Cannabis And Healthy Hair | Find Out How Weed Can Make Your Hair Stronger
For eons, hucksters sold various potions that promised healthier hair for a price. Today, not much has changed, except the iconic snake-oil salesman has been replaced by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. But, could cannabis hold the secret to healthy, fast-growing hair?
Could the secret to thick, flowing tresses be as simple as adding cannabis to your hair care routine? Many believe it’s true, and have the hair to prove it.
Here’s how cannabis could help your hair grow healthier.
CANNABIS OIL FEEDS AND STRENGTHENS YOUR HAIR
Apply cannabis oil directly to your hair as a topical and your follicles will soak up an all-natural formula filled with beneficial proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids including omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. In addition to feeding and moisturising your hair, you’ll stimulate hair growth as you massage the cannabis oil into your scalp. As you work your scalp with your fingertips, blood flow to the scalp increases.
Together, the nutrients and the massaging action boosts new hair growth, strengthens existing follicles, and prevents damaged strands from breaking.
MOISTURISES AND THICKENS WITHOUT GREASY RESIDUE
Cannabis oil quickly penetrates the hair shaft to lock in nutrients and moisture, but it doesn’t leave behind a lot of heavy residue that can make your hair look greasy. The moisture inside the strand combined with a light coating of fatty acids on the outside plump up the strands for added volume and thickness.
CANNABIS OIL IMPROVES SCALP HEALTH TOO
It’s impossible to have healthy hair without a healthy scalp. Cannabis oil can help here too. As you massage it into your scalp, it can help calm inflammation  and irritation, stimulate blood flow, and moisturise the skin to help with a multitude of problems including dryness, itchy skin, acne, fungal infections, and dandruff. It may even help improve psoriasis and dermatitis in some cases.
CANNABIS SPEEDS UP THE METABOLISM FOR FASTER HAIR GROWTH
Even if you don’t apply cannabis oil directly to your hair, you may see faster hair growth if you smoke, vape, or ingest cannabis several times a week. That’s because cannabis speeds up the metabolism. A faster metabolism digests food faster, burns calories faster, and grows hair faster. Just don’t take this to the extreme; a metabolism that’s excessively fast can make you age faster too.
LESS STRESS LEADS TO HEALTHIER HAIR
Stress isn’t good for your health, period. And it can also wreak havoc on your hair. Frayed nerves not only make you feel like pulling your hair out, it can cause actual hair loss as well. Cannabis is a well-known stress-reliever, and can help many people experience a more restful night’s sleep.
WHAT KINDS OF CANNABIS HAIR PRODUCTS CAN I USE?
Cannabis has become so popular that you can find hair products at pharmacies that include the herb in their list of ingredients, usually in the form of legal hemp. Some even proudly display the ubiquitous multi-bladed leaf prominently on their label. However, these products usually only contain a small amount of active ingredients.
For a stronger formula, purchase cannabis-infused hair care products from a dispensary or speciality store, or make your own. Most basic cannabis oils can be massaged directly into your hair and scalp as long as they were made with a hair-friendly carrier oil. Cannabis oils made with hemp seed oil, argan oil, or olive oil are preferable to those made with butter or coconut oil.
Cannabis oil supports hair health and promotes growth when used topically by supplying nutrients, moisturising and strengthening the hair shaft, and stimulating blood flow. By reducing inflammation and irritation, it also improves scalp health. Even if you simply enjoy cannabis recreationally, this can improve hair health by boosting the metabolism and reducing stress. If you would like to add cannabis to your beauty regimen, you can purchase commercial products that include the herb as an ingredient, or you can make your own.
Whether smoked, vaped, or used topically, cannabis could be the secret to healthy, flowing hair that grows fast. Find out how it works inside.
Balding Pot Heads – Cannabis Smoking Linked to Hair Loss
Results haven’t been published yet but researchers at the University of Amsterdam suggest that regular smoking of cannabis contributes directly to hair loss.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug and is used by roughly two million people in the UK, despite the many known negative side effects. The study of men and woman aged between 18 and 60 who regular smoked the drug found that young males in particular were prone to the effects of regular smoking and hair loss is one of them.
If we think about it hypothetically for a second, the link between marijuana, skunk, green, gear – whatever you want to call it – and thinning hair makes sense, and can be inferred through previous studies. Regular cannabis use harms the body in two distinct ways – via the effect of the substance itself and via negative lifestyle changes, such as increased stress levels, irregular eating habits and poor dietary intake.
Hormonal link between cannabis and hair loss
Any major change in our lives can be reflected in the condition of our skin, hair and scalp. Studies suggest that smoking cannabis alters multiple hormonal systems within males and females, which can lead to side effects such as hair loss, lowered libido, increased aggressiveness, acne, and increased facial hair.
General link between smoking and hair loss
The general toxicity of smoking has been linked to hair loss. The carcinogen content has been shown to slow down cell proliferation in the hair follicles – the result being significant hair loss as the follicles prematurely enter telogen (resting phase of the hair growth lifecycle) until the environment is more conducive to growth. Sometimes hair loss treatments are necessary to promote regrowth.
Nutritional link between cannabis and hair loss
According to one study, cannabis use “affects food and liquid intake behavior, taste preference, and body weight. Changes in specific nutrient status and metabolism can also develop”. Nutritional deficiencies can contribute to increased hair shedding by weakening hair shafts that cause breakage to the hair and slow regrowth.
Cancer link between cannabis and hair loss
Studies have concluded that higher consumption of sodium, lower fruit and vegetable intake, lower serum carotenoid levels, higher alcohol intake, higher cigarette use and the compounded carcinogenic effects of marijuana place users at a higher future risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer, particularly site-specific cancers such as cervical and prostate. Hair loss has also been linked to cancer, particularly of the prostate, and a recent study suggests frequent or long-term marijuana use may double a man’s risk of testicular cancer. It’s currently one of the most common cancers in younger men, with approximately 2,000 new cases each year in the UK.
Stress link between cannabis and hair loss
Stress is a key player in hair loss and regular marijuana users tend to have a lot of stress and use the substance to alleviate the problem. However, cannabis is a depressant and because it affects hormone levels it only exacerbates stress which in turn aggravates hairloss.
There are numerous factors that can cause thinning hair which must also be considered when diagnosing the condition, such as a genetic tendency to thinning hair despite the use of marijuana. However, as head of the most recent study, Dr Bob van Rossum said: “This just goes on the ever growing list of negative effects of smoking cannabis.”
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam suggest that regular smoking of cannabis contributes directly to hair loss but there's a genetic tendency to thinning hair despite the use of marijuana.