restorative Cream contains 500mg of our CBD-rich premium hemp oil and is loaded with nutrient-dense organic hemp seed oil that is rich in fatty acids and micronutrients. Our proprietary skincare formula contains a unique formulation of active botanicals, that together with CBD, delivers maximum skin-supporting results.
Topical CBD penetrates the top layers of skin and provides vital support to your skin’s endocannabinoids. The omega fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats within hemp seed oil, olive oil, and flax extract help to increase CBD’s absorption into the skin so that more CBD can enter the epidermal layers and enhance the overall balancing effects within your ECS. Our fatty acid-rich formula increases CBD’s absorption so that your skin can receive the most benefits available from topical CBD. Hemp seed oil is also an excellent non-comedogenic skin softener and moisturizer that is well-tolerated by all skin types. Cannabitol® Restorative skin formula can be used on the face, neck, hands, or wherever your skin needs extra balance and support for a luxurious and effective skincare experience.