What is CBD?
It’s one of the hundreds of cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant. Another famous cannabinoid is THC; the psychoactive compound responsible for 420 culture and the munchies. But the humble hemp plant has so much more to offer.
In the past, research has focussed on the impact of THC on the mind and body. But there is growing interest in the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of CBD. Don’t just take our word for it, you can read the research here.You might be wondering, why would I want to put this stuff on my face? We get it. Cannabis has a certain image; and that image has nothing to do with glowing skin. But there is a growing body of evidence to support the idea that CBD can do wondrous things for your skin on a cellular level.
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The miraculous effects of CBD on the body are a fairly recent discovery. Although history tells us that our ancestors relied heavily on hemp plants for food, medicine and even fabric. Cannabis and hemp have been demonised throughout history, but with ongoing research into the benefits, they could soon be redeemed.
At LALO®, we extract all of the goodness of the hemp plant and use it to create next level skincare. CBD oil is packed with goodies that your skin craves, including terpenes, flavonoids, essential amino acids and antioxidants. Vitamin C and E were once thought to be the best source of antioxidants for skin care, but research has shown that CBD is a far richer source.
To understand why CBD is a thing, we have to delve into the science. Here come the big fancy words...
The science bit
In 1940, one smart cookie at the University of Illinois isolated the CBD compound to study it. This would kick start a timeline of research into the effects of CBD on the body. And this soon led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in 1992 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The endocannabinoid system is a molecular system made up of endocannabinoids which bind to receptors throughout the body. It’s responsible for creating balance at a cellular level through a process known as homeostasis. In order to maintain this balance, the parts of the body need to be able to communicate about things like pain, immune response, metabolism and appetite.
The human body creates its own endocannabinoids, and these look almost identical to the plant versions found in THC and CBD. This means that these phytocannabinoids (plant-based) can replicate the cellular response which triggers a number of effects, from pain relief to relaxation.
We don’t yet know the full effects of CBD on the body, but the scientists are pushing ahead with the research. From a skincare perspective, we are most interested in the way CBD can support your skin on a cellular level. From soothing distressed complexions to managing inflammatory conditions such as acne or rosacea.
Does CBD get you high?
No. The important word to remember here is <non-psychoactive>. The psychoactive substance THC is responsible for that elusive “high” that leaves you feeling chilled out and hungry. But LALO® products don't contain any of this compound. Which means you don’t have to worry about getting high from your skincare routine!
If you have further questions about CBD or CBD skincare and if it’s the right choice for you, we encourage you to read our FAQ about CBD or simply get in touch with us. We’re confident we can find a CBD skincare solution that you will love!