You Use CBD- What Is Happening In Your Body? Does It Help?

With so much info on CBD, this series of short articles helps to break it down. This is Part 2.

So you have used or you are using some CBD product and you wonder what is really going on with your body? Maybe, so far, you feel nothing. Why? Because unlike THC, which is the compound that gets you high from Marijuana- CBD is actually supposed to be its I-have-no-sensation-cousin.

This is why CBD is legal in topical products.

You may not be feeling anything from CBD, but this doesn’t mean CBD isn’t useful.

Cannabinoid is produced naturally within our bodies!  The endocannabinoid system regulates it.

Da Vinci's Historical Image of the Human Body
Da Vinci’s Historical Drawing of the Human Body

 A little further explanation. Within our bodies, we have this huge system called endocannabinoids. This system comes in 3 parts:

  1. the molecules that are like CBD,
  2. the receptors that interact with these molecules and
  3. the enzymes that break them down for absorption.

What exactly is the endocannabinoid system? This huge network of receptors is at the cellular level. It is found throughout the body.  There are cannabinoid receptors found in the brain- but they are also throughout the organs, skin, bones and our connective tissues.

In the endocannabinoid system, there is a back and forth of substance transmission and regulation. In other words, our body is continuously regulating our naturally produced cannabinoid. 

According to UCLA, scientists confirm that this system is in basically all our parts:

the receptors are present throughout the body, including our skin, immune cells, bone, fat tissue, liver, pancreas, skeletal muscle, heart, blood vessels, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. We now know the endocannabinoid system is involved in a wide variety of processes, including pain, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproductive function.Endocannabinoids are arguably one of the most widespread and versatile signaling molecules known to man.”

A Mouse Endocannabinoid Receptor Site Courtesy NIH

Simply put, receptor sites in our bodies work like a lock and key. If they fit together, they work well. With so many receptor sites throughout our bodies, scientists are believing that CBD may prove useful in many ways. Another theory developing is that CBD is helping the receptor sites and not necessarily entering it like the key theory. Either way, it may also explain why people self-report so many different types of wellness from it. 

And if our bodies are off balance- this can explain why so many people need CBD and experience relief after using it. 

The human body seems to appreciate CBD

As most of you know, epilepsy is the only medical application and there are not enough FDA controlled studies on the benefits of eating CBD. 

Let’s focus on topicals. The news is really good. CBD has many of today’s most well respected and effective skincare, haircare and nail ingredients available. 

The Vitamins A, C, & E – Vitamin A participates in properties that keeps skin firm and healthy. Vitamin C has a long reputation for collagen stimulation, and reducing the signs of aging. Lastly, Vitamin E is a known anti-oxidant and used on scars.

For hair and nails, it is rich in the highly beneficial fatty and amino acids. The main fatty acids detected in CBD are omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.

So, if you are using and enjoying a CBD product as an anti-ager you can be confident that it is definitely useful.

It is extremely exciting to know that there is another natural source for our youthful ambitions. 

Want to make sure your product does indeed have CBD in it? Read the 1st article in this series to understand the ingredient label. 

Does Your Cosmetic Product Have CBD in It?? Maybe NOT!

A good friend recently shared her latest “CBD” product.  She was so excited about how good it made her feel. With an extensive professional background in ingredients, I immediately looked at the labeling. Tit was immediately obvious. The front label and the ingredient label did not match. The product advertised on the front that it was “CBD”. But the ingredient label clearly indicated otherwise.

With the CBD product rush in full swing, this is all too common.

Here’s the breakdown on CBD as a cosmetic ingredient. Too many cosmetic products are claiming to have CBD in them when they do not. Ingredient truth-fighters have worked tirelessly over the last decade.  For instance- and thanks to their efforts, transparency in claims for natural and organic products has truly paid off.

Until now. So here we go again. Everywhere we look, its all about CBD. This hot new ingredient truly needs clear communication.  

How to identify real CBD in your cosmetic product.

This is strictly a review on how to identify CBD as the ingredient in topical products.  Things that we eat and smoke will be discussed in future posts.

Begin by doing what you always do. Read the ingredient label. Ingredients can come in various forms and CBD is no different.

Begin by doing what you always do-

  1. Read the Ingredient Label.
Industrial Hemp Farm in France
Industrial Hemp Farm in France courtesy: Industrial Hemp Farm in France, courtesy Page d’accueil d’Aleks Industrial Hemp Farm in France courtesy:

Does “hemp oil” also referred to as “hemp seed oil” have CBD in it?

NOPE. Hemp Seed Oil comes from just as it says, the seed. CBD comes from different parts of the plant- the stalks, leaves and flowers. Hemp seed oil claims to have nutritional and cosmetic value, but it is NOT CBD. So, if you are thinking you have purchased a cosmetic with CBD in it, the ingredients must list more than just “hemp oil” or “hemp seed oil”.

But labels can be tricky, everybody seems to be using different wording.

Hemp Oil is not CBD
Hemp Seed Oil Isn’t CBD

So, if a label says just “hemp oil”-read further . Do your research to make sure you are indeed shelling out for a CBD product and not just a seed oil.

Don’t misunderstand. Hemp seed oil is wonderful. It is like many other cosmetic botanical oils such as jojoba seed oil, macadamia seed oil, sunflower oil-these are all great oils with tons of benefits. But, you might be paying for and expecting CBD level results and quality and not getting it!

Read CBD Product Labels!
Read Product Labels and Compare It To What It Says on The Front!

Here is are ingredient label examples that perfectly show the difference in the ingredient names and how they are listed.

Kiehl’s has a Hemp Seed Oil Product and it is labeled properly. Note the “Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil”-this is the hemp seed oil. It is not CBD and Kiehls is not trying to sell it as CBD.

Ingredients

Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flow Oil, Origanum Heracleoticum Flower Oil / Sunflower Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Mentha Piperita Oil / Peppermint Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene.

Here is a product that DOES have CBD in it. This is a very good back label ingredient list by Pacific CBD Co:

 Ingredients: Cocoa Seed Butter, Paraffinum (Mineral Oil), Pure CBD Isolate (CBD Oil), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Lanolin, Eucalyptus Oil, Arnica Oil, Calendula Oil, Lavender Oil, Frankincense Oil, Coumarin, Fragrance.†

Notice there are other botanical oils, but no mention of hemp seed oil.

Hope this explanation helps! More posts to come on this very hot, but sometimes very confusing and misleading ingredient!