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Research in cannabis has faced hurdles for decades, resulting in the development of a lot of misconceptions towards cannabis and CBD products. With the advent of CBD skincare products, these inaccurate assumptions are only growing.
In this article, we’ll be addressing 10 myths about CBD skincare. But before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at what CBD is.
What is CBD?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants like marijuana and hemp. Cannabidiol or CBD is a type of cannabinoid. When you come across products like CBD hemp oil or other CBD beauty products, it means CBD is an active ingredient used to prepare them.
The next question you’d naturally have is:
“Does CBD get you high?”
CBD Makes You High
CBD is a cannabinoid present in a variety of cannabis plants, like hemp, Sativa, and Indica. These cannabis plants have another well-known cannabinoid known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive compound that creates changes in the body’s chemistry, resulting in a “high” or other feelings of euphoria.
Although you’ll find both CBD and THC in the same plant, CBD is non-intoxicating and doesn’t have the same mind-altering psychoactive properties as THC. To answer the pressing question people have regarding getting high with CBD-
No, CBD cannot get you high. Even large doses of CBD are incapable of producing a high like THC.
Hemp is legal in several countries because it’s high in CBD and low in THC. Indica and Sativa, on the other hand, aren’t legal because they are rich in THC. Additionally, the law requires that CBD products not have more than 0.3% THC. So, you could rest assured that CBD products won’t get you high or addicted.
CBD Products Don’t Work Externally
You could take CBD in many ways- sublingually or in the form of edibles, inhaled through smoking or vaping, and you could even apply it topically. Although CBD oils and tinctures are popular, you don’t need to consume CBD for it to work. Applying CBD topically will help you reap its benefits.
CBD works for humans because our body has an endocannabinoid system that consists of endocannabinoids. These endocannabinoids regulate our health. They maintain several critical functions and responses of the body, like pain, appetite, stress, sleep, immunity, and inflammation. What’s fascinating is that this system even regulates how much oil our skin produces.
It’s believed that CBD acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system by working with the CB1 and CB2 receptors present in the system. These receptors are available throughout the body. While CB1 receptors abound in the brain, CB2 receptors are abundant outside the nervous system.
The largest organ of the body is the skin. It’s also what first defends our body from external organisms. The skin has the highest concentration and number of cannabinoid receptors. Since CBD has the same receptors as the skin, it’s only natural for the skin to respond well to it.
When you apply CBD to the skin, it stimulates and directly affects the skin’s cannabinoid receptors. This can help to manage pain, inflammation, and lipid production (which could result in acne), among many other things.
All CBD Beauty Products Are The Same
Cannabis plants have a wide spectrum of chemical compounds, one of which is CBD. A product like CBD oil contains not just CBD but a variety of other plant molecules too. CBD products use extracts from different plant sources. Due to this, the same 30mg dose of CBD from two different CBD products will contain a vastly different set of molecules. This further means that different CBD oils or products would have their own unique effect on the body.
Full-spectrum CBD products contain extracts with all cannabinoids, including minuscule amounts of THC. These products would include a multitude of minerals, vitamins, and terpenes (compounds that make cannabis plants have a unique scent).
A full-spectrum CBD product would be useful because of the “Entourage Effect”. This is when various types of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other molecules come together to create a more potent effect than if CBD is in use alone.
Although a full spectrum product contains THC, it won’t be possible to get high from it. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the quantity of THC itself would be too low to produce a high. The second is that the other cannabis compounds work together to regulate the psychoactive properties of THC.
Broad-spectrum CBD products are similar to full-spectrum products, except they don’t have THC. During the extraction process, all the THC is either removed, or other cannabinoids are added to CBD isolate.
Due to this, the Entourage Effect still plays forth in the product.
CBD isolate refers to pure CBD. There are no other cannabinoids, plant molecules, oils, or waxes. Since it doesn’t have any contaminants, it lacks taste and smell.
However, this doesn’t mean CBD isolate products are the most effective. Some studies reveal that CBD is more useful when used with other cannabinoids. And as mentioned earlier, the Entourage Effect plays out to enhance the overall effect of these compounds.
