cbd’s war on zits

By Dr. Barry Morrison

Just about everyone that has gone through their teenage years has had an unfortunate experience in varying degrees with acne. In many cases at the worst possible times. And for some, acne is a problem that plagues them way beyond their teenage years lasting into adulthood. Thankfully, help may be at hand. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has found that the compound cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, may provide a potential treatment for acne.


Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system‘s (ECS) regulation is a result of 3 different physiologic factors of CBD working together. Lipostatic, anti-proliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects. The study went on to explore the effects of the major nonpsychotropic phytocannabinoid of Cannabis-cannabidiol (CBD), on human sebaceous gland function. Researchers have determined that CBD acted as a highly effective sebostatic agent. So, CBD may be a promising therapeutic agent when it comes to acne.

As stated, the National Center for Biotechnology Information which is part of the United States Library of Medicine:

Researchers claim, “Administration of CBD to cultured human sebocytes and human skin organ culture inhibited the lipogenic actions of various compounds. This also includes arachidonic acid and a combination of linoleic acid, testosterone, and suppressed sebocyte proliferation via the activation of transient receptor potential vanilloid-4 (TRPV4) ion channels”. Simply put CBD seems to work effectively in the suppression of acne-based symptoms and the response associated by the skin.


Study Conclusion

The study goes on to say; “Collectively, our findings suggest that, due to the combined lipostatic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.” Better known as CBD’s war on zits.

Now, the sheer versatility of CBD continues to amaze and astound researchers and onlookers as well. More and more frequently we hear of new and exciting uses for CBD (and cannabis in general for that matter) and this study just adds more fuel to the therapeutic fire.

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J Clin Invest 2014 Sep;124(9):3713-24   PMID: 25061872  PMCID: PMC4151231  DOI: 10.1172/JCI64628

Cannabidiol Exerts Sebostatic and Antiinflammatory Effects on Human Sebocytes