CBD: A Multi-Tasking Miracle Worker
The beauty and wellness world typically sees a high turnover of trends, but one buzzy ingredient has been dominating headlines for well over a year—and shows no signs of stopping. CBD, short for cannabidiol, has taken the industry by storm with its bevy of science-backed health benefits that work wonders on the skin. The non-psychoactive cousin of THC, CBD won’t get you high, but it boasts the medicinal properties that make cannabis therapeutic. Derived from the cannabis seed and concentrated into a potent oil, CBD is popping up on product labels that cover the spectrum of your skincare routine—from essences to sleep masks to massage oils.
It’s no wonder CBD has become a popular addition to skincare products and spa menus. While there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence lauding the compound’s benefits, recent studies have backed up the claim that CBD has real medicinal value—especially when applied directly to the skin. A 2015 study found that topical CBD application reduced inflammation, joint swelling, and pain-related behaviors without side-effects in an arthritic animal model. In another study released earlier this year, three patients with a painful blistering skin disorder reported faster wound healing, less blistering, and amelioration of pain with topical CBD use. One patient was even able to completely wean off of oral opioids.
CBD presents itself not only as a promising alternative to pain-relieving pharmaceuticals but as a powerful addition to your daily wellness ritual for overall health and wellbeing. And it’s not just the promise of pain relief and relaxation of the body that should get you on board with incorporating the ingredient into your skincare regimen. A 2009 study revealed that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) regulates the life cycle of basal cells for healthy skin cell regeneration. When the body cannot produce enough cannabinoids, outside phytocannabinoids like CBD can improve ECS functionality and help reveal more youthful skin. So whether your troubles are buried in the deep tissue or lie right on the skin’s surface, CBD might very well be the multitasking miracle worker your “me time” is missing.
By Dacy Knight