Five Ways CBD Can Help Fight Skin Aging

It may not be the fountain of youth, but there are signs that cannabidiol (CBD) may help when it comes to skin aging. First you need to consider what causes skin to wrinkle and line – all the signs of aging - to understand how CBD might be able to “turn back time.” As you age, you produce less collagen, which is the protein that gives skin its strength and durability. Think of it as the scaffolding around the cells that support their shape.

 Your skin also is covered in tiny-oil producing glands to keep it pliable and youthful. During the aging process, these glands produce less oil, which leads to drier skin. Signs of aging are more noticeable as your skin dries. Another factor leading to skin aging is the decrease in levels of elastin, which means the skin isn’t as capable of healing itself. Inflammation is another culprit. Ongoing inflammation affects the decline in skin health and is an important driver of skin aging.

 The Environment Contributes to Skin Aging

The UV rays of the sun destroy collagen and elastin. Smoking leads to wrinkles. The nicotine in cigarettes narrows blood vessels in the skin’s outer layer, which slows down blood flow so your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and important nutrients.  Also, cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals that can damage collagen and elastin.

 And if you are stressed and also have trouble sleeping it probably shows in your face. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol.  Cortisol can break down collagen.

 CBD Skin Benefits

CBD one of the over 60 cannabinoids or naturally-occurring chemicals found in industrial hemp and marijuana. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is made up of endocannabinoids or neurotransmitters that send chemical messages between neurons, the cells that transmit nerve impulses to affect pain response, lower inflammation and aid injury recovery as well as control other functions of the body such as sleep, appetite and immune response. CBD benefits the skin in the following ways:

 Fights Dryness

CBD is a powerful humectant, which means it draws moisture from the environment and delivers it to the skin. Also, CBD binds with CB receptors in the skin to regulate oil levels to help skin glow. [1] A study released in 2008 illustrated a connection between endocannabinoids and oil excretion in sebaceous glands. [2]

 Boosts Collagen Levels

CBD is a powerful antioxidant, which helps halt the aging process by reducing free-radicals. Free radicals speed up the breakdown of collagen, which means antioxidants help to slow down collagen loss to keep skin looking more youthful, firm and strong. [3]

Controls Inflammation

Research on animal models suggests a connection between CBD oil and inflammation. “...the cannabinoid seems to be able to interact with the immune system, reduce inflammation and reduce pain from a number of conditions.”[4] To this end, CBD could interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to reduce the sensitivity of a trigger that could cause some type of skin inflammation. [5]

 Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety influence the cell cycle in the body and reduce the rate of cell regeneration, which could lead to the appearance of early signs of aging.[6] While more research is needed on CBD and anxiety, a 2011 study found that CBD was able to reduce Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in the speech performance of control patients, and significantly decreased alert levels in their anticipatory speech. The placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort, and alert levels when compared with the control group.[7]

Aids Sleep

Some research on CBD and sleep indicates that CBD may interact with specific receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CB-1 and CB-2, to potentially affect the sleep/wake cycle.  Furthermore, by reducing the symptoms of pain and anxiety, CBD may also contribute to a more restful sleep.[8]

 There are a number of factors that contribute to skin aging. Research supports CBD’s anti-aging effects.



[1] “7 Amazing Anti-Aging Benefits of CBD,” CBD World Online, April 9, 2020.
[2] Editorial Team, “Studies Show That CBD for Anti Aging Really Works,” WayofLeaf, February 24, 2020.
[3] IBID
[4] “CBD Oil for Inflammation,” Weedmaps, accessed July 18, 2020.
[5] “7 Amazing Anti-Aging Benefits of CBD,” CBD World Online
[6] IBID
[7] Bergamaschi MM, Queiroz RH, Chagas MH, et al. Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011;36(6):1219‐1226. doi:10.1038/npp.2011.6.  
[8] “CBD: For Sleep and Insomnia, American Sleep Association, accessed July 4, 2020.