Is CBD in cosmetics the next health trend?
There are 3 main components that CBD has been proven to offer:
It’s time to break into the science and see how each of these is presented in CBD and how this helps you!
We all get there at some point. You wake up in the morning, slightly bleary eyed. In a half daze you stumble into the bathroom, pulling the light switch which plunges the room into an ultra-white blaze, which makes you flinch like some sort of cave dwelling monster. Peering into the mirror through squinted eyes you half notice - are those really wrinkles around my sleep-heavy eyelids?
Ageing is a completely natural process that happens as we advance our years on this small blue planet. As we get older, our skin does start to become less firm than it was back in our heydey, with wrinkles and lines taking centre stage. The skin is a complex organism, producing oil through tiny glands on the surface that keep our skin supple and youthful. In our advancing age this process decreases, giving people dryer skin which is noticeable. This is called intrinsic ageing.
Additionally, the elasticity of the skin also degrades over time, due to factors including sun damage, pollutants and questionable lifestyle choices. This is called Extrinsic ageing - and it’s responsible for about 90% of the ageing affects on the skin.
The good news however, is that you can harness the endocannabinoid system to kickstart the anti-ageing process. Our ECS (endocannabinoid system) can be exploited by CBD products to enhance common skin disorders - notably increasing the production of lipids (fat cells such as skin oil), chances to gene life and cell survival.
We all hear about this term all the time - from smoothies to hair shampoo, but it’s not a widely understood process.
On a scientific level, antioxidants are compounds that inhibit oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals. These free radicals are the nasties that lead to chain reactions inside of the cell structure, causing damage.  The main benefit behind having a boost of antioxidants is that they load up your cells and therefore protect from the free radical damage.
CBD helpfully has both anti-oxidants and additionally neuroprotectant abilities also. In a study in 1998 the National Institute of Mental Health was one of the first to officially document CBD’s antioxidant properties in detail.
This is where most of the recent research has been heading. Due to the stresses of modern life the typical person suffers more with inflammatory conditions that most other conditions, according to science. 
The aim of the study was to see if cannabidiol could relieve pain, joint neuropathy and inflammation caused from osteoarthritis. Injections of a compound induced arthritis in rat subjects and pain was measured using various models.
Acute, transient joint inflammation was reduced by local CBD treatment. CBD prevented the development of joint pain at later time points. It was also found to be neuroprotective. Local administration of CBD blocked pain.
CBD treatment prevented the later development of pain and nerve damage in joints. Findings suggested that CBD may be a safe, useful therapeutic for treating osteoarthritic joint neuropathic pain.
The aim of this study was to see how effective CBD would be for blocking or relieving pain caused by incision, as in the pain experienced after a surgical operation.
Rat subjects were used and exposed to an incision pain model – they were subjected to incision and pain was measured. One type of pain they were looking at was mechanical allodynia. They also looked at whether CBD had any ability to block any pain caused by incision.
Results showed that injecting CBD in the body cavity did not have an effect on blocking mechanical allodynia, but it was made to be less intense. When CBD was inject directly in to the brain, mechanical allodynia was reduced in a dose dependent manner (the higher the dose, the more effective it was).
The study provides evidence that CBD influences different dimensions of pain response to a surgical incision. Results establish the rACC as a brain area from which CBD evokes pain blocking effects in a manner similar to the systemic administration of CBD.
This study examined the effectiveness of cannabidiol used transdermally (absorption through the skin) on inflammation and pain on arthritis. It was noted before the study that CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain without side-effects, but CBD does not mix well with water and has poor oral bioavailability.
Can it be used effectively as a topical agent?
Using rat subjects and knee joint arthritis models, cannabidiol was used topically as a gel.
Result showed that CBD concentrations in the blood and other plasma were in direct proportion to dosages given. Transdermal CBD gel significantly reduced joint swelling, limb posture scores as a rating of spontaneous pain, immune cell infiltration – all in a dose dependent manner, meaning the higher the dose, the greater the effectiveness.
Pro-inflammatory biomarkers were reduced in the spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia. The gel used contained from 1% to 10% CBD. Results showed from 6.2 mg/day to 62 mg/day were effective doses based on the rat subjects.
It’s truly amazing that there is not only a ton of research being done into the potential benefits of CBD, but that there is also a widely available tool to help combat the stresses of modern life. Head on over to www.qualis-est.com and explore our options for CBD based relief!
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