Cannabis As a Sunburn Remedy?

Rio Kaplan About The Author

Jul 17, 2018 5:20:00 PM

If there is one thing that has contributed most to cannabis legalization so far, it is the medical possibilities that the plant seems to harness. While many medical claims need to be studied further, it’s clear that cannabis has the potential to help with a wide array of conditions and symptoms, from cancer and epilepsy, to nausea and anxiety. But there are a few lesser known applications that might surprise you. These include cannabis as a treatment for sunburn, serious skin hydration, and other skin issues.


It’s the beginning of another summer season and your skin is probably still pretty sensitive from being hidden in long sleeves and pants all winter. Since skin is our largest organ, it is vital to take good care of it. Whether it’s moisturizing during dry summer months or preventing and treating sunburn, skin care should be a top priority this summer. And cannabis could be the summer skincare accessory you never knew you needed!


How Cannabis Can Offer Sunburn Relief 

There is a long list of things to love about summer. With the gorgeous weather you can spend more time outside, by and in the water, and at sunny happy hours in new cities. But there is one serious downside to summer: sunburn. Just typing the word induces a cringe!  It hurts, makes clothes uncomfortable to wear, and, just as the pain goes away, the itching begins.


Beyond just the physical discomfort that comes with sunburn, there are some more serious risks to consider. According to the Centers for Disease Control, half of US adults under 30 years old get sunburn at least once a year. And getting sunburn just once every two years can can triple your risk of skin cancer. So, suffice it to say...sunburn really sucks.


The best way to fight sunburn is to prevent it completely. We know that sounds obvious, but it is amazing how easily we forget proper SPF application and re-application. If you can, don’t skimp on sunscreen quality by going cheap. Invest in a good quality, high SPF, broad spectrum sunscreen. Use sunscreen lotion for your bottom layer and reapply often with spray.  


Even with this seemingly simple advice to avoid sunburn, there’s a really good chance a lot of us will still suffer from it at least once this summer. So, let’s talk about how cannabis can help manage sunburn once you have it.


Cannabis For Burn Relief

Phase one of sunburn is pain. This pain can range from mild discomfort, like your skin being slightly tender to the touch, to extreme cases. There are tons of “traditional” topical pain relievers that you can pick up at any local drugstore, but there’s a pretty compelling study that shows you might be better served with a cannabis topical. According to a study published in Current Neuropharmacology, cannabidiol shows strong promise as a pain reliever through its natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Marijuana pain relief might be exactly what you need to get through this stage.


If you’re looking for pain relief, try a cannabis topical oil that has soothing ingredients, but is not mentholated. Apothecanna’s Calming Body Oil will be a perfect pain relieving and moisturizing option.


Cannabis For Itching 

The burning, tender to the touch skin that comes with sunburn is terrible. But itching might take the cake as the absolute most annoying side effect. There are few things worse than having an awful itch that you can’t scratch because your skin is too sensitive to touch. Luckily, cannabis has also shown a ton of promise for relieving itchy skin and irritation!


According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, cannabis has incredible anti-itch potential. When researcher went as far as to say, “Perhaps the most promising role for cannabinoids is in the treatment of itch.” According to the research, Dr. Robert Dellavalle, eight of 21 patients completely eliminated severe itching. Much of the anti-itch properties of cannabis can be traced back to the plant being a prolific natural anti-inflammatory.


Once the pain from your sunburn settles down a bit and the itch really starts to kick in, you can use a spray cannabis topical to help. Try CBD For Life’s Pure CBD Extract Pain Relief Spray. You will be able spray on the super itchy areas without having to rub anything in that might hurt your sensitive skin.


Cannabis For Moisturizing Your Skin 

The final phase of sunburn often means peeling skin. But there’s one definite way to avoid or at least mitigate the peeling and that is moisturizing! There are a lot of great natural remedies for moisturizing your skin, including aloe and shea butter. But cannabis is great for moisturizing too!


A 2009 study, published Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, highlights cannabis as a treatment for psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by super dry skin that leads to intense itching and discomfort. If cannabis can help prevent psoriasis, it is safe to say it can probably help with a much less dramatic condition of sunburn.


As the final step to your sunburn recovery, infuse that skin with all sorts of moisture by using a thick cannabis lotion to lather all over. Snag some Apothecanna Body Budder made with cannabis, shea butter, capsaicin, calendula, and mango butter.