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Can CBD Improve Your Sex Life? Here’s the Advice from the Owner of The Good Budz

Can CBD Improve Your Sex Life? Here’s the Advice from the Owner of The Good Budz

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When founding a start-up, it has been difficult for me to find time to eat, sleep, keep fit, maintain a social life or relationship. If things hadn’t worked out the way they did, I would’ve been in a position where I’d tell you not to ask me about treating myself to a sex life. I would likely given up trying to enjoy it due to stress and exhaustion

I imagine comparing this stage of my life to the stress of taking exams in high school, writing a dissertation in university or possibly even having children. Any all-consuming experience where 99% of your life unknowingly takes the backseat with faith that it will all be worth it one day. Unfortunately, time is only thing that can’t be mustered up by magic when more is needed and that means basic human needs are neglected.

Why I didn’t say Bye Bye to my sex life

My story begins a few years back when I lived in the states, I experimented like all students do and became a big fan of Marijuana. I would smoke or vape with my friends regularly and it became a staple part of my life during those years. During this period, many things improved in my life but something I hadn’t expected was just how much my sex life would develop. A consequence of this experimenting came a new outlook on my sex life – where my usual expectation of disappointment flipped, and now sex held a great potential.

The thing about the weed that I smoked was that it was high in THC, and this was all we looked for – flowers with the highest THC for the least money. We believed the best highs were those where the weed was the strongest, and for the most part I guess that was true. To us, high THC content meant that any activity you partake in would be much more enjoyable, hilarious and satisfying. The main reason being the psychoactive effects of THC created a subtlety different outlook on the world.

I would look out for the strains which people had linked to amazing sex and funnily enough, the strains that were known for enabling great sex didn’t always have high THC content but I thought no further about it at the time and just got on with it.

Skip forward to my move home to England when I started my first real job and very quickly realised that my new found smoking habbits were not going to last long in the world of corporate working! This meant that the expectations of my sex life reverted back to being that of disappointment. Combine that with the stress and anxiety of my new job and my diminishing youth and poof, I believed the best times had passed and my sex life was gone forever.

My knight in shining armour

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CBD weed, marijuana light, hemp flowers, or whatever variation you would like to call it… Essentially, it’s legal, doesn’t get you ‘high’ but it still makes you relaxed, confident, horny and it most definitely brought back the amazing sex life I wanted to maintain!

I happened to stumble across this as I was living with someone who worked for a CBD company. He found out I used to smoke a lot and suggested if I wanted to try something that wasn’t street weed, he could definitely get me something. After being pretty sceptical, I gave it a go and soon realised the good feeling was back.

I felt motivation to tell everyone I knew that something LEGAL can create such an amazing improvement to their lives. What I’d been introduced to is actually called Hemp and it is not what people know as marijuana – it’s a totally different plant!

What is Hemp?

I did my research and realised that Hemp isn’t a new thing – it is sold globally in other industries, pharmaceutical, industrial and it’s actually such a strong material that they use it to make rope! Hemp happens to have high CBD content and trace amounts of THC. This discovery meant that many companies could get hold of hemp and create concentrates of CBD for other products! Mind blown, I decided to try everything I could – CBD oils, CBD vape juice, CBD sweets and I continued to find more and more interesting CBD flower strains.

I soon realised that CBD was the answer to many peoples life problems – from consumers reporting health and well being improvements from CBD fixing general anxiety to CBD replacing morphine for pain management. I knew there was something to look into here and got excited by the prospect of starting my own company and spreading the message!

The Good Budz, my baby.

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The Good Budz

After getting involved in the industry through my company, The Good Budz (where I began selling natural hemp flowers rich in CBD, CBG, CBC), I started engaging more with the community. I found many people had searched for ways to improve general well-being using CBD. I found that most commonly, consumers purchase CBD oil and pop a few drops under their tongue each day!

The simplicity of dropping a couple drops of oil under your tongue to relieve daily stress/anxiety was too good to be true to me. Unfortunately, I’ve heard that companies are selling ‘CBD oils’ which are actually just hemp seed oil and although the name sounds convincing, it doesn’t actually contain any cannabinoids. Due to lack of regulation or testing, no one is questioning it… Even Holland and Barrett are rumoured to sell CBD oil which has barely any Cannabinoid content. Crazy, I know.

