Whether it's added to coffee or conditioners, CBD is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. There’s no surprise there -- it’s been shown to combat inflammation, reduce stress and anxiety, promote restful sleep, and even stimulate hair growth. Honestly, is there anything it can’t do? But, of course, for every amazing benefit that it touts—particularly in regards to hair—one must consider if it’s too good to be true. Read on to find out if CBD can contribute to hair loss.
But First, What Is CBD?
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is found in the stalks, leaves and flowers of hemp and marijuana plants. These plants have well over one hundred chemicals found in each of them, but CBD can account for a large percentage of their makeup. And although this wellness trend is extracted from cannabis plants, it delivers none of the psychedelic effects due to its very low percentage of psychoactive compounds.
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The Truth About CBD and Hair Loss
Barring health reasons, such as autoimmune disorders or those taking prescription medications or receiving chemotherapy treatments, CBD has no reported effects on hair loss. In fact, it can actually nourish the scalp and prevent hair loss, making it beneficial to your hair wellness journey. Below, you’ll find additional information on what current research reveals about CBD leading to hair loss.
What Is More Likely Causing Hair Loss?
LifestyleWhile it’s easy to associate your current hair loss with CBD usage, it’s actually more plausible that poor eating habits, chronic stress, and/or vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the real culprits. If these problems aren’t carefully addressed, CBD can contribute to a change in your body chemistry and thus become associated with the hair loss. Studies have shown that CBD activates certain receptors within the body that can lower stress and inflammation. So, if your hair loss is caused by stress or inflammation, it is possible that CBD may actually be beneficial for this type of hair loss.
Testosterone and Hair Loss
Studies have shown that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the disorienting psychoactive component in marijuana—can impact the production of testosterone in the body. So, the myth surrounding CBD causing hair loss seems to stem from excessive marijuana usage, meaning the high levels of THC found in the plant may obstruct hair growth, although concrete evidence is hard to come by. Some would also argue that abundant marijuana usage may lead to insomnia and anxiety, hence the linkage to hair loss.
It is important to note that marijuana and CBD are not identical, with the latter containing less than 0.3 percent of THC. Additionally, CBD has been shown to balance the endocannabinoid system and bring the body back to homeostasis (homeostasis can be defined as a state of balance, particularly between physiological processes in the body, including hair follicle growth). This makes the body’s cannabinoid receptors more likely to receive all of the growth-promoting ingredients in our CBD products.
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CBD Oil Can Actually Combat Hair Loss
Teeming with wellness and beauty-friendly components like omega-3, linoleic acid, and antioxidants, CBD feels like a haircare lover’s dream. When applied topically, CBD oil helps to boost blood circulation and reduce alopecia-causing inflammation. And it’s pretty evident that we are huge fans of CBD here at Vegamour. Our GRO+ Advanced Hair Serum and GRO+ Advanced Gummies include micro-encapsulated CBD, which allows the active ingredients to penetrate the follicles directly, targeting hair loss right at the source. The result? Healthier, stronger strands, and—wait for it—visibly longer hair!
- Alopecia research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3935391/
- CBD Oil Benefits: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cbd-oil-benefits#section6
- Endocannabinoid system: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19675519/
- Can Marijuana Cause Hair Loss: https://www.advancedtrichology.com/blogs/news/can-marijuana-cause-hair-loss
- Could Cannabis Cause Hair Loss? https://cannabis.net/blog/opinion/could-cannabis-cause-hair-loss
- Causes of Women’s Hair Loss: https://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss/causes_of_hair_loss.html