CBD is a product that has gained incredible notoriety in the most recent two years, predominantly due to easing of restrictions on hemp products, thanks to the US Farm Bill of 2018. CBD was given a green light by way of the legalization of hemp crops and products, thanks to this bill. Now it is common to hear of people taking CBD for dementia or CBD for pain. Those who suffer from epilepsy and chronic conditions of many types are using CBD oil.
Still, the fastest-growing segment of our society that is using CBD oil is senior citizens. AS people have come to learn of the benefits of CBD for pain, they’ve also come to realize that it helps with memory as well. CBD is a neuroprotectant which is why it is showing promise for those using CBD for dementia.
Older People Get Relief From
Aging Issues When Taking CBD
We all get older. It’s inevitable. It’s also
inevitable that some people will experience chronic pain from arthritis and
worn-out joints. Some are more prone to these issues, thanks to their genetics.
Arthritis can gnarl joints and force hands into positions that no longer give
way to perform even the most menial of tasks.
Age takes away the body’s ability to do the things that the young take for granted. Just rolling over and attempting to get out of bed in the morning can be a two or three-attempt-project. Writing your own name can become impossible and the reason that the elderly have very difficult to read handwriting.
As we grow older, our body is bombarded with
inflammation which causes arthritis to eat away at our joints. Years of wear
and tear take a toll on hips, knees, hands, lower back, and parts of our body
that have been injured and healed poorly at some point during our life.
CBD can help to bring relief from these issues
as well as improve focus and memory issues. To understand how this happens,
it’s important to understand what CBD is, where it comes from, and what it does
in the body. Let’s start with the body system that uses cannabinoids – the ECS.
The Endocannabinoid System Helps
CBD Ease Your Pain
It’s generally referred to as the ECS and it
is a body system that was discovered in the 1990s. We’re still learning about
the ECS but we know that it works to maintain homeostasis in the body.
Simply put, it keeps all the systems running
smoothly and efficiently. It works as a middle manager, answering to the brain,
fielding everything it can handle without involving the brain, and ensuring
that everyone is doing their job, in their places, and prioritizing things to
ensure that the entire body is functioning top-notch.
If you’ve got a fever, it’s the ECS that kicks
in, telling the liver to produce more white blood cells, and gets the body to
transport them to where they are needed. The ECS acts as the fire chief,
directing the crews where to hook-up trucks, run the hoses, and put the fires
When pain is felt, signals are sent to the brain in waves. This is acknowledged and you feel the pain. The ECS is capable of blocking that pain from reaching the brain, by using endocannabinoids to block the pain signals from reaching the brain and reacting to the pain. Therefore, you feel relief.
Endocannabinoids are created within the body
and are very similar to phytocannabinoids that we consume in plant matter.
There are many plants that contain phytocannabinoids, not just cannabis. Phyto means ‘plant’. CBD is a
phytocannabinoid and it is properly called cannabidiol.
Cannabinoids are present in many different types of plants, including some herbs, but CBD is only present in cannabis, namely hemp. Industrialized hemp is where today’s CBD oils are extracted from and marketed as CBD oil and CBD products of all sorts.
When inflammation is present, it is the ECS
that tells the body to boost its response, having an anti-inflammatory effect.
Cannabinoids boost the ECS into high gear, and that is exactly what happens
when you take CBD oil. It can boost the output of the ECS.
CBD molecules flow through the neural
pathways, particularly in the brain and the spinal column. As these molecules
travel the body, they bind to receptors of the ECS that are located on the
outside of some cells.
Lipids are formed from this binding process
and continue traveling in the neural pathways, coating them with a protective
armor-like sheathing as they go. This coating protects the neural pathways from
the damage that can happen as part of the natural aging process and from
diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
It has been proven that those taking CBD for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, are able to retain memories for longer than their counterparts who do not take CBD. Those with Alzheimer’s, for example, have been able to retain their ability to recognize faces for longer than those who have not taken CBD at the first signs of the disease.