The idea of this simple and effective CBD miracle drove me crazy and I wanted to create a product I could trust… so I decided to use the high quality CBD hemp flowers that The Good Budz already sold and create a high quality CBD Oil which I knew the exact content of and could see if the effects as great as promised. They were.

My company, The Good Budz, now sell this CBD oil in three different strengths to cater for peoples tolerance levels and we are super proud to say that we share our content on each bottle so everyone knows what cannabinoids they are getting. Funnily enough, the other cannabinoids – CBC, CBG and CBN are each as valuable as CBD

Breakdown of the contents and the potential health benefits:

CBD

Associated with anxiety & pain relief, linked to improving acne, insomnia and symptoms of menopause and cancer.

CBC

Could as as an anti-inflammatory and pain relief. Potential to contribute to the regeneration of brain cells, positively impacting treatments of multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, dementia, alzheimer and other related conditions

CBG

Shows potential to prevent nerve degeneration, as well as having antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

It seems a no-brainer that cannabinoids enhance lifestyles and have potential to take a disappointing sex life and turn it into something amazing. I think there is still this stigma around the word cannabinoids and this is slowly changing in the UK as people become more familiarised and aware of the benefits.

I know that the full spectrum oils and natural hemp flowers that we sell is reaching others and helping to change this perception. We have also just launched our amazing cannabinoid edible range and feedback of people ‘indulging’ in CBD edibles prior to sex is really what makes it worth all the effort.

Everyone has heard that a woman needs to feel relaxed and comfortable in order to enjoy sex… somewhat of a skill in today’s society. A quick solution could be the use of cannabinoids to take away self-doubt or anxieties and finally relax and enjoy the moment. A few drops of CBD oil has allowed me to feel exactly like my usual self but without self-doubt and anxiety and for me CBD is the key to realising and maintaining your sexual potential, both alone and with partners.

Try it for yourself, I promise it’s worth it <3

Beginners’ Guide To CBD Products: CBD Oil, Gummies, E-Liquid, Pain Cream and Pets

Beginners’ Guide To CBD Products: Cannabidiol Oil, CBD Gummies, CBD Vape Liquide, CBD Pain Cream, CBD For Pets

If you have been looking for a natural treatment with CBD, you may have seen a huge number of various hemp CBD products available today. 

While it is certainly not a bad thing in itself, and is, in fact, a confirmation of the therapeutic benefits of hemp CBD, the abundance of choice can make one’s head spin.

Here’s a concise overview to help you make an informed decision about the health products you are going to select.

HEMP CBD OIL DROPS / TINCTURE / EXTRACT

HEMP CBD OIL DROPS

This is the most popular form of supplementing with CBD. Available in bottles, water or oil-based, to be taken in the form of drops in the morning and evening in the comfort of your own bathroom. 

Oils and tinctures are used sublingually, which allows for fast absorption. Their greatest advantage is purity. They normally do not require any preservatives or additives, though some manufacturers use taste flavourings. If you opt to take CBD in liquid form, make sure there are no unnecessary artificial ingredients. Preservatives and chemicals can compromise the whole point of using supplements for perfect health. 

CBD extract can be made with a number of oils as a base, including coconut oil, grapeseed oil and hemp seed oil. CBD extract diluted with hemp seed oil is the most synergistic and potent formula. This formula creates a powerful entourage effect. Studies have found that the hempseed oil is by far the best agent for CBD, as it increases its bio-availability by protecting it from being broken down by stomach acids. Furthermore, hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega 3 : Omega 6 for long term human consumption.

Another aspect to consider is the method of extraction, which was used to get CBD from the plant material. Often less expensive hemp CBD oils may use harsh solvents such as butane or propane. While this makes extraction process cheaper, the question is do you really want to compromise the health benefits of your hemp CBD oil with products that may contain residuals of the toxic substances. Supercritical CO2 extraction is proven to be the best method for creating hemp CBD oil. This method involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate over 100 cannabinoids from the raw hemp botanical material. Reputable manufacturers employ CO2 extraction and are proud to mention it.

