CBD is pretty understudied, so a lot of misinformation gets spread about what it can and cannot do.
But what about skincare? Can CBD help with acne, inflammation, wrinkles, and more?
We’ve gone through several skincare studies to find the answer. Here’s what CBD can (and cannot) do for your skin.
Making judgements about what CBD can do isn’t easy. There’s not a lot of research on CBD because of archaic laws.
Until the 2018 farm bill clarified the legal difference between marijuana, hemp, and all other cannabis, researchers had to work just as hard to research CBD as THC. That means wem didn’t get much research on CBD until just a few years ago.
As a result, a lot of CBD companies made false claims about what CBD can do. Some companies falsely claimed CBD can cure cancer and treat Alzheimer’s.
Other benefits are more realistic, but understudied. While the FDA recognizes that there are many anecdotal benefits than need more research (check out the FDA page on CBD for details), CBD should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. This means that even if CBD may help, it should be a supplement, not a cure.
That being said, we’ve sorted through studies to find out what CBD probably can and cannot do.
While there aren’t enough studies to determine dosage, side effects, and interactions with other medicine, some studies suggest that topical CBD may reduce inflammation.
One jargon-rich study compares how cannabinoids reduce inflammation. It discovers that cannabinoids interact with receptors and other inflammatory endpoints to varying degrees. That means cannabinoids can reduce inflammation.
Of course, more research is needed on CBD in particular, especially before any drugs are developed. However, this study combined with dermatologist testimonies suggests that CBD may reduce inflammation. CBD wellness products may be a good fit for some lifestyles, as long as they are not used in place of medicine for chronic conditions.
CBD has strong promise for reducing inflammation, but more research is needed.
Acne is partially caused by inflamed glands, so it’s no surprise that CBD may reduce it in some cases. One 2016 study found that CBD and other cannabinoids may reduce certain types of acne in vitro.
More research is needed, but this evidence and customer testimonials are a good sign that CBD may help alleviate certain types of acne.
Aches and pains have many sources, but CBD reduces certain types of pain. One study reveals that CBD on the skin significantly reduces the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy, an especially difficult pain to treat.
Of course, this does not mean CBD is a magical cure for all aches and pains. It may be extremely helpful for certain types of pain, but anyone suffering from chronic pain should consult a doctor.
CBD has very strong potential for treating pain, but more research is needed.
Aging is a complex process with a lot of factors behind the scenes. Because of this, it’s important to be wary of anti-aging creams not recommended by a dermatologist.
Studies have not shown a direct link between CBD and a reduction in wrinkles. Some studies do reveal that CBD may improve antioxidant and oxidant levels, and other studies suggest that antioxidant supplementation may prevent signs of aging, but it’s too hard to say for sure.
CBD is not a cure for aging, but it may be a healthy addition to a skincare routine.
Rosacea is a redness in the face caused by flushing blood vessels.
The cause of this condition is up for debate, meaning the effectiveness of CBD is unclear. Some professionals believe that CBD’s success with anxiety and acne show promise for treating Rosacea. However, there is only anecdotal evidence of its success. The FDA has not currently approved any CBD treatments for Rosacea.
CBD may be a healthy part of a good skincare routine, but there is not strong enough evidence that it can treat Rosacea.
Psoriasis is a skin condition causing a buildup of skin cells, causing a scaly rash.
Again, there is no evidence that CBD alone is an effective treatment of this condition and the FDA has not approved any CBD treatments for Psoriasis. However, one study found that CBD combined with low-dose CsA worked wonders.
Aside from anecdotal evidence, there is no research to suggest that CBD skincare products should be used for Psoriasis.
No. CBD should not be used to treat or cure cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease, or ASD.
Making unsubstantiated claims that CBD can prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure a condition or disease is illegal. The FDA and FTC jointly enforce regulations to prevent companies from making these claims, but they can’t catch everything. Never buy CBD from a company that makes unsubstantiated medical claims about their product.
So long as CBD skincare products do not prevent, treat, or cure a condition, they are not regulated under the FDA.
This does present a few problems. Without the regulation, some CBD companies will lie about the quality of their products.
A study in the Netherlands discovered that many CBD products have very inaccurate labeling, with as much as 97% less CBD than advertised (seven samples even had zero CBD). More than half of the samples contained THC (often without making it clear to the customer) and 15% contained high levels of CBD-acid: a contaminate that shows poor mastery over the purification.
Dishonest vendors and impure products sully the name of CBD. They make the genuine, positive effects weaker and promise false hope in place of medicine.
Here’s the rule of thumb: anyone selling CBD as a cure for some condition is probably bending the truth. If a CBD rub could cure arthritis, it would have to go through the FDA.
A reputable CBD vendor will be open, honest, and scientific. They will back up their claims with studies and admit what CBD cannot do. CBD is an amazing ingredient for many skincare products, but it is not magic.
Rubi CBD is dedicated to real, pure CBD. We’re open about what CBD can and cannot do. Explore some of our products to discover what CBD can do for you.