Cannabidiol or CBD oil is one of the hottest commodities being searched for at the moment. At this point, you’ve probably at least heard of CBD or seen it in headlines somewhere. The laundry list of health and therapeutic benefits associated with it has helped skyrocket the market, attracting consumers and entrepreneurs so much so that it is commonly being referred to as the green rush. CBD product offerings are experiencing a tremendous amount of growth thanks to all the information being disseminated about it. Many of the health benefits and therapeutic properties being attributed to it include providing relief for a wide variety of conditions: some minor issues like common migraines, sleep-related problems, and chronic pain to even more severe conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, and cancer. One of the many benefits attributed to CBD oil use is a visible reduction in signs of aging. Thanks to the findings of certain studies, its potential to help combat visible signs of aging have now made it a popular ingredient in beauty and cosmetic products. But is this just marketing, hype, and hearsay – or could CBD actually be that fountain of youth everyone’s been after for so long?
Before getting into whether CBD has anti-aging abilities, it’s important to understand what Cannabidiol is and does. Cannabidiol is one of many phytocannabinoids present in the cannabis hemp plant. This happens to be a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, unlike others in the plant, like the most well known, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Cannabis use has been controversial, outlawed in the U.S. and other countries mainly because of its mind-altering effects on humans that result in making them ‘high.’ Alternative medicine and those who have sought to research the plant have long believed that cannabis is actually chock-full of health benefits, therapeutic properties, and healing abilities. The deterrent for many, however, has been the ‘high’ you get when inhaling or ingesting it. Now, with CBD, the cannabinoid that contains many of the sought-after benefits can be separated and isolated from the other, ‘high’ inducing cannabinoids like THC, leaving users with all of the benefits and none of the undesirable aspects. This has widened the market significantly to more users – a market that continues to grow at an exponential rate spurred on after hemp’s legalization in the U.S. with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
CBD, like all other cannabinoids, have effects on the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, or (ECS.) This is a biological system that helps regulate a variety of physiological and cognitive functions and responses including sleep, memory, appetite, mood, pain, fertility, and inflammation. This is a system that exists in the body regardless of whether you’ve ever used cannabis or not. The body produces endocannabinoids naturally and as needed. Endocannabinoid receptors exist throughout the body and endocannabinoids bind to them to signal that the ECS needs to act. While research is still underway aimed at figuring out exactly how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in the body, namely CB1 and CB2 receptors, studies have shown effects that point to its ability to regulate inflammation in the body, pain, coordination, memory, appetite, emotions, mood, and other functions. Research points to CBD being able to direct the body to utilize its own cannabinoids.
One of the hot new products you’ll find on the market is CBD Oil in beauty and anti-aging products. It will be an ingredient, if not the only ingredient, found in products aimed at combating visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration. One of the reasons it is used for this is because of its ability to reduce inflammation. Inflammation is often a root cause of many chronic pain problems as well as cosmetic issues that make skin look puffy, red and swollen. This can cause the face to look older and more fatigued. By helping to reduce inflammation, using CBD could help the skin to look more firm, refreshed and youthful. Some of the studies conducted on the use of CBD oil for various skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema concluded in showing a link between CBD use via topical application and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Another reason CBD is praised for its anti-aging properties is because of its antioxidants. Research has indicated that by counteracting free-radical damage, CBD anti-aging products could help reduce problems like skin dullness, a ruddy skin tone, and wrinkles. Some of the products out there currently promote “younger, brighter and tighter” skin using CBD anti-aging creams and serums.
In addition to giving skin a more youthful look, CBD is also being used as an aid to help soothe sensitive skin. The ability CBD has to provide skin-calming effects is beneficial to this type of skin and helps reduce skin sensitivity as well as skin redness, which is another frequent cosmetic issue many people attempt to combat. Many products on the market combine CBD with other ingredients that also have similar effects, offering a multiple defense approach to helping improve the look and feel of skin.
Acne is another issue of skin condition that is often treated with CBD. Since acne is an inflammatory skin condition and CBD has shown anti-inflammatory effects, it is the perfect thing to help those dealing with acne. Using CBD topically on acne-prone skin has the potential to reduce breakouts, diminish redness and swelling. And although it may seem counter-intuitive, seeing as it is oil itself, using CBD oil has been shown in recent findings to potentially decrease excess sebum or oil production and can help offset the triggers of acne.
While all of these cosmetic and anti-aging benefits are still being studied, there is enough word of mouth consumer information, reviews and referrals out there to continue driving demand for CBD anti-aging and cosmetic products. There has already been extensive research conducted, much of which has pointed to a lot of evidence that supports the claims being made about CBD’s anti-aging and cosmetic benefits. Since the market is experiencing a high level of growth and much investment, more comprehensive and in-depth studies are being conducted and are expected to be conducted in the future.