Recently it’s been hard to pick up a newspaper or magazine without reading something about the wonderful powers of CBD.
But what is CBD? Well, CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is an oil found in hemp. It’s the non-psychotropic element of the hemp plant, as opposed to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active element of marijuana. So CBD is legal, and doesn’t have the mind-altering effects associated with cannabis. (According to the World Health Organization: “To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”)
But CBD does have some astonishing qualities as a natural healing product, whether taken internally, or applied to the skin. It has properties including the ability to calm skin by reducing inflammation and has been shown to help in treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Because of these abilities, it is increasingly being used as a key ingredient in beauty products. CBD alleviates redness and irritation in the skin by controlling the body’s production of cytokines, a group of proteins that interact with the immune system and are associated with inflammation, and also with skin pain; so hemp cosmetics may be a good choice for painful and inflamed skin.
Hemp oil products are also recommended for dry skin, as the natural oil replenishes natural skin oils and helps to lock in moisture. CBD oil is a rich source of fatty acids and other nutrients for the skin, so may also have ant-ageing properties; as skin inflammation is a major cause of lines and wrinkles, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are likely to be helpful too.
Research into the effectiveness of CBD products for the skin is still in its early stages. But many people have found that hemp-based cosmetics are beneficial for them. For those seeking natural cosmetics which do not contain animal products, CBD cosmetics are an obvious choice. Why not see if they work for you?