Can you use CBD products for sensitive skin?
Sensitive skin is a collectively used term and can essentially constitute multiple skin disorders and conditions such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, dryness in skin, contact dermatitis, aging skin, atopic dermatitis and multiple others. These skin conditions can cause multiple discomforts to the patients including redness, rashes and irritation and can also lead to other life-threatening chronic disorders. Apart from the physical harm, these skin conditions can further impact the appearance of the skin, leading to lower confidence, social stigma and mental stress to the patients.
CBD skincare or cannabidiol products are known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, which can be useful for helping sensitive skin of patients and can help in multiple skin concerns such as inflammation, dryness, and radical damage. CBD products for skin can also be efficacious in other disorders including fighting acne and in treating some of the more serious chronic disorders including eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis etc.
Benefits of CBD in treating different skin issues and disorders:
CBD can have a useful healing impact in different skin conditions. Some of the skin conditions which can be treated using CBD products are highlighted below.
CBD and Skin Dryness:
Dryness in the skin can be a result of increasing pollution levels and weather changes in the environment. The environmental changes can remove the moisture from the skin and can make it dry. Some people might naturally have dry skin as they produce less sebum, as compared to others with no dry skin problems. Dryness in the skin can lead to the skin overproducing oil, which can further lead to acne.
CBD skincare products on our website, are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and consists of multiple vitamins and proteins as well, that can further provide the nourishment required for the skin. The skin pores typically absorb the CBD through the layers, and this leads to growth of skin cells and a reduction in dryness.
CBD for Skin and Acne:
Acne is an inflammatory condition, caused due to multiple factors including stress, improper care of the skin, hormonal imbalance or unhealthy diet. Acne is a result of increased sebum production and due to the propionibacterium acnes bacteria. Acne can further result in the inflammation and cause redness, swelling or pain in the skin.
Clinical research has shown the CBD to interact with the endocannabinoid system of the body and alter the production of oil and sebum formation in the sebaceous glands. This can in turn result in the significant reduction of the occurrence of acne. CBD also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can soothe the skin and help with the redness or the irritation in the skin. CBD acne products are probably some of the best selling CBD products out there.
Anti-Ageing with CBD:
Ageing can result in the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. CBD, because of its antioxidant properties, can help reduce these wrinkles and thus help lessen the impact of ageing. Oleic acids and linoleic acid, found in hemp oil, and usually not produced by the body on its own, have anti-ageing effects and thus can be added to the regular diet.
CBD for Atopic Dermatitis:
Atopic Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition, most common in children. It is highly prevalent as around 10% of the children, less than 6 years of age, suffer from this condition. This condition can lead to redness and itchy rashes, which can cause great discomfort to the children. Presently, the physicians, for atopic dermatitis, mostly prescribe corticosteroid ointments and creams.
These treatments, though effective, have short-term and long-term side effects on the skin and the body of the children. The long-term efficacy of these treatments is also not well established.
CBD, because of its impact on the endocannabinoid system, is an effective and natural treatment option for Atopic Dermatitis. CBD ointments and other anti-inflammatory CBD products can bind themselves directly to the target, and can have a calming and therapeutic impact on the inflamed skin. CBD removes the itchiness and redness associated with the disease and can have a long-term impact with no harmful side effects on children. A clinical study, conducted in the past, highlighted that the CBD oil, 20 weeks post the intervention, reduced the Atopic Dermatitis symptoms and recurrence.
CBD for Seborrheic Dermatitis:
Seborrheic dermatitis is another inflammatory skin condition that leads to the redness and patches in the skin around the face and scalp area. The inflammation can occur either due to the increased sebum secretion or due to the skin cell reproduction due to Malassezia fungus.
Clinical research and studies have established that CBD skin products reduce Sebum production and secretion, from the sebaceous glands and hence can capture the onset or the growth of Seborrheic Dermatitis.
CBD for Psoriasis:
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, which results in the fastening of the skin regeneration. For a psoriasis patient, the skin regeneration can happen in 2-3 days (instead of around 30 days in a healthy patient), which can lead to accumulation of the dead skin, under the new layer.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system and binds with the receptors, thereby inhibiting the proliferation of keratinocytes, which are responsible majorly for the faster growth of cells. Anti-inflammatory CBD products, therefore, can exert their effects to relieve irritation and pain due to psoriasis.
Success Stories by Patients:
Christoper has been suffering from Seborrheic Dermatitis, since puberty, along with severe Eczema around face and scalp. After having tried various ointments and experiencing various side effects, he shifted to natural CBD oils and CBD tea. Christopher highlights vast improvement in his symptoms and reduced occurrence of Eczema, post 1-2 weeks after the consumption of CBD products.
Global skincare market is valued at $273.67 million in 2019 and is expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2025. This sharp increase in the market would be driven by widespread usage of CBD skincare products and increased awareness of the therapeutic benefits of CBD skin care products across chronic and acute skin indications such as skin dryness, eczema, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis etc.
Various ongoing clinical studies are establishing the clinical efficacy and enhanced safety of the CBD products across different skin indications versus the traditional medications. The clinical evidence would further drive the usage, leading to the widespread word of mouth for increased adoption of CBD products for skincare.
10 Common Misconceptions About CBD
Misconceptions about CBD and CBD products date back as old as the “official” discovery of CBD, which is 2 decades shy of a century. Controversies, stigmatisation, banishment, trials and judgement; what is it that this innocent compound hasn’t faced? But now that people have finally opened up their minds enough to give it a fair trial, let’s bust some myths about Cannabidiol (CBD)!
