CBD is fast becoming one of the most trending raw materials and is being used in everything from creams, lotions, scrubs, and even bath salts! But why is so popular?
What is CBD?
CBD is one of many non-psychoactive cannabinoids (133) found in the cannabis plant and an important part in homeostasis - maintaining balance in how our bodies function and read to external factors, including our skins.
Dr. Cheryl Bugailiskis (MD), a board-certified paediatrician and cannabis specialist with HelloMD, explains, "the skin is the largest organ and our body's first line of defense against unwanted organisms.
As such, this protective layer has the highest amount and concentration of what are called cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body as a part of our endocannabinoid system - a checks-and-balance matrix, which regulates a number of critical bodily functions and responses such as stress, pain, appetite, inflammation, sleep, immunity and even processes like how much or how little oil our skin produces.”
And wouldn't you know - CBD has the same receptors as our skin, which is why our skin can respond well to the compound.
And when CBD is used or combined with other oils for therapeutic purposes tied to the skin, it's believed to work by stimulating or impacting our skin's cannabinoid receptors "to better regulate pain, inflammation, bacteria, lipid production (which can lead to acne), the release of histamine as well as skin cell proliferation (which causes psoriasis)," Bugailiskis further explains.
Benefits of CBD for Skin:
Numerous studies have shown that CBD works for Acne because CBD is an anti-inflammatory. Because of its calming nature research has indicated that CBD can assist with decreasing breakouts and reducing redness. Research has also shown that CBD has the potential to help regulate excessive sebum production of the skin, as well as reducing other triggers for acne. CBD is also great for calming sensitive skin.
CBD will help calm your skin after over exposure to the sun, similar effect to Aloe.
CBD Oil is super nurturing and may be used to soothe and heal skin faster after facial or laser treatments.
A study from the European Journal of Pain showed CBD applied directly onto your skin could help lower pain and inflammation to arthritis. Another study demonstrated that CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.
CBD is an Antioxidant:
Antioxidant - Here’s a popular word that many people hear, but don’t understand. An antioxidant is a naturally occurring Vitamins and Minerals that protect your skin from free radicals. (Gosh, another popular phrase people don't always understand)
Free Radicals are molecules in the environment that damage your skin by weakening the elasticity of your skin by clinging to your collagen. CBD neutralises these free radicals and protects your skin from damage, thus helping prevent dull looking skin & reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Aches and Pain:
Topical application of CBD on sore or tight muscles could ease away pain and discomfort.
What is the difference between CBD Oil and Hemp Seed
Hemp Seed Oil is made from the Seeds of the hemp plant. CBD Oil is made from the seeds and stalks of the Hemp plant and is rich in Cannabidiol. Hemp Seed oil only contains trace amounts of Cannabidiol, if any.
Jenelle Kim, lead formulator and co-founder of JBK Wellness Labs and creator of Cannabis Beauty Defined explains, is extracted using supercritical [carbon dioxide] and, in addition to levels of cannabinoids, CBD hemp oil also contains the same valuable vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as the original hemp plant." So with CBD Oil, you get more bang for your buck!