In recent years numerous studies have been conducted into the anti-inflammatory properties of hemp seed oil and cannabidiol as well as their use in the treatment of epilepsy and neurodegenerative diseases. These studies have delivered encouraging results leading to the development of new, highly effective and widely accepted medical applications.
And now an article has been published in the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology Journal suggesting hemp seed oil and cannabidiol may be an effective treatment for common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, pruritis (itching) and the scourge of teenagers everywhere – acne.
The article cites an in vitro study that shows, in a test tube environment, hemp seed oil ‘disrupts and eradicates’ several strains of bacterium in the Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) family. Why is this important? Previous research has shown that overgrowth of S. aureus in the skin directly correlates with the level of severity of dermatitis experienced by the sufferer. If you Inhibit the colonisation of S. aureus, you inhibit, and hopefully eliminate, the dermatitis.
Another scientific review cited by the article hypothesises that hemp seed oil and CBD may be effective treatments for a wide range of skin conditions, including acne, due to the way these oils appear to stabilise and support functions performed by the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system regulates a wide range of processes in the body including the growth and health of skin cells.
Hemp seed oil and CBD also contain high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, elements known to help treat severely dry skin.
While these pre-clinical studies show great promise, scientists are yet to identify the exact molecular mechanisms behind hemp seed oil and CBD’s apparent skin-healing ability. Several studies are currently underway to better understand how the oils influence the functioning of the endocannabinoid system and support balance in the skin’s microbiome. T
What is hemp seed oil and cannabidiol?
As the name suggests, hemp seed oil is steam distilled from the seeds of the cannabis plant while cannabidiol (CBD) oil comes from the flowers, leaves and stems. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabis chemical that induces a feeling of euphoria, is found in negligibly low levels, if at all, in both hemp seed oil and CBD; levels that are not great enough to induce a ‘high’.
Are hemp seed oil and cannabidiol legal in Australia?
In Australia hemp seed oil and cannabidiol can be legally obtained with a prescription from a doctor. The oil must contain at least 98% cannabidiol and 2% or less of other cannabinoids, in particular THC.
National Custom Compounding can supply safe and legal quantities of hemp seed oil and cannabidiol on presentation of a medical script.
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