CBD oil is known for its versatility and efficacity in a variety of applications. So how well does it work when used to slow the aging process? As it turns out, quite well. The miracle oil has not only shown its power to improve skin health, but it has also shown potential in fending off deeper effects of aging. This has experts exploring its potential to slow the effects of aging on the brain.
If you had the opportunity to look like you’re 20 for the rest of your life, you’d take it immediately. Everyone wishes they had the radiance of youth, but unfortunately, the fountain of youth is fiction. But CBD oil might get close.
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CBD Oil: One of the Most Interesting Anti-Aging Products
That being said, there are countless products that claim to be able to slow down the signs of aging. So given the prevalence of CBD in cosmetics, creams, oils, and other products, could it also be useful in this setting? In recent years, researchers have been exploring the anti-aging potential of CBD and have discovered some interesting leads.
Many people would like to consume CBD to slow down the physical signs of aging. If this sounds like you, this article should answer many of your questions.
CBD and Anti-aging: What Does the Research Say?
Results from multiple trials suggest that CBD “strongly regulates the proliferation, migration, and neurogenesis of mesenchymal stem cells (MCSs).” These stem cells displayed “anti-inflammatory, immune, metabolic and self-regenerative properties,” enough to convince many dermatologists of CBD’s anti-aging prowess.
There is also talk of skin acupuncture (or micro-injection) with hyaluronic acid and CBD. Hyaluronic acid (or hyaluronan) is a substance that the body naturally produces to keep tissues lubricated. It is mostly found on the skin.
This explains how a combination of CBD and hyaluronic acid helped “prevent the effects of aging.” It points out that with the help of microinjections, these two substances penetrated deeper into the skin. As a result, the nutrients were used more “up to 3000 percent.”
In addition, it is noted that the hyaluronic acid and CBD microinjections stimulated the body’s natural healing process.
These tests also mention the potential of CBD oil to protect the skin from sun damage due to its omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
What Are the Anti-aging Properties of CBD?
It should be noted that the results of the study cited above do not, on their own, prove that CBD acts as an anti-aging compound. In addition, the research cited highlights the potential anti-aging effects of CBD in combination with other substances.
But by itself, how does CBD seem to produce anti-aging effects?
CBD Acts as an Antioxidant
Although our bodies age primarily because of time, oxidative stress also accelerates the process.
Oxidative stress occurs when there is an accumulation of free radicals in our bodies. An excessive amount of free radicals is usually due to poor diet and lifestyle. Environmental factors such as exposure to cigarette smoke and air pollutants also play a role.
Antioxidants are the key to reducing oxidative stress levels. They are found in foods like dark chocolate, goji berries, and pecans. According to several studies, CBD also acts as an antioxidant.
A 2017 study investigated the potential of cannabidiol as a neuroprotective antioxidant. It notes that CBD is even more effective than vitamins C and E in this regard and can improve skin quality.
Similarly, a 1998 study looked at the same hypothesis, claiming that CBD “protected neurons to a greater degree” than ascorbate, a form of vitamin C
CBD to Treat Skin Problems
Skin problems can contribute to the signs of aging. Some leave scars while others cause dryness that makes the skin look old and wrinkled.
But as a 2019 study notes, CBD applied topically could help improve skin quality. It highlights the anti-inflammatory potential of cannabidiol, noting how it was an “effective and non-invasive” option for skincare.
The study involved 20 patients with psoriasis, eczema, and scarring. They were asked to apply CBD topically to the affected areas twice a day for three months.
The results suggest that the use of topically applied CBD had “significantly improved” the participants’ skin problems. The participants also showed no negative reactions.
CBD Oil for Better Sleep
Lack of sleep has negative consequences. Studies have linked poor sleep to cognitive and behavioral problems later in life.
Lack of sleep is also a contributing factor responsible for the accumulation of oxidative stress. As discussed earlier, excess oxidative stress accelerates the body’s physical aging process.
