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Dr. Jules Lipoff, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine is non-committal about the efficacy of CBD products for older adults:

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“There are any number of inflammatory skin conditions that occur in an aging population, including rosacea and atopic dermatitis. It remains yet unclear if CBD products have efficacy and safety in treating these conditions.”

Is it my imagination, or are my sixty-year-old lips softer and fuller now that I am using the Veritas Farm CBD Lip Balm?

CBD creams, lotions and salves fall under the industry designation of “cosmeceuticals,” for skin products with purported medicinal benefits. Cosmeceutical is not a classification recognized by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, nor is CBD acknowledged by the FDA for medicinal purposes beyond two severe forms of pediatric epilepsy. Yet in the current regulatory gray area, CBD companies are flooding the market with new topical products, while carefully moderating their claims of health benefits to avoid rousing the ire of the FDA.

On the East Coast, in recent years, upstate New York has become a hotbed for hemp growing, and High Falls Hemp NY is helping put the state on the map for its locally sourced, quality CBD. Started by baby boomers who repurposed their farm in the Hudson Valley to grow hemp, the company produces a CBD lotion that is unscented, not greasy and packs a generous 250 mg of CBD isolate per oz. I gave this cream to my 87 year old mother who is using it on her easily-bruising skin, and we are waiting to see what happens.

CBD oil studies have shown that it can encourage abnormal cell death. It can also slow the growth and spread of cancer. Would it help me? I’ve had skin cancer for over 20 years. I know the apprehension of discovering a new, suspicious area on my skin. I know the frustration of yet another skin check at the dermatologist’s office where I have an area that has to be biopsied. So when it became legal to have non-THC CBD oil, I thought I would give it a try.

When I got home and tried it, I was amazed at the difference. What I purchased in the CBD oil store was completely clear, slightly flavored with peppermint (although no flavoring was necessary for me to be able to take it without gagging), and it didn’t have the consistency of motor oil. (You can see the difference in the photo below.) Lesson learned – buy good quality CBD oil, which makes it much easier to take.

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After four weeks of once-daily ingestion, I couldn’t really tell a difference in how I felt from before I took it, but I noticed that my skin was looking clearer. However, trying to take the CBD oil was still causing difficulties, and I was ready to give up. It was that disgusting. I decided to instead put it directly on a couple of small areas of actinic keratosis on my face. I applied it at night before bed and covered with a bandage. Four nights later, I noticed that the areas were shrinking! This was encouraging.

Around that time, a CBD oil store opened near my home. I stopped by one day after work and asked if all CBD oils were as icky as the one I was taking. The salesperson told me what they sold was completely different. It was available in flavors, and I chose peppermint.

The first thing I learned is that there is a difference in CBD oils. My first purchase was from a healthy foods store. The store worker told me what she would recommend for me, and suggested that I should take it once a day. The label on the bottle indicated it was flavorless, but I have to tell you that I really struggled with ingesting that CBD oil. It wasn’t exactly flavorless; it tasted like I was drinking dirt. And it was thick.