Whether recreational or medical, the use of cannabis or marijuana is slowly becoming accepted in many countries. People are making use of this plant and its extracts to treat medical and skincare issues. There’s been a lot of buzz in the health and skincare community about the use of Cannabidiol (CBD), particularly.
CBD is a compound found in Cannabis plants that is said to have immense benefits. Most of these claims are still being researched. However, studies have shown some positive results in people who used CBD for skincare and health issues.
Different forms of CBD perform differently. Full-spectrum CBD contains all compounds found in hemp including traces of THC. Broad-spectrum CBD contains some cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes found in hemp. CBD isolate doesn’t contain any compounds apart from Cannabidiol. This is the purest form of CBD and is best for skincare.
Here are some benefits of CBD on health and skincare.
1. Alleviates anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in today’s society. It can diminish the quality of life and have devastating effects on your physical health. Though it’s treatable, anxiety medication can have serious side effects. CBD is one of the safest ways to treat anxiety without the risk of addiction or other serious side effects. It works for people who suffer from general anxiety and other forms of anxiety such as social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
2. Relieves chronic pain
Marijuana is a known pain reliever. It’s normally recommended to patients suffering from illnesses that cause chronic pain such as cancer and arthritis. The CBD content in marijuana is the one responsible for pain-relieving properties. Therefore, products containing CBD are effective in reducing pain. The CBD content and quality in these products need to be high depending on the level of pain relief required.
3. Improves sleep
CBD has been found to maintain certain body functions including sleep. The cannabinoids interact with receptors in the brain which affect sleep patterns. It also helps reduce anxiety which contributes to insomnia.
4. Treats epilepsy
CBD can assist the body to perform certain functions by interacting with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system. This helps treat seizures as a result of epilepsy. It also enhances the effect of medication used to treat epilepsy thus reducing the occurrence of seizures. However, it’s important to consult your doctor before using CBD oil to treat epileptic seizures.
5. Improves acne
CBD oil also controls the production of sebum. Well-balanced sebum production is necessary for healthy and glowing skin. Too much sebum can clog the pores leading to an acne breakout while insufficient sebum production can lead to dry skin thus causing breakouts.
6. Reduces fine lines
Exposure to UV rays can accelerate the skin’s ageing process since it breaks down collagen thus causing wrinkles and fine lines to appear. This can diminish one’s physical beauty and make one feel insecure.
CBD oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin against the effects of sun damage. It also helps the skin repair itself this countering visible damage giving you youthful-looking skin.
7. Encourages hair growth
Though many people dream of having healthy hair, it’s not always easy to achieve it, especially if your hair isn’t growing at a good rate. People can experience hair loss due to factors such as stress, diet, chemicals, hormones, and age. The good news is you can combat hair loss with the right ingredients.
CBD oil is a great product for healthy hair. It’s packed with nutrients such as Vitamin B-complex, niacin, and iron which boost blood circulation thus strengthening hair follicles.
How legal is it in Kenya?
The law doesn’t mention anything about CBD oil but it’s illegal to sell any form of cannabis. This could make the sale and use of CBD products illegal. However, the debate to legalize marijuana is a hot topic in Kenya’s parliament and some lawmakers are strongly pushing for its legalization. Business: What The Legalization Of Marijuana Could Mean For The Economy & Agribusiness In Kenya