CBD has been noted to have various health benefits including for skin issues. It is infused in various products including tinctures, gummies, capsules, and topicals. Topical and vape use of CBD is among the latest used that are equally gaining popularity due to their effectiveness.
The hemp plant has various chemical compounds including terpenes, flavonoids, cannabidiol (CBD), and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with unique properties suitable for improving the skin and general body’s health. The chemical compounds have been noted to have unique features such as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties suitable for maintaining good health.
Some of the skin health benefits of CBD serum include acne, eczema, and arthritis. However, the benefits are yet to be approved by the FDA. According to Arzimanoglou et al. (2020), the only approved health benefit of CBD is for treating epilepsy.
Is CBD Safe and Legal?
Before buying CBD serums, it's important to understand their legality and their safety on the skin. All hemp-based products were legalized in the USA due to their potential health benefits. Cultivation of hemp plants and production of hemp-based products was legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill. However, there were regulations regarding their legality and production. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of hemp and its products although under the federal government. As a result, 35 states legalized CBD products, and 15 restricted them. Therefore, before getting into any state with CBD face serum, confirm if it's legal or not. Notably, hemp-based products were legalized in the USA because their THC levels are below 0.3%, unlike marijuana, which its THC levels are over 2.5%. According to Fattore et al. (2011), THC has psychoactive effects including dizziness and anxiety. However, it is only found in full-spectrum CBD serum oil.
How Many CBD Serums Should I Use?
Although CBD is useful to our general health and wellness, the positive impact is only from considerable use. However, it can be harmful to our health if not used considerably. There are several factors to consider determining the amount of CBD serums to use. They include;
The Potency Levels
Zuardi et al. (2006) indicated that CBD face serums are manufactured with different potency levels from 5 mg to over 400 mg of CBD. The impact of the potency levels varies depending on the experience and body chemistry. Low potency CBD can only be effective if used in higher amounts. The users should be careful about the labeling of CBD to avoid using too much unknowing. Some brands post lower potency levels than the actual ones in the serums. However, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has been protecting CBD users against such brands. Various brands exposing CBD users to overdosing have been receiving time to time warns from the FDA. Therefore, before determining the number of CBD serums to use, check on potency levels. According to the FDA, potency variance shouldn’t exceed 10%. If they exceed, consider other brands.
The Body Chemistry
Oláh et al.(2017) reported that CBD reacts differently to our bodies. People with low immunity are likely to be overwhelmed by the possible side effects of CBD easily. This is because the body cannot fight CBD off. On the contrary, people with strong immunity can fight the side effects of CBD favorably. Also, the body chemistry determines the amount of CBD serum to use. If a user’s body chemistry is weak, use CBD serum in small amounts to minimize the potential side effects.
If you have been using CBD oil before, you can use a combination of CBD serums to improve your general skin appearance. However, the impact of CBD can only be witnessed if used in large amounts. This is because the bodies of the veterans are already used to CBD. Therefore, the impact can only be triggered with slightly higher potency levels. On the contrary, the novices are likely to experience a negative impact of CBD at low potency levels of even 5 mg of CBD per serum. Therefore, they should begin with low potency levels as their bodies get adapted to CBD. If they wish to increase the potency levels, it should be gradual as they monitor the possible side effects.
Can CBD Get You High?
CBD shouldn’t get you high at all. This is because any hemp-based products have insignificant THC levels. According to De Backer et al. (2012),the hemp plant has less than 0.3% THC levels, safe for consumption, unlike marijuana. Although THC is found in the hemp plant, it could be avoided using various types of CBD serums. Full-spectrum CBD serum has all the elements of the hemp plant including THC. However, one can avoid THC by using isolate or broad-spectrum CBD face serum. Broad-spectrum CBD serum delivers an entourage effect although minimizes potential THC-related risks such as getting dizzy. Broad-spectrum CBD is considered the best option for gaining from various elements of the hemp plant. Isolate serums only deliver CBD-related health benefits.
How To Determine the Best CBD Serum
Although you might desire to use various CBD serums, quality should be a priority for your safety. The best CBD serum has the COAs report. The lab results help in determining the potency and purity levels of your serum. Besides the lab results, the most effective CBD serum is manufactured using various useful organic elements such as MCT oil and arnica. Avoid face serums with artificial elements since the chemical reactions interfere with purity levels and their effectiveness. Therefore, only buying CBD serum with COAs reported as a way of showing trust, confidence, and commitment of a brand to achieve quality and safety.
CBD products have gained popularity due to their health benefits. CBD is the most dominant element found in the hemp plant alongside terpenes, flavonoids, and THC. The difference in elements of the hemp plant is to determine the difference in the three types of CBD; full-spectrum, broad-spectrum and isolate. Broad-spectrum CBD serum seems to be the best option for benefiting from various elements of the hemp plant. Besides, the amount of CBD serum to take is determined by the potency levels, the experience, and the body chemistry.
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