My teenage son has started smoking weed and I'm not happy about it, since I'm not a believer in "forbidding" thing over "convincing" I have tried to bring the topic to medical level, and he's had a convincing counter-argument every time, but since he started his acne has gone bad so it was easy to blame it on weed, but I cannot find any conclusive answer.
Medical News Today's answer is very confusing:
It is unlikely that smoking weed causes acne. However, some people who already have acne might find that it worsens or improves if they smoke marijuana
It lists potential side effects:
possible link between smoking weed and a rise in testosterone levels
No-one mentions acne in this question Is smoking weed bad for your health?
This skin treatment site claims:
While not definitive, several indirect links exist between marijuana use and acne
and even goes to say:
Some compounds found in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This discovery led some to claim that smoking weed could even help treat acne.
This claim of CBD helping acne is backed up by Health News:
Topical CBD may help acne by decreasing inflammation, the proliferation of skin cells, and sebum (oil) production, all of which contribute to acne formation
Another skin treatment site states:
Marijuana indirectly causes acne because weeds can make you unbelievably hungry and can change your hormones.
A medical study part of Research on the Cannabinoid Receptors Pharmacology explores:
the effect of terpenoids, cannabimimetic ligands, beyond the Cannabis plant in different pathological conditions, such as Herpes infection, diabetic retinopathy, psoriasis, asthma, AD, seizures, ischemic stroke, and others
Since I cannot find conclusive studies I tried to rely on first hand experiences and read many other blogs on the subject, and it's always "yes and no". Here are a few:
- Does Smoking Weed Cause Acne? Yes & No
- Does Smoking Weed Really Cause Acne?
- Marijuana Might Be Affecting Your Skin... And Not In The Ways You Thought
- Does Smoking Weed Cause Acne? Unveiling the Truth
Does smoking weed cause acne?