Can CBD Help With a Sunburn

According to new research, CBD has a high potential to help the skin heal from sun damage

Every year it seems to get even hotter outside. Let’s face it, you can’t hide from the sun. Sunburns are going to happen but what do you use to help and heal them? Most of us will most likely reach for the Aloe Vera but new research suggests that CBD may also help with those horrible sunburns.

Many of us, no matter what type of skin tone or age, have experienced the horrible reddening of the skin after staying too long outside. Sunburns thankfully have several natural remedies, each needing a specific duration of time to yield results.

So how do sunburns work exactly? Well the sun gives off ultraviolet or (UV) rays and our skin has a limit on the number of UV rays it can take or tolerate before our skin has a reaction and triggers an inflammatory response.

UV rays come in two varieties, UVA and UVB rays. The first(UVA) has a longer wavelength and can cause very intense damages like aging and cancerous growths, while the second has a shorter wavelength and is what is responsible for sunburns.

Fortunately for us, our skin can tolerate small episodes of sunburn and with the correct products, our skin can repair damaged cells. Always make sure you do not overexpose your skin to more damage than it can tolerate.

Many Studies have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, It has been used to treat conditions like muscle pain in arthritis and neuropathic pain. CBD has also been useful for patients with psoriasis or acne. Which is why researchers believe CBD could be a great option for the prevention or aftercare of sunburns.

A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Jeanette Jacknin claims CBD has a high potential to make the skin heal from sun damage. She based her claims on studies that show the healing effects of CBD on wounds.

Although there is still a need for more research, In the meantime, it has been suggested that CBD can be mixed into existing sunburn precautions. We suggest either mixing a CBD topical or oil with your sunburn treatment of choice.

Currently, preclinical research is being carried out to look into the effects of CBD on not only sunburns but on other dermatological inflammatory diseases.

It seems as though science has established that our skin is a complex ecosystem that is partially modulated by the existing endocannabinoid system. That’s right, we forgot to mention, you have cannabinoid receptors spread throughout your body and across your skin. These receptors react uniquely with CBD. Even more of a reason why CBD may have antibacterial qualities when applied.

All of us have a unique genetic makeup, which means that the amount of sunburn that can damage your skin cells beyond repair may be different then someone else’s. So remember that prevention is the best method of treating a sunburn. 

When you choose a sunscreen, whether it contains CBD or not, try to check the ingredients used and do well to pick one with broad-spectrum protection that is capable of guarding against both types of UV rays.

As always when shopping for CBD first consult your primary physician and make sure to order from a shop that is backed by third party lab testing like this one.

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