To compare different products, express CBD concentration in percentage terms by dividing the CBD amount in milligrams by the total amount of liquid in the bottle. A 10 ml bottle is 10,000 mg. Thus, 500 mg of CBD per 10 ml bottle equals 500/10,000*100=5%.

While higher doses of CBD will have a more pronounced effect, it is best to start with a low entry-level concentration of 5%.

Observe the effects over the course of several days and make adjustments if needed. If you do not see the desired effects after 5-7 days, start gradually working your dose up.

Note, that as a natural holistic remedy, CBD oil/tinctures may not necessarily produce desired effects immediately after taking as pharmaceutical drugs do. Most pharmaceutical drugs act chemically in a very targeted way with the purpose of alleviating symptoms rather than mobilizing internal resources and gradually helping the body to heal.

It is observed that it takes the body at least one week to start accumulating and using hemp CBD active ingredients in an optimal manner.

CBD SOFTGELS AND GUMMIES

CBD SOFTGELS AND GUMMIES

This is the second most popular form to take CBD. Softgels and gummies are most convenient for taking throughout the day on the go.

Other active ingredients, such as e.g. tumeric or melatonin can be mixed into capsules to generate synergistic effects when taken for specific conditions.

CBD VAPE LIQUID

CBD VAPE LIQUID

For those who enjoy the process vaping, CBD can be delivered through the lungs. Generally, vaping allows very fast delivery of CBD into the bloodstream. This form is also best for tackling conditions related to the chest area. 

One thing to be aware of with regards to CBD vape liquid is that CBD oil can be too thick and viscous for vaporizers, and thus companies use chemically-based thinning agents, some of which can be harmful especially with long-term regular use. Read labels carefully, and research ingredients you do not understand.

CBD ENERGY DRINKS

This is yet somewhat of an innovative product in the market. Usually, these drinks contain caffeine, which gives energy, but CBD takes the edge off, so there are no jitters, and one just feels good, has more energy and can focus more clearly. It is a very promising form to supplement with CBD for college students and office workers.

CBD SALVE / BALM

CBD SALVE

CBD balms are usually used in conjunction with other CBD products to provide a more pronounced topical relief to e.g. joint aches. The concentration of cannabinoids is highest at the place where they are applied, and thus balms can greatly amplify the positive effects of oral CBD use.

CBD TREATS FOR PETS

CBD TREATS FOR PETS

Having discovered the amazing benefits of hemp CBD, humans extended them to pets. Interestingly, while some people may not feel much when taking CBD, pets, and especially dogs, are very sensitive to it. Even older, arthritis-ridden dogs become very playful and start jumping around the house. As one specialised company puts it, “We are yet to hear about a dog who did not see an amazing result with using CBD treats”. CBD treats also works miracles for dogs with separation anxiety.

CBD COSMETICS

CBD COSMETICS

This is a new trend in the CBD market, and undoubtedly, a major one. Skin is known to contain a huge number of CBD receptors, and protective anti-cancer benefits of CBD bode well for all sorts of anti-age creams and sunscreens. And here, let me suggest you try something unorthodox: instead of going for chemically-loaded cosmetics formulas, try to use for at least 3-4 weeks a 100% simple all-natural plant CBD extract oil. Why? Because CBD is a wholesome remedy and works by modulating and harnessing internal body resources to generate optimum balance, and all the “alien” chemicals may actually interfere and weaken the ingenious effect. 

To conclude, let me leave you with this one thought. The research findings on CBD published in the past few years look nothing short of miraculous. With no significant side-effects reported, what can possibly hold you back from giving a go to the amazing natural medicine to see what it can do to improve your health and wellbeing?

BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO CANNABIDIOL OIL: WHY EVERYBODY NEEDS TO TAKE CBD

This short guide intends to equip you with the most essential information about CBD, including how it works on the human body, the legality of CBD, whether or not it causes a high and how to choose the right CBD oil.

If you are looking to improve your health and overall well being, hemp CBD extract may well be the most important supplement for you to take. 

While many herbs can be effective for a wide variety of conditions, hemp CBD extract is in a league of its own.

