CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, has long been known as a beneficial ingredient for skin health and held anti-anxiety properties if digested orally. However did you know that it’s recently been discovered to be an essential ingredient for hair health too. It’s derived from the cannabis plant, but unlike the marijuana plant, it is derived from THC-free (meaning drug-free) Hemp. Below are some of its many advantages for helping you achieve healthy, beautiful-looking hair.
The Benefits of CBD oil for hair
The benefits of CBD oil are just starting to reveal themselves. Up until recently, CBD products were considered illegal, being a close cousin of Marijuana. Yet CBD lacks all the effects produced by marijuana, and seems to focus on the inflammatory properties associated with both the compounds. The plethora of benefits of CBD oil for hair include:
⦁ CBD Oil Promotes Healthy Hair Growth: Healthy follicle growth begins with good scalp health, and when the scalp is dry, irritated or flaking, it is in need of some tender loving care. Cannabidiol has important nutrients which improve the quality of the scalp tissue, and in turn can help promote healthy hair growth and longevity. CBD is natural high in Vitamin E fatty acids, and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. The same stuff that’s found in fish that is so good for your hair, skin, and nails, is also found to a degree in CBD oil!
⦁ Protects Hair from Daily Stresses: CBD is also very antioxidant-rich, and has a multitude of vitamins (think A, B, C, D, E, and more) that protect the hair against environmental and daily stresses. By providing natural chemicals, that help boost the keratin found in hair with vitamins, and minerals – like those found in healthy foods and fats, CBD is like a protective shield for your hair.
⦁ Improves Moisture Content in Hair: Cannabidiol Oil also contains essential fatty acids, including Omegas -3, -6 and -9, which help hair retain moisture. And the Vitamin E in CBD is an extra element that keeps hair well nourished, shiny, and healthy-looking. You see, CBD works on the endocannabinoid system. A system that is involved in appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and more. It is no wonder there are topical CBD products that work for muscle spasms, pain mitigation, and pain management.
⦁ Strengthens Hair and Reduces Breakage: Over time, collagen and elastin, which are part of the building blocks of your body’s protein, and which give your hair strength and resiliency, diminish. That’s why you will often see more breakage and thinning of hair as you and your hair age. Through the amino acids present in CBD, it helps to infuse needed collagen and elastin into your hair, strengthening it, and reducing breakage.
⦁ Color Protection: L-Tyrosine, one of the many amino acids in CBD, is known to help maintain your hair’s color.
So why is CBD still illegal/taboo?
Lately, progressive legislation and more emphasis of science based arguments, and studies have made CBD all but legal in the United States, with the exception of 4 states (Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa). However, to understand the laws that originally outlawed CBD’s psychoactive cousin, Marijuana. We must understand the times, and the major key players that kept marijuana, and hemp demonized for all the wrong reasons. In fact, for many years Hemp was used by farmers here in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, as an industrial material. It was made to produce clothes, ropes, various fabrics, and especially canvas ship sails. In fact, the declaration of Independence itself was written on hemp paper!
The history of the CBD plant is long and tumultuous in the United States, and can be traced back to several major players in powerful positions that tried to outlaw “marijuana” and then lumping in the non-psychoactive cousin – hemp into the fold. In fact Americans were already using something called “cannabis” in their medicines as early as the 1850’s with treatments ranging from snakebite, to incontinence, uterine bleeding to insanity. The remedies it was prescribed for was as various and robust as the times. In fact, in 1942, the United States government officially released a video called “Hemp for Victory”. In it, they go on to inform the public about the history of hemp, and cannabis, and how American hemp must meet the needs of hemp production for the war effort, and beyond. Check out this video below:
The beginning of the end for CBD
So if CBD in itself doesn’t give you the same psychoactive properties that its cousin – marijuana, gives you, then why is it illegal? This comes down to two men that took the biggest part of demonizing it and making it illegal, in one of the most effective smear campaigns of all time.