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Naysayers claim that the effectiveness of CBD oil is a significant marketing ploy, but studies on treating skin conditions that are presently being conducted do show promises. An investigation run by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology and the Islamia University of Bahawalpur confirmed the efficacy and safety of topical cannabidiol in treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, and itchy skin. Healthy males were instructed to apply 3% Cannabis seeds extract cream twice a day to their cheeks for 12 weeks. The results demonstrated that skin sebum and erythema content showed a significant decrease (p<0.05). Therefore, there’s evidence to suggest that CBD oil has a therapeutic effect in inflammatory skin diseases, and can act as a powerful moisturiser.

The antioxidants CBD oil contains are not only useful in treating acne-related redness, but they can also diminish visible signs of ageing – from minimising fine lines and under-eye puffiness to remedying the skin’s dull appearance. Female-owned brand CBD For Life offers a wide range of anti-ageing products like its CBD For Life Eye Serum, which contains cannabis Sativa seed oil and hyaluronic acid to plumpen and nourish the skin. The same applies to Herbivore’s Botanicals Emerald CBD Deep Moisture Glow Oil. A brightening skincare treatment with antioxidant-rich ingredients, this product works as a natural emollient to give the skin a dewy finish and reduce the look of fine lines.

For a reputable moisturising option, look no further than Herb Essentials Cannabis-Infused Body Lotion. The formula has received raving customer reviews due to featuring a balanced ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that help to keep the skin well hydrated. Alternatively, those who are still becoming familiar with cannabinoid should try out the range of lip balms that are on offer. Fun to play around with, Vertly’s CBD Infused Lip Butter is a lip balm handcrafted with coconut oil, shea butter, cacao butter, kokum butter and jojoba oil — able to heal, nourish and moisturise lips.

Highly acclaimed beauty brand Kiehl’s recently expanded its skincare range and launched Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate. It’s a facial oil formulated from hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa seed oil and green oregano oil, with the intent to reduce redness and calm acne-prone skin thanks to its antioxidant properties.

At a time when physical and mental health is at the top of everyone’s priorities, keeping the bathroom shelf stocked with vitamin-based skincare products from A to Z has become a necessity. Unfortunately, it’s been nigh-on-impossible to stay up to date with all the beauty brands that have come into prominence in the last few years. From natural ingredients to new formulas, skincare has taken over and it’s now playing a significant role in the daily routine of most Centennials. While some trends have become instant hits, others have still not been fully recognised — or trusted.

By Ludovica Parisi

This is the case for cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD: one of the 100 different chemical compounds of the hemp plant. Its effects can be likened to that of marijuana, but CBD doesn’t actually contain any psychoactive elements. On the contrary, it is rich in vitamins A, C and E, which stimulate collagen production and help to promote anti-inflammation. The extract also contains powerful antioxidants that are able to heal and moisturise the skin. The term “CBD oil” can often be found on the labels of shampoos, oral sprays and skincare products. This phrasing is used to refer to a blend of CBD extracts with either olive, hemp or coconut oil — all of which enhance application and effectiveness.

Up in the wee hours of the night, stuck watching videos of puppies? CBD may be promising as a sleep aid; one of the side effects of the Epidiolex trials for epilepsy was drowsiness, according to Mr. MacKillop, a co-author of a review on cannabinoids and sleep. “If you are looking for new treatments for sleep, that may be a clue,” he said.

Just as hemp seedlings are sprouting up across the United States, so is the marketing. From oils and nasal sprays to lollipops and suppositories, it seems no place is too sacred for CBD. “It’s the monster that has taken over the room,” Dr. Brad Ingram, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said about all the wild uses for CBD now. He is leading a clinical trial into administering CBD to children and teenagers with drug-resistant epilepsy.

For students with generalized social anxiety, a four-minute talk, with minimal time to prepare, can be debilitating. Yet a small experiment in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD seemed to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.

Does CBD help anxiety and PTSD?

By Dawn MacKeen

Cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. THC is psychoactive, and CBD may or may not be, which is a matter of debate. THC can increase anxiety; it is not clear what effect CBD is having, if any, in reducing it. THC can lead to addiction and cravings; CBD is being studied to help those in recovery.

Cannabis containing 0.3 percent or less of THC is hemp. Although last year’s Farm Bill legalized hemp under federal law, it also preserved the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of products derived from cannabis.

CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of CBD’s popularity is that it purports to be “nonpsychoactive,” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high (or the midnight pizza munchies).

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Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.

CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.

The bottom line on cannabidiol

CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status is in flux. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The government’s position on CBD is confusing, and depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The legality of CBD is expected to change, as there is currently bipartisan consensus in Congress to make the hemp crop legal which would, for all intents and purposes, make CBD difficult to prohibit.

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a "high." According to a report from the World Health Organization, "In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been recently covered in the media, and you may have even seen it as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee. What exactly is CBD? Why is it suddenly so popular?

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and, in some cases, it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.