As CBD continues to grow in popularity, we are beginning to see this miraculous cannabinoid being used for everything. Whether it’s soap, shampoo, or CBD beer, people are using CBD daily. This can be contributed to the proven medicinal benefits behind the compound and it being the latest new “craze.”
Lately, I have seen many new CBD products produced for skin care. These products are specifically applied to your skin to treat rashes, bug bites, dry skin, eczema, acne, wrinkles, cancerous moles, and many other ailments. For those that are unaware, our skin and hair have cannabinoid receptors. They act the same as the cannabinoid receptors found in our body and our eyes. These receptors are part of our bodies natural endocannabinoid system. The receptors allow us to absorb CBD into our body.
The receptors in your skin are very effective when applying CBD topically. Recent studies are beginning to show positive results for CBD being used as a skin care treatment. The list of CBD products offered nowadays can be confusing. In this article, I will discuss the benefits, skin ailments, and products that are ideal for your skin. I hope this article can help clear up any confusion that you may have.
Acne is a common skin condition that produces what many call “pimples.” Acne occurs when our skin overproduces an oily matter called “Sebum.” Studies have shown that the “Sebaceous Gland” in our skin has cannabinoid receptors. These receptors absorb CBD which, in turn, monitors the lipid production. Therefore, limiting the amount of oil produced. This allows CBD to act as a “sebostatic agent.” CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory as well. This can be helpful for treating acne scars. CBD helps the scars and redness fade.
These studies show promising evidence towards the use of CBD to treat and prevent acne. Many dermatologists are hesitant to recommend the use of CBD due to the limited amount of clinical research behind the cannabinoid. The research that has been conducted on CBD for acne is still in the beginning stages. As the cannabis plant becomes more legal, we will begin to see more research directed towards skin care..
CBD has been known to help treat dry skin. It can be beneficial for those suffering from common dry or cracked hands, and it can benefit those suffering from eczema. Eczema is a severe dry skin condition that causes redness in the skin. This is commonly seen on your arms and/or face. Eczema is caused by water loss in your skin and inflammation.
Applying CBD to your skin can help your skin cells regrow at a regular speed. This helps your skin cells live longer. Which, in turn, prevents the spread of Eczema. In one study, scientists administered a topical CBD ointment to 2,456 patients. After the study concluded, all the patients experienced a decrease in their eczema symptoms. Doctors monitoring the study reported a 58.6% decrease in symptoms. The study lasted 38 days.
The compounds found in CBD help treat dry skin, but the effectiveness of CBD is due to its natural regulation of body chemistry. For example, Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) is found naturally in our bodies. PEA helps restore dry skin. PEA is not present in CBD, but CBD helps PEA become more effective. This is because CBD communicates with PEA to enable the compound. CBD can also increase the amount of Anandamide (AEA) that is present in the skin. AEA is used for pain regulation and management. The study mentioned above shows promising results for CBDs effectiveness in monitoring our bodies natural chemistry.
Year after year, many people seek out the next best product for preventing signs of aging on their skin. This could be wrinkles, stress marks, and even sagginess of your skin. If your skin appearance is important to you, then CBD may be an effective option to consider.
Skin aging is caused by a reduction of collagen levels, oil levels, and elastin levels in our skin. As time progresses, our skin becomes less firm and drier. Our skin even becomes less elastic. These are all caused by a reduction in our skin levels mentioned above.
Clinical research for the use of CBD as an anti-aging agent is limited. This is due to the current legality of the cannabis plant and the length of time needed to conduct the necessary studies. However, research has shown that using CBD topically has no side effects.
There is evidence supporting the use of CBD as an antioxidant. This can help protect your skin from sun damage. Sun damage is a very common side effect from aging. CBD can help prevent the negative effects commonly seen from sun damage.
As an antioxidant, CBD works to reduce the number of free-radicals on your skin. Free-radicals break down collagen much faster. As mentioned previously, collagen helps keep skin firm. Therefore, CBD can help keep your skin looking firmer longer.
As mentioned above, aging skin is known to be dry. After you turn 20, your skin becomes drier each year. This is why CBD is so beneficial. As discussed in the “Acne” section, CBD plays an important role in the excretion of oil from the sebaceous glands. This helps keep your skin looking refreshed. CBD is an anti-inflammatory as well which helps keep wrinkles and stress lines less visible.
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that creates a build up of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. The condition is an autoimmune disease that accelerates the life cycle of skin cells. The symptoms include red scaly skin patches that are quite itchy and painful. Those suffering from the condition have come forward about using CBD to manage their psoriasis.
In a 2007 study published by the “Journal of Dermatological Science,” researchers found that when CBD was applied to the skin it prevented the overproduction of Keratinocytes, otherwise known as skin cells. This shows promising results, but the reason for how the CBD was absorbed is still somewhat a mystery.
