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Since the Farm Bill legalized CBD products derived from hemp at the federal level in 2018, CBD topicals have been the work of the Food and Drug Administration FDA.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant. Pure CBD is natural, non-habit forming, and nonpsychedelic. Unlike THC, CBD will NOT get you high, and is usually associated with feelings of relaxation and calm. CBD products typically have a THC concentration of less than .03% but be sure to read the product label for a more detailed description.
CBD interacts with the bodies Endocannabinoid System, or ECS. ECS is responsible for regulating many vital functions of the human body, including the ability to process pain, sleep, inflammation, mood, stress and more! The skin has its own endocannabinoid system. The goal is stasis, and CBD aids the skin’s natural ECS process to help keep the skin balanced and healthy.
Recent research suggests a wide array of potential health benefits associated with CBD use, especially in dermatology.
CBD has lots of potential skin care benefits:
CBD-infused topicals include creams, balms, serums, lotions, and transdermal patches. They are designed to be applied directly to the skin for surface level relief, or in some cases for deeper muscle level pain relief, or even for things like relaxation or sleep.
Anything called CBD cream is just a cream-based topical infused with CBD. Most high-quality health and beauty creams are about half oil and half water to preserve moisture in the skin. Some CBD topicals might also include other minor cannabinoids, other terpenes, or even other ingredients to help the skin such as vitamin E or aloe.
One of the most appealing things about CBD topicals is how easy it is to get started with them. After identifying what the source of discomfort, pain, or the other issue is, the user can simply apply the topical as needed like they would a lotion.
Note: The right oil or other source of healthy fat is actually good for your face because it’s a source of good moisture and won’t clog your pores. Skin demands oil up to a point to function. In fact, scrubbing too much away will only make it produce more. Replacing oils with healthy moisturizing compounds can help this issue.
CBD has been associated with a wide array of therapeutic benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If injected into a common topical agent like soaps, lotions, and creams, CBD could help manage the aging process on the skin as well as treat any inflammation associated with underlining illnesses and ailments. The research surrounding CBD is just getting started, with more beneficial properties sprouting up every day.