Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active ingredients in cannabis and hemp plants. Recent research has concluded that these compounds, called cannabinoids, may have unique therapeutic value. Cannabinoids, like CBD, have the ability to interact with receptors in our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is comprised of a network of receptors that react to our body’s natural internal cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids.
The ECS and its endocannabinoids help our bodies remain in balance by aiding in the regulation of important functions, such as immunity, sleep cycles, temperature control, fertility, inflammation, and emotional states. CBD and the other cannabinoids found in hemp plants, called phytocannabinoids, have similar structures to our internal endocannabinoids and can interact with ECS receptors just like they can.
The endocannabinoid system includes two different types of receptors, CB-1 and CB-2. The brain and central nervous system contain primarily CB-1 receptors, while the immune system has the highest concentration of CB-2 receptors. CBD interacts with both types of ECS receptors, making the compound potentially useful to help the ECS maintain balance in the body.
CBD Cream Can Enhance Your Skincare Routine
Human skin contains both CB-1 and CB-2 receptors concentrated in nerve endings, immune cells, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles. CBD creams and other topicals penetrate into the skin, where CBD can interact with both types of receptors. Recent research has found several qualities of CBD that indicate the compound’s potential usefulness for skincare.
CBD has potent abilities to reduce oxidative stress by combating free radicals. Free radicals are rogue molecules that damage both our cells and our DNA. Some research has even suggested that CBD has more antioxidant power than Vitamins C and E. With such a strong ability to counteract free radicals, CBD may help to minimize some signs of aging, such as fine lines and crepey skin.
Staying hydrated is the number one way to maintain healthy skin. CBD interacts with receptors in the sebaceous glands, which may help hydrate dry skin. The adaptive nature of CBD also means the compound could be useful for people struggling with excessive oil production or other types of problem skin.
Medical journals in the United States and around the world have published a host of studies concluding that CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Regularly applying CBD cream can help to even out the complexion and reduce redness and irritation.
CBD is Legal in the United States
In 2018, the U.S. Congress passed the landmark Farm Bill, which removed industrial hemp and hemp-derived products from the federal Controlled Substances Act. Legal hemp must contain less than .3% delta-9 THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid present in “marijuana” plants. Cannabis plants with more than .3% THC remain Schedule 1 illegal substances in the United States.
Industrial hemp-derived CBD products like Prince & Flower CBD cream are now completely legal under U.S. federal law.
CBD Does Not Produce Psychoactive Effects
Unlike its sister cannabinoid, THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and won’t produce intoxicating effects, such as paranoia or hallucinations. Additionally, CBD topicals and creams work locally. Even if they did contain THC, they would never produce any feelings of being “high.” Just in case, broad-spectrum CBD products like Prince & Flower Universal Topical CBD Cream have zero-THC. Broad-spectrum products allow consumers to take advantage of the beneficial entourage effect among the different compounds in hemp plants for holistic healing of your body, mind, and soul.