Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD has a long list of benefits including the reversal of cancers, improvement of the nervous system and improvement of the health of the digestive system, the brain and the skin. For the skin CBD alleviates many problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. However, there is one benefit that is quite surprising and is becoming very popular, and that is the reversal and delay of the signs of aging. This is because of the way CBD interacts naturally with the endocannabinoid system, the ECS, to provide its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and other benefits. People do not need to rely on expensive creams that do not have long term effects. Nor do they need to rely on expensive Botox treatments and cosmetic surgery in order to look younger. They can now turn to nature for solutions, and CBD is one of the best natural anti-aging treatments. That is why celebrities, doctors and popular skincare brands are all getting onboard the use of CBD skincare products.
What Causes Aging of the Skin?
Aging is a natural process. There are internal factors to early aging and extrinsic factors that lead to early aging.
Scientists have discovered that the body’s production of collagen declines by 1% every year after the age of 20. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body that acts as the glue that holds the skin, bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons together and provides them with structure. The decline in the production of collagen over time causes all these body parts to become weak and loose, leading to the aged look. The skin therefore becomes loose and develops lines and wrinkles and muscles become loose and weak, and a person looks older.
Another problem is that the skin produces less oil over time, leading to dry skin that shows the signs of aging fast. The third problem is that elastin production also lessens over time, making the skin less elastic. A combination of drier skin, loose muscles and less elastic skin leads to the aged look. This is what scientists call “intrinsic aging” that accounts for 10% of aging
Extrinsic factors that lead to aging include lack of exercise, poor diet (e.g. consuming too much sugar), smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, over-exposure to the sun, air pollution, water pollution, and many other factors. These factors lead to the production of many free radicals and the loss of collagen and elastin. This leads to fragile skin, loose skin and muscles, wrinkles, sun spots and other marks of age on the skin. Extrinsic factors cause 90% of aging.
How does CBD Work?
Scientists have discovered another system in the body, the endocannabinoid system which produces its own cannabinoids and has receptors that naturally interact with cannabinoids, including those introduced from outside. So far two receptors, CB1 and CB2 have been discovered in the body and the brain. As CBD is taken or inhaled or applied topically, it enters the body and interacts with the receptors creating equilibrium where there is shortage or excess. In the process it regulates hormones, the immune system, sleep, appetite, moods, fertility, pain, memory and other body functions.
How can CBD Reverse the signs of aging?
When it comes to reversing aging, CBD acts in a number of ways. It relieves stress, it acts as an antioxidant, it increases collagen production, it improves blood circulation, and it acts as an anti-inflammatory and a moisturiser.
CBD is an Antioxidant
According to scientists, CBD appears to be a more powerful antioxidant than vitamins C and E. As an antioxidant, CBD stops the aging process by destroying free radicals that damage the skin. Free radicals tend to damage the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments by accelerating collagen breakdown and that accelerates the aging process. By destroying free radicals, CBD therefore delays the signs of aging.
CBD is a Deep Moisturiser
Another way that CBD works is by moisturising the skin. Scientists have discovered a strong connection between endocannabinoids and oil excretion in the sebaceous glands. Endocannabinoids are responsible for oil production in the sebaceous glands, meaning that when the skin is dry, there may be a shortage of endocannabinoids. By applying CBD to the skin, or taking it orally, oil production improves.
CBD Relieves Stress
CBD relieves stress, and therefore it reduces frowning and prevents the development of more frown lines. It also improves the quality of sleep by relaxing body and mind and that gives the body enough time to regenerate body cells and that, in turn, improves the appearance of the skin.
CBD Increases Collagen Production
Research has found that CBD improves the production of collagen (1), which is what is required for firm skin and muscles and stronger bones. It also improves the appearance of scars, wrinkles and skin discoloration.
CBD is Anti-inflammatory
CBD reduces inflammation and that way reduces some skin conditions and puffiness around the eyes and that way reduces the appearance of fine line and wrinkles. In fact, it has been found to improve overall skin health, leading to a youthful appearance.
CBD Improves Circulation
Poor circulation leads to skin discoloration, slow cell regeneration and poor health of the skin cells, leading to early aging. Luckily, CBD improves circulation and that improves cell health, increases skin cell regeneration and reduces discolouration, leading to a younger looking skin.
Use CBD Wisely
Anyone who wants to enjoy the anti-aging benefits of CBD is advised not to vape it. It is wiser to purchase high quality CBD in its potent form as a supplement and then take it orally. It is also wise to purchase skin care products made from high quality CBD and apply those topically on the face and throat area. There are many CBD anti-aging products available online, such as masks, bath bombs, lotions and creams. Make sure that the CBD used in the products is made from organic industrial hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC to prevent any psychoactive effects and problems with drug tests.
- Kogan NM & others. (2015, Oct). Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Cannabidiol, a Major Non-Psychotropic Cannabis Constituent Enhances Fracture Healing and Stimulates Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in Osteoblasts.