This is a health and wellness post by Alexandra.
Do you ever wonder why CBD products are gaining momentum in the healthcare, skincare, and beauty industries? Cannabidiol, or simply CBD, is one of the several substances present in cannabis plants and Hemp plants.
While the Cannabis and hemp plant extracts have a psychoactive and intoxicating effect, it is mainly due to another active compound, THC, present in them. Cannabidiol has the same properties and effects as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) except for the psychoactive and intoxicating part.
Due to this, CBD is relatively safe to use and comes in many different forms such as chocolates, oils, beauty, and skincare products, among many others.
So, if you are wondering how a CBD product improves your overall health, see below for the benefits. Research has shown that CBDs have pain-relieving properties and can be used in treating depression and some types of childhood epilepsy.
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What are CBD creams?
As the name suggests, CBD cream is a cream-based product prepared by mixing CBD oils extracted from the hemp plants and diluting them with another oil for use in cream production.
There are three varieties of CBD oils: full-spectrum CBD oil, Broad Spectrum CBD oil, and CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum CBD oils have all the ingredients found in hemp plants, including little to trace amounts of THC; the Broad-spectrum CBD oils contain everything found in hemp plants except the THC; CBD isolate positively affects the purest form of CBD.
The purity of CBD isolate is what makes it the best option for using it in skincare products like creams, and roll-ons. CBD isolate contains a large number of antioxidants that helps in skin rejuvenation and the clearing the skin pores. All CBD products are derived from these three CBD oils.
There are many options available in the market for CBD creams or CBD balm. Still, according to research by the American Medical Association, more than 60% of CBD products available online are mislabeled. Due to this, it becomes essential to purchase CBD cream from a reputable source.
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While most of the states across the United States had a strong bias against Cannabis and its derived products, the 2018 farm bill has legalized the use of hemp-derived CBD products and has put them under the umbrella of the FDA. CBD has also been made legal in Canada.
Benefits of CBD cream:
CBD creams have a variety of benefits and have shown promising results in treating Acne, Eczema, Arthritis, and much more. Here are the top seven advantages of CBD creams for starters that can help improve your health.
Acnes are a common skin condition prevalent in the adult population and is caused by many reasons such as excessive sebum production, genetics, and bacterial infection. It is primarily due to excessive sebum production; sebum is an oily secretion produced by the sebaceous glands present in the skin.
CBD creams act on these sebaceous glands and treat Acne. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation says that CBD cream prevents sebum formation by working on these sebaceous glands. Similarly, another study published by NCBI suggests that CBD oil (present in CBD cream) hinders sebaceous gland activity by exerting an anti-inflammatory response.
Cannabidiol present in CBD creams can help in pain management without getting you high. The CBD creams are applied on the top of the skin; thus, they don’t mix with the bloodstream but gets absorbed by the dermal and subdermal layers.
Upon absorption, it affects pain receptors of the brain and provides instant relief to muscular pain. CBD impacts the endocannabinoid receptor or the cannabinoid receptor, which reduces inflammation and interaction with the neurotransmitter.
Brazilian researchers have found that a 300 mg dose of CBD can help reduce anxiety and CBD oils positively affect children suffering from anxiety and insomnia due to PTSD or post-traumatic stress syndrome.
CBD acts as an antidepressant due to its ability to bind with the brain’s serotonin receptors in both humans and animals.
Protection from Cancer-related symptoms:
CBD combined with THC has a better response to side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting than the standard treatment.
Limited scale studies have shown that CBD creams can restrain the growth of aggressive breast cancer cells in mice. However, more studies are needed before reaching any conclusion regarding its effect on human cells.
Treatment of Neurological disorder:
CBD’s interaction with neural receptors can help treat various neurological disorders such as epilepsy in children and multiple sclerosis. In addition to this, CBD has also shown promising results in treating substance abuse patients.
CBD creams have quite a few benefits on heart condition and circulatory systems too. According to some research, CBD can help high blood pressure conditions, prevent heart attack and heart stroke.
With its antioxidant and anti-anxiety capacity, CBD helps in reducing heart cell inflammation and other heart disease conditions.
Helpful in Alzheimer’s Disease
The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has found that CBD may help slow the cognitive decline in Alzheimer patients and positively affect people who have Schizophrenia.
While there is sufficient evidence for the role of CBD cream in Pain management and Acne treatment, it still lags way behind in other areas. However, CBD creams are for topical use, and there aren’t any side effects if used on the skin topically as it doesn’t mix with blood flow. So, if you plan to use a CBD product, you should first check the product’s label for the CBD type.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.