There are plenty of oils to preen and pamper skin and hair, but CBD oil for the skin? Everyone knows CBD is a consumer darling because it supports wellness and eases aching and stress, but not because it may promote a clear and glowing complexion.
There has been no mixup. Let’s take a look at the background and potential benefits of CBD for skincare.
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol: a natural compound found in both hemp and marijuana strains of cannabis, although hemp generally contains CBD in much greater quantities. Cannabidiol is one of over a hundred such compounds known as cannabinoids, and when produced by plants, they are accompanied by terpene compounds as well.
CBD’s equally famous sibling is the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD products must have less than 0.3%THC content and are completely legal in all 50 states since hemp was declassified as a controlled substance.
We respond to cannabinoids because the human body has its own cannabinoid network. Our endocannabinoid system or ECS is chock full of naturally occurring endocannabinoids and the appropriate receptors throughout the body. CBD for skin, or any other purpose really, interacts with these receptors and triggers different responses which usually help to keep up regular function.
How It Interacts With Skin
What is CBD’s best trait when it comes to skincare? Perhaps it might be versatility.
Extracted cannabidiol must be combined with a carrier oil, meaning the positive qualities of both CBD and the base oil will be present in CBD oil products. Green Roads tinctures utilize a hemp seed oil formula, useful for topical application and oral consumption alike. Others may use a different base with its own helpful properties, and CBD skin products also come in a specific topical variety.
Of course, any effects will vary depending on whether the CBD and oil are being absorbed by the skin or internally. But as discussed, CBD covers a wide range of supportive properties either way and is only further bolstered by those of hemp seed oil.
1. Safe on Different Skin Types
While some essential oils might incite an allergic reaction, cannabidiol is non-toxic and non-irritating.
That’s not to say there’s no chance you or your skin could react poorly. CBD oils contain other ingredients in their formulas, too. As with anything, test its application and pay attention to any adverse response.
But as long as everything else agrees with you, CBD can be great for even the most sensitive or irritable skin types.
2. May Help Damaged Skin Improve in Appearance
There is a multitude of antioxidants that protect from damaged skin or rejuvenate after the fact; CBD is one such antioxidant. By supporting healthy skin in this way, CBD -- especially combined with other antioxidants -- may lessen the look, and counter some consequences, of aging. The hemp seed oil also contributes to this regard.
Wrinkles, lines, dryness, or dull complexion? Put them all on notice.
3. Moisturizing Without Oily Aftermath
Speaking of dry skin, both CBD and hemp seed oil make excellent, nourishing moisturizers. Yet neither will leave your skin with excessive oil despite being oil products. In fact, they might actually reduce how oily your skin is.
That’s because CBD and hemp oil may target excess production of sebum -- a natural, oily skin secretion -- as they hydrate and provide vitamins plus fatty acids.
4. It’s Soothing
CBD seems to pair with your endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation inside and out, and hemp seed oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, which is also anti-inflammatory. Ingesting CBD oil may be your approach for widespread problems while massaging it directly onto irritated skin would localize the effect.
Try it for things like itchiness, redness, and bumps.
What Does Research Say?
Early research and our understanding of the endocannabinoid system support CBD’s potential as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and overall regulatory substance. One study seemed to verify CBD could be an effective oil blocker.
The available data at this time is very limited and thus, inconclusive. Hemp and CBD were banned substances in the United States until recently, and proper clinical trials for humans are still in short supply.
Dermatological professionals don’t have much scientific reason to recommend CBD products yet, but some may have firsthand anecdotal evidence that has influenced their opinion. If cannabidiol is a route you are interested in, do not hesitate to bring it up to your doctor or give it your own trial run.
Which Type of Product Should I Use?
Green Roads CBD oil with a hemp seed oil base is appropriate for sublingual ingestion or can be applied as a skin topical in small areas, so it’s the perfect product to pull double duty. Gentle and simple and good for sensitive skin since there are few ingredients.
For larger areas of skin and more persistent irritation, a dedicated topical comes in a cream or lotion and contains other essential oils and extracts. Green Roads has one formulated especially for skincare rather than for muscle aches.
CBD skin care-oriented products like ours exist, but the ones designed for soreness are much more common. Make sure to pick up the correct topical -- one designed with your purpose in mind and made with ingredients that are right for you.