From oils to gummies, CBD has now established itself as a strong contender in the health and wellness market. It’s most well known in its oral supplementation form, but keep your eyes peeled as CBD is rapidly evolving into more than this. At present, on-trend CBD topicals are booming in popularity - people are beginning to catch onto the CBD-skin benefits and we are most excited to explain why!
First let's explain the basics...
What is CBD and THC?
CBD (or Cannabidiol) is a naturally-occurring, safe and non-addictive component of cannabis plants. To clear up any confusion, CBD does not bring about a ‘high’- it is non-psychoactive! Showcasing its multifacetedness, CBD can be described as a ‘multipurpose molecule’ as it carries with it a vast amount of benefits (hence why it is so well-known)!
THC (a.k.a. Tetrahydrocannabinol), like CBD, is also a cannabinoid. THC does have a psychoactive element to it, but also brings about benefits (which can be facilitated by topicals).
So why use CBD on your skin?
Well, we all have an inbuilt endocannabinoid system (ECS) which interacts with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. The ECS is an intricate network of molecular signaling. It contains endocannabinoids, and specific receptors which are located variously in the skin. It’s these receptors that pick up on CBD…¹
Beginning to make sense of the CBD-skin link now? Even recent research has indicated the critical role of the ECS in skin regulation and barrier control!²
CBD and THC are also potent antioxidants, able to combat oxidative stress. More simply put, they help combat any damage caused by free radicals in the body. These cannabinoids are able to help inflammation and irritation in the skin this way.
Understandably then, CBD is a great companion to any skincare ingredient! Take the Proofly Muscle Balanced 1:1 Body Cream for example, where THC and CBD are teamed with Menthol to aid muscle relief and relaxation - a miraculous pairing, right?
Also stocked by PROOFLY are face creams, natural and charcoal clay masks, face washes and far more beneficial products!
CBD skincare sounds magical but there is a caveat…
Not all CBD products will offer you the efficacy you may have in mind. The good news? We can guide you through what to look for in a high-quality CBD cream …
Finding high quality CBD products...
1. The product label must state the amount of CBD
Good CBD products will state, not conceal, the specifics. Look at the number of mg being provided in the bottle - the higher the mg, the higher the potency. At Proofly we offer high-quality CBD creams containing either 62.5mg or 250 mg of CBD and THC (individually).
2. It contains other high-quality ingredients
Check the product description to ensure the product will provide appropriate accompanying ingredients for skin nourishment, for example natural body butters or oils. With any cream, hydration is a must - natural ingredients such as Jojoba oil, Babassu oil and Cocoa Butter are all outstanding moisturizing ingredients found in our Muscle Balanced 1:1 Body Cream.
3. Product testing
Any reputable CBD provider will have developed and tested their products with quality control and more. At Proofly, we have a team of scientists and technicians who bring their expertise to the table when it comes to topicals. All products go through intense quality testing after being made in our on-site labs!
4. Where you’re buying it from
The FDA have strict regulation around testing and development of CBD products. To find trusted products that have complied with these regulations, look for your nearest dispensaries online through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) or click the link below!
(1) 1. Tóth, K. F., et al. (2019). Cannabinoid Signaling in the Skin: Therapeutic Potential of the “C(ut)cannabinoid” System. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 24(5), 918. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24050918 |
(2) Baswan, S. M., et al. (2020). Therapeutic Potential of Cannabidiol (CBD) for Skin Health and Disorders. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 13, 927–942. https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S286411