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Benefits from the use of cannabis products – A health and beauty perspective

Benefits of Cannabis Products to Health Beauty

There is no other plant on the planet so totally misunderstood. Perhaps because it hasn’t been properly introduced to people.

So let’s get to know it better.

Cannabis is a plant from which marijuana (a mixture of crushed leaves and cannabis flowers), hashish (dried resin that comes out of the glandular flowers of the flowers and the end of the female stems, mainly cannabis plants); and hash oil or cannabis oil (an oleoresin obtained by the extraction of cannabis or hashish) are produced.

The variety of subspecies of this plant, which was registered by Linneaus in 1753, has in the past created many disputes among botanists about its classification, but today it has been accepted that there is an original species Cannabis sativa L. from which a variety of subspecies such as

  1. Cannabis sativa Cannabis Sativa Indica
  2. Cannabis indica
  3. Cannabis chinensis
  4. Cannabis gigantea
  5. Cannabis ruderalis 

have emerged. (There are around 100 subspecies, don’t worry I’ll stop here. Anyway, who needs all these names?) All of them differ mainly in their content of the main active ingredient of cannabis, D9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Based on this,

a) Cannabis Sativa, which contains a small amount of THC, and

b) Cannabis Indica containing a bigger amount of THC

are both used for healing and therapeutic purposes.

I will use the terms Cannabis and Cannabis oil in this introductory article referring to all kinds of cannabis and cannabis oil. The differences will be explained in future posts.

But before we talk about the benefits from the use of cannabis products to both health and beauty, some scientific opinions, I think, will be very useful and will open closed minds.

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What did scientists say about cannabis?

In 1839, WB O’Shaughnessy, a British physician, professor of medicine, published a paper about analgesic, antispasmodic and muscle relaxant properties of cannabis, expressing his belief that “with cannabis, the medical world has acquired a valuable anticonvulsant drug”.

In 1860, Dr. R. M’Meen, having studied the medical uses of cannabis, announced his findings from the study of medical uses of cannabis in the Canadian Committee of the Ohio Medical Society, saying : “Cannabis is indicated in tetanus, neuralgia, dysmenorrhea, seizures, asthma, rheumatic pain, psychosis, gonorrhea and chronic bronchitis.” Grinspoon, L. (1977). Marihuana Reconsidered, 219-220.

In 1881, Dr. H. Kane found the use of cannabis as a substitute for people who were dependent on alcohol.

In 1889, Dr. E. Birch concluded that cannabis “is effective in dealing with opiate dependence and delirium tremens”.

The same year, Sir  CBD Scientific ResearchWilliam Osler, a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins and Oxford University, in a report on migraine and stress, concluded that “cannabis is obviously the most satisfactory medicine for stressful situations.”

In 1890, Dr. J. Reynolds, the personal physician of Queen Victoria of England, with an article of his, published in the medical journal Lancet, proclaimed the effectiveness of cannabis in migraines, various seizures, depression, asthma and dysmenorrhoea, and concluded, “Having prescribed cannabis for thirty years I am convinced that it is one of the most important medicines we have”. Reynolds, R: “On the Therapeutic Use and Toxic Effects of Cannabis Indica”, 1890 (Lancet, 3.22.1970, 637)

In 1891, Dr. J. Mattisson acknowledged the therapeutic usefulness of cannabis in many physical diseases and mental dysfunctions, and stressed that: “The use of cannabis, combined with its non-toxicity, validates the position it once had in the healing process.” Arnao, G. (1978), Erba Proibita, 128.

They are enough, I hope. I know that scientific language is a bit tiring. I am not a scientist either. But since we are talking about health and not PlayStation games (:-)), I think scientists’ opinions are more important than mine and some references won’t harm anyone.

TCH and CBD. Two important active ingredients of cannabis

Cannabis has been used as a medicine by many people over the centuries. Scientists have identified many biologically active ingredients in cannabis (over 400), of which 60 are called cannabinoids. The two best studied components are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol chemicals (often referred to as THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Chemical Structure CBD
Chemical Structure-CBD

The world scientific community, after laboratory research, has come to the conclusion that both these cannabis components THC and CBD (also known as Cannabidiol) improve health. When CBD is administered to humans, it interacts with its brain in a different way than THC.

In other words, CBD impacts the brain without a high, and tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, has pain relieving properties. It fights psychosis, depression, inflammation, anxiety. The CBD relaxes, so it is used for epilepsy and childhood autism.

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Let’s talk about the health benefits of cannabis

The health benefits of Cannabis Sativa products are numerous. Here are some pathologies, it has a positive impact on:

The list is quite long, don’t you agree?

A recent in-depth review of the medical benefits of cannabis was published in early 2017 and looked at 10,000 studies. (The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids. The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017).

One of the most interesting and perhaps more important conclusions of the review is that much more research is needed on cannabis.

Things are about to change now that the “witch hunt” is finally over !!

Cannabis-based cosmetics. Let’s get high on healthy, beautiful skin and glossy hair

Girls, here we are!

Cannabis oil is used in cosmetics to create a range of products from hair to the whole body, from foam baths to anti-aging creams and after-shave lotions.Hemp Oil Cream In botanical literature, cannabis oil is well-known for its moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and has the higher concentration of essential fatty acids than any other vegetable oil, as well as an optimally balanced content of omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids. (Be patient, I’ll come back with more “Juicy Details ” in a future post.)

