You’ve probably heard of CBD (cannabidiol). It’s been a hot product for a couple of years now, because it has so many fantastic health benefits, including helping tackle anxiety
CBD is a substance derived from the cannabis plant. It won’t get you high, as the psychoactive element of cannabis is the THC compound. But it can be used for a surprisingly wide range of medical benefits.
CBD is normally extracted as a powder, then mixed with an oil (such as olive, hemp, or coconut oil). These all make it easier to apply and enhance its effectiveness. Because of this, you’ll often see it referred to as “CBD oil”.
CBD can also be used in a range of different ways – even in products like bath bombs, as shown on this page.
If you have certain skin problems, CBD can help clear them up. You might be worried, though, whether it’s legal to buy and use CBD.
Is CBD Legal?
CBD isn’t legal everywhere, but it’s legal (or becoming legal) in many countries around the world.
It’s important to understand that CBD is not produced from marijuana plants. The type of cannabis plant that’s used to produce CBD is the hemp plant, which only contains a tiny amount of the THC compound. Hemp plants have been legal in the US since 2018.
Using CBD doesn’t always have a clear legal status, and legislation varies from country to country. In the USA, hemp-derived CBD products are legal in all 50 states.
What Skin Problems Can CBD Treat?
CBD can be used to help with a range of common, everyday skin conditions, including:
Acne: CBD has anti-inflammatory benefits, meaning that it will help reduce breakouts and redness, and help smooth your skin. It may even help balance out oily skin.
You can apply CBD topically (by mixing CBD oil with a carrier oil, if it’s not already mixed – or by purchasing an acne cream that uses CBD). Alternatively, you can take CBD orally, which can help with the long-term prevention of acne.
Wrinkles and aging skin: CBD has antioxidant properties, so the use of CBD anti-aging creams can help diminish wrinkles and other signs of aging skin.
There are a number of these creams available, and these can help to keep your skin looking more youthful, as well as firmer and stronger. As with acne, you can either use a topical cream or take CBD orally.
Sensitive skin: CBD has soothing properties, so it can help a lot with sensitive skin issues like redness and irritation.
If you’re using CBD for sensitive skin, do be careful to choose products without a lot of added ingredients that might aggravate your skin. Otherwise, you might end up doing more harm than good.
CBD also helps with some more serious skin conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis. This is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that usually affects the face and scalp. It looks like red, scaly skin on the scalp and around the hairline – and it can also appear behind your ears and in folds of skin.
If you’ve tried all sorts of different lotions, creams, or medicines for your skin problems without much success, give CBD a try.