Is Cannabis Beneficial for Acne?

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Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc.

Research has found cannabinoids can be beneficial in the treatment of a wide variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. While there is little information surrounding the use of cannabis for targeting acne, what data we have suggests it may indeed offer an effective alternative treatment option. Sebaceous glands contain cannabinoid receptors, suggesting they may be modulated through the use of cannabinoids and their interactions with the endocannabinoid system. CBD inhibits lipid production throughout skin cells, which allows it to regulate the secretions of oils in the skin. One clinical trial investigating CBD facial serum found 100% of participants reported an improvement in skin appearance over the course of two weeks. Similarly, hemp oil significantly reduced sebum secretion and was well tolerated by participants who used it over the course of 12 weeks. CBD's anti-inflammatory properties could allow it to reduce the swelling and redness caused by acne. Lastly, the antibacterial properties of various cannabinoids could in turn prevent acne. 

This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.