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Cannabis Oil & Your Skin: Potential Benefits of Regular Use

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Cannabis Oil Massage Healing Benefits

Cannabis is gaining popularity for both its known and potential healing properties. While smoking and eating it are the two most well-known ways of getting this plant into your system, rubbing it in as a topical application has a number of benefits as well.

Cannabis can be made into oils, creams and lotions. In order to do this the cannabis flower is turned into a full spectrum extract, a distillate or an isolate. The chosen form will then be turned into oil, cream or a lotion with additional ingredients added based on what the finished product will be marketed for. Your skin, which is the largest organ in your body, then becomes the recipient of the formula you have chosen.

Cannabis works on your endocannabinoid system which has receptors in almost every area of your body. Cannabis has been shown to have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties and more. Your skin produces endocannabinoid molecules as part of its natural state of well-being. These endocannabinoids play a multi-faceted role in skin health, integrity and more. Your skin also has the ability to absorb cannabinoids. This is where topical application of cannabis compounds can play a role.

You’re well aware of the benefits of having a daily skin care routine. Consider the effects of having a daily skin care routine with a cannabis product and including a majority of the skin on your body. Using cannabis as an oil or lotion and massaging it into your arms, legs and body on a regular basis gives all of those areas of skin an opportunity to absorb extra cannabinoids. Having a regular extra influx of cannabinoids could help improve mood, decrease aches and pains, decrease stress and a number of other potential benefits related to the endocannabinoid system. This is a possible way to bring your body back into its normal state of balance. Aches, pains and other issues may improve along the way or disappear as your body has higher levels of what it needs to properly function supplied by the endocannabinoid system. In addition, there would be added benefits of skin health and anti-aging properties that would come along with it.

As more states legalize medical and recreational cannabis, premade skin care products and massage oils are becoming more available. These are great options but limited in the variety of ingredients outside of cannabis. If you have a favorite skin care product or are a fan of DIY (do it yourself) versions, purchasing a full spectrum cannabis extract or distillate could provide the solution you’re searching for. A full spectrum extract contains all of the naturally occurring compounds in the plant and their beneficial properties in addition to the THC. A distillate contains the THC and whatever naturally occurring compounds the manufacturer chose to include. Choosing to purchase either one of these would allow you to create your own oil or lotion with the additional added ingredients you prefer. The other option would be to mix a full spectrum extract or distillate with a premade product that you love.

Whether you purchase a premade version or create one yourself, there are a number of long-term benefits to using cannabis products on your skin. The anti-aging and health benefits that can be achieved without having to consider if a dose will make you feel high, are a great option for many people. These particular cannabis characteristics and way of applying the plant could have it playing roles in both the mainstream health and beauty arenas in the future.

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