Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound derived from the cannabis plant. Some evidence suggests that CBD oil may be beneficial for skin health and have uses for a variety of skin conditions.
CBD is a chemical compound present in the Cannabis Sativa plant. Manufacturers can combine CBD with an oil, such as hemp or coconut oil, to create CBD oil. People can purchase CBD oil or a range of beauty products that incorporate CBD oil to use on their skin.
Due to its potential anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may be useful for treating many skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
In this article, we will discuss what CBD oil is, what skin conditions it may be useful for, and how to use CBD oil.
Is CBD legal?The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This made some hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC federally legal. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them federally illegal but legal under some state laws. Be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, and some products may be inaccurately labeled.
CBD is one of the
Learn more about the differences between CBD and THC here.
Different varieties of cannabis plants contain different levels of cannabinoids. Typically, hemp plants contain far more CBD and almost no THC, which is why most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp.
Learn more about the differences between hemp CBD and cannabis CBD here.
Usually, manufacturers will use heat to extract CBD from the cannabis plant and mix it with a carrier oil to produce CBD oil. Others may use alcohol to create a CBD tincture.
CBD oil comes in many different strengths, and people can utilize it in many different ways. For example, they can apply it directly to the skin, place a drop under their tongue, or add it to creams or lotions.
The human body contains a complex network of neurotransmitters and cannabinoid receptors known as the
Acne is the
While sebum helps protect our skin, excessive sebum can also result in acne. The study indicates that CBD can prevent sebocytes from creating too much sebum.
A 2019 study suggests that CBD may also be beneficial for treating the appearance of acne scars.
Learn more about CBD and acne here.
Dryness and itching
As CBD oil can help soothe skin and reduce the appearance of irritation, it may be useful for people with sensitive skin.
Learn more about CBD and psoriasis here.
Aging and wrinkles
As the cannabis plant
According to the
It is also worth noting that CBD
With any CBD product, it is important to follow the instructions on the label and packaging to determine how often to use the product, how much to use, and how to apply it.
People can apply CBD oil and beauty products containing CBD oil directly to the skin.
Learn more about CBD topicals here.
To take CBD oil orally, people can place a few drops under their tongue, where they can hold the oil for up to 1 minute before swallowing.
The dosage will vary depending on a person’s body weight and the potency of the CBD oil. People new to CBD should start with the lowest possible dosage. Once they know how their body reacts to CBD, they can gradually increase the dosage.
- contain no more than
0.3%THC, per the Agriculture Improvement Act
- have proof of third-party testing by an ISO/IEC 17025-accredited laboratory
- pass tests for pesticides, heavy metals, mold, and microbes
- pass product potency evaluations and safety testing
- are not from a company subject to an
FDA warning letter
- are from a company that provide certificates of analysis (COAs) for all their products
Additionally, people may also consider:
- CBD potency
- retailer’s and manufacturer’s reputation
- customer reviews
Other natural skin remedies that may benefit skin health or reduce symptoms of skin conditions include:
Aloe vera is an excellent moisturizer and has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and wound-healing properties. Studies from 2014 and 2017 suggest that aloe vera can reduce symptoms of both acne and psoriasis.
Tea tree oil
Research suggests that CBD oil may have use as a treatment for a range of skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis. This is due to its potential anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
People can either apply CBD oil directly to their skin, consume it, or use topical beauty products, such as creams or lotions, that contain CBD oil.