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What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
CBD is the second most prevalent active component of marijuana or cannabis. It is one of the 85 active cannabinoids. CBD does not cause high on its own, and the WHO has stated that there is no evidence of abuse or dependence potential for the compound The compound is readily available across the US with laws in all the states legalizing it to varying degrees. The federal government still considers it marijuana but has not shown intent to act against it. It can be obtained online without the need for a license. It is obtained from the hemp plant which is related to the cannabis plant. It can also be derived from the resin of the marijuana plant. It is a popular natural remedy. CBD has a multitude of possible receptors through the endocannabinoid receptor system. These are naturally involved in a large variety of physiological functions.
What are the skin care benefits of CBD?
CBD has anti-inflammatory qualities which are essential in reducing redness and irritation, and has been found to address breakouts. Anti-inflammatory properties also reduce the damage that the skin suffers due to aging, a process that is largely driven by physiological reactions to accumulating of toxins within cells. And that results in destruction of skin fibers. It goes further as an antioxidant by helping to collect and neutralize the harmful free radicals that are products of normal and pathological metabolic processes in the cells.
It is also able to rehydrate skin and therefore reduce dryness and protect the skin from UV-related damage. It has been hypothesized to be active in the management of atopic dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
What is the difference between: PCR hemp extract (Full Spectrum) , CBD oil, CBD Isolate Hemp seed oil
The following differ by mode of extraction, constitution and form. In some cases, the plant in question is hemp rather than cannabis.
- PCR hemp extract- Also known as Phytocannabinoid-Rich hemp extract is hemp oil that is obtained using ethanol or another organic solvent from the hemp plant. This compound may consist of up to 100 cannabinoids and 20 flavonoids. The compound has not shown the ability to cause a high or be addictive and is legal.
- CBD oil- also known as Cannabidiol is an extract of cannabis. It accounts for up to 40% of the cannabis plant extract. It is commonly given as prescription drugs for epilepsy.
- CBD Isolate- this is an extract of cannabis, particularly Cannabidiol that has its THC removed. It therefore has no psycho active effects. It is actively used in medication and skin care products.
- Hemp seed oil- this is oil extracted from the hemp seeds and does not contain cannabinoids.
Benefits of vitamin C and CBD
These two compounds have been shown to have positive collaborative effects in skin care. CBD and Vitamin C increase the level of hydration of the skin without triggering the production oily sebum. Vitamin C derivatives actively reduce water loss through skin. In concert with CBD they lock in moisture in the skin cells. Vitamin C also helps to reduce pigmentation and smoothen skin. Together, these compounds have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and even out complexion. It also reduced hyperpigmentation by reducing the levels of melanin production for a more even tone. It smoothens the lines under the eyes and hydrates the area to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. It reduces redness and discoloration under the eyes. By promoting collagen production, it reduces the effects of aging on skin, reducing lines and wrinkles caused by collagen depletion. The collagen produced also prevents the skin from sagging by enhancing elasticity and firmness. Together, CBD and vitamin C, protect from UV-radiation related damage by neutralizing free radicals. For sun-burned skin, the compounds produce a soothing effect by rehydrating the area and reducing inflammation. In general, as anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants they assist in the process of wound healing.
CBD and ACNE/PRO
Acne is a condition that is driven by the overproduction of oily sebum by skin cells. CBD is utilized in oils and ointments. CBD exerts benefits by stimulating the sebaceous glands-sebum-producing glands- to produce less sebum, over time.it also prevents inflammation and protects from infections that exaggerate the condition. Its anti-inflammatory effects are also pertinent for the sebaceous gland function regulation. Acne may result from chronic inflammation of these glands. As an anti-inflammatory, CBD can target these glands and therefore allow them to function normally hence producing less oil.
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