Finally, an answer to an age-old question, “is marijuana OK for the skin?”
This is a topic that has been widely debated. Some individuals insist that absolutely, cannabis can be to blame for causing skin troubles, especially acne. On the other hand, some report that there is no possible way such a medicinal and beneficial plant could cause these types of effects. Thankfully, there’s science to lead us to a understandable, honest answer.
As it turns out, marijuana can only cause blemishes when consumed in immense amounts – more than most people are even capable of consuming, (we say most because there’s some pretty big stoners out there). For this reason, it is not accurate or fair to say that cannabis is the sole cause of acne, and/or other skin issues. Rather, it might be some of the other occurrences that are linked with marijuana use, which might actually surprise you.
Keep reading to discover the answer to the age-old question, “does smoking weed cause acne?”…
So…What Did Those Munchies Have You Eating Last Night?:
Ah yes, the munchies. Just about everyone who has consumed a hybrid or indica strain has had them – even those who have consumed certain sativas too. Let’s face the facts- when the munchies arrive, they don’t make you crave healthy-for-you foods. Instead, you begin raiding your fridge and cabinets for everything that is remotely greasy, sugary, crunchy, salty or sweet. Before you know it, your snack stash is completely gone, and your belly is full in a blissful, albeit bloated mess.
The consumption of unhealthy oils, fats, excessive salt and too much sugar, have all been widely linked to acne and an increase in blemishes, or irritations on the skin. That’s why it might not seem surprising that, although smoking marijuana itself isn’t causing acne, the ingredients in the foods you turn towards during times of munchies very well could be encouraging more outbreaks.
This one might be hard, but the best thing you can do to avoid breaking out after a hardcore munchies session, is to keep the unhealthier snack options out of your house and away from your stoned and tempted self. There are a multitude of healthier snack options, which still satisfy all the same cravings when you’re high. For instance, switch out that bag of processed chips with plenty of artificial seasonings for organic potato chips with organic seasoning, (salt and vinegar or sea salt and crack black pepper are amazing, FYI).
Replace your artificially colored and sweetened candies for organic options which use colorants from plant extracts and more-natural sources of sugar. Also switch out as much wheat and flour as you can, because for some sensitive individuals, a slight gluten sensitivity could be to blame for increased outbreaks, which especially includes these moments where all you want to eat is pizza, baked goods and everything that involves dough or flour.
Another option is to be cautious when choosing the marijuana strain type you plan on smoking. Not all strains cause the munchies, but you’ll have to purposefully seek out the ones that don’t. Here are a few that won’t have you clearing out your refrigerator, (these strains are typically higher in cannabinoids other than just THC, which could be to blame for their lack of munchies producing effects): Durban Poison, ACDC, Black Beauty, Doug’s Varin, Jack the Ripper, and many others.
Have You Checked Your Stress Levels Lately?:
Cannabis is not causing acne, at least not in the active way like one might think. Instead, there’s strong evidence suggesting that stress levels might actually be to blame. For some individuals, marijuana does not alleviate the anxiety and stress, but it can actually cause it and enhance these unpleasant effects. It’s a double edged sword; cannabis can be both a relief from stress and anxiety, as well as a culprit! Certain individuals are prone to THC induced paranoia and increased anxiety, and going through one of those experiences while high can really amplify stress levels.
This occurrence is more common when THC is consumed in higher doses, so sometimes a lower dose to begin with is a way to get around this happening. Research shows a strong connection between an increase in acne and an increase in stress levels, so it’s safe to say that too much THC might be promoting more blemishes, but not in an active way. Rather, some of the negative side effects of THC over-consumption can encourage stress, which therefore encourages acne to appear.
CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is said to neutralize and decrease paranoia and increases in anxiety caused by THC. For this reason, having the perfect balance between CBD/THC in the cannabis you consume can work wonders. A great way to start is by picking a strain with a higher CBD percentage and a lower THC percentage. Some options could include: ACDC, Harlequin, Sweet and Sour Widow, Cannatonic, or Pennywise.
Another choice instead of smoking, is to consume a CBD prominent tincture, which for some medical conditions can offer all the healing benefits without any of the negative effects from psychoactive THC, which means no stress, and possibly a way to target your specific condition or ailment even more directly. Even better, CBD is said to immensely decrease stress, so it can help calm you down and melt you into a state of zen.
Could It Be the Smoke?:
Studies have also shown that the actual act of smoking can cause an increase in non-inflammatory acne. This could be because of some of the toxins that are sometimes found in smoke. Additionally, not everyone knows the exact, honest source of their herb, so they might not be aware of the conditions in which is was grown.
When a chemical-laden bud gets lit up, its toxins go with it and straight into your body’s system, which could be extruded later on in the form of acne or marks on the skin. This is a way of your body trying to tell you something important.
Make sure you know 100% where your marijuana is coming from. Also, make sure you are familiar with the practices used while growing your cannabis, because then you will at least have the knowledge to make all your decisions solely for you, and not because you simply did not know. Opt for organically grown weed that is free from toxic chemicals. These are not only bad for your skin, but the rest of your body as well.
Lastly, if you think the smoke itself might be to blame, opt for a smoke-free option such as an edible, a tincture, an extract, a candy, a gummy or something else delicious. The marijuana world is currently full of new ways to consume weed that doesn’t include lighting up. Dive into that pool head first and give some of the delectable choices a try — it could become a fun, new experience.
Cannabis Might Actually Be Able to Help:
Although there is not much direct evidence about cannabis helping to actively cure acne, topical creams made from marijuana are known to be especially beneficial as a direct application for skin conditions, as well as blemish outbreaks. They are meant to be applied directly onto the trouble zones, and left on for a specific duration of time.
These topical creams are typically heavy in CBD and have worked miraculously for numerous other skin conditions as well. In addition, some evidence suggests that hemp oil, which also contains small quantities of CBD, can also help to heal the skin and lessen acne and other skin conditions, as well as moisturize dry, damaged skin.
If you are an individual who is curious about weed’s connection with acne, or if you are a regular marijuana consumer and have been struggling from recent outbreaks, then we hope this article has provided some clarity about this somewhat controversial and widely debated topic.
We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining, but also educational and informative. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the user, and discretion should always be taken.
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