First off—no it won’t get you high—but cannabidiol (CBD) is an anti-anxiety oil that comes from the cannabis plant (aka, marijuana, weed or pot). Medicinal benefits of CBD have been well researched and deemed safe by the World Health Organization. There’s no doubt CBD is a powerful phytochemical with incredible healing potential.
With the legalization of marijuana, cannabis-based products are in the spotlight, and CBD infusions are gaining in popularity, according to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Here’s why: In addition to its calming properties, CBD has been shown to relieve common skin issues by reducing inflammation and boosting nutrients. Benefits to skin also include powerful antioxidants, improved sleep, and anti-inflammatory agents that can help treat conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as reduce acne.
“CBD oil is a great option for all skin types,” Dr. Zeichner says.
As a healing cannabinoid, there are many holistic benefits we can experience from using even a little pure CBD. When added to bath treatments or cooking, it sparks a gentle detox. You’ll enjoy a healthy glow and fewer breakouts.
The Science of CBD
CBD isn’t dangerous. “It has long been used for its ultra-hydrating and emollient properties,” explains Dr. Zeichner.
Still, properly dosing CBD is something of an art mixed with science. As a general guideline, less is more. For the best beauty benefits, try microdosing (less than 2.5 milligrams) pure oil under your tongue daily, so the CBD stays in your system and nourishes from within.
Other methods of adding CBD into skin care routines include:
● Infusing oil into sea-salt soaks
● Blending oil and dried plant materials into soaps
● Adding pure oils, butter or flowers into your diet
To maximize the benefits of using CBD in skin care, connect with your local dermatologist or skin care expert.
Easy ways to fuel your food with CBD include:
● Add in fruit smoothies
● Blend in sauces and stews
● Drizzle a little over sprouted-grain crustinis
● Stir in soups and broths
● Drop in your granola and yogurt
● Mix in overnight oats
When sourcing CBD, look for high quality, pure products without added fillers or flavors. If you’re not sure the source of your CBD, reach out to your legal supplier with questions. And remember that organic certifications indicate you’re avoiding any pesticide contamination.