- What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, one of the most prevalent compounds in the hemp plant. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids present in the leaves and flowers of the plant along with other compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids. It was only isolated and identified in the 70s (80s?) despite its use for thousands of years in hemp plant applications. It is a non-psychogenic compound meaning it doesn’t get you high unlike another prevalent cannabinoid known as THC.
- Is it safe?
CBD is considered safe and well tolerated. It is nearly identical to a compound naturally made by the human body which means it interacts very well with our systems. It has potential to influence our immune and inflammatory responses, pain perception, muscle tension and many other issues in a natural way. It is plant derived and has a history of being used safely over thousands of years.
- How can it be used? (ie. drop form, supplements, creams etc)
There are several ways CBD can be used. Gaining in popularity have been ingestible drops and topical creams. CBD can now also be found in a variety of foods and supplements.
- What are the benefits in skincare?
CBD appears to have an anti-inflammatory effect. This can help with redness, rashes, irritations and potentially other more complicated skin conditions relating to immune functions such as eczema and psoriasis. In lab studies it has also shown potential as an antibacterial agent which means it may help with skin conditions relating to bacterial infections. The scientific study is catching up to the many uses that CBD is being put to the test for by consumers in the field of skin care.
- What are the benefits in makeup?
When CBD is included in a product that is kept on your skin for a period of time it may be absorbed into the skin and offer its anti-inflammatory potential. Redness, itch, irritation may all be reduced with CBD.
- What are the benefits in haircare?
CBD in haircare and skin cleansing or cleaning products is a bit more controversial. For CBD to work and offer its anti-inflammatory potential it must be absorbed into the skin. There may not be enough absorption in the time it takes to wash your hair or your face. As a result, the CBD may end up down the drain instead of offering you much effect.
- What are the benefits for your general health and wellbeing?
Because CBD has an impact on many systems in the body it has a long list of potential benefits. From its impact on your immune system creating an anti-inflammatory potential, to its impact on muscle spasm creating a release in pain and muscle tension, to its impact on alertness, stress responses and sleep patterns. This long list may seem too good to be true but the science points to an explanation found in something called your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS has been described as an overall regulator of the body helping to synchronize nervous system functions, immune functions and many others. Think of a symphony conductor keeping all the musicians in time and rhythm. CBD appears to help keep your ECS coordinating everything in sync.
- What is the difference (if any) between CBD/hemp/cannabis oil?
CBD has developed into an all-out craze over a very short period of time. Fuelled by amazing consumer interest, backed by strong testimonials of the many benefits on offer, CBD is a craze that’s here to stay. Despite the strong consumer interest there is significant confusion in the market. Terminology, uses, quality factors all contribute to a market that needs standardization to help the consumer make the best choices for themselves. Especially when most consumers are using CBD for potential health benefits. As a brand founded on clinical experience, we see our role in the industry as helping the consumer understand CBD, the market and ultimately make good health decisions.
CBD is a single molecule so technically CBD is CBD is CBD. The confusion comes from the fact that CBD is only one of the many molecules present in a complex oil that is extracted from the hemp plant. Through the extraction process other molecules and compounds are extracted at the same time, however CBD is the most abundant molecule. As a result, hemp extract oil is often referred to simply as CBD. Because “CBD oil” actually contains other compounds additional terms have developed in the industry to help differentiate between various forms of CBD oil. Full spectrum was the original term to describe a CBD oil with other compounds extracted from the hemp plant. The idea behind calling it “Full” was that this oil contained other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes which offered additional potential health benefits. However, THC which is also found in hemp CBD extract oil is a Schedule I substance which has the effect of making someone feel “high”. It is therefore seen as a compound best limited in hemp CBD extract. As a result, technology developed to remove THC and the term Broad Spectrum came into being to describe a hemp CBD oil which has no THC content. A final differentiating term when describing CBD is “isolate”. This is the term used for the most purified form of CBD which has no other molecules extracted from the hemp plant and is therefore described as a single “isolated” molecule.
Full Spectrum CBD = CBD oil with some THC
Broad Spectrum CBD = CBD oil with no THC
Isolate CBD = 100% pure CBD molecules
You may think that the purest form of CBD is the best form. This is likely not the case due to a mechanism called the entourage effect. This term describes the theory that the various compounds in the hemp plant work together in a synergistic way to create a more potent effect. This theory has created strong demand for oils that have more complex profiles or what we now call Full or Broad-Spectrum CBD oil.
It is our approach as a brand to offer CBD oil in our topicals that creates the potential for this entourage effect.
- Is it good for sensitive skin?
CBD is very well tolerated and works naturally with your skin. As a result, it is tolerated by even the most sensitive skin.
- Does it work on blemishes?
CBD has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This makes it an interesting compound to use on skin blemishes.
- What should I check for when buying CBD products?
Topical relief that is great for anyone with sensitive or dry skin. Provides soothing hydration, is fast-absorbing and fragrance free.
Whether you’re experimenting with CBD to support your overall wellness or tackling a specific concern, you want to buy the safest, healthiest, most effective product available.
You should always look for CBD products that offer full or broad-spectrum CBD oil in appropriate concentrations. Any product you purchase for health benefits should have ingredients clearly indicated, concentration levels of CBD clearly visible and you should be able to research the brand to determine if lab tests are available to confirm quality.
As a brand built around my clinical experience, I stand behind what’s been developed and am proud of the quality products that we offer. It is very rewarding to see the many testimonials we get from consumers every day.
- Is it good for helping you to relax or get to sleep?
CBD can help reduce anxiety, muscle tension and relieve stress. This makes it a terrific natural compound to help with sleep. Because CBD can be alerting in higher doses it’s important for every individual to test what amount they need to take to impact their sleep. Just like any supplement or medication not everyone reacts in the same manner. Some people need more, some less and some will describe that it hasn’t had any effect on their sleep.