Can Marijuana Or CBD Help Acne?

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In some studies, THC appears to ease inflammation inside and outside the body, therefore decreasing the threat of acne.

While it is true that the cannabinoids in cannabis can have some effect on the skin and can treat itching and even skin diseases like psoriasis, marijuana’s impact on the skin adds a level of complexity to the debate. 

We know that marijuana increases testosterone, which may cause acne, at least in some individuals. 

Just as higher estrogen can stave-off a breakout, testosterone seems to fuel additional production in the glands. A 2017 study, published in Andrology, found increased testosterone among more recent marijuana users. However, long-cited for its anti-inflammatory effects, THC appears in some studies to ease inflammation inside and outside the body, therefore decreasing the threat of acne. Just like some medicines work for one individual and not another, marijuana may act the same way. 

What about CBD?

Dr. Leslie Bauman believes that CBD has effects that can help reduce redness caused by acne but also decrease oil as well. She wrote in the Miami Herald, “One study found that a 3% cannabis seed extract cream effectively reduced both redness and sebum production in acne patients.” 

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