Pain can become chronic. The mind can become
foggy with age. Our reaction times are worse as we age and we slow down a lot
as our body isn’t able to move as smoothly or as swiftly. One of the best ways
to combat these things is to use natural supplements when you can.
Prescriptions for pain can be addictive and have side-effects that can be worse
than the initial symptoms.
CBD continues to be researched and studied. It
also continues to win hearts and minds as it gives relief to millions of people
who praise it and write reviews every single day. While it does seem to reduce
many of the symptoms to help people take control of their lives back, be able
to get into and out of bed easier, and be more active, it isn’t a cure for anything.
CBD can manage pain and other symptoms of
chronic issues. It’s not a cure or a treatment. If you use CBD with this
understanding and know that it can be a very powerful and effective tool in
managing your symptoms, you may find that you are able to have more good days
than bad and enjoy being with your loved ones again instead of sitting at home
CBD is sold in bottles everywhere. You see it online and on the counter when you pay for your gasoline. CBD oil is bottled with droppers and touted as the next best thing since sliced bread. If you’ve got a skin condition, however, you might benefit more from a salve applied directly to the skin. Hemp CBD oil salves are available in shops, online and anywhere that CBD is sold, even in the marijuana dispensary down the road. You can buy salve from them that has THC or not. Make sure that you ask and get the one that you prefer. Remember that THC may cause psychoactive responses in the brain and even though it is in a salve, you would still test positive for THC in a drug test if your employer does this sort of thing.
Hemp CBD oil is very low in THC and won’t make you high. For this reason, it is most often sought for CBD products such as salves, creams, lotions, and similar products. A marijuana dispensary will more than likely carry mostly products that contain THC and this will not apply to what most people are seeking in a salve.
Who Would Choose CBD Healing
Salves Over Oral Drops?
Many people use CBD products for chronic
conditions and pain but rarely do people realize that CBD also has potent
usefulness for skin conditions. Psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, skin allergies and
healing burns and scars are all reasons to use a salve.
Some people who have arthritis in their joints will choose to you healing salves so that they can place the CBD on the location that they want it to help the most. Some people use the salves in conjunction with oral tinctures of CBD oil as well.
Since you cannot truly overdose on CBD, it is
beneficial to use it in whatever form is best for you and in the dosage that
provides you with the most therapeutic power. Many people find that CBD works
wonders when applied directly to the skin and this is because the skin has its
own Endocannabinoid System that operates separately from the system that works
when you take CBD orally. Therefore, using CBD in both ways is actually
phenomenally impactful for things like pain and arthritis inflammation.
Those with scalp conditions and dandruff
problems are using shampoos and conditioners with infusions of hemp CBD oil
because of the benefit it has on contact. Salves will soak into the skin and
work their way into a joint within minutes. You feel the full impact over
several hours and this is highly relieving for people with joint pain, pulled
muscles, and arthritis. This is why you see people from all walks of life using
CBD salves and oils. Everyone from children with psoriasis to grandmothers with
arthritis, are shouting from the rooftops how much they love CBD.
Spasms that come as a result of seizure
activity can be very painful. Charlie horses, cramps in the deep muscle tissue,
can be painful and severe. Using CBD healing salves with potassium pills
simultaneously has been shown to give tremendous relief for these patients.
Pets can even benefit from healing salves. If
you have a dog that has a skin condition, itch, allergy, or even mange, CBD has
been shown to give them relief and reduce the symptoms within hours. Dogs with
chronic skin conditions can find relief from both oral and skin doses of CBD.
If you are an athlete, a runner, for example,
you train hard and you know how fatigued your legs can get from a marathon or
training prior to one. Using a CBD healing salve is a natural and effective way
to recover more quickly. Nourishing the body at the source of the pain is both
intelligent and swift.
Even professional athletes are using CBD
salves and oils to recover from intense training and sports injuries that are
bound to happen sometimes. Recovery times are faster and healing is swift.
Energy is restored naturally and athletes are saying that they are more in a
‘zone’ when competing when they use CBD products, even salves or creams.
