The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a bodily system discovered in the 1990s. Like your immune system, your endocrine system, or your cardiovascular system, the ECS has a specific job: acting as the air traffic control center for the body.
The ECS helps regulate background functions like mood, temperature, itchiness, oil production, pain, sleep, and skin functions. The ECS works with compounds that your body naturally produces, called endocannabinoids (yes, your body makes its very own cannabinoids!)
While endo-cannabinoids are made by the body, cannabinoids from plants are called phytocannabinoids. While cannabidiol is popular and probably the best-known of all the phytocannabinoids, there are over 100 different cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. Human bodies respond strongly to plant cannabinoids because our bodies already have a built-in system that utilizes them.
Cannabinoids can support health—including healthy skin and hair. Keeping your ECS healthy and happy helps all your body’s systems do their jobs better—including the job of producing healthy new skin and hair cells.
Here are just a few of the ways cannabinoids can contribute to skin and hair health:
- They've been shown to help reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol suppresses the formation of collagen, which is the building block for skin and hair cells. Cortisol is hell on your skin and hair!
- Cannabinoids have been shown to have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants fight free radicals and halt oxidation (think about when a cut apple is left out and turns brown—that’s oxidation). Your skin is in constant renewal, shedding old dead cells and creating new ones. Oxidation interferes with that renewal process, which can lead to cell mutations as well as premature aging, lines, and wrinkles.
- Cannabinoids have been shown in some studies to decrease inflammation. Inflammation can cause seborrheic dermatitis, a.k.a. dandruff, as well as skin itching and redness.
- Cannabinoids have been shown to act as analgesics as well as anti-inflammatories, and may ease scalp discomfort associated with tight hairstyles and harsh chemicals.
Humans respond to the cannabis plant precisely because our bodies already use cannabinoids to regulate many functions through the ECS. The more we learn about the ECS, the more we understand about how it contributes to our health and vitality—including the health of your skin and hair.
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