How effective is Delta 8 for Skin Conditions?
A lot of us have seen that hemp is being used in various topical products ranging from beauty creams to soothing gels applied to the body. The compounds in hemp have the ability to absorb into the skin tissue in a unique manner thanks to the endocannabinoid system’s role in skin health. Now that everyone is talking about delta 8 THC, we have decided to put it to the test as a possible treatment for certain common skin ailments.
We are going to try to figure out if delta-8 THC has the ability to help with certain skin conditions based on the properties discovered based on research that has been done in recent years.
What We Know About Delta 8
Delta 8 THC behaves similarly as delta 9 THC, the leading compound in marijuana, due to it simply being the result of degraded delta9. It’s milder than delta-9, but psychoactive nonetheless. However, when applying delta-8 to the skin, you won’t get high as the cannabinoid quickly binds with cannabinoid receptors in the skin and muscular tissue rather than crossing the blood brain barrier.
Delta 8 is such a new compound to the hemp market that researchers have not yet gotten a chance to fully study its effects. There is an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence from regular users that it is particularly useful for mood and pain, with the latter likely coming from its anti-inflammatory properties which have been confirmed by researchers.
It is also those anti-inflammatory properties that illustrate why delta 8 may be particularly useful for skin conditions. Being a cannabinoid, delta-8 binds to cannabinoid receptors in the skin to regulate the inflammatory response that can be responsible for a host of common skin-related ailments.
Using Delta 8 in Transdermal Applications
We don’t yet have any studies on delta 8 being applied to the skin for transdermal absorption, and so we can’t say that it has proven effects on specific skin conditions. However, we can make some guesses based on how other cannabinoids behave when applied topically.
For example, delta 9 THC and CBD have both been shown to offer potent anti-inflammatory activity through transdermal absorption, indicating that this is a trait that cannabinoids share. Therefore, there is good reason to believe that applying delta 8 to the skin can potentially lower inflammation throughout the skin’s layers.
Inflammatory Skin Conditions That Delta 8 THC May Be Useful for
There are many inflammatory skin conditions that affect huge portions of the population, that topical anti-inflammatories like delta 8 may possibly offer some relief from.
Eczema is one of the most common types of inflammatory skin conditions, in which patches of dry, flaky dead skin cells develop on the surface, sometimes being accompanied by itching and irritation. Eczema is a condition that tends to be chronic, flaring up under specific circumstances like weather changes, hormonal changes, dietary changes, and stress. [Source]
Psoriasis shares a lot in common with eczema, except the symptoms tend to be more severe and cover more area of the body. The triggers for flareups are similar, but the skin tends to die off at a faster rate, causing the patches to be more prominent and increasingly uncomfortable. [Source]
Acne is rarely seen as an inflammatory condition, but it does often result from inflammation. Pimples themselves are inflamed pores, which is apparent when you note their red and swollen appearance, and the fact that they are tender to the touch. There are various topical acne treatments that act as anti-inflammatories, and delta 8 may be one of them. [Source]
Rashes Caused by Exposure to Poisonous Plants
Exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, and similar types of poisonous plants cause the skin to become extremely inflamed, resulting in rashes and swelling. Delta 8 may offer relief from this type of inflammation when applied directly to the affected area.
Using Delta 8 for Skin Conditions
Delta 8 is commonly taken internally, but if you want relief from skin conditions, you’ll need to apply it topically to the area that is affected by inflammation. Your best bet is to seek out a delta 8 topical. Delta-8 topicals are not as widely available as other types of delivery methods, but they are starting to show up more and more on the market. Just like with cannabidiol, delta8-infused topical solutions are more effective and potent the higher the number of milligrams of the compound they contain.
Like CBD, delta 8 seems to be the most effective if you use it consistently. For severe inflammation of the skin, twice a day is appropriate. Again, applying it to the skin should not lead to psychoactive effects, so do not be afraid to apply a liberal amount if needed.
A New Holistic Way to Treat Your Skin
While there has yet to be any studies done on delta8’s specific effects on skin conditions, we do know that like many other cannabinoids, this one offers anti-inflammatory effects while also offering its properties to cannabinoid receptors in the skin. Therefore, if you are dealing with inflamed skin and wish to incorporate something new into your routine, it’s worth giving this cannabinoid a try.
Delta8 THC is non-irritating and can be used daily without drying out the skin, making it a gentle and natural choice that may give better results.