We hear a lot of good things about CBD. It’s on everything, from candles to candies. It seems there’s no end to how we can use CBD. What’s great is that CBD has a lot of potential health benefits, from pain reliever and treatment of seizure to helping people with anxiety and depression. And now, CBD is taking on the skincare industry. So is there any truth to all these claims? That’s what we’re here to find out.
What is CBD? First, let’s get to know about this wonderful cannabinoid known as CBD, or cannabidiol. It is a naturally occurring compound that’s found in cannabis plants i.e. marijuana and hemp. It is one of the two major active compounds of cannabis. The other one is the THC.
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get people high. A lot of research has been invested in exploring the full potential of CBD. It’s been found that CBD is effective at alleviating chronic inflammation and pain, insomnia, anxiety and depression, and some forms of seizure.
Because cannabidiol is an effective anti-inflammatory, it’s ideal for use on the skin. It can also be an effective treatment for dry skin and removing free radicals that can cause many skin issues.
Although the research about the benefits of CBD is quite limited, it’s been proven that it can be used topically.
CBD for Acne
Although multiple factors play a role when it comes to acne breakout, anything that’s applied to the skin to reduce inflammation can most likely help with breakouts. CBD oil can also be used to help soothe the skin from redness and discomfort associated with acne.
Another cause of acne is due to the overproduction of sebum, oil, in the skin which clogs the pores and becomes nutrients for bacteria to feast on leading to infection. CBD acts on this by rebalancing the hormone levels of the body which causes the overproduction of oil. CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system to regulate the body’s hormones.
CBD for Wrinkles
Factors that contribute to wrinkles include pollution, stress, eating an unhealthy diet, or lack of sun protection during exposure. Old age also contributes to skin aging as toxins build up in our body as a result of normal processes. As we get older, we also lose collagen and elastin, important proteins that keep our skin tight and firm.
CBD can be an effective anti-wrinkle medication by removing the free radicals and toxins that accumulate in the body and result in wrinkles. It can also halt the appearance of wrinkles due to old age by preserving as much collagen and elastin as possible to keep the skin looking smooth and supple.
CBD For Sensitive Skin
Most sensitive skin is normally associated with inflammation, allergies, or dry skin due to lack of sebum. The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can be used to address skin that’s prone to inflammation. It’s been known to help soothe redness and irritation. It can also help regulate the production of sebum in the skin, returning it to normal levels.
For those interested in using CBD as part of their skincare, they should make sure that the product they’re using doesn’t have a lot of chemicals added. They should also check that the farming technique in hemp cultivation where CBD is mostly extracted from didn’t use pesticides.
CBD for Hydration
People who suffer from dry, flaky skin can use CBD products to help alleviate itchiness and redness on the affected skin. The fatty acids also help to lock in moisture, keeping the skin supple. CBD is perfect for use after sun exposure to rehydrate it and it can also be used during dry weather when the skin loses a lot of its moisture in the air.
Choosing the right CBD product for the skin
So many dispensaries offer a wide range of CBD products for the skin but consumers have to be mindful as to the kind of product they purchase since not all CBD are made the same. Here are a few tips in choosing the right product for the skin.
1. Make sure the product specifically states cannabidiol on the label. There are skincare products that say hemp oil or extract on the label and those are not synonymous with CBD oil.
2. Many products list the dosage of CBD in milligrams, with others further breaking it down on a per-use basis. This is a good indicator that the product is legitimate. Although there’s no consensus on the right amount of CBD products that should be applied to the skin, we know that there are skin receptors present in the skin that react to the presence of CBD.
3. Ask the dispensary staff for further details about the product. The best Cheapweed alternative dispensaries usually employ staff that is well-versed when it comes to the products they’re offering and if they can confidently answer questions about it, that’s a good indicator that what they’re offering are high-quality products.