But what do essential fatty acids do? I knew you would ask!

Well, essential fatty acids have the potential to penetrate the lipid layers of the skin cells, filling out the oils that are missing due to sun exposure or incomplete nutrition. Also, clinical investigations have shown that they can delay the aging of the skin. With simple words: Radiant skin!

Note that new scientific studies describe wrinkles as very small skin inflammation, which means that plants with anti-inflammatory action, such as cannabis and calendula, are able to significantly reduce their formation. Additionally, it contains vitamin-E, which neutralizes the formation of free radicals while the effect of cannabis is increased when combined with other plants by stimulating the production of collagen.Hemp Hand Cream

It is a perfect anti-aging product which helps maintain good skin health.

It can be absorbed by the skin quickly and, unlike other types of oils, is not sticky to the touch and leaves no trace of greasiness to such an extent that it can be used as a base for makeup. It is relaxing, refreshing and nutritious.

It is humectant (helps the skin preserve moisture) but it is not comedogenic (can be used on the skin without causing breakouts) And above all it’s natural!

Hemp Beautiful Hair

Look around you girls.

A lot of pioneer cosmetics companies have created beauty products that contain cannabis. In addition to them, one of the largest cosmetics companies in the world, Estée Lauder has recently launched a new face mask that contains cannabis sativa seed oil from hemp. I bet it won’t be the last. Cannabis will be the new Eldorado for the beauty industry worldwide.

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Cannabis Health and Beauty addicts unite!

Hemp or Cannabis, Sativa or Indica, all terms describe a magical plant stigmatized in the past for reasons we all suspect. A plant that waits for us to explore it, to understand it, to realize its capabilities.

Research on the potential health and beauty benefits of cannabis is still ongoing. I am sure that new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy will soon be discovered.

Either for health and beauty promotion or for disease prevention, cannabis is part of the everyday lives of millions of people around the world. Will you join us?

If you have any questions or want to share your personal experience with CBD, leave a comment below.




DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided is not meant to alleviate or cure any disease or disorder. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider for any medical condition.

10 Comments

  1. Hey,

    Another great article, thanks for sharing.

    This is obviously a touchy subject but it is definitely the right time for cannabis products to be in the mainstream, especially in the UK where I am from.

    The benefits are a lot better than what people think as you have stated.

    Keep up the great work and thanks again,

    Tom

    1. Welcome back Tom. I’m really glad you find my article helpful and informative. Thank you for stopping by and commenting !

  2. Hi Effie
    It is the most misinformed plant there is. Big Pharma and the rich families running our world has realized the potential of this plant and banned it on purpose. Made it illegal and are still fighting to keep it off the market, but I think the masses are winning this battle now.
    It is a wonderful product.I have the oil, as well as a mix of dry leaves and vodka I make myself, drink a shot full every night. There are huge benefits for arthritis and more.
    Keep up the good info.
    Stella
    Bush Lady

  3. Cannabis is a controversial subject.

    Where I live, there are A LOT of young kids addicted to the drug and having issues related to it.

    I am not so informed as to know whether this is because the substance they are using is due to misuse, additives from unscrupulous drug dealers or the cannabis itself – but from my point of view, this isn’t a substance that always has benefits.

    That being said, you make a strong argument for the benefits of cannabis, even pointing out some things that it may be able to help me with; epilepsy in particular. I may consult my doctor about this, although I think cannabis based products are illegal in the UK.

    I can see that you aren’t talking about the usual smoking of the substance (which does leave the drug wide open for abuse) so thank you so much for the great and informative article. It has certainly opened my eyes a little, as I have no idea cannabis could be used in so many way.

    Thanks,
    Michael.

    1. Thanks for the visit Michael!The term Cannabis describes the Cannabis Sativa L. and its various subspecies.All of them differ mainly in their content of the main active ingredient of cannabis, D9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC gives you the high!The two best studied components of cannabis are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol chemicals (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both of them improve health. I surely don’t talk about joints or hash.
      Please, do consult your doctor about it. Cannabis products are not illegal in UK. As a matter of fact, there are products made in UK!

  4. Hi Effie,

    You are so right. I think we’ve barely scratched the surface with the amazing miracle properties Cannabis has. I have been growing increasingly more frustrated with how it I still not legalised for conditions it could really help- for example why is it only legalised for one type of cancer- it doesn’t seem right. I do feel it really can help right a lot of things in our body. Do you use CBD oil? And if so which brands do you recommend?

    Really enjoyable read and I love how conversational your tone is, whilst at the same time presenting us with solid information and science. I didn’t know it was so powerful for anti-aging. I turn 30 next month so i’l definitely be looking out for that Estée Lauder face mask!

    1. Natalie I think, the reason why they don’t legalize it, is simple: Big Pharma. I do use CBD oil but I’d rather not recommend any brands yet. I feel I have to give you a lot of information and review the biggest brands and their products first. You will be able to choose your brand after that. I think it’s more ethical and sincere this way, don’t you?

  5. This is such a fascinating topic and article! I agree that this plant has not been introduced properly but that’s why this article is perfect. You remove the “grey” area surrounding this topic. I feel like I understand a lot more about cannabis. Great job!

    1. You are so right Joseph. Prejudice is its middle name. I am glad I helped you understand a bit more about cannabis.

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