Answer: You had me at marijuana. While its true that marijuana ( which is legal in Holland) contains effective antioxidants in the form of cannabinoids, that is not the whole story…..
Smoking marijuana is like smoking traditional tobacco and has the same harmful impact on the heart, lungs and skin. Some experts even say that it is more dangerous since it is drawn deeper into the longs and held in the airways for greater impact. Smoke is smoke whether it is more a barbeque grill, tobacco cigarette or a hand rolled joint. All forms of smoke contain carcinogens that raise the risk of many forms of cancer, especaially breast and lung cancer.
When it comes to using marijuana on the skin, the story is equally disappointing. Like traditional cigarettes, marijuana smoke depresses the production of collagen which will accelerate the formation of lines and wrinkles.
Health Benefits of Marijuana
All kidding aside researchers have shown that there are potential health benefits of the THC chemicals found in marijuana. Cannibinoids in marijuana are highly effective anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Delivered in a vaporizer, marijuana is used to successfully relieve nausea during chemotherapy. But there is no evidence that adding marijuna to skin care prodcuts would offer any unique benefits. While it has admirable antioxidant properties, so do green tea, vitamin C, soy and oatmeal. These easily available ( and universally legal) antioxidants deliver visible results in affordable serums, moisturizers and masks. Added to your diet, these antioxidant rich foods have shown genuine health benefits. For example a simple cardboard carton of oatmeal can lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation on the skin and internal organs and absorb excess oil on the skin. In other words eating a bowl of oatmeal or drinking a glass of OJ is a easy ( and law abiding ) approach to antioxidant delivery.