Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, but can also be found on hemp plants. The major difference is the amount of cannabidiol that can be extracted from each plant; cannabis flowers extract about 150,000 ppm while hemp plants extract just 25 ppm.
In 1940, Roger Adams was the first to analyze a cannabis flower’s components. The structure of the cannabidiol component was not fully understood until 1963. Early on, THC was the main component that researchers and studies covered because of its interesting properties, and all other aspects of the flower were virtually irrelevant. People were intrigued by THC because of its psychoactive abilities that aren’t seen in any other parts of the plant.
This was unfortunate because they had no idea the therapeutic effect that cannabidiol, and a number of other cannabinoids, naturally was capable of.
Cannabinoids have since been studied and analyzed and are proving to have a significant, beneficial impact on chronic skin conditions. Cannabidiol has played a major role in regulating inflammation, and now, it may be the answer to treating eczema and psoriasis.
Studies have shown that like the skin, the gastrointestinal tract is one of the primary physical barriers of the immune system, and it has a fruitful source of cannabinoid receptor sites. Further research is showing that the human body’s skin has its own Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is known to regulate all sorts of systems in your body, like the immune system. The skin’s ECS helps control processes like proliferation, differentiation, and cell death. Researchers are finding that an imbalance within the skin’s ECS may be triggering certain skin conditions like eczema, thus, needing cannabidiol to effectively balance out the system.
In 2007, a study was published that showed how cannabinoids demonstrated effectiveness in inhibiting the production of skin cells in the top layer of our skin. The results from this study showed cannabinoids do have a positive role in inhibiting proliferation and could be a possible treatment for psoriasis.
A study published in The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal, researched how cannabinoids create lipids that can help treat skin conditions like acne and dry skin. This is positive for the wide scale, public use of CBD oil infused skin products that can be used daily. But if you’re interested, be sure you are buying legitimate cannabidiol.
Sometimes we see hemp oil labeled as a product or component of hemp seeds, but this is misleading and usually only done so manufacturers can get around legalities. Most mislabeled cannabidiol that is found in these products are a result of large-scale hemp stalk and fiber processing facilities in Europe. Small traces can be found in these products as a result of cannabis flowers and leaves being mixed in with the hemp stalks during their processing for fiber.
It’s important that you do your research and ask questions about certain products. Find a trusted provider so you’re sure you’re receiving the maximum health benefits that you can get.