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CBD Cosmetics - What hemp does for your skin

Why it is worth to rely on CBD skincare

11. June 2021
Here you can find out how versatile CBD cosmetics are in skin care - and why you shouldn't do without them.
CBD Kosmetik

What is CBD?

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 cannabinoids from the hemp plant. It has no intoxicating effect and is legal. It can be extracted gently from the hemp plant and used in cosmetic products for skin care.

What does CBD do for the skin?

CBD oil for ingestion has become very popular in recent years because of its many benefits. The valuable ingredients, which have a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, can also be absorbed through the skin. That is why CBD cosmetics are very popular right now.

Creams and lotions with CBD are often recommended for skin problems, as some studies show positive results for acne, psoriasis or wound healing. However, these are not yet conclusive enough to prove the clear effect of CBD on skin problems. We are now trying to take a step back to investigate the possible mode of action of cannabidiol on the skin.

What are cannabinoids and where do they come from?

Cannabinoids are substances from the hemp plant. The best known among them are cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But not only hemp produces these substances. Other plants also contain cannabinoids or cannabinoid-like substances. 

Even the human body produces cannabinoids! Namely the endocannabinoids ("endo" means "inside"). They are closely related to the phytocannabinoids ("phyto" means "plant") from hemp, which have a very similar structure. This is the reason why the human body can naturally absorb CBD

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid from the hemp plant
  • Endocannabinoids play an important role in the human body
  • Phytocannabinoids are similar to endocannabinoids and are produced by hemp and other plants
  • Cannabimimetics are plant substances that act similarly to cannabinoids (e.g. Echinacea)

The endocannabinoid system - How CBD affects the skin

In 1992, the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered. It consists of receptors in the human body that absorb cannabinoids. Figuratively speaking, the receptors are keyholes and the cannabinoids are the matching keys. 

The best researched are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptors interact mainly with the central nervous system. Another interesting function of them is to protect the skin from external stresses such as UV radiation and oxidative stress

CB-2 receptors, on the other hand, act on the immune system, inflammation, itching and pain sensation. When a receptor is activated, the cell produces fewer pro-inflammatory signalling substances (cytokines).

These cannabinoid receptors are found almost everywhere on the human body. Also on and in the skin. There, for example, they influence cell growth in the epidermis and can inhibit inflammation

In the sebaceous glands they regulate the synthesis of fatty acids and via the sensory nerves they can reduce itching and pain sensation. Even hair growth can be influenced by the cannabinoid balance. 

In short, an inharmonious endocannabinoid system can promote skin problems. Through external supply of cannabinoids and cannabinoid-analogue substances, a balance can be restored in the ECS. This balance is what our natural cosmetics are all about. 

The entourage effect - CBD with extra power

Terpenes are a group of chemical compounds that occur in many plants - such as hemp. Among other things, they are responsible for the "entourage effect". Entourage effect means that terpenes and cannabinoids work more effectively together than alone. 

Terpenes are responsible for the characteristic smell of a plant. They occur mainly in essential oils. In the meantime, the health effects of more than 8000 plant terpenes on humans have been investigated. We use some of them in our cosmetics because they have a positive effect on the ECS:

  • Beta-caryophyllene - found in hemp, hops, sage, peppermint and lavender. It activates the CB2 receptor. Beta-caryophyllene is known to have antibacterial, antifungal (against fungal diseases) and anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Kaempferol - is found in hops, echinacea, wine extract and sage. It blocks and delays the breakdown of anandamide, an important endogenous cannabinoid.
  • Humulenes - occur in hemp and hops. They act on both CB1 and CB2 receptors.
  • Amyrins - are found in eucalyptus and prevent the breakdown of 2-AG, an endocannabinoid.
  • Quercetin - found in marigolds and hops. It can increase the expression of CB1 receptors.
  • Pinene - found in eucalyptus, sage, ginger and peppermint forms an important basis for the endocannabinoids

Echinacea - a strong Cannabimimetic

One plant that "mimics" hemp is echinacea, also called coneflower. Echinacea contains alkylamides that act similar to cannabinoids. This effect unfolds at the CB2 receptors of the immune cells, whereby inflammations on the skin can be inhibited. Noteworthy: alkylamides bind more strongly to the receptors than endogenous cannabinoids.

Moringa oil and CBD reinforce each other

Moringin is a component of moringa oil. Like CBD, it also has potential anti-inflammatory properties. In studies, it was found that CBD and moringin in combination reinforce each other and achieve far greater effects than when taken alone. Moringin also has antioxidant and cell-protective effects.

Conclusion - CBD is an all-round talent

As you have noticed, there are many good reasons to use CBD in cosmetics. As a strong antioxidant, CBD is particularly suitable for Anti-aging and After-sun care. But cannabidiol is also an insider tip for blemished skin and acne. It can reduce the production of sebum in a natural way. Active and athletic people benefit from the regenerating properties of CBD: In the form of a Massage oil, you can support the regeneration of muscles and reduce joint pain. In addition, studies suggest that CBD may improve wound healing as it stimulates keratinocytes. These play an important role in inflammatory processes and wound healing.

Tip: Make sure you buy high quality CBD cosmetics that are free of harmful substances and THC! Your skin will thank you.