Cannabinoids are the compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD or cannabidiol, is one of these and should not be confused with THC (the active compound from the marijuana plant which creates the known ‘high’).
The body has an active endcannabinoid system which helps control various body functions, including pain, appetite, memory and mood. The body naturally produces cannabinoids, but they can also be found in CBD oil. CB1 and CB2 receptors transport the cannabinoids to the various parts of the body and fight inflammation and bacteria, while they strengthen the immune system and have antioxidant properties.
Beauty benefits of CBD
CBD oil can be ingested or added to skincare products to use topically since it is a highly effective active ingredient.
- CBD is rich in vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A helps keep the skin healthy and firm as it encourages the production of healthy tissue. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production to reduce the signs of aging and vitamin E helps slow the aging process by blocking free radicals.
- CBD is an efficient anti-inflammatory and researchers have found that it helps reduce the over-production of sebum by the sebaceous gland. This is encouraging news for acne sufferers as it can reduce breakouts.
- Irritating skin conditions like allergies, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are all helped by the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of the oil.
- Rich in fatty and amino acids too (omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9), CBD can be beneficial to hair and nails too.
Since CBD oil has no potential side effects and rarely causes irritation it is safe to be included in beauty products and it can be found in cleansers, toners, moisturizers and more specialized anti- aging creams for the eyes, face, neck and décolletage areas. Watch out for many exciting and effective products about to hit the shelves.