Rosacea is a common and long-lasting skin condition expressed by emerging blood vessels, redness in the face, and even irritated bumps on the chin, forehead, cheeks, or nose. This disease unbalances the connective tissue in the skin, causing a dilation of blood vessels in the face.

It often affects people with pale skin, light hair, and eyes. The related inflammation can cause the skin to become very sensitive, and without proper treatment it can get worse over time, even becoming dangerous when the disease approaches the skin around the eyes. Rosacea is not an allergic reaction, eczema, or acne, even though the symptoms may be similar. Some of the causes for this condition are related to an overreaction of the immune system to bacteria, and even to the presence of a skin mite called Demodex folliculorum.



Rosacea has an obvious psychosocial impact, which can become severe as the skin ailment worsens and becomes chronic. Most patients declare this condition caused them to partially lose their self-confidence. Rosacea doesn’t have a cure, yet mild forms can be locally treated with retinaldehyde, a derivative of vitamin A. Otherwise, the symptoms can be controlled with oral or topical antibiotics and steroids, all of which might have side effects or even worsen the condition. More severe cases are treated surgically with laser and pulsed light.

What about cannabis, then? Latest research found our endocannabinoid system is involved in protecting and regulating the functionality of the skin, and patient experience is proving that cannabinoids like THC and CBD have the potential to control and reduce the symptoms of this disease.


The cannabis compounds able to help with rosacea include cannabinoids THC, CBD, and others found in the flowers, but also the oleic acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids found in hemp seeds. CBD and THC can be effective with rosacea because they modulate the activity of the endocannabinoid system and other biochemical receptors, which in turn regulate multiple physiological processes. These receptors are located in the body and all throughout the skin. The chemical activity between messengers and receptors can affect growth, functionality, and balance of the skin cells. Research has proven that cannabinoids can positively modify the skin receptor response[1], often resulting in anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, sebostatic, and even antitumoral behaviour.

As a consequence of a few recent discoveries, a variety of cannabis and hemp derivative products are available today and widely used as treatments for different inflammatory skin diseases with symptoms comparable to rosacea. There is still limited research on cannabinoids for the treatment of this condition, thus we have to rely on positive anecdotal evidence collated from patients. Cannabis’ ability to decrease sebum production[2] and reduce inflammation[3] are confirmed by both lab and clinical studies, where the anti-inflammatory action of CBD and THC has proven to be useful in reducing redness and irritation, while the topical application of THC helps minimise the symptoms of inflammation caused by allergies.

Rosacea And THC


And it’s not just a matter of cannabinoids. A study recently showed the efficacy of hemp seed oil to control the symptoms of dermatitis. Hemp seed oil contains stearidonic acid, gamma-linoleic acid, and oleic acid, which help reduce skin inflammation in conditions such as eczema and rosacea. Its content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as omega-6 and omega-3, improves blood circulation and vascular functionality even in the thin capillaries of our face. Plus, hemp seed oil contains vitamins that are essential for the skin, synergising with the other compounds to produce a more pronounced effect.

Finally, cannabis can help with the psychological effects of this condition. THC and CBD are known to combat depression, different kinds of stress, and anxiety. Some patients with rosacea simply incorporate other forms of cannabis consumption along with their skincare routine in order to benefit from its relaxing properties.


A proper natural treatment for rosacea has to include some lifestyle changes, like limiting smoking, alcohol, sun exposure, spicy food, avoiding sudden temperature changes, washing with specific detergents, avoiding greasy skin creams, having a healthy diet, and reducing the causes of stress. Not too easy.

Even if rosacea doesn’t have a cure yet, research keeps providing confirmation that cannabinoids are actually beneficial against several skin diseases and are able to relieve the skin from irritation, dryness, swelling, burns, and itch. Judging by patient experience so far, applying high-quality cannabis-infused skin creams or balms has helped reduce the symptoms of rosacea, often with immediate results. For a complete cannabis skin treatment, incorporating hemp seed oil and other hemp-based foods into our daily diet is a good way to provide the body with a few substances that help with rosacea from the inside out.

In addition to confirming that the product you’re using is from a reputable seller, it is always advised to consult with a medical professional before starting any form of cannabis treatment. Having said that, and while we wait for the promised cannabinoid pharmacological treatments for rosacea and other skin ailments, all cannabis skincare products from well-known and respectable companies should be considered more or less safe. Conversely, smoking any kind of vegetable or synthetic material is an effective way to worsen skin conditions.

External Resources:
  1. TRP Channel Cannabinoid Receptors in Skin Sensation, Homeostasis, and Inflammation
  2. Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes
  3. Anti-inflammatory activity of topical THC in DNFB-mediated mouse allergic contact dermatitis independent of CB1 and CB2 receptors. - PubMed - NCBI
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