CBD products have exploded in popularity recently, especially in the cosmetics and skincare market.
The more that the potentially therapeutic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids come to light, the more consumer markets open up to the idea of cannabis products.
We will introduce a CBD soap to our natural soap range soon, by using organically grown cannabis.
So, what is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of many chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Often taken in various forms as a natural supplement, CBD is believed to provide a variety of health benefits and to relieve the symptoms of a myriad of common ailments.
Not to be confused with its somewhat scandalous cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the primary psychoactive found in the cannabis plant—CBD is non-intoxicating, generally well-tolerated and isn’t thought to be addictive or habit-forming.
This means that CBD doesn’t cause the “high” that cannabis is notorious for.
CBD shows incredible promise as a complementary therapy. Epilepsy, depression, anxiety and arthritis are just a few of the health issues that CBD may help address.
WHAT ARE SOME OF CBD’S PURPORTED BENEFITS?
PAIN MANAGEMENT AND RELIEF
Evidence suggests that CBD may interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) —a complex cell-signalling system. The ECS regulates vital functions and processes such as sleep, pain and appetite. While more research is needed to confirm the theory, CBD is thought to interact with these receptors to help suppress and manage pain.
REDUCTION OF SEIZURE FREQUENCY
In 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) approved the use of Epidiolex—a CBD-containing drug—for epilepsy. In one 2019 study, participants suffering from epileptic seizures were dosed with CBD with encouraging results. 43% of the participants reported at least a 50% decrease in seizure frequency, and three patients were reportedly free of seizures altogether.
JOINT PAIN AND INFLAMMATION RELIEF
CBD’s purported anti-inflammatory properties are believed to influence inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. This means that CBD may help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that comes with arthritis. However, more evidence is needed to support CBD’s potential anti-arthritic activity.
IMPROVEMENT OF SKIN CONDITION
Sebum is a waxy, oily substance produced naturally by the skin to protect your body from the outside world. However, sebum sometimes mixes with dead skin cells or pollutants, clogging the pores and causing acne breakouts. A study on the effects of CBD on human sebocytes—the cells that create sebum—suggests that CBD may prevent these cells from overproducing sebum and therefore improve overall skin condition.
MAY WORK TO IMPROVE SLEEP
CBD’s supposed pain and anxiety-relieving properties are thought to promote better quality sleep and restfulness. To date, research seems to support this theory. In one 2019 study, 66.7% of subjects with anxiety or trouble sleeping reported improvement in their sleep cycles within one month of CBD use.
REDUCTION OF ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
CBD is primarily famed for its potential to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. Low levels of serotonin are associated with anxiety and depression. CBD is thought to affect serotonin levels by activating serotonin receptors in the brain and increasing the hormone’s levels.
CBD in its pure form is not a controlled substance and is perfectly legal.
CBD IN SKINCARE
Evidence suggests it can potentially work on common skin problems such as acne, wrinkles or redness.
One of the benefits promoted for CBD is its function as an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is increased redness, swelling, and other visual changes in the skin which are caused by imbalance of the skin natural processes – this is referred to as leaving homeostasis (the natural state of the body).
There are many reasons why CBD can be a useful ingredient in topical applications other than those mentioned above.
CBD is proven to normalise unwanted skin cell growth, a major contributor to the skin condition psoriasis. Ramot et al. demonstrated that cannabinoids could have the potential to “shut off” the receptors that caused excess skin cell build-up in people with psoriasis.
Moreover, the addition of CBD in anti-aging skincare may reduce wrinkles through its antioxidant properties.
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