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The use of CBD oilis increasing and far from what was once considered a new age ingredient, found under the counter in alternative health product stores. From CBD-infused beauty serums to cannabis-scented candles, the beauty industry has embraced CBD.
According to Google Trends, the interest in the CBD as a research criterion is
now four times that of THC. And these statistics are what motivates the CBD’s
trend in beauty. While cannabidiol and hemp oil are gaining popularity as
skincare ingredients and in wellness treatments, brands are adopting a more
sophisticated and nuanced aesthetic, more in tune with the market. So, what is
CBD exactly? What are the health benefits of this promise? And is there a
science behind its use?
What is CBD?
Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is one of the 100 natural chemical compounds
found in the sativa cannabis plant. The main advantage of CBD is that it is
non-psychoactive, unlike the compound most commonly studied in the plant, THC
(tetrahydrocannabinol), which is responsible for the “high” effect or
stoning associated with cannabis use.
What are the effects of the CBD?
Physiologically, CBD is an adaptogen, a regulator and a modulator. In other
words, it adapts to the situations it faces. It has anti-inflammatory
properties, is known to promote balance, lowers blood pressure and is
considered a multi-target therapeutic compound. Rather than an active analgesic
drug that targets a specific pain, CBD is more versatile – nicknamed
“screening” in medical circles.
Can CBD improve your mood?
In theory, yes. CBD works by binding to brain and nervous system receptors that
control emotions, memory and coordination (CB1 receptors); more receptors in
the digestive and immune systems (CB2 receptors). This complex network of
cannabidoid receptors is known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), found in
humans and animals. Scientists currently understand that CBD supports the
function of these systems in the body – an improvement in mood, if that’s what
While the CBD is creating an effervescence in the beauty industry, in clinical
terms, science is still under discussion. The claims about the therapeutic
effects of CBD are widespread and used almost indifferently: they are marketed
as a neuroprotective antioxidant and have prophylactic properties, they help
relieve anxiety and alleviate the symptoms of ADHD, epilepsy and chronic pain. Most
of these uses are not supported by robust clinical data. There is a lot of
preclinical scientific evidence on the benefits of the CBD, but this does not
justify trade claims if they were to be revised at all.
The benefits of CBD are therefore always essentially word of mouth. The FDA even went so far as to send warning letters to companies not to include any health claim with the CBD, with the exception of epilepsy. In June 2018, Epidiolex was approved by the FDA in the United States when clinical trials have shown that it can reduce seizures in children with two rare and serious forms of epilepsy. “There is also evidence that the CBD oil could be a useful treatment for a number of other health problems,” the World Health Organization reported last year.
However, this research is
considerably less advanced than for the treatment of epilepsy. For most
indications, there is only preclinical evidence, while for some, there is a
combination of preclinical and clinical evidence. WHO has confirmed that the
range of conditions for which CBD has been evaluated is diversified, consistent
with its neuroprotective effects: antiepileptic, hypoxic-ischemic, anxiolytic,
antipsychotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic and antitumoral.
Many brands of CBD are waiting for research results to support their beliefs.