Despite this, CBD skincare companies opt for CBD isolate to not compromise on the quality of the product. Sometimes, different oils or compounds don’t mix well with the cannabinoids, thereby resulting in lowered efficacy.
In some cases, you may need to use more quantities of CBD isolate for it to be as potent as full spectrum or broad-spectrum products.
It’s Better to Take CBD Internally
CBD reacts differently depending on whether it’s ingested or applied externally. When you consume CBD, it definitely reaches the bloodstream. It could be through the digestive tract, or it could happen sublingually.
When consumed like this, the product will end up passing through various parts of the body. This may hinder how effectively the bloodstream absorbs the substance.
When you apply CBD to the skin, it doesn’t reach the bloodstream. However, it gets absorbed by the receptors in the skin and works super-effectively to treat the spot where it’s applied.
Consuming CBD orally could help the skin, but applying a CBD product topically will likely fetch faster and more direct results. At the same time, there aren’t enough studies to show whether it’s better to consume CBD or apply it externally.
CBD Products Have Zero Side-Effects
Like with every other product, too much of CBD can have severe side-effects for users.
CBD alters how our bodies metabolize certain medicines, especially the ones that have warnings about consuming grapefruit, like anti-epileptics and warfarin. Users need to be particularly wary if they are on such medication and are trying out CBD products.
In a study, children were given a high dosage of CBD for 3 months. The side-effects included digestive changes, fatigue, and lowered appetite. Surprisingly, after halving the dose, the side-effects almost entirely stopped.
For you to notice side-effects, you’d need to be consuming large portions of CBD daily, or mixing the consumption with certain medicines. It’s essential for you to discuss CBD usage with a doctor before using it.
CBD Products Can Give Results in Hours
This misconception comes from how THC works in the body. THC works rapidly and produces drastic changes when it hits the brain. But CBD is much gentler in this regard.
The nature of CBD products is such that it takes some time for the results to show. It may take a few weeks of daily usage for you to notice major changes occurring in your body. Some people feel that there’s a rapid improvement of their symptoms when they try out CBD products, but it’s likely that you might not feel an immediate difference.
Ideally, you should keep a record of your bodily conditions and symptoms so that you can track the changes that the CBD products are bringing.
No Proof of CBD Having Medical Benefits
CBD is an FDA-approved drug. In America alone, dozens of clinical trials have been completed. With time, the medical field will be likely to use CBD more extensively.
We must keep in mind that more research will need to happen for us to truly understand the benefits of CBD and how it addresses specific ailments.
CBD Products Are Not Psychoactive
This might seem contradictory because we had earlier stated that CBD products couldn’t get you high. That remains true. Nonetheless, CBD is still a psychoactive substance because it creates changes in the brain and results in lowering of anxiety and depression.
A psychoactive substance is any molecule that creates changes in our brains. The change could be a positive or negative one. For example, even caffeine is classified as a psychoactive substance.
Higher Concentration of CBD is Better
A higher concentration of CBD doesn’t automatically equate to greater potency. Especially with CBD isolate, there is a specific range of dosage which makes the product achieve maximum efficacy. If it’s too much or too little, it loses its efficiency. And owing to the Entourage Effect, it’s also possible that full or broad-spectrum products with low CBD levels may be more effective than higher-level CBD isolate.
Additionally, how you consume CBD determines its potency. If you swallow CBD oil, it’s possible that the CBD molecules will not get absorbed properly in your digestive tract. Swishing it in your mouth for 30-60 seconds and then swallowing it could improve the absorption.
CBD Can’t Help With a Wide Range of Skin Issues
CBD presents three exceptional benefits for skincare- it’s anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-aging.
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that could help with alleviating irritated skin, acne, and joint pains.
As an anti-oxidant, it provides missing particles for free radicals to bond with so that there’s a reduction in DNA damage.
And together with its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD helps to slow down aging.
CBD has slowly trickled into the skincare industry, and it’s here to stay. With newer studies and legal approvals coming in, it’s only a matter of time before the misconceived stigma associated with CBD dies away.
CBD products have a plethora of benefits to offer to users. If you’re going to try these products out, make sure you do so safely.