There is a lot of buzz surrounding CBD in the beauty and skin health industry. Hemp-based beauty products are increasingly taking a spot in the display shelves of shops all over the United States. You’ll probably come across an advertisement reading something like… “CBD lotion for youthful skin,” “CBD, anti-aging skincare lotion,” and “Get rid of skin conditions with CBD.”
Some of these sources hail CBD as a must-have elixir for your skincare package, but is there actual scientific evidence to back the claims – or are they just marketing moves to jump on the CBD bandwagon? Or better yet, how much do you know about CBD lotion? This piece delves into the science of CBD for skincare to provide you with all the relevant information you need. This includes health benefits of CBD oil, how CBD lotion works, and what to expect when using CBD lotion.
Can CBD Skincare Make You Fail a Drug Test?
One of the most important things to consider before buying a CBD product is its legality and impact on a drug test. No one wants to get into trouble or miss an opportunity due to accusations of using illegal drugs. With this in mind, the answer to the question above lies in the differentiation of hemp and marijuana. Both of these plants are varieties of the Cannabis Sativa L. species but with one critical difference – the psychoactive cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But before diving into the concern of a drug test, it is important to understand the current legal status of CBD.
Until recently, the federal legislature was firm ‘anti-CBD.’ All cannabis extracts (regardless of their source) were classified as Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. Keep in mind that other drugs in the Schedule I category include opioids such as heroin. The harsh stance on CBD changed in 2014 when President Barrack Obama signed the Farm Bill 2014, which legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp for research purposes. This bill set the stage for the game-changing Farm Bill 2018.
According to the Farm Bill 2018 that was passed by President Trump in December, any cannabis product that has a THC content higher than 0.3% is illegal under federal law. The logic behind this distinction is because THC has mind-altering properties – also the reason that THC can result in a positive drug test. On the other hand, hemp is specially cultivated and has a THC content below 0.3%, while marijuana has a higher level of THC. It not surprising that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently removed cannabidiol (CBD) from its banned substance list, claiming that it’s not a performance-enhancing substance.
In a nutshell, when you undergo a drug test, the main focus is on intoxicating substances such as THC and opioids. So as long as you use CBD lotion that is derived from hemp as per the legal provision, then you are in the clear – you drug test will be negative.
What are the Health Benefits of CBD Skincare?
The National Institute of Drug Abuse claims that CBD has been studied for its efficacy for treating substance abuse disorders, anti-anxiety effects, antipsychotic effects, anti-tumor effects, analgesic effects, anti-inflammatory/neuroprotective effects, and anti-seizure effects. While most of these studies focus on the properties of CBD when taken internally, there is a reason to believe that the non-psychoactive cannabinoid has therapeutic and calming benefits when applied topically (on the skin).
As we will discuss below using scientific studies, CBD is believed to potentially treat multiple skin conditions including psoriasis, acne, and eczema courtesy of its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. Another exciting trait associated with CBD is its antioxidation effect, which may go a long way in counteracting signs of aging and giving you a youthful look. Full-spectrum CBD also contains essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin A, E, and vitamin C – all compounds used in skincare treatments.
These nutrients have important benefits in facilitating skin health and relieving some skin conditions. For example, fatty acids play a role in skin regeneration, preventing age spots and premature wrinkles while vitamin A stimulates elastin and collagen production to promote skin cell growth. Read on to find out how CBD interacts with the human body.
Is CBD for skincare scientifically backed? Several sources claim that topical CBD has skincare benefits. Below is a list of some of these research studies:
- The results of a 2017 study published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology claimed that CBD might help with a wide range of skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, itching, allergic reactions, dandruff, melanoma, and the early stages of scleroderma.
- CBD for Eczema: Can CBD help with eczema? The National Eczema Association sought to answer this question by consulting and reviewing the works of different, highly reputable medical professionals. One of these researchers is Dr. Henry Granger Piffard, MD, who was one of the founding fathers of American dermatology and editor of JAMA Dermatology. In one of his publications, Piffard claimed that taking cannabis “afforded relief to the intolerable itching of eczema.”
- CBD for Acne: A study appearing in The Journal of Clinical Investigation showed promising results for CBD as a potential remedy for acne by regulating sebum production. Similarly, the authors discovered that CBD has anti-aging properties, courtesy of its anti-inflammation prowess.