According to a list compiled from hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and PubMed (an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine), hemp CBD has been found therapeutic for more than 50(!) conditions ranging from acne and insomnia to epilepsy and seizures.

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But how can one plant extract treat such a long and varied range of conditions?

This is thanks to the plant’s numerous – over 100 – active compounds called cannabinoids.

In fact, our bodies also produce cannabinoids. And we call them endocannabinoids, from ‘endo’ meaning ‘‘internal’ in Greek. 

  • Endocannabinoids — cannabinoids produced by the human body
  • Phytocannabinoids — cannabinoids produced by a plant, i.e. hemp

THE HUMAN ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM (HES)

Hemp phytocannabinoids discharge their beneficial action via the Human Endocannabinoid System (HES), which was discovered back in the 1990s. 

The discovery of HES is arguably the most important discovery in human physiology in the late 20th century.

Scientists have found HES to be of the paramount importance in our bodies. Its receptors (called CB1 and CB2) are ubiquitous and are found in every organ of the body. It is responsible for maintaining and controlling homeostasis, or balanced regulation of each and every system in the body. HES regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much much more. 

Scientists still need to understand a lot about HES, but as of today HES appears to be the system behind all the other body systems, thus, it sort of holds the key to overall health and well-being.

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CLINICAL ENDOCANNABINOID DEFICIENCY (CED)

Already back in 2001, the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED) was put forward by Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist and medical scientist. 

Now imagine for a moment what would happen if you never took vitamin C in your entire life because the government made it illegal? Surely, after a while, all kind of problems and disbalances would arise due to vitamin C deficiency.

Luckily for us, the wave of hemp legalization, which has started a few years ago is rolling across the globe at full speed, with more and more countries are legalizing hemp for medical use and for research purposes. 

Already in his 2016 research update, Dr. Ethan Russo defined criteria for the evidence of cannabinoid deficiency:

  • All increased sensitivity to pain
  • Extensive negative diagnoses
  • Elevated anxiety and depression
  • Psychosomatic origin (caused by internal conflict or stress) and more

Don’t we all experience these symptoms to some extent?

Without sufficient cannabinoids in our diet, the HES operates at less than optimum efficiency, resulting in a general decline in overall health. Supplementing our diets with full spectrum phytocannabinoids by consuming CBD oil may be an essential component to achieving optimal health and regeneration.

Some doctors go as far as to claim that “More people will be saved by the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery.”

As scientists are just starting to make sense of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, we cannot help but ask: What modern diseases could vanish altogether once the endocannabinoid system is better understood?

HEMP VS. MARIJUANA, CBD VS. THC

The legalisation of medical marijuana has caused a lot of confusion, and the current CBD market can be compared to the Wild West. There are no real rules or regulations as to what medical CBD oil is and what it can be called. There is a lot of misinformation floating around. 

One of the main points of confusion comes from the fact that the media often uses the term marijuana to refer to hemp and vice versa. This raises other issues, the most common of which are the legality of CBD oil and whether or not it causes a high. Now let’s set the record straight as to what is meant by hemp, marijuana, cannabis, cannabidiol, medical CBD oil, THC and hemp seed oil. 

Cannabis is the Latin, or scientific name, for the entire plant family. Marijuana is a colloquial name for the cannabis plants but is mainly used in reference to cannabis strains which cause a psychoactive effect, euphoria, a so-called “high”. What is generally referred to as hemp plant, on the other hand, is completely non-psychoactive and has been used for centuries for to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, textiles, paper, etc.

In the UK, Europe and USA, psychoactive marijuana is a controlled substance. However, as of the end of 2018, UK, Europe and all of the US states have instituted legislation to regulate the cultivation of non-psychoactive hemp and allow its use as medicine. Some US states, as well as Canada, have also legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Marijuana is high in the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that causes a euphoric feeling. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC. 

Medical CBD oil, aka cannabidiol, is a natural essential oil, which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. As with hemp, in order to be legally sold, it must contain less than 0.2% of the psychoactive component, THC. Thus, CBD does not cause a feeling of being “high” or “stoned”.

Another important distinction to be made is that hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same product. 

Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as hemp oil, is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil is generally used for cooking and as a dietary supplement as it is a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD or other cannabinoids. 

