Works well with: Most hair care products and can even be dropped into masks and treatments for added benefits.
CBD is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, so much so that it is proven to help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. But, how does that benefit translate to our scalp? For starters, CBD naturally boasts a high concentration of antioxidants like vitamins A, C, making it an antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory option. “The actual active (cannabinoid) is anti-inflammatory and can help psoriasis and eczema,” Michelle Henry, MD tells us. “For scalp and hair issues that are triggered by inflammation such as psoriasis, dermatitis especially in women who have hair loss in women. If women patients don’t want to use traditional medicine. CBD oil can help with those issues.”
CBD is the darling of the beauty industry at the moment. If you’re like us you’re intrigued by the hemp plant-derived cannabidiol. We know that CBD can benefit those with anxiety. There are also claims that CBD can smooth wrinkles, hydrate, and even get rid of acne. The scientific jury is still out on substantiating those claims, but what we do know is that CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So how can those properties benefit hair? To get more information on how CBD might be able to benefit our hair and help with hair loss, we talked with Michelle Henry, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, Harvard-trained Mohs surgeon, and Cantu Partner.
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Main benefits: Soothes the scalp, regulates oil production, and anti-inflammatory
Because hair loss and irritation can be attributed to many other factors, talking with your healthcare provider about your unique concerns is the best option.
Now that we’ve given you that tidbit of information, it’s time to talk CBD for hair loss.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of using CBD for hair loss. We want to share the differences between CBD and hemp seed oil. These are two variations of Cannabis sativa that are both hitting the skin and hair care market. They each have anti-inflammatory properties, but they are created differently. On the one hand, CBD oil is derived from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant which means there are higher concentrations of CBD in its makeup. On the other hand, hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant.
Hair follicles are complex and not fully understood just yet. Given that we are still in the early days of understanding the complexities of the endocannabinoid system, too, the intersection of hair growth and the ECS is an area ripe for exploration. Looking at the preliminary research we do have, however, an interesting picture is starting to emerge.
Despite the fact that hair loss is more common than most women realize, it’s a topic that is never easy to talk about or deal with. Seeing strands disappear down the shower drain is downright alarming, while trying to disguise thinning hair with your trusty half-up, half-down style never feels like it’s fixing anything. Hair loss can be a daily challenge for those who experience it.
CBD for Thinning Hair Results
It’s believed that all these beneficial compounds work synergistically to provide more benefit than any single compound could on its own. By working together, they enhance the benefits of all others. This idea, called the entourage effect, is why many folks choose full- or broad-spectrum hemp and cannabis products.
At VEGAMOUR, we’ve broken down CBD into 100 nanometers from 1,200 to 2,000 nanometers to make products like our CBD hair serum even more effective. This allows the CBD to better penetrate the upper layer of the skin and access the hair follicle for maximum benefits. (On the flip side, when CBD is not micro-encapsulated, the formula does not penetrate the skin deeply enough and simply remains on the surface.)
Our ECS is both very present and active in our skin, and research is supporting that CBD might be useful for specific skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis). More generally, though, both when taken orally or applied topically, CBD’s potent anti-inflammatory benefits can be soothing to irritated scalps and impacting sebaceous glands to help regulate oil production in the skin.