- CBD for Psoriasis: “Cannabinoids inhibit keratinocyte proliferation, and therefore support a potential role for cannabinoids in the treatment of psoriasis.” This was the conclusion of a study (8) published in the Journal of Dermatological Science.
How Does CBD Skincare Work?
To understand why CBD is rapidly gaining popularity in therapeutic circles, it is important first to understand how it interacts with the human body. CBD is a non-psychoactive (doesn’t get you high) chemical found in the cannabis plant. When taken, CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to facilitate homeostasis in various neurological functions such as mood, metabolism, immune system response, energy balance, and even temperature regulation – all crucial for optimal athletic performance.
The body contains a complex system of endogenous cannabinoids (naturally made inside the body), receptors, and enzymes, forming the endocannabinoid system. CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in all part of the human body, including the nervous system and the skin. According to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the skin contains the highest amount of CB2 receptors. These endocannabinoid receptors can be activated by using CBD-infused products.
The study showed that CBD is a very powerful anti-oxidant (more than vitamin C and E) that can repair damaged skin that has been exposed to environmental pollutants, ultra-violet rays, and other free radicals.
CBD has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects that provide significant relief against most skin conditions. In particular, a study by a team of researchers from the University of Kentucky showed that “ topical CBD application has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects.” Additionally, a study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal claimed that “Endocannabinoids enhance lipid synthesis and apoptosis of human sebocytes via cannabinoid receptor-2-mediated signaling.” The excess production of sebum by the sebaceous glands in the skin is associated with skin conditions such as acne – these findings provide promising results to acne patients.
What to Expect When Using CBD Skincare Products
You should expect an all in one remedy for optimal skin health. How so? Let’s put this into perspective. The skin, which is the largest organ in your body, serves as the first line of defense against pathogens. This organ is responsible for absorbing vital nutrients (oxygen, vitamin B, and vitamin D), insulating/regulating the body’s temperature, and protecting us from losing moisture among others. Despite its noble role, the skin can be tired/sagging, pale, sensitive, and dry – nobody wants that.
It is estimated that the average person uses 9 personal care products every day, while 25% of the female population uses more than 15 products. But when the skin is damaged, especially from skin conditions, people often turn to the nearest beauty store or consulting their dermatologist for a medical prescription. But what are the effects of some of these products? With some questionable products in the skincare market, the need for research-backed alternatives to remedy skin problems is more important than ever.
Conventional treatments for common skin conditions include specific prescription medication, astringent wipes, and topical creams. Prescription medications such as antibiotics hinder the growth of bacteria in skin pores (responsible for acne as shown earlier). However, antibiotics have been shown to exhibit severe side effects, including increased sensitivity to sunlight and liver damage – not to mention their monetary cost. Astringent wipes keep pores clear. Just like antibiotics, astringent wipes also have a downside by irritating facial skin in some patients. Finally, topical creams such as retinol impact skin health by regulating the growth of cells and unblocking pores.
Basically, none of these conventional treatments cover all the causes of the most common skin condition, acne – this brings us back to CBD. A study appearing in the Journal of Clinical Investigation showed that the endocannabinoid system helps regulate oil gland production, inflammation, and skin cell growth.
Just as essential oils and natural remedies are gaining popularity in the beauty and skin health industries, CBD has a lot of promise as a remedy for skin conditions and general skin care. However, more research studies and human clinical trials should be conducted to establish the benefits and effects of CBD for skin health.
If you are considering having a go at CBD lotion, kindly check all the rules in your area and ensure you have a draft of your health goals to determine the best CBD products for your needs.
Products such as Kino White Gardenia and Coconut Lilikoi lotion can significantly boost the therapeutic and cosmetic appeal of your skin. Below are some user reviews and testimonials on the experience of each product:
- Kino White Gardenia Lotion: “I've always loved kukui anything, but wow the combination of CBD and kukui takes this lotion to a whole new level. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a lotion that'll create visible results!”
- Kino Coconut Lilikoi Lotion: “I got this as a gift for my wife after our friend told us about CBD. She loves it. I have tried it as well, and it is very nice. Well done guys.”
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