Medical CBD oil, on the other hand, is made by extracting the essential oils from the plant’s flower clusters and contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other active compounds.

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8 THINGS TO KNOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HEMP CBD OIL

Now that you are convinced or at the very least curious about the paramount importance of hemp CBD for your health, the question arises – how to choose the right CBD oil for your condition or improving general well-being. 

Note that, it is not about choosing the right hemp CBD oil to treat a specific condition. The oil works holistically on the whole body and can universally treat all conditions via the human endocannabinoid system. It is rather about choosing good quality hemp CBD oil.

While all bottles in the industry may be labelled “CBD”, not all hemp CBD oil is created equal. Here are the 8 most important things you need to consider to avoid disappointment and make an informed decision about the health product you are going to select.

1. Independent Test Certificates

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study which revealed that nearly 70%(!) of hemp CBD oil products sold online were mislabeled. “Only 30 percent of CBD products purchased contained an actual CBD content…” stated in the press release about the JAMA study. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported similar findings about the hemp CBD products in 2015.

Given the overwhelming degree of misinformation in the new unregulated industry, look for independent third party test certificates to ensure that the hemp CBD products contain what they claim to.

2. Organic Hemp CBD Oil

Hemp is known to be one of the most highly-absorbent plants. It means that contaminants such as pesticides, chemicals, metals, etc. may ultimately end up in your hemp CBD oil.

The best course of action is to select a hemp CBD oil, which was grown and manufactured in the EU. European regulations regarding hemp are very strict and ensure the highest-quality organic farming standards.

Reputable manufacturers usually state clearly where their hemp CBD oil is sourced from. And again, look for third-party lab test results, which is an indication that the manufacturer takes its quality standards seriously and guarantees that the product is free from contaminants.

3. CO2 Extraction

Often less expensive hemp CBD oils may use harmful solvents such as butane or propane. While this extraction process is cheaper, the question is do you really want to compromise the health benefits of your hemp CBD oil with products that may contain residuals of the toxic substances.

Supercritical CO2 extraction is proven to be the best method for creating hemp CBD oil. This method involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate over 100 cannabinoids from the raw hemp botanical material. Reputable manufacturers employ CO2 extraction and are proud to mention it.

4. Full-spectrum CBD Oil

Raw hemp material can be put through a series of filtration and distillation processes to extract only one cannabinoid compound (out of over 100), namely the CBD. This extract is then called CBD isolate. In its pure form at room temperature, it looks like solid crystals almost without any smell and colour. CBD isolate is devoid of the benefits of other cannabinoids and active ingredients present in the plant.

Full-spectrum CBD is an extraction of all the active compounds present in the plant and contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp. The evidence is mounting that other cannabinoids naturally contained in the plant provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates, thus making full-spectrum CBD hemp oil the best choice. These compounds seem to work in synergy with CBD, creating a powerful entourage effect.

Another type of oil is broad-spectrum hemp CBD. Broad spectrum is made by combining CBD isolate and other isolated cannabinoids and active ingredients. Oftentimes, broad-spectrum oils are less expensive to produce, but they lack the intelligence of the original nature-intended synergistic balance.

And finally, there is synthetically-produced CBD. While it may be the cheapest type of CBD, it is also the least effective and can produce unwanted side-effects.

5. Concentration of CBD Oil

Hemp CBD oil is available in various concentrations, which are expressed in milligrams (mg) or percentage terms. To compare different products, express CBD concentration in percentage terms by dividing the CBD amount in milligrams by the total amount of liquid in the bottle. A 10 ml bottle is 10,000 mg. Thus, 500 mg of CBD per 10 ml bottle equals 500/10,000*100=5%.

While higher doses of CBD will have a more pronounced effect, it is best to start with a low entry-level concentration of 5%.

Observe the effects over the course of several days and make adjustments if needed. If you do not see the desired effects after 5-7 days, start gradually working your dose up.

Note, that as a natural holistic remedy, CBD oil/tinctures may not necessarily produce desired effects immediately after taking as pharmaceutical drugs do. Most pharmaceutical drugs act chemically in a very targeted way with the purpose of alleviating symptoms rather than mobilizing internal resources and gradually helping the body to heal.