Again, there is research to suggest that CBD may improve sleep quality. A 2019 case study on sleep and anxiety focused on 72 adult participants with poor sleep quality due to stress. They were given CBD capsules every night after dinner for three months.
Overall, the results show a consistent improvement in sleep quality among the study participants. It also highlights how CBD “appears to be better tolerated” compared to psychiatric medications.
How to Consume CBD for an Anti-aging Effect
CBD exists in many different forms. But when it comes to its potential anti-aging characteristics, we will focus on two main variants: topical CBD products and CBD oil.
CBD in Local Application
Locally applied anti-aging creams come in different forms. You can choose from lotions, oils, balms, creams, and ointments. When these products are applied to the skin, CBD and other ingredients can potentially help your anti-aging efforts by reducing dryness and redness and moisturizing the skin.
Since CBD applied topically has localized effects on the skin, this allows the consumer to direct the anti-aging effects of CBD directly to the source of the problem.
CBD oil used in skincare will more likely be applied topically rather than administered sublingually. As usual, you should choose high-quality products, such as full-spectrum CBD oil, especially if you have sensitive skin.
While topically applied CBD oil is the most popular for skin-related issues, taking it sublingually could also contribute to the anti-aging effects of CBD from within the body. In fact, locally applied and sublingual CBD can be used in tandem to support the body from multiple angles.
What to Consider When Buying CBD Anti-aging Products?
So you’re about to buy CBD anti-aging and skincare products. But before you spend your hard-earned money, here are some things to consider:
- As much as possible, choose products that are derived from organic hemp and extracted using CO₂. This should help reduce the chances of potential irritants coming into contact with your skin.
- Choose products that have been tested by independent third-party labs. These products are free of contaminants and contain exactly the posted CBD content.
- Make sure you buy CBD oil, not pure hemp seed oil. Although hemp seed oil has its own benefits, it does not contain CBD.
- Avoid products with too many additives or extra ingredients. Full spectrum CBD formulas are a good choice, as they contain only the ingredients naturally found in the hemp plant.
How Does CBD Oil Help against Aging?
We have discussed the science in the previous paragraphs. Now we’ll look at some practical details that are mostly supported by anecdotal evidence. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about CBD and anti-aging effects.
Does CBD Make You Look Younger?
Some claim that topically applied CBD products provide much-needed protection to slow the aging process. This is largely due to the antioxidant potential of the cannabinoid. In addition to cannabidiol, many CBD skincare products also contain collagen, a protein that prevents skin sagging.
Beyond CBD’s perceived antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, collagen appears to maintain skin hydration. As a result, CBD creams containing collagen can reduce fine lines and wrinkles that contribute to older-looking skin.
Can CBD Firm up the Skin?
Pharmaceutical companies are relying on the alleged skin-firming characteristics of CBD. While it’s unclear whether CBD can firm skin, a 2017 study focused on cannabidiol’s potential to boost melanin production.
More melanin means more protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Technically, this should result in skin with a more youthful appearance.
Can CBD Fight Wrinkles?
In a previous paragraph, we mentioned how CBD could potentially fight the signs of skin aging with its acclaimed anti-inflammatory and antioxidant prowess. Others rely on the hypothesis that it can potentially regulate oil production, especially on the face.
With this theory, users rely on the idea that CBD would make the skin smoother, more supple, and less wrinkled.
CBD Oil and Anti-aging: Does It Work?
It’s only been a decade since CBD really entered the consciousness of medical experts and the general public. While the existing findings are promising, more studies are needed to come up with definitive answers.
But here’s what we know so far:
- CBD has the potential to improve the overall quality of the skin. With its proven antioxidant properties, it can potentially protect the skin from irritants.
- Experts see great potential in CBD as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- CBD may not just be used against physical aging. Researchers have also explored its potential to delay brain aging and potentially hinder neurodegenerative diseases.
Indeed, these are encouraging signs. But if you choose to consume CBD for anti-aging purposes, it’s always best to consult a health care professional first.
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