CBD is everywhere. Its infusion into food, pet products, and even work out attire could be considered a testament to the powers of cannabidiol (CBD). But as the non-psychoactive counterpart to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is a more socially acceptable form of cannabis. In addition, numerous studies have indicated that CBD works seamlessly with our endocannabinoid system to treat an entire host of conditions.
The beauty industry is finding new ways to harness the powers of CBD as well. And some of these new infused products just might be worth the hype. Let’s take a look.
All hair care product companies try to convince you that their product is guaranteed to nourish and beautify your tresses like none other. But with CBD in the mix, infused shampoo may actually make good on its promise. Hemp is rich in Vitamins A, E, and C, all of which are known to support a healthy mane. CBD also contains linoleic acid, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which research has shown can prevent inflammation and promote healthy skin and hair.
The soothing properties of effervescent bath soaks enhanced with CBD promise to deliver the best this cannabinoid has to offer. Melting into a hot tub at the end of the day can certainly provide stress relief, and the addition of CBD to your usual routine may boost those anxiety-relieving effects. CBD-infused bath bombs may also help with aches, pain, and inflammation to support healthy skin through topical absorption.
It might sound like a stretch but CBD could even help promote eyelash growth. A medication approved by the FDA to treat increased ocular pressure can also be used to lengthen lashes. And anandamide, an endocannabinoid, is involved in the biosynthesis of the compound in this medication, indicating a possible role for the endocannabinoid system in keeping your lashes healthy.
As the first product recently hit the market, we’ll soon know if this is all hype or provides positive effects. Aside from its potential plumping power, using CBD instead of beeswax as in traditional products creates a vegan product, which is another reason to keep an open mind.
There’s no doubt that hemp-based CBD is packed full of helpful compounds. And while beauty and body care manufacturers may claim to have channeled its potential, the limited scientific evidence makes consumers the ultimate judge for now.
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