It is observed that it takes the body at least one week to start accumulating and using hemp CBD active ingredients in an optimal manner.

6. Negligible THC

THC is one of the active compounds of cannabis, the one that gives a feeling of euphoria and a high. As of the beginning of 2019, only products with less than 0.2% THC are illegal. 0.2% is an extremely low dosage and does not generate any psychoactive effects. Check the packaging to make sure that there is no unnecessary THC in the product.

7. Made with Hemp Seed Oil

CBD oil can be made with a number of oils as a base, including coconut oil, grapeseed oil or hemp seed oil. Studies have found that the hempseed oil is the by far best agent for CBD, as it increases its bio-availability by protecting it from being broken down by stomach acids. Furthermore, hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega 3 : Omega 6 for long term human consumption.

8. Unnecessary ingredients

In its original form, hemp CBD oil has a grassy, astringent taste, which some people may find unpleasant. Companies try to mask it with the use of artificial flavourings. Ask yourself, if you would like to get a dose of potentially harmful ingredients every time you use your hemp oil supplement to improve your health and well being.

Bear in mind these 8 points and you will be able to make a good choice of your hemp CBD oil.

To conclude, let me leave you with this one thought. The research findings on CBD published in the past few years look nothing short of miraculous. With no significant side-effects reported, what can possibly hold you back from giving a go to the amazing natural medicine to see what it can do to improve your health and wellbeing?

Beginners’ Guide to CBD Cosmetics

Ok, I admit, I’ve been a little (or rather a lot 🙂 of a skin fanatic for as long as I can remember myself. I’ve been trying and testing most skincare fads that have appeared in the recent years: all the miracle-promising creams with yet another breakthrough nano-something; natural herbal and clay masks; botox, fillers and chemical peels. A few attempts did bring desired results, but most were a waste of time (and money!) and left me painfully wondering if there is an anti-age routine, which actually works… Well, all has changed when I did my research on the newest trend of CBD-infused cosmetics. Bear with me – when you read the article to the end and know what I know, you’ll probably never use anything but CBD-infused cosmetics again.

HAVE WE FINALLY FOUND THE ULTIMATE SKIN ELIXIR?

WHAT IS THE FAMOUS CBD, IS IT EVEN LEGAL?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an extract from hemp leaves and flowers, which is legally allowed for use in the UK, Europe and USA. This recent legalization has caused a lot of confusion, and there is a lot of misinformation floating around. 

One of the main points of this confusion comes from the fact that the media often uses the terms hemp and marijuana interchangeably. This makes it unclear if CBD is legal and if it causes a high. Now let’s take a closer look at this and explore what is meant by hemp, marijuana, cannabis, cannabidiol, CBD and THC. 

Cannabis is the Latin, or scientific name, for the entire plant family. People usually colloquially call the the cannabis plant Marijuana, and it is mainly used to refer to cannabis strains which cause a psychoactive effect, euphoria, a so-called “high”. A lesser used reference is hemp, and it denotes non-psychoactive strains, which have been used for centuries for to make a variety of commercial products such as rope, textiles, paper, etc.

Beginners' Guide to CBD Cosmetics

In most countries, psychoactive marijuana is a controlled or prohibited substance. Only some US states, as well as Canada, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. As to non-psychoactive hemp, however, as of the end of 2018, UK, Europe and all of the US states have instituted legislation to regulate its cultivation and allow its use as a medicine. 

Marijuana causes a euphoric feeling due to the high content of the psychoactive compound called THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC. 

CBD oil, aka cannabidiol, is a natural essential oil, which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, and thus, CBD does not cause a feeling of being “high”.

WHY ALL THIS CRAZE ABOUT CBD?

With legalization, CBD has been steadily rising in popularity. Well, as of now, more people search for CBD on Google than for the media mega-darling Kardashian

Beginners' Guide to CBD Cosmetics

Media does not shy from calling CBD a solution to any problem, panacea, elixir, the cure-all. Taking a closer look at it, all this obsession does have some grounds: a wealth of very promising research on CBD appears every day.

