How do you know if a new trend in skin care is worth the hype when it starts to spread? CBD has been all the rage for the past few years, but if there are other good skin care products like vitamin C, is it worth looking into CBD? We hired Carlie Bell-Biggins, ND, to tell the difference between fact and fiction and help you decide.
First things first: What does CBD stand for? CBD is one of the powerful substances that the Cannabis sativa plant makes, which are called phytocannabinoids. THC is the phytocannabinoid that makes marijuana make you feel high.
What makes CBD different from hempseed oil?
Because CBD has become so popular so quickly, “weedwashing” has become common. This means that some dishonest people have made useless or low-quality versions of CBD products to make money. Here is what you need to know to make sure you don’t get scammed and only buy real formulas.
CBD oil and hempseed oil are two of the most common words associated with beauty products made from hemp. Bell-Biggins, on the other hand, says that there is a big difference between the two.
“The seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant are used to make hempseed oil, while the flowers of the plant are used to make CBD oil. Hempseed oil has a lot of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It is said to keep the skin moist without clogging pores. She says that CBD is full of antioxidants and can help with pain and inflammation.
Companies can get away with weedwashing because people don’t understand this idea. Because CBD costs more than hempseed oil, some companies sell products that only contain hempseed oil as CBD products. (It’s important to remember that hempseed oil has neither CBD nor THC.)
Bell-Biggins gives you a simple way to make sure you get good value for your money: Read the full list of the parts.Oil extracted from the hemp plant will be labelled as either “hempseed oil” or “Cannabis sativa seed oil.” Cannabidiol (CBD) will be available to consumers under a variety of brand names, including cannabidiol, hemp extract, broad-spectrum hemp, hemp isolate, and hemp oil.
Also important to know are the terms “full-spectrum hemp extract,” “broad-spectrum hemp extract,” and “CBD isolate.” Full-spectrum hemp will have all of the cannabinoids, even a small amount of THC (under 0.3 percent). Bell-Biggins says that full-spectrum cannabis has all of these compounds except for THC. To contrast, CBD isolation consists entirely of CBD.
Which one is best? The naturopath says that for the best skin benefits, you should choose full-spectrum or broad-spectrum products. This is because of the entourage effect, which is the idea that CBD and other cannabinoids work better together. More differences are better.
The supposed beauty benefits of CBD
Because cosmetics made from hemp are so new, research on how well they work is still in its early stages. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any interesting things to look into (in addition to an abundance of users who swear by it).
According to Bell-Biggins, numerous studies have shown how CBD may speed up the healing of wounds. Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, “phytocannabinoids like CBD may be safe and effective plant-based tools for treating acne, eczema, and psoriasis,” she says.
What CBD really does to the skin
So how exactly does putting CBD on the skin make it work so well? The key is the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complicated cell-signaling system that controls cannabinoids from CBD inside the body to help sleep, immune system, and skin function.
“Skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, cancer, hair growth problems, itching, and discomfort can happen if any of these processes are interrupted or if the ECS isn’t working right,” said Bell-Biggins. When CBD is put on the skin, it may stimulate the endocannabinoid system, making it easier for it to stay in balance.
Many people also want to know how much CBD can really be absorbed through the skin. CBD is absorbed like other chemicals in skin care, but the amount of absorption is a point of debate. Bell-Biggins says it varies from person to person.
CBD moves to the circulation after entering the body via fat cells. The more fat a person has, the less CBD will get into their bloodstream. She also says that skin that is irritated tends to absorb CBD better.
If you want to use CBD to make your skin smooth or calm, you should learn more about it. Read the labels and remember that your skin can’t be tricked.
CBD for tranquilly
Need to slow down? Dr. Carlie Bell-Biggins, ND, recommends CBD bath soaks, topical salves, and oil tinctures. No matter how you take CBD, it will stop your body from breaking down anandamide, a cannabinoid that makes you feel good.