CBD Healing Salves Are Private
Ways To Use CBD Too
Some people simply don’t want the world to
know their business. People see you taking drops from a bottle and they know
what you are up to. Some people are too nosy for their own good, let’s face it.
Using a cream gives you more anonymity and
privacy, even if you reapply cream on your break at work. No one knows what is
in the cream you are using and no one expects you to share from your jar that
you stick your fingers in, so it’s a win-win really. You can maintain a level
of comfort while not telling the whole workforce that you’re using CBD.
While it is legal in all fifty states, some
people feel that there is still a stigma associated with the use of hemp
products. While this is gradually going away and more people than ever favor
the legalization of cannabis from coast to coast, you still may be someone who
values privacy and the salve allows you to have that.
No matter what your reason is for using CBD,
or how you choose to use it, you’ll surely find that your life is better for
it. It can enhance your moods and your entire outlook on life. If you’re
depressed, it can uplift you. If you’re in pain, it can help relieve that pain.
If you’ve just been looking for a healthy diet supplement that will enhance
your overall health, it can do that too.
CBD has been nicknamed the Boy Scout Molecule.
It seems to know what needs to be done, and it does what is needed. No one
knows yet exactly how CBD knows exactly what the body needs but science is
likely to figure it out soon. Research has been ongoing for several years and
has gotten intense as hemp was once again legalized in December of 2018, thanks
to the Farm Bill of 2018.
Ok, I admit, I’ve been a little (or rather a lot 🙂 of a skin fanatic for as long as I can remember myself. I’ve been trying and testing most skincare fads that have appeared in the recent years: all the miracle-promising creams with yet another breakthrough nano-something; natural herbal and clay masks; botox, fillers and chemical peels. A few attempts did bring desired results, but most were a waste of time (and money!) and left me painfully wondering if there is an anti-age routine, which actually works… Well, all has changed when I did my research on the newest trend of CBD-infused cosmetics. Bear with me – when you read the article to the end and know what I know, you’ll probably never use anything but CBD-infused cosmetics again.
HAVE WE FINALLY FOUND THE ULTIMATE SKIN ELIXIR?
WHAT IS THE FAMOUS CBD, IS IT EVEN LEGAL?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an extract from hemp leaves and flowers, which is legally allowed for use in the UK, Europe and USA. This recent legalization has caused a lot of confusion, and there is a lot of misinformation floating around.
One of the main points of this confusion comes from the fact that the media often uses the terms hemp and marijuana interchangeably. This makes it unclear if CBD is legal and if it causes a high. Now let’s take a closer look at this and explore what is meant by hemp, marijuana, cannabis, cannabidiol, CBD and THC.
Cannabis is the Latin, or scientific name, for the entire plant family. People usually colloquially call the the cannabis plant Marijuana, and it is mainly used to refer to cannabis strains which cause a psychoactive effect, euphoria, a so-called “high”. A lesser used reference is hemp, and it denotes non-psychoactive strains, which have been used for centuries for to make a variety of commercial products such as rope, textiles, paper, etc.
In most countries, psychoactive marijuana is a controlled or prohibited substance. Only some US states, as well as Canada, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. As to non-psychoactive hemp, however, as of the end of 2018, UK, Europe and all of the US states have instituted legislation to regulate its cultivation and allow its use as a medicine.
Marijuana causes a euphoric feeling due to the high content of the psychoactive compound called THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC.
CBD oil, aka cannabidiol, is a natural essential oil, which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, and thus, CBD does not cause a feeling of being “high”.
WHY ALL THIS CRAZE ABOUT CBD?
With legalization, CBD has been steadily rising in popularity. Well, as of now, more people search for CBD on Google than for the media mega-darling Kardashian.
Media does not shy from calling CBD a solution to any problem, panacea, elixir, the cure-all. Taking a closer look at it, all this obsession does have some grounds: a wealth of very promising research on CBD appears every day.
Hemp CBD has been found therapeutic for more than 50(!) conditions ranging from acne to epilepsy as per a list compiled from hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and PubMed, an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The explanation as to how one plant extract can treat such a long and varied range of conditions lies in the the plant’s numerous – over 100 – active compounds called cannabinoids.