CBD Myths and the Truth:
- CBD & Marijuana Are The Same Thing
No, Cannabidiol (CBD) and Marijuana are not the same thing. CBD is a compound found in Cannabis plants whereas marijuana is an entire variant of the Cannabis Sativa (a whole plant!). Although present in marijuana as well CBD is mostly sourced from Hemp, which is naturally the most abundant in the compound among all Cannabis plant variants.
- CBD Gets You High
Probably the most frequently asked question, Does CBD get you high?
No! CBD, although sourced from Cannabis, does not get you high. Marijuana is intoxicating because it is loaded in THC, which is a psychoactive compound and is, in fact, the only one responsible for the ‘high’ associated with smoking or otherwise consuming marijuana. Product sold with CBD in them do not have any psychedelic effects on the body whatsoever.
- CBD Is Illegal
Cannabidiol comes in different forms and full-spectrum CBD is the only form that contains somewhat little THC, if any at all. Different countries have different laws for the percentage of THC that is the legal amount in CBD oil and products. Other than that, as long as there is no other illegal substance in any CBD product, they are completely legal in almost all parts of the western world.
- CBD Is Addictive
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), CBD has no potential for dependency and does not produce euphoria and so there is also no potential for its abuse. Full spectrum CBD though, if it contains more than 0.3% THC, can lead to dependency. Even then you would be addicted to the THC, not CBD because CBD is not addictive.
- CBD Is A Sedative
CBD, although marketed as a possible cure to insomnia, is not a sedative. It actually just regulates your body mechanisms to the point where your body automatically fine tunes your sleep cycle and thus fights insomnia. Other than that there is no conclusive research on CBD being a sedative or inducing sleep. (Although you can find many sleep CBD products and even CBD sleep products with THC available in the market)
Even with the research we do have, however inconclusive it may be, CBD is only believed to be a mild sedative, helping its users sleep better and wake up to be energised and productive. It causes the brain to produce more levels of melatonin through the night as we sleep, which makes the users feel fully rested and fresher when they wake up the next day and nothing else.
Its counterpart, CBN (Cannabigerol), which is another Cannabis compound, is being studied as a better fit for the role. You should check it out if you’re looking to treat insomnia or sleep related disorders.
- CBD Is A Medicine
Calling it a medicine suggests that it is proven to fight off diseases and conditions and is medically prescribed by physicians, whereas CBD product manufacturers at this point are not allowed to make any medical or health claims. Doctors do not prescribe it to patients and highly discourage abandoning traditional medicine for CBD oil and products.
It is important to note that even though CBD product users use the term “miracle CBD nutritional products”, the compound is still under research and it is still unclear how it actually does what it does. Until we have a conclusive clinical history to support the health claims, CBD will remain a supplement. It is thus, more of a supplement and an additive compound, not medicine.
7. CBD Has No Side Effects
This misconception is partly true. This is because CBD, on its own, does not seem to have any serious side effects for its users. However, CBD oil and products do react violently with some medications and produce unwanted side effects.
Common medicines people have found that CBD products does not react well with are anti-depressants, antibiotics, heart medication, steroids and corticosteroids etc. It is important to consult your doctor first before taking CBD products if you’re on any type of medicine.
- CBD Is Only For Adult Use:
CBD is still under research with regards to its safety for children. However, the only drug-authority-approved CBD medical product is, in fact, primarily for children. Epidiolex or Epidyolex is currently being used to treat epilepsy and other related disorders in children such as the rare Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. So far, there have been no reported side effects regarding the use of these CBD medical products in treating children. The medicine actually helped most of the test patients with their seizures and other epilepsy symptoms, but the doctors still possess a sceptical view regarding its general use for children.
- CBD Isolate Is Better Than Broad or Full Spectrum CBD
Isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD are very different from one another. They need to be understood in their entirety before one can conclude which one is better for you.
CBD isolate: 99.9% pure CBD
Broad Spectrum CBD: CBD with other beneficial terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids, except THC.
Full Spectrum CBD: CBD, with some varying amount of THC.
CBD isolate could be a better choice out of personal preference but there is no scientific reasoning for its superiority. In fact, the other compounds in broad spectrum and full-spectrum CBD are believed to enhance CBD’s effects on the human body. Yes, that includes THC too. Now, which one suits you best depends on what you’re using it for, any underlying medical conditions that you may have or just personal preference.
- CBD Can Help With The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This is not a ‘common’ misconception, since it has recently surfaced, following the widespread of the pandemic. Covid-19 has a lot of symptoms similar to pneumonia and it is believed that people with a stronger immune system have a better chance at fighting it. While it is certainly true that CBD is anti-inflammatory and strengthens the immune system, it cannot, however, be substituted for medicines against the novel virus. It may, however, help you with anxiety, stress (i.e. if you’re NOT on medication, because CBD products could interfere with those to give out an adverse reaction).
Medical marijuana is being studied as a potential symptom reliever for some specific patients, but until we have conclusive results, nothing of the sort can be said about it.
Now you know!
So there you have it folks, CBD is not a big, bad monster drug but rather a small package of goodness and sunshine. Do you know someone who still believes all these CBD myths? Share this article to enlighten them if you found the article to be a good read.
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