Earlier research found fewer than a third of 84 products studied contained the amount of CBD on their labels. Some users of CBD have also failed drug tests when the product contained more THC than indicated.
Just as hemp seedlings are sprouting up across the United States, so is the marketing. From oils and nasal sprays to lollipops and suppositories, it seems no place is too sacred for CBD. “It’s the monster that has taken over the room,” Dr. Brad Ingram, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said about all the wild uses for CBD now. He is leading a clinical trial into administering CBD to children and teenagers with drug-resistant epilepsy.
Sleep can be disrupted for many reasons, including depression. Rodents seemed to adapt better to stressful conditions and exhibited less depressive-like behavior after taking CBD, according to a review in Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. “Surprisingly, CBD seems to act faster than conventional antidepressants,” wrote one of the authors of a new review, Sâmia Joca, a fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark and an associate professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, in an email interview. Of course, it’s difficult to detect depression in animals, but the studies that Ms. Joca and her colleagues reviewed suggested that in models of chronic stress exposure, the mice and rats treated with CBD were more resilient.
Is CBD harmful?
But he cautions that the side effects could have been because of an interaction with other medications the children were taking to control the seizures. So far, there hasn’t been a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial (the gold standard) on sleep disorders and CBD.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the lesser-known child of the cannabis sativa plant; its more famous sibling, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in pot that catapults users’ “high.” With roots in Central Asia, the plant is believed to have been first used medicinally — or for rituals — around 750 B.C., though there are other estimates too.
But without clinical trials in humans, psychologists say CBD’s effect on depression is still a hypothesis, and not an evidence-based treatment.
Cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. THC is psychoactive, and CBD may or may not be, which is a matter of debate. THC can increase anxiety; it is not clear what effect CBD is having, if any, in reducing it. THC can lead to addiction and cravings; CBD is being studied to help those in recovery.
For a reputable moisturising option, look no further than Herb Essentials Cannabis-Infused Body Lotion. The formula has received raving customer reviews due to featuring a balanced ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that help to keep the skin well hydrated. Alternatively, those who are still becoming familiar with cannabinoid should try out the range of lip balms that are on offer. Fun to play around with, Vertly’s CBD Infused Lip Butter is a lip balm handcrafted with coconut oil, shea butter, cacao butter, kokum butter and jojoba oil — able to heal, nourish and moisturise lips.
At a time when physical and mental health is at the top of everyone’s priorities, keeping the bathroom shelf stocked with vitamin-based skincare products from A to Z has become a necessity. Unfortunately, it’s been nigh-on-impossible to stay up to date with all the beauty brands that have come into prominence in the last few years. From natural ingredients to new formulas, skincare has taken over and it’s now playing a significant role in the daily routine of most Centennials. While some trends have become instant hits, others have still not been fully recognised — or trusted.
The antioxidants CBD oil contains are not only useful in treating acne-related redness, but they can also diminish visible signs of ageing – from minimising fine lines and under-eye puffiness to remedying the skin’s dull appearance. Female-owned brand CBD For Life offers a wide range of anti-ageing products like its CBD For Life Eye Serum, which contains cannabis Sativa seed oil and hyaluronic acid to plumpen and nourish the skin. The same applies to Herbivore’s Botanicals Emerald CBD Deep Moisture Glow Oil. A brightening skincare treatment with antioxidant-rich ingredients, this product works as a natural emollient to give the skin a dewy finish and reduce the look of fine lines.
Highly acclaimed beauty brand Kiehl’s recently expanded its skincare range and launched Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate. It’s a facial oil formulated from hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa seed oil and green oregano oil, with the intent to reduce redness and calm acne-prone skin thanks to its antioxidant properties.
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Naysayers claim that the effectiveness of CBD oil is a significant marketing ploy, but studies on treating skin conditions that are presently being conducted do show promises. An investigation run by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and the Islamia University of Bahawalpur confirmed the efficacy and safety of topical cannabidiol in treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and itchy skin. Healthy males were instructed to apply 3% Cannabis seeds extract cream twice a day to their cheeks for 12 weeks. The results demonstrated that skin sebum and erythema content showed a significant decrease (p<0.05). Therefore, there’s evidence to suggest that CBD oil has a therapeutic effect in inflammatory skin diseases, and can act as a powerful moisturiser.
This is the case for cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD: one of the 100 different chemical compounds of the hemp plant. Its effects can be likened to that of marijuana, but CBD doesn’t actually contain any psychoactive elements. On the contrary, it is rich in vitamins A, C and E, which stimulate collagen production and help to promote anti-inflammation. The extract also contains powerful antioxidants that are able to heal and moisturise the skin. The term “CBD oil” can often be found on the labels of shampoos, oral sprays and skincare products. This phrasing is used to refer to a blend of CBD extracts with either olive, hemp or coconut oil — all of which enhance application and effectiveness.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. More study in humans is needed in this area to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain control.
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.
CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and, in some cases, it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.
The evidence for cannabidiol health benefits
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a "high." According to a report from the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."
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Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.
Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So, you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.