Actually, cannabinoids are also produced by our bodies, and we call them endocannabinoids, from “‘endo” – ‘‘internal” in Greek vs. phytocannabinoids, from “phyto” – plant.
Hemp phytocannabinoids work beneficially on the human body via the Human Endocannabinoid System (HES). HES was discovered back in the 1990s and is often called the most important discovery in human physiology in the late 20th century.
HES is not “just” another body system, like immune or digestive system. HES appears to regulate all the 11 organ systems, a system behind the systems, so to say. HES does it through sending cannabinoids to the the huge number of its receptors (called CB1 and CB2) present in every organ of the body. The main goal of HES is to maintain and control homeostasis, or a balanced, optimal condition of each organ and the body as a whole. HES regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much much more. Given its key role, HES seems so hold the key to overall well-being and beauty.
Most importantly for skin aficionados, like me, skin is our largest organ and contains the highest number of CB1 and CB2 receptors, and thus is an important subject to the activity of HES.
Now imagine for a moment what would happen if you never took vitamin C in your entire life because the government made it illegal? Surely, after a while, all kind of problems and disbalances would arise due to vitamin C deficiency.
Without sufficient cannabinoids in our diet, the HES may operate at less than optimum efficiency, resulting in a general decline in overall health and skin ageing. Supplementing our diets with full spectrum phytocannabinoids may be an essential component to achieving optimal health and skin regeneration.
WHAT CAN CBD DO FOR YOUR SKIN?
Along with the incredible benefits CBD brings to your overall health, what can it do in particular for reversing the signs of ageing? Here’re 4 unparalleled benefits of CBD for your skin.
CBD IS A MORE POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT THAN BOTH VITAMIN C AND E
Owing to their highly-protective properties, vitamins C and E get blended into every leading cosmetics formulas, and many brands offer exclusive vitamin formulas altogether. Well, a study, which was carried out already in 1998, reported that “cannabidiol was more protective against glutamate neurotoxicity than either ascorbate (vitamin C) or α-tocopherol (vitamin A), indicating it to be a potent antioxidant”.
To put it simply, antioxidants are the front line of defence used by our bodies against the ageing process caused by free-radical molecules that attack and destroy our healthy cells. We cannot escape free radicals, as they are a part of our interaction with life, originating through breathing, eating, sun exposure and even physical exercise. But each of us can try to maximally reduce their damage by eating a clean diet, supplementing with antioxidants, such as CBD, and using a protective external shield in the form of CBD oil. Such a shield protects against a number of environmental nasties like air pollutants, car exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, etc.
CBD IS THE ULTIMATE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
CBD possesses very strong anti-inflammatory properties and is steadily becoming a go-to remedy for alleviating inflammation of such a serious disease as rheumatoid arthritis. Acne is caused by local inflammation of skin hair follicles, and CBD’s hallmark soothing qualities can help diminish breakouts, reduce irritation and redness. CBD creams are reported to be effective against arthritis that originates from deep inside the joints, so imagine how effective CBD can be for more superficial inflammation at skin level!
Remember the HES? According to a 2014 study, the HES helps to control skin cell growth and oil gland production. This same study, as well as another presentation from the American Academy of Dermatology, reported that CBD taken orally and topically helped regulate production in the oil-producing glands as well as decrease inflammation, both of which are primary causes of acne.
Also, my own experience suggests that CBD is a powerful healing agent: a couple of times I had broken blisters with skin peeling-off – I applied CBD oil on them and the skin regenerated almost completely to a healthy pinky layer in record 2 days! And all that in the very humid and hot climate I lived. I literally could not believe my eyes!