Hemp CBD has been found therapeutic for more than 50(!) conditions ranging from acne to epilepsy as per a list compiled from hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and PubMed, an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

The explanation as to how one plant extract can treat such a long and varied range of conditions lies in the the plant’s numerous – over 100 – active compounds called cannabinoids.

Actually, cannabinoids are also produced by our bodies, and we call them endocannabinoids, from “‘endo” – ‘‘internal” in Greek vs. phytocannabinoids, from “phyto” – plant. 

Hemp phytocannabinoids work beneficially on the human body via the Human Endocannabinoid System (HES). HES was discovered back in the 1990s and is often called the most important discovery in human physiology in the late 20th century.

HES is not “just” another body system, like immune or digestive system. HES appears to regulate all the 11 organ systems, a system behind the systems, so to say. HES does it through sending cannabinoids to the the huge number of its receptors (called CB1 and CB2) present in every organ of the body. The main goal of HES is to maintain and control homeostasis, or a balanced, optimal condition of each organ and the body as a whole. HES regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much much more. Given its key role, HES seems so hold the key to overall well-being and beauty. 

Most importantly for skin aficionados, like me, skin is our largest organ and contains the highest number of CB1 and CB2 receptors, and thus is an important subject to the activity of HES.

Beginners' Guide to CBD Cosmetics

Now imagine for a moment what would happen if you never took vitamin C in your entire life because the government made it illegal? Surely, after a while, all kind of problems and disbalances would arise due to vitamin C deficiency. 

Already back in 2001, the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED) was put forward by Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist and medical scientist

Without sufficient cannabinoids in our diet, the HES may operate at less than optimum efficiency, resulting in a general decline in overall health and skin ageing. Supplementing our diets with full spectrum phytocannabinoids may be an essential component to achieving optimal health and skin regeneration.

WHAT CAN CBD DO FOR YOUR SKIN?

Along with the incredible benefits CBD brings to your overall health, what can it do in particular for reversing the signs of ageing? Here’re 4 unparalleled benefits of CBD for your skin.

CBD IS A MORE POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT THAN BOTH VITAMIN C AND E

Owing to their highly-protective properties, vitamins C and E get blended into every leading cosmetics formulas, and many brands offer exclusive vitamin formulas altogether. Well, a study, which was carried out already in 1998, reported that “cannabidiol was more protective against glutamate neurotoxicity than either ascorbate (vitamin C) or α-tocopherol (vitamin A), indicating it to be a potent antioxidant”. 

To put it simply, antioxidants are the front line of defence used by our bodies against the ageing process caused by free-radical molecules that attack and destroy our healthy cells. We cannot escape free radicals, as they are a part of our interaction with life, originating through breathing, eating, sun exposure and even physical exercise. But each of us can try to maximally reduce their damage by eating a clean diet, supplementing with antioxidants, such as CBD, and using a protective external shield in the form of CBD oil. Such a shield protects against a number of environmental nasties like air pollutants, car exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, etc.

CBD IS THE ULTIMATE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

CBD possesses very strong anti-inflammatory properties and is steadily becoming a go-to remedy for alleviating inflammation of such a serious disease as rheumatoid arthritis. Acne is caused by local inflammation of skin hair follicles, and CBD’s hallmark soothing qualities can help diminish breakouts, reduce irritation and redness. CBD creams are reported to be effective against arthritis that originates from deep inside the joints, so imagine how effective CBD can be for more superficial inflammation at skin level!

Remember the HES? According to a 2014 study, the HES helps to control skin cell growth and oil gland production. This same study, as well as another presentation from the American Academy of Dermatology, reported that CBD taken orally and topically helped regulate production in the oil-producing glands as well as decrease inflammation, both of which are primary causes of acne.

Also, my own experience suggests that CBD is a powerful healing agent: a couple of times I had broken blisters with skin peeling-off – I applied CBD oil on them and the skin regenerated almost completely to a healthy pinky layer in record 2 days! And all that in the very humid and hot climate I lived. I literally could not believe my eyes!

