We can’t deny the fact that CBD oil is having a moment, and some people swear by it. If you’re reading this article, chances are you might be intrigued by the benefits of CBD oil for skincare. And guess what? That’s exactly what we are going to talk about. So, just keep reading!
CBD Oil vs. Hemp-seed Oil
Being a skincare connoisseur that you are, we presume that you have definitely used several (if not a lot) of skincare products containing hemp-seed oil. Hence, it’s not surprising if you will be intrigued if hemp-seed oil is the same or similar to CBD oil.
The answer is “No.” Think of hemp-seed oil like olive oil or sesame oil. “It’s just the oil pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant and has zero active ingredient potential, but is good for [providing moisture] and isn’t very comedogenic, meaning you probably won’t break out,” says Charlotte Palermino, co-founder of Nice Paper, an online platform that aims to educate people about cannabis and destigmatize weed.
Although both oils come from the hemp plant, they are totally different beyond that. “The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” says Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, a new online CBD retail destination.
Hemp-seed oil doesn’t have cannabinoids in it, whereas CBD oil can be processed to only have cannabidiol (CBD isolate), or it can have the rest of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plants, including trace amounts of THC (full-spectrum).
What Does CBD Do for the Skin?
The skin is the largest organ, and it’s our first line of defense against pathogens or unwanted organisms. It also happens to have large amounts of cannabinoid receptors, which are components of the body’s endocannabinoid system. The ECS plays a major role in promoting homeostasis within the body. It is believed to help with the regulation of several body functions such as sleep, stress, pain sensation, appetite, inflammation, immunity, and it also regulates how much or how little oil our skin produces.
And it turns out the skin has the same receptors as CBD, which is why the skin responds well with the compound. What CBD does is that it stimulates the cannabinoid receptors in the body’s ECS in order to regulate bacteria, inflammation, and lipid production, which can lead to acne. CBD also affects the ECS in order to regulate the release of anti-histamine and control skin cell proliferation, which causes psoriasis.
In addition, CBD is also believed to be a potent antioxidant. We all know what this means, right? Well, we’ll say it clearly, CBD also has potent antioxidant effects, which means it may help in fighting the signs of skin aging caused by free radicals.