CBD IS A MUSCLE RELAXANT
Do you notice how over time our most often-used face expressions result in wrinkles? This is because of a specific and highly individual pattern of strong muscles, which develops around certain areas. Botox injections chemically block nerve endings going to the muscles to prevent them from contracting. And the injections help! For three months or so. Well, CBD is certainly not nearly as abrupt in its effect as botox, but it also has fewer side-effects and is much cheaper. CBD has very powerful calming effects for the nervous system when taken orally, and apparently acts similarly on muscles. While CBD alone works well for aiding muscle relaxation, studies in mice, including 2010 research published in Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, have demonstrated that an equal combination of THC and CBD is even more effective. (I am not recommending you run out and smoke marijuana, but merely stating what the research shows.)
A fundamental benefit of more relaxed muscles is an increased and more consistent delivery of nutrients and better elimination of waste from skin cells and intercellular skin space. Such a boost of beauty from within the skin, coupled with a regular external exfoliation, gradually reveal a clear, radiant complexion, the thought-after porcelain-like skin with high light reflective properties. And all this, without the needle and blood unpleasantness of a botox visit to a beautician, but simply through the application of an all-natural plant extract that comes as a gift directly from mother nature herself.
CBD RESTORES OPTIMUM SKIN CONDITION
The health and appearance of the skin depend on the correct functioning of sebaceous glands in the dermis as well as ample production of elastin and collagen. Too much or too little oil produced by the glands either cause acne or make skin dry and fragile. As all cannabinoids do, CBD regulates, or brings in, the optimum state of homeostasis to all the living tissues of our body. As the skin has the largest number of cannabinoid receptors, CBD can interact with skin in a very effective manner and thereby adjust oil production levels. This how cannabinoids were found to address even very serious medical conditions of psoriasis or eczema. It is possible that this connection can also explain why CBD can benefit ageing skin, also regulating the production of elastin and collagen and helping it to look more youthful and naturally refreshed.
Wrinkles arise primarily through continued stress and constant tension expressed in certain areas of the face. CBD is now overwhelmingly taken orally to reduce stress, anxiety and tension as well as to get a deeper and longer sleep. And what can possibly be more beneficial to generate the glow in your skin than a calm, serene, relaxed, well-rested nervous system? In addition to using CBD skin, it also makes sense to consider taking CBD extract orally for a powerful synergistic effect.
HOW TO CHOOSE CBD FOR ANTI-AGEING?
Now that you are convinced or at the very least curious about the paramount importance of hemp CBD for your skin, the question arises – how to choose the right CBD cosmetics.
Here I am going to ask you to consider something unorthodox and try to go back to basics. When switching to CBD, do yourself a favour and try, for at least 3-4 weeks not to use all the complex chemically-loaded formulas of premier cosmetics brands, and go for 100% simple all-natural plant CBD extract oil.
Why? Our skin is a living organ and absorbs everything we put on it. The stuff you put on your skin actually gets inside of your body. I once sat and read a long list of chemical ingredients on my $199 face cream, which I bought 2 years ago: parafinum liquidum, glycerin, caprilic trigliceride, glyceryl stearate, alcohol denat, stearic acid, dimethicon, persea gratissima, myristyl alcohol, tocopheril acetate, sodium carbomer, methylparaben, butylparaben, and etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.
I am wondering, can I actually spread this super advanced formula on my toast and eat it without getting sick? I don’t think so. It has too many chemicals that I don’t understand, and my body wouldn’t probably be able to digest either. Some of those chemicals may be ok(ish), but most of them would be just a burden for my body and skin.
On that day I decided to go the natural way – I started using CBD extract hemp seed oil. It contains only two ingredients – organic purified cold-pressed hemp seed oil and CBD extract obtained from organic hemp leaves and flowers. And it seems to be solving my skin problems perfectly! Even better than $199 cream! And since I can eat it, it’s perfectly safe for my skin too. No harmful preservatives and chemicals!
To conclude, if you’re looking for a way to slow down or even reverse your signs of ageing, then try CBD extract – it may prove to work wonders for you. This may seem too good to be true, but remember this amazing extract has the power to treat over 50(!) diseases. In the beauty world, CBD yet seems to be the less spoken-about option, and I just wonder can it be because the wide publication and acceptance of this information would put many cosmetics companies out of business?