The Next Step
If you decide that you want to give CBD a try, the next step would be choosing the form of CBD you want to administer to yourself. You need to consider what condition you want to treat. If you want to apply CBD to your wrinkles and stress marks, then you may want to consider using a salve. This is commonly applied directly to your skin. This can be in the form of a body butter as well.
Typically, a salve is the most common form of CBD used to treat skin conditions. A salve is the best for applying topically to your skin. A tincture or oil form is commonly administered orally. This is the best form of CBD for treating mental illness and insomnia. However, some users will apply drops of oil to their skin topically which can produce similar results as the CBD salve.
All in all, you need to consider the best form and method before using CBD. Always conduct your own research before buying. The consumption of cannabis products is the sole responsibility of the user. I recommend consulting with a doctor before purchasing CBD products for skin conditions.
I hope you found this article informational and entertaining. Now you have the knowledge necessary to help you live a long and healthy life. Happy Hemping!
My experiences within the CBD and hemp industry have been inspirational. I have heard so many moving stories about how CBD has significantly impacted people’s lives. This has been from those close to me and those that have reached out online. These experiences have led me to create a regular series that focuses on different stories people have had with the cannabis plant. These stories will be both inspirational and informational. The series will be written or recorded as a podcast. I hope you enjoy!
On this series, I will be interviewing Dave Fausset. He is the Founder and Co-Owner of AP Sleeping Indian. AP Sleeping Indian makes full spectrum CBD tinctures, salve, and body butter that is hemp derived. All of the products have been grown and processed in Allenspark, CO. Dave began using CBD out of necessity. After sustaining a major injury, he was naturally drawn to CBD. He soon began making his own CBD products which has now turned in to AP Sleeping Indian. I don’t want to give away all the information in the interview, so I hope you enjoy Dave’s interview below.
What experiences have other users, family and friends, etc., had when using your products?
The first person to use our tincture for Lyme Disease reported having a little relief after a couple of weeks and found herself pain free after a month. Please keep in mind, Lyme Disease is a very complex issue. This same person had cataract surgery and she has had very limited benefit since the surgery.
One fellow went to his doctor to arrange surgery for a foot pain. The doctor said the issue wasn’t bad enough to warrant surgery and he mentioned the problem to me. I suggested that he apply a drop of the 2,000 mg tincture directly to the pain area and rub it in. He now applies a drop regularly. He says the pain is gone for as much as 4 days at a time from one application.
The most recent comment from a friend was, “the throbbing in my thumbs has stopped”, and this happened within 2 minutes of applying the salve.
What is your preferred method of administering CBD?
My preferred method is the one that works best for the issue I am experiencing. Having the freedom to use tinctures, salves, butters, lotions and capsules allows the user to make their own choice. My wife particularly likes the capsules, as she doesn’t like the taste of CBD.
After sustaining your injury, have you started using different forms of CBD for different ailments?
Oh, yes, I use tincture orally for a full body, quick assimilation and topically with a drop or so on a particularly painful area and rubbing it in well. I use the salve and body butter for things such as my recently dislocated shoulder, as well as arthritic conditions.
When would a CBD user want to digest/consume CBD orally, and when would they want to use CBD topically?
Using CBD orally is a great way to get the CBD benefits quickly throughout your entire body. It will activate the sensors throughout the body. Topically, the application lets you address a specific area of the body with a concentrated extra boost directly to that area.
AP Sleeping Indian
What is APSI’s goal?
Our goal is to provide the best organically grown hemp CBD products. We use only Colorado grown hemp to provide a quality flower that has been properly dried and free of mold.
The CBD tincture we make for human usage starts at 1,000 mg per ounce. Many companies advertise CBD. Some companies don’t show any level of CBD in their product. Having an even base point of 1,000 mg makes it much easier for the consumer to know what the starting point is. Fifteen drops of the 1,000 mg tincture will deliver 25 mg a day.
We have grown accustomed to being told to take a pill, or two, without giving consideration to our individual weight, age, or health condition. With CBD you are expected to become the driver, and after a couple of weeks, you will be able to recognize subtle changes that will suggest an increase or decrease in the volume you are using daily.
We do not add flavoring to our tincture. We know our customers have different tastes that they find pleasant. You will not damage the tincture by adding food grade, or essential oil grade flavors of your choice.
We provide 3rd party test results for our products and proudly post those results, along with the terpene breakdown. The lab we use has no ownership, nor is there any cross ownership of companies.
What is your long-term vision for APSI?
Our products are made for the discerning user, and we intend to make the product available to those looking for a quality product and helpful answers to your questions.
Our long term goal is to provide the best hemp for your use each and every year.
What is your goal for this planting season?
We have made arrangements for additional acreage and top quality cultivars. We are growing tests plants to provide direction for our 2020 growing season.
What hemp cultivars will you be using this season?
This season we are growing “Cherry” cultivars, primarily “The Wife.” We can’t give projections on the crops for 2020 and beyond, as they will be determined by our ongoing research.
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