WHY USE HEMP OIL TO TREAT SUNBURN?
Sunburns occur as a result of overexposure to the sun, or the absorption of too much ultraviolet light (UV). Sunburn is a toxic response from your body that happens because it has been overwhelmed by UV radiation. Sunburns are easily avoidable. Some ways to avoid sunburns can include wearing sunscreen, limiting direct sun exposure, and wearing sun-protecting clothes and/or accessories. Though these seem to be simple methods to avoid the discomforts of sunburns, most people will experience sunburns at some point in their lives. Hemp oil is ideal for helping to treat sunburns.
Hemp Oil Soothes
Hemp oil or hemp seed oil as it is also known has a SPF or sunburn protection factor of 6, so while it is not sufficient in and of itself to fully protect against sun damage, it does help when combined with other measures. Also, hemp oil provides this UV protection while not preventing the absorption of essential Vitamin D. Hemp oil is also high Omega-6, which may also help to increase oxygenation and blood circulation under the skin. This increased blood circulation will assist in the healing of sunburned skin and shorter healing period. In turn, the damaged skin is less painful thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect of this particular component of hemp oil.
Hemp Oil Moisturizes
The pain of being burned after having spent time in the sun is a singular feeling. When it begins, it doesn’t seem so bad; perhaps a mild surface sensitivity. The discomfort, however, sinks in as time passes and can worsen to the point of being excruciating. Hemp oil can serve to moisturize the skin by balancing the gamma-linoleic acid level of the skin and affecting the amount of naturally occurring oil also known as sebum, that is produced. Hemp oil can work to moisturize the skin without leaving the clogged pores and sticky residue of other moisturizing lotions.
For people who have naturally oily skin, hemp oil can help to regulate the amount of sebum that is produced by the skin to maintain the moisture and hydration needed to nourish and help heal sunburned skin.
Hemp Oil Rejuvenates
Sunburn can damage the topmost layer of skin, leaving it flaky, brittle, and prone to peeling. With its high content of Omega-6 & Omega-3 oils, antioxidants, other essential fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E, hemp oil can assist in the vital cell repair necessary to heal skin damaged by the rays of the sun. This versatile product offers a host of benefits that lend themselves to the treatment of mild to moderate sunburn discomfort.
Use Uncle Bud’s hemp sunscreen lotion and hemp sunburn soother as part of a structured skin care program and enjoy healthier, smoother skin today!Sunburns occur as a result of over exposure to the sun, or the absorption of too much ultraviolet light (UV). Use hemp oil to protect and treat sunburns!
Can CBD and Cannabis Help with Sunburn?
Wednesday November 14, 2018
A s a redhead who grew up at an altitude above 4500 feet, I have experienced more than my fair share of sunburns – like the blistering, literal color of lobster kinds – and have reached for the aloe vera gel or lotion, just to have something, anything, to please make my skin stop crawling and emitting what feels like literal radiation. Over the years I have tried many tactics, like the aforementioned aloe gel and lotion, the oatmeal/milk baths, and the wait-it-out-through-gritted-teeth-who-needs-sleep-anyway approach. Aloe, at least, made my skin kind of feel like it was not on fire, and the others hardly worked at all. But, one option that was not around for me then, but is now, is topical CBD.
Cannabis and Sunburn
Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and when it comes under attack from the sun’s rays, burning is the body’s healing response. The body releases inflammatory cells to help repair the damage, but that causes discomfort like swelling, skin pressure, heat and blistering. Studies have shown that CBD works well as an anti-inflammatory and can suppress the body’s inflammatory response. A CBD topical may also help to reduce pain at the site of the burn and help to prevent infections.
Aloe vera is another plant that, like cannabis, has been used for thousands of years because of its healing benefits. More than 75 compounds make up its curative arsenal, like amino acids, salicylic acid, and glycoproteins. These work together to reduce pain and inflammation and form a protective layer over the skin to hold in moisture and keep skin hydrated. When aloe and CBD work together, the synergy can be especially beneficial, by quieting the inflammatory response to speed healing and providing a cooling effect upon application.
Products to Try
Bozeman, Montana-based Lost Remedy created their Burn Formula, made of aloe gel, avocado oil, tea tree oil, and hemp-derived CBD. In the beginning, Burn Formula was intended for cancer patients who had radiation burns. Now, it is also used for sunburn and accidental burn pain relief.
If a lukewarm bath is your preferred post-sunburn go-to, add some of Mary Jane’s Medicinals Heavenly Hash Bath. With ingredients like grape seed oil, cannabis leaves, Epsom salts, and cooling and calming essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, it will help soothe and moisturize the skin (Please note that Mary Jane’s Medicinals is only available in California and Colorado).
Another approach to reducing the pain from sunburn may be to go the internal route, by partaking of a high-CBD strain like ACDC, Charlotte’s Web or Hawaiian Dream. The high CBD content in these strains will help to suppress the inflammatory response causing sunburn pain, and has the added benefits of being anti-anxiety and pain relieving. Or, find a relaxing strain with a nice balance of THC to CBD to help you actually sleep through that sunburn pain!
If you would rather just not deal with the redness, peeling, and subsequent farmer tan that comes from a bad sunburn, why not avoid it altogether? Nevada-based Evergreen Organix has an SPF+THC sunscreen. Available in SPF 30, it contains anti-aging ingredients and THC cannabinoids to help hydrate and protect your skin. But remember to reapply every two hours (or more if you’re a freckly pale one like me), especially if you’ve been swimming or doing strenuous activities like running or hiking.
Beating the Burn
Most of the time, sunburns calm down in a few days and can act more like an itchy, peeling, inconvenience. But they can actually be very dangerous to your long term health. Excessive sun exposure can cause premature aging and wrinkling, and can cause skin cancer, including malignant melanoma. Every time you go outside unprotected, you are putting your skin at risk. So take care this summer, and treat your skin well!
Have you tried cannabis topicals for sunburn? Let us know in the comments below!
Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work – which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor – covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.Sunburn can be an irritating condition with not many options for relief. Luckily, cannabis and CBD can help! Learn about the different cannabis products that might help when you experience too much exposure to the sun. ]]>