5 Strange Things Mary J Can Do To Your Skin & Appearance
Marijuana has been around long before any of us began walking. These days it’s more common than ever, thanks in part to its medicinal uses, as well as its infiltration in the beauty space — in the form of CBD oil.
From lip balms to eyeshadows, just do a quick search online and you’ll find 420-friendly products by the likes of NYX, Urban Decay, The Body Shop and many more. As a matter of fact, Harper’s Bazaar even published a column in its April 2019 issue, stating that weed could be the new wine.
It is a cultural norm to bring a bottle of wine and have a drink when getting together with friends. Adults drink alcohol in social settings to relax, unwind and be more open to new things. Well, although using cannabis is still heavily stigmatised, enthusiasts are saying the same thing about marijuana. But have you ever thought about what it might do to your skin?
Let’s start with the bad news.
The most potent ingredient in cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which could increase your testosterone levels like mad — says Dr. Ostad, a New York-based dermatologist. As a result, these increased testosterone levels can cause your skin’s oil glands to produce more sebum oil, which can lead to breakouts or acne.
Another thing to watch out for is packing in sugar-filled snacks while using marijuana. There is a link between high-glycemic index foods and acne.
2. Hair loss
People who are chronic users of marijuana can also experience hair loss on the scalp or even excess hair growth in other parts of their bodies due to this testosterone jump, Dr. Ostad adds. “I have seen acne and hair loss,” he says, “not a lot, but I’ve seen it.”
3. The smoke can make your skin age more rapidly
Although studies have shown that THC actually protects against pro-carcinogens, unlike nicotine, the marijuana smoke itself contains many of the same carcinogens as cigarette smoke. These hydrocarbons can inhibit cells that are chiefly responsible for making new collagen. Meaning: Exposing your skin to marijuana smoke can make it age more rapidly. The smoke from pot can also worsen skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea, says Dr. Buka.
Now the good news.
1. Anti-inflammatory effect
Apparently, CBD “interacts with pain receptions in skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect.” Because of that, some people who suffer from irritating skin conditions such as psoriasis, burns, eczema, and poison ivy are often prescribed with topical CBD.
2. Potential anti-aging properties
While the actual smoke from marijuana can suppress collagen production, some studies have shown that the THC itself has anti-ageing properties. Dr. Ostad even likens moderate weed consumption with drinking a glass of red wine.
That being said, smoking anything is still unhealthy for your skin. But thanks to Superdeals, you can delay signs of ageing with Kinohimitsu Marine Gem for only RM119! It’s a nourishing collagen drink which is packed with caviar, vitamin C and other powerful ingredients. Best part? It comes in powder form, convenient for those who travels a lot.
Disclaimer: There are mixed philosophies when it comes to both the positive and negative effects of marijuana on the skin, so don’t treat the information presented in this article as an alternative to information from healthcare practitioners.