Sunburn is something that affects almost every single person on the planet, but especially those of us who are on the paler side. Sunburn is incredibly irritating and turns skin pink, dry and inflamed. Fortunately, cannabis may be able to help. This article is here to tell you all about how weed might, in actual fact, be a great sunburn healer.
Everybody has probably heard something about the wellness benefits CBD provides – such as how it can help depression, anxiety, relieve cancer patients’ pain, and so on. However, the idea that CBD can also treat sunburn is likely news to some of you.
CBD is non-psychoactive, which means that it doesn’t deliver any of the cerebral effects that THC does. Essentially, CBD will not get you high or stoned. Typically, CBD is consumed orally, though topical CBD does exist and is especially effective at relieving skin issues, like sunburn.
Sunburn is the body’s reaction to being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. These rays can cause serious damage to the skin and can even lead to more serious skin-related health concerns. Sunburn happens when the body sends inflammatory cells to the area of the skin that is damaged in an attempt to fix and guard the skin against further damage. They are, mostly, a delayed reaction which means that they will only be observable about 12-24 hours after exposure. Sunburn is typically only a superficial ailment that is red and itchy, though usually goes away. However, sometimes over-exposure to UV rays can result in nausea, fever, and vomiting.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory compound, which means that it targets the central mechanism of sunburn-related discomfort. It is also antibacterial, which is very helpful considering that sunburnt skin is very vulnerable to infection. Furthermore, CBD also has within its essential fatty acids which aid in emolliating dry skin.
All in all, there really hasn’t been too much research in the area of CBD and sunburns, though what has been found so far is certainly encouraging. We can only hope that with increased legalization and acceptance across the globe, more research will be undertaken, and more people will be helped as a result.