We all know CBD has taken over 2019 — every product imaginable now has CBD infused to “fix” any possible malady. The question on everyone’s mind is “but what does CBD actually do in all of these products?” One product category that has exploded with CBD-infused products is beauty. But is there a benefit? There may be.
Our bodies absorb Cannabinoids such as CBD through our internal system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). To dive a bit deeper into the science of how CBD works in your system, you can read more in our Q&A. Manufacturers are infusing beauty products with CBD to leverage the receptors present in our skin.
“The endocannabinoid system can be found within every cell type produced by the skin. In fact, animal tests have shown that the primary endocannabinoids, anandamide and 2-AG, are produced in the skin at the same concentrations as found in the brain.” [Backes, Michael. Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2017.]
CBD has the potential to provide relief for skin conditions because our body (and specifically, skin) is covered in endocannabinoid receptors. Several studies have come out pointing to CBD as a powerful anti-inflammatory. There are several skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, which are a product of inflammation, where CBD may hold promise. So when should you consider a product that has CBD for your beauty routine?
The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 50 million Americans suffer from acne every year, making it one of the most common skin conditions in the US. Most of us have experienced issues with acne growing up, and we were left with products like Accutane. Yet, initial studies have indicated a potential alternative with CBD.
A 2014 study determined that “CBD appears to treat acne by inducing sebocyte apoptosis, and a number of other terpenes present in cannabis may offer complementary activity”, and “findings suggest that due to the combined liopostatic, antiproliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris.” [Leinow, Leonard, and Juliana Birnbaum. CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. North Atlantic Books, 2017.]
Eczema & Psoriasis:
35 million Americans suffer from eczema, with another 8 million diagnosed with Psoriasis. Those with eczema suffer from itching, redness, and rashes — it is typically defined as inflammation of the skin. Similarly, Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease. Given the tie to inflammation, both conditions have been of utmost interest to Cannabis researchers as Cannabinoids such as CBD has shown consistent indications as an anti-inflammatory.
“A 2006 study reported that highly concentrated cannabinoid-based creams were effective for itching. When applied topically, compounds in cannabis bind to cell receptors in the skin’s immune cells and treat allergic reactions on the skin — because cannabinoids are immunosuppressants, they dampen the overactive immune response causing the inflammatory rash.” [Leinow, Leonard, and Juliana Birnbaum. CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. North Atlantic Books, 2017.]
Several companies have begun boasting of the potential anti-aging properties of CBD. Unfortunately, the research to support this is quite minimal, but most theorize the possible benefits of CBD for this use case are tied to its potential as an antioxidant. According to a 1998 study released by the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, “Cannabidiol and THC also were shown to prevent hydroperoxide-induced oxidative damage as well as, or better than, other antioxidants in a chemical (Fenton reaction) system and neuronal cultures.”
In turn, free radicals can accelerate the breakdown of collagen, and antioxidants help slow this process. As a result, your skin may appear more youthful and firm. Consequently, suppliers are now beginning to incorporate CBD into anti-aging creams.
To sum it up
While there are several products that have been designed to take advantage of this initial research and potential applications, it is important to proceed with diligence. Some suppliers have taken advantage of the hype and began promoting Cannabis beauty products made with Hemp Seed Oil or Cannabis Seed Oil with little or no trace of CBD.
When selecting products for these benefits, it’s important to understand the quantity of CBD, the safety of the product, and how secondary ingredients will impact the formulation’s effect. For help selecting the right product for your needs, text us directly. If you’re new, sign up for HerLeaf today so we can help you!