CBD Tattoo Aftercare

Hey everyone! I want to talk about the newest products I’ve been making. Something that is very much a part of my every day life. Tattoo aftercare.

As a tattoo artist for the better part of a decade, I have seen all sorts of healing regimes. I’ve tried nearly everything under the sun for myself as well, and always recommend to my clients what I believe works best.

I’ve used a few of my own products on my healing tattoos. I decided to combine the best of all of those products for healing skin. Something that is safe to use on not only tattoos, but healing scrapes, cuts, and burns.

I’ve chosen to work primarily with CBD for this after care. Although it is not available yet, it will be in the next few weeks and want to have all of this information at my clients’ fingertips. So here we go, with some basic information for you…

Why is it so helpful on open wounds?

CBD helps to kill germs through its antibacterial properties. It’s been known to kill off some of the most drug-resistant bacteria on the planet, including MSRA or staph infection.

How does it help take the edge off of those sore and throbbing tattoos?

Cannabidiol elevates a chemical in our brain called anandamide thta helps reduce your sensitivity to pain. This chemical is an endocannabinoid, which is naturally contained in our bodies. It acts as our very own cannabinoid, and therefore responds to the application of more cannabinoids. Anandamide binds to the CB1 receptor after traveling from the cell that is receiving the pain messages. The anandamide then sends a signal to reduce activity and stimulation, which decreases the pain.

What about all the swelling associated with tattoos?

Anyone who’s been tattooed, specifically around a joint like the wrist, elbow or knee, knows how sucky it can be to try to go about your daily life with this achy swollen waterballoon feeling around the area. And not to forget the itching once the flaking and peeling starts to come off! If you forget that the tattoo is there and healing and end up scratching yourself, you could reopen the scabbing and make the healing process worse. Cannabidiol reduces the inflammation through its interaction with the CB2 receptor by elevating the endocannabinoid 2-ag. This endocannabinoid helps calm down the immune system when it binds to the cannabinoid receptor in a similar way that anandamide does with CB1. By reducing the swelling, you can take away some of the pain and itch that the healing tattoo may cause.

There has also been extensive research regarding CBD’s use as antibiotics, but no need to dive into that today :)

I hope this helps to explain just exactly how we can benefit from CBD use on our tattoos! I know to a lot of millennials it seems like everyone’s just ‘jumping on the CBD train’. I know, I was there myself. However, once I actually began learning all of its medicinal properties, I realized it is one of the most powerful tools in my toolbox at home! A simple, “try this, it works!” isn’t enough for a lot of people, and it shouldn’t be.

Bea Kern