With the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts and other states, the stigma of marijuana is slowly shedding. While many attribute cannabis (marijuana) to the psychedelic effects of being “high” from the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in the plant, there is another compound in cannabis that provides many benefits without any psychedelic effects. That compound is CBD, short for cannabidiol.
CBD is one of over 80 compounds called cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis (marijuana) sativa plant. One misconception is that CBD is a psychedelic when in fact CBD does not get you “high.” CBD contains anti-inflammation properties, vitamins A, C, and E, and essential fatty acids which makes it more like a supplement. Vitamin A stimulates the cells that keep the skin firm and healthy. Vitamin C stimulates the production of collagen and helps to reduce signs of aging while vitamin E blocks free radicals from the skin which helps slow down the aging process.
When used topically, like in skincare products it provides anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties. Newer scientific research is finding more evidence that it can treat skin conditions such as dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema, aging and even acne since CBD is anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the root cause of so many skin issues such as acne and signs of aging which is why CBD infused beauty products are becoming so popular especially since its gentle on the skin. Currently most skincare companies addressing issues like acne or aging are creating products that are just reformulations of harsh acids such as benzoyl peroxide or retinoid, which is why CBD is becoming a more attractive ingredient in skincare.
If you are looking for additional information in high quality CBD products, we recommend the Kind Lab located at 276 Cabot Street in Beverly Massachusetts in the North Shore. Their products are made in house and are organically sourced and made with non-gmo ingredients. They also offer additional suppliers that operate with the same values of quality and integrity to which they are dedicated.