CBD IS A MUSCLE RELAXANT

Do you notice how over time our most often-used face expressions result in wrinkles? This is because of a specific and highly individual pattern of strong muscles, which develops around certain areas. Botox injections chemically block nerve endings going to the muscles to prevent them from contracting. And the injections help! For three months or so. Well, CBD is certainly not nearly as abrupt in its effect as botox, but it also has fewer side-effects and is much cheaper. CBD has very powerful calming effects for the nervous system when taken orally, and apparently acts similarly on muscles. While CBD alone works well for aiding muscle relaxation, studies in mice, including 2010 research published in Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, have demonstrated that an equal combination of THC and CBD is even more effective. (I am not recommending you run out and smoke marijuana, but merely stating what the research shows.) 

A fundamental benefit of more relaxed muscles is an increased and more consistent delivery of nutrients and better elimination of waste from skin cells and intercellular skin space. Such a boost of beauty from within the skin, coupled with a regular external exfoliation, gradually reveal a clear, radiant complexion, the thought-after porcelain-like skin with high light reflective properties. And all this, without the needle and blood unpleasantness of a botox visit to a beautician, but simply through the application of an all-natural plant extract that comes as a gift directly from mother nature herself. 

Beginners' Guide to CBD Cosmetics

CBD RESTORES OPTIMUM SKIN CONDITION

The health and appearance of the skin depend on the correct functioning of sebaceous glands in the dermis as well as ample production of elastin and collagen. Too much or too little oil produced by the glands either cause acne or make skin dry and fragile. As all cannabinoids do, CBD regulates, or brings in, the optimum state of homeostasis to all the living tissues of our body. As the skin has the largest number of cannabinoid receptors, CBD can interact with skin in a very effective manner and thereby adjust oil production levels. This how cannabinoids were found to address even very serious medical conditions of psoriasis or eczema. It is possible that this connection can also explain why CBD can benefit ageing skin, also regulating the production of elastin and collagen and helping it to look more youthful and naturally refreshed.

CBD REJUVENATES

Wrinkles arise primarily through continued stress and constant tension expressed in certain areas of the face. CBD is now overwhelmingly taken orally to reduce stress, anxiety and tension as well as to get a deeper and longer sleep. And what can possibly be more beneficial to generate the glow in your skin than a calm, serene, relaxed, well-rested nervous system? In addition to using CBD skin, it also makes sense to consider taking CBD extract orally for a powerful synergistic effect.

HOW TO CHOOSE CBD FOR ANTI-AGEING?

Now that you are convinced or at the very least curious about the paramount importance of hemp CBD for your skin, the question arises – how to choose the right CBD cosmetics

Here I am going to ask you to consider something unorthodox and try to go back to basics. When switching to CBD, do yourself a favour and try, for at least 3-4 weeks not to use all the complex chemically-loaded formulas of premier cosmetics brands, and go for 100% simple all-natural plant CBD extract oil. 

Why? Our skin is a living organ and absorbs everything we put on it. The stuff you put on your skin actually gets inside of your body. I once sat and read a long list of chemical ingredients on my $199 face cream, which I bought 2 years ago: parafinum liquidum, glycerin, caprilic trigliceride, glyceryl stearate, alcohol denat, stearic acid, dimethicon, persea gratissima, myristyl alcohol, tocopheril acetate, sodium carbomer, methylparaben, butylparaben, and etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. 

I am wondering, can I actually spread this super advanced formula on my toast and eat it without getting sick? I don’t think so. It has too many chemicals that I don’t understand, and my body wouldn’t probably be able to digest either. Some of those chemicals may be ok(ish), but most of them would be just a burden for my body and skin. 

On that day I decided to go the natural way – I started using CBD extract hemp seed oil. It contains only two ingredients – organic purified cold-pressed hemp seed oil and CBD extract obtained from organic hemp leaves and flowers. And it seems to be solving my skin problems perfectly! Even better than $199 cream! And since I can eat it, it’s perfectly safe for my skin too. No harmful preservatives and chemicals!

Beginners' Guide to CBD Cosmetics

To conclude, if you’re looking for a way to slow down or even reverse your signs of ageing, then try CBD extract – it may prove to work wonders for you. This may seem too good to be true, but remember this amazing extract has the power to treat over 50(!) diseases. In the beauty world, CBD yet seems to be the less spoken-about option, and I just wonder can it be because the wide publication and acceptance of this information would put many cosmetics companies out of business?