You can do just about anything with CBD, even slather it on your face. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD is taking over the skin-care world and has been for some time. You just never noticed. The compound found in marijuana and hemp is reported to have anti-inflammatory properties that could prove to be helpful for skin. So, it’s no wonder that it is everywhere.
CBD beauty and skin-care products can be found in department stores, specialty stores, beauty supply stores, and every corner of the internet. But the question still lingers… Is there any reason that CBD should be in my beauty products?
What is CBD?
CBD is one of many cannabinoids present in cannabis. The other major cannabinoid you’ve probably heard of is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. But, unlike THC, CBD does not produce a high when consumed or used as a topical treatment. Both CBD and THC bind to cannabinoid receptors in the body, which then set off a series of reactions that ultimately produce effects.
Where is the research?
The major benefits of CBD in skincare products are related to an anti-inflammatory effect. But, like many studies looking into CBD for anxiety or pain management, the research is limited. In a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science in 2007, researchers isolated THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids from cannabis. They found that when applied to human skin cells, all the cannabinoids inhibited the over-production of keratinocytes commonly seen in psoriasis.
The researchers also tested lab-made compounds that selectively inhibited the activation of CB1 or CB2 receptors, but found that they didn’t have a huge effect. That suggests that if any cannabinoids, including CBD, have a helpful role in managing psoriasis… it’s not mediated through those receptors. Basically, we’re still only beginning to understand CBD.
The most conclusive studies for topical CBD are in the area of pain control. There is some evidence that CBD also has an effect on TRPV-1 AND GPR55 receptors. Both are found in skin and play a role in inflammation and pain signaling. But whether or not CBD can actually cause true changes in inflammation remains to be seen during testing.
So, if you are wondering if CBD is right for you, contact your dermatologist and make sure that you purchase your products from a reputable source. The lack of research may be bothersome, but CBD is relatively safe with very few side effects. If you want to give it a try, do so carefully – especially if you have sensitive skin.