August 22, 2022 5 min read

THE BENEFITS OF CBD BODY WASH

Many people use CBD body wash (and CBD products in general) to improve their lives. Part of how it helps is by moisturizing the skin for up to 24 hours. And not just any moisturizer but one that helps heal the skin. You may have a list of ailments and issues you want a CBD body wash to help with: eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, Athlete’s foot, dry, scaly spots, dandruff, and on and on.

CBD has many potential uses as medicine and a health supplement. Hegazy & Platnick (2019) noted that it could help people with certain illnesses such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. Sunda & Arowolo (2020) also stated that it has anti-inflammatory properties that may help people who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis.

What is CBD?

CBD is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s one of over 100 compounds called cannabinoids, but CBD is the plant's most common and most studied cannabinoid.

CBD is not psychoactive like THC, a different cannabinoid that can make you high. CBD counteracts some of the effects of THC.

It's legal everywhere in the United States, except Idaho, South Dakota, Kansas, and Nebraska (plus Guam). These states have explicitly legalized CBD for medical use. Other states allow it only if it's part of a federally approved research program. And still, others have no laws regarding their citizens' use of CBD products.

According to Mead et al. (2017), the United States noted that cannabidiol is a scheduled drug under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that the production, distribution, and possession of CBD are illegal under federal law. In addition, in 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration added "marijuana extracts" to the list of Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. [4]. Previously, CBD found in marijuana was not defined as being included in Schedule I. [5]

However, according to Seattle & Ferguson et al. (2021), the February 2019 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco [6] established that non-psychoactive hemp products are legal and do not contain any illegal substances.

You don't have to be a cannabis enthusiast to know about CBD's benefits. Here are five things you should know about CBD:

The Benefits

Anti-aging

Wang et al. (2022) argued that CBD oil has several benefits as an anti-aging treatment. It’s been shown to reduce inflammation and calm the skin, which is particularly important as we age. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent free radical damage to your skin cells and DNA.

Reduce Inflammation

One of the main reasons we start to age prematurely is because they have high levels of inflammation in their bodies. When you have high levels of inflammation, it causes oxidative stress, making your body age faster than normal. Your skin will become dry, dull, and wrinkled, making you look older. Henshaw et al. (2021) claimed that CBD is shown to reduce inflammation by blocking pro-inflammatory enzymes from activating in your body. This reduces wrinkles on your face and other body parts, such as your hands and feet.

Pain Relief

Pain relief is one of the most common uses for CBD body wash products, but it's not just limited to those with chronic pain issues like arthritis or fibromyalgia. Even if you're healthy, Notcutt et al. (2004) established that taking CBD oil before going out for a run will help take care of sore muscles after exercise. If you have an injury-causing discomfort or pain, taking CBD oil may help reduce it until it heals properly.

Acts as an Antioxidant

As an antioxidant, CBD can help protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage. They're produced naturally by our bodies as a result of energy production, but they can also be produced by things like exposure to pollution and cigarette smoke.

Acne Treatment

Acne is the most common skin condition, affecting up to 85% of the population. It's caused by excess oil production, dead skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation in the skin. Acne can be broadly categorized into two types: blackheads, whiteheads, redness, and pustules and papules.

Acne can be treated both topically and systemically. Systemic treatments include antibiotics, antifungals, and retinoids, while topical treatments include retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, azelaic acid, and glycolic acid. These medications can cause side effects such as dryness and irritation.

CBD body wash is an alternative treatment that may improve acne symptoms without causing side effects. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from hemp plants or cannabis plants using CO2 extraction methods, ensuring no toxic solvents are behind in the final product.

CBD and the Skin

CBD research and its effects on skin health are still in their infancy. Because of much of the preclinical research, we still don't know how our current theories about CBD for skin disorders (drawn from test tubes and animal studies) will play out in humans. However, evidence has not presented any interesting leads, but it will be exciting if it’s found in the future.

CBD's global property as an anti-inflammatory agent appears to be confirmed in a preliminary study, a characteristic that could have a wide range of skin advantages. Not only could CBD aid soothe irritation caused by dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, or eczema, but it could also help with other ailments.

Considerations

When choosing the CBD product, one should look into the certification that the ingredients have been tested and verified in the lab, contains the stipulated amounts of ingredients prescribed, and should be following the Food and Drug Administration standards. 

Conclusion

CBD is a natural product with a broad range of applications for treating various ailments. It is just starting to be explored by the medical community, but its applications are already becoming more widespread. Those interested in CBD should read up on its medicinal properties to decide if it's something they want to try as a potential treatment. The potential benefits CBD delivers are something that everyone should investigate and research further.

References

Hegazy, O., & Platnick, H. (2019). Cannabidiol (CBD) For Treatment Of Neurofibromatosis-Related Pain And Concomitant Mood Disorder: A Case Report. Cureus, 11(12).

Henshaw, F. R., Dewsbury, L. S., Lim, C. K., & Steiner, G. Z. (2021). The Effects Of Cannabinoids On Pro-And Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines: A Systematic Review Of In Vivo Studies. Cannabis And Cannabinoid Research, 6(3), 177-195.

Mead, A. (2017). The Legal Status Of Cannabis (Marijuana) And Cannabidiol (Cbd) Under Us Law. Epilepsy & Behavior, 70, 288-291.

Notcutt, W., Price, M., Miller, R., Newport, S., Phillips, C., Simmons, S., & Sansom, C. (2004). Initial Experiences With Medicinal Extracts Of Cannabis For Chronic Pain: Results From 34 ‘N Of 1’studies. Anaesthesia, 59(5), 440-452.

Seattle, C. O., & Ferguson, R. W. (2021). In The United States Court Of Appeals For The Ninth Circuit.

Sunda, F., & Arowolo, A. (2020). A Molecular Basis For The Anti‐Inflammatory And Anti‐Fibrosis Properties Of Cannabidiol. The FASEB Journal, 34(11), 14083-14092.

Wang, Z., Zheng, P., Chen, X., Xie, Y., Weston-Green, K., Solowij, N., ... & Huang, X. F. (2022). Cannabidiol Induces Autophagy And Improves Neuronal Health Associated With SIRT1 Mediated Longevity. Geroscience, 1-20.