Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural active compound from the cannabis plant. It is the non-intoxicating component, predominantly found in the hemp plant.
CBD can be sourced from hemp, it is primarily sourced from the leaves and flowers of the plant, and refined into its purist form as a powder. It is thereafter typically mixed with a carrier oil, which enhances application and effectiveness, hence the name CBD oil.
CBD won’t get you high because it does not possess the mind-altering properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
When you use CBD, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps your body reverse or prevent the signs of aging by slowing down the loss and disintegration of the skins natural collagen levels, hence it’s strong anti-aging and firming abilities.
Due to CBD being extracted from a plant, its not surprising that the CBD oil also has powerful antioxidant properties. When applied topically, the antioxidants in CBD help lessen the visible signs of aging. These chemical properties in CBD counteract free-radical damage and reduce the look of inflammation, wrinkles, skin dullness and rough skin tone.
Research also shows that CBD has the potential to decrease excess sebum (oil) production, possibly due to its balancing effect on the flow of skin oil. It also aids the sebaceous glands to secrete the correct level of oil, which is important in helping to achieve and maintain a healthy skin that appears smooth, glowing and youthful.
Numerous studies have shown that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory benefits when applied to skins, which can help with acne prone and sensitive skin conditions. It is proving to show great benefits to help soothe reactive, red and inflamed skin conditions. Research has firmly established that acne is an inflammatory condition. Although multiple factors trigger highly sensitive skin and acne, such as environmental stressors, stress, hormones, genetics etc, it has been medically proven that anything you apply to skin that can reduce inflammation and soothe the skin is likely to visibly reduce redness, breakouts and flare-ups.
Our skin produces one percent less collagen per year after we reach the age of 20. Since collagen is a protein responsible for the structure of connective tissues, including skin, as the collagen reduces, so does our skins elasticity, firmness and youthfulness. This causes our skin to become thinner and more fragile. As we age, our body also produces less natural skin oils, hence come the benefits of applying CBD oil to the skin, to help minimise the effects of aging on our overall skin health and appearance.
In addition to biological factors, environmental conditions play a role in aging and skin health. External pollutants, free radicals, and sun damage can have an effect on our skin, reducing collagen and elastin production, and causing sun spots, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. CBD can help assist with all forms of ageing, internally and externally by addressing both intrinsic and extrinsic factors through its ability to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and dramatically reducing oxidants and assist with inflammatory issues within our bodies.
Despite such encouraging news, most scientists researching and studying the benefits of CBD agree that more conclusive, scientific studies are needed to confirm these initial results. We’re excited to see how further research behind CBD oils topical benefits continue to grow, and anticipate it becoming a mainstay of many individuals skin care routines.