CBD oil (cannabidiol), derived from industrial hemp resin, is rapidly becoming known for its miraculous benefits. - In fact, it is one of the most researched cannabinoids (active compounds), within the cannabis plant group. Skin and skin conditions are on the list of the many conditions and diseases that CBD oil is being scientifically proven to help, and: “the demand for beauty and skin care products containing CBD is increasing as the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids become better understood” .
The Low Down
Firstly, CBD is an excellent free radical scrounger, as it is classed as a powerful antioxidant. In addition to this, is has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and can work as a relaxant. And while it has to be said that studies into dermatological applications and uses are in their first stages, excellent quality CBD oil skincare and beauty products are multiplying, and consumers are very happy with them.
Properties of CBD Oil
CBD oil is renowned for its high levels of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6. (The term 'essential,' means that they cannot be generated by the body, and so they have to come from what we ingest). . Reams of research shows that these nutrients are essential for the maintenance of healthy skin. - They work by locking in moisture to the skin cell's membrane, which they keep flexible. (Membranes surround and protect the inside of a cell).
CBD For Treating Skin Disorders
A well known dermatologist at Natura Dermatology, Will Richardson, noted that: “the most promising results of the use of cannabinoids in dermatology is for patients who suffer from pruritus, also known as itch” . One research trial indicated that subjects who applied a CBD-infused product, saw a massive decrease in itching of up to 86.4%.
In addition to this, products containing CBD oil may also have a beneficial effect on:
“A test tube study used on cells derived from human sebaceous glands shows that cannabidiol inhibits and helps regulate lipid production.” Further, other research indicates that cannabidiol can ameliorate acne skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties which work to decrease and soothe the inflamed red skin that surrounds pimples .
CBD-infused products can help correct the imbalance that keeps the skin inflamed, and generates patients' excessive water loss which leads to overly dry skin. Moreover, CBD's high level of polyunsaturated fatty acids work to ameliorate eczema symptoms by relieving inflammation and itching.
Patients suffering with psoriasis have until now, had to deal with costly topical steroids, which often only give temporary relief. Moreover, if used for an extended period of time, these steroid creams can make the skin thinner. Psoriasis sufferers who have used CBD oil, have stated that: “they have experienced relief from the chronic pain and inflammation caused by the condition, and even noticed an improvement in the appearance of their skin” . This is understandable, as research indicates that CBD can ameliorate keratinocyte proliferation, thereby slowing down the process of the skin's cells' life cycle. Further, unlike steroids which have known adverse side effects, CBD oil is generally well tolerated.
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SiskiYou Sungrown CBD Skin Balm
SiskiYou Sungrown's CBD Skin Balm, which, like all their award-winning products, can be purchased through 'Nothing But Hemp,' is ideal for anyone wanting to improve and rejuvenate their skin, or deal with any skin issues and disorders. Its wonderful, ameliorating natural properties, are very different to the plethora of artificial chemical equivalents on the market today.
This luscious CBD Skin Balm is a natural salve, which is applied topically on to the skin. It contains an exciting range of rich healing essential oils and botanical butters, which are infused with potent CBD oil. The processing that is employed in the making of the balm, is the most beneficial possible. The ingredients are custom blended by SiskiYou Sungrown's herbalist partner, and include: St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Arnica, Calendula and Chamomile. In addition to this, there is a whopping 250 milligrams of CBD in every 1 ounce tin. This tin is very easy to take to work, etc., so that it can be applied when needed.
So now, let us take an up close and personal look at these magnificent herbals in SiskiYou Sungrown's topical products:
St. John’s Wort
Also known as hypericum, and used by the ancient Greeks, St John’s Wort's small petals contain its miraculous beneficial oil. In fact, Hippocrates himself, recommended it to clear up inflammation.
Moreover, “there is now scientific evidence that St John’s Wort reduces abdominal cramps and spasms, thanks to its smooth-muscle contraction effect, and its effectiveness in skin healing when applied topically .
Comfrey was initially used as a herbal remedy by the ancient Greeks, way back in 400BC. Scientific research has shown that compounds in the beautiful purple comfrey plant (symphytum officinale), can help the: “skin stay youthful, and less susceptible to the formation of wrinkles” . When regularly applied to the skin, it can regenerate aged, tired tissues, and render the skin soft, elastic and supple. Moreover: “recent research conducted by the University of Liverpool has confirmed that there are anti-aging properties found within comfrey” .
Such miraculous properties are due to the effects of allantoin, a compound which is present in the root mucilage. - This appears to be the secret to younger looking, beautiful skin. Further, allantoin: “is already used in many creams to help treat painful skin conditions, wind burn, scrapes and cuts; this is due to its anti-inflammatory properties” . Allatoin is also an emollient which produces a natural protective coat over the skins' cells. This is highly beneficial for keeping the skin looking healthy, hydrated and pumped up, as it helps to reduce water loss, and keeps the moisture locked in .
Allantoin also works a keratinolytic. Keratin is the inflexible, tough protein which is found in the skin's outer layer. Through its softening action, allantoin enables the skin to retain more water. This permits the outermost skin cell layer to cast off its cells more proficiently, thereby generating a smoother, more hydrated skin .
Other advantageous compounds in comfrey comprise:
Rosmarinic acid: this boasts antioxidant properties, and helps to guard the skin against UV damage.
Tannins: not only do these compounds protect the comfrey plant, they also help guard human skin. - They do this by keeping it free from environmental toxins and bacteria - by pulling out impurities and promoting healing .
Arnica Montana is a famous herb. It has been used for countless years by people living in certain mountainous regions where the flower grows. The arnica flowers incorporate various components which are beneficial for the skin. This include: volatile oils, coumarins, carbonic acid, flavonoids, lactones and sesquiterpene .
Helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone, is arnica's key restorative component, which together with flavonoids, renews and soothes the skin. It is especially helpful after the skin has been exposed to stress, such as adverse weather conditions, trauma or bruising. Further, arnica's anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial attributes, help to prevent inflammatory skin disorders. Moreover, they stimulate the generation of granular tissues, thereby accelerating the healing process. Arnica is also very effective for healing superficial phlebitis, skin blemishes, minor burns, sunburns and bruises .
Arnica applied topically, is also very beneficial for ringworm, psoriasis and eczema. It works to relieve inflammation, swelling, pain, dryness and itchiness .
Calendula, which is actually the marigold plant, has been well known for its medicinal properties since the latter Middle Ages. Its has excellent protective and regenerative capabilities, and its active restorative compounds: “combat inflammation and promote the formation of new tissue, while its carotenoids, flavonoids and essential oils strengthen the skin against external influences” . Moreover, it has an uplifting soothing action on unbalanced skin that has become stressed, inflamed or dry .
Chamomile is one of the most ancient herbs known to man. Due to its various components within the chamomile flower, namely: flavonoids, chamazulene and α-bisabolol, it is an excellent remedy for acne. This is because these components exert anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. “α-bisabolol has been found to have positive therapeutic effects in significantly reducing skin inflammation when applied to the skin” .
Further, anti-inflammatory effects have also been highlighted by research carried out on c