What You Need to Know About CBD
by Rodrigo Diaz
A year ago
As you may know, CBD (cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring, active compound found in the cannabis plant (marijuana/ hemp - It's the same plant by the way). Another active compound found in cannabis is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol); the psychoactive counterpart. Below are some quick facts and benefits (with clinically backed data).
"As a potent anti-inflammatory and high antioxidant, it has shown in multiple studies to lower oil production in sebaceous glands."
Ava Shamban, MD, board-certified dermatologist
TYPE OF INGREDIENT: An Antioxidant + Anti Inflammatory
FOUND IN: Marijuana and Hemp Plant (These are the same plant although not the same by law). The law says that if it contains more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) it is considered a marijuana plant.
MAIN BENEFITS: Reduces inflammation, Regulates oil production, Neutralizes free radical damage (free radicals speed the formation of wrinkles and other age signs).
TYPES OF CBD: CBD can be found with other 'entourage' compounds like in Full-Spectrum CBD and Broad-Spectrum CBD. Full-spectrum should contains <0.3% of THC while Broad-spectrum does not contain CBD but contains other cannabinoids such as THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), CBN (cannabinol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBC (cannabichromene), and CBL (cannabicyclol), to name a few (there are over 113 known cannabinoids).
WHO SHOULD USE IT: It is recommended for those with inflamed, compromised skin as well as sensitive and dry skin types. It can also benefit those with aging skin.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU USE IT: CBD skincare can be used daily.
WORKS WELL WITH: Active ingredients that calm and nourish the skin barrier, such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and niacinamides.
DON'T USE WITH: Be cautious with CBD skincare. Since it is an unregulated industry, it is undetermined what activates or deactivates the compound. It is not recommended to use CBD skin products that contain alcohol (not fatty alcohol), as this might combat its beneficial effects and heighten inflammatory skin conditions. In saying that, CBD also does not have any known side effects.
HOW DOES IT WORK: CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system in the skin (also found in your body). This regulates or deregulates certain processes that are essential in the development of healthy skin.
MISCONCEPTIONS: Hemp Seed Oil is not CBD as the seeds do not contain CBD. Look for the ingredient list containing: Cannabidiol (CBD), hemp CBD, full-spectrum hemp extract, Broad-Spectrum CBD, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, hemp extract oil, or CBD Isolate.
Many brands use CBD but at insignificant concentrations (Would you be mad if the expensive protein shake you bought only had 1g of protein?). Be sure to know how much CBD is in the product; 250 mg per 1 oz. (30ml) should be the minimum. Just having CBD in the ingredient list is not enough.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Acne Inflammation: Reduces redness, pain, and swelling associated with inflammatory acne (1)
- Regulates Oil Production: CBD reduces excess oil production (2) as it regulates the effects of hormonal imbalance in the skin
- Reduces Breakouts: CBD may help reduce inflammation of breakouts and, thanks to its oil production regulation, reduce breakouts in general.
- Calm Rosacea: With its ability to reduce inflammation, CBD may help calm rosacea flare-ups.
- Neutralize Free Radical Damage: CBD works to prevent the weakening of the skin by neutralizing free radical damage.(3)
- Soothe Eczema: CBD helps combat irritation and inflammation caused by eczema, along with chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis, according to Shamban.
- Decrease Hormonal Conditions: Since CBD is a powerful adaptogen, it may work to decrease the effects of hormones and other compounds that are released into the body in times of stress (ie. kinase, nitric oxide, and cortisol).(4)
- Hydration: CBD has moisturizing properties that can help combat dehydration and dryness.(1)
1. A therapeutic effect of cbd-enriched ointment in inflammatory skin diseases and cutaneous scars
2. Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and antiinflammatory effects on human sebocytes
3. Antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol
4. Evolution of the adaptogenic concept from traditional use to medical systems: pharmacology of stress- and aging-related diseases
As part of our robust research team, GOA will continue to provide our members with up to date information about CBD as it continues to be studied. In the meantime, enjoy GOA's premier serum including 500 mg of CBD isolate, Dark Phyto Protein, and other powerful ingredients to build healthier, more resilient skin.
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