Did you know one-third of women in the U.S. will experience hair loss at some point in their lives? Not only that, but hair naturally thins out as we age with only 43% of women reaching the age of 80 with a full head of hair.
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.
As you may already know, there are many targeted treatment options out there for hair loss, from medications to red light therapy to hair transplants. While these treatments can help, oftentimes the best way to grow a healthy head of hair is through a more holistic approach to your overall health. That’s where CBD and CBD-infused hair products come into the picture.
CBD oil and full-spectrum hemp oil have skyrocketed in popularity, credited by many to relieve pain and anxiety, or help in getting a better night’s sleep. Cannabidiol (CBD) has a wide range of effects throughout the body, so how might CBD oil help combat thinning hair or stimulating hair growth?
CBD & The Endocannabinoid System
CBD is a special kind of active compound produced by both cannabis and hemp plants. These compounds are called cannabinoids, and cannabinoids are found in both our bodies (endocannabinoids) and in members of the cannabis sativa plant family (phytocannabinoids).
That’s right, our bodies produce cannabinoids, too! In fact, it was through research on phytocannabinoids that scientists discovered the endocannabinoids our bodies produce naturally and the innate bodily system that makes use of these compounds.
This bodily system is called the endocannabinoid system (or ECS) and its discovery in the early 1990s was a monumental medical advancement because it gave us both a much broader understanding as to how our bodies function and a key as to how plants like hemp and cannabis can be so beneficial to our health and well-being.
The ECS is largely responsible for maintaining a balanced biological tone throughout the body, called homeostasis. It has a huge umbrella of influence in the body—everything from appetite to mood, temperature regulation to immune function—and it is by working with the ECS that CBD can have such a wide variety of effects and benefits.
Because CBD is non-intoxicating, it has been widely embraced over recent years. While it broke through into public consciousness largely because of its ability to help with hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy and seizure disorder, research has uncovered many possible medical applications for CBD. A few include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers or Parkinson’s
- Inflammatory bowel disorders
- Nausea and vomiting
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Skin conditions like psoriasis
How Can CBD Help With Hair Loss & Healthy Hair Growth?
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.
Research has shown that both orally consuming cannabinoids like CBD in the form of a CBD gummy vitamin and applying topically such as with a CBD hair serum will deposit them into a developing hair shaft, raising some interesting new questions about how the endocannabinoid system impacts hair growth and development. Researchers have also found cannabinoid receptors (called CB1 and CB2) in hair follicles, and one study showed that CBD might impact hair growth in a dose dependent way: lower doses seem to stimulate hair growth while high doses seem to inhibit it.
CBD for Hair Loss
Since CBD has been shown to increase blood circulation, applying CBD products to the scalp for hair loss may be effective because it can soothe and calm the skin and encourage hair growth around the follicle. CBD may also reduce inflammation to help combat thinning hair by creating a more nurturing environment for hair to grow.
For now, CBD oil and CBD-infused products have global health and wellness benefits that may be able to help you get back to noticeable hair growth and hair health. It can also help increase the efficacy of other actives in a product. Plus, when taken orally such as in a tincture or CBD gummy, you may experience less stress, a major contributor to hair loss.
CBD helps your body balance out to a state that is ideal for encouraging hair growth. Let's dive into how it works.
CBD Is An Anxiety Buster
We could all benefit from a little less stress and anxiety, right? Stress is the worst. No really. It can have such a wide range of negative impacts on our bodies, and hair loss is one of them.
CBD has been shown to have global anxiolytic (or anti-anxiety) benefits for the body. In fact, some evidence suggests it might be more effective and fast acting than common prescription medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) that are often prescribed for anxiety and depression.
It is through these stress and anxiety-relieving properties that CBD oil is believed to help folks sleep, and we all know how important sleep is to our general health and well-being! So it makes sense that sleep is also very important in supporting healthy hair growth. Bonus points if you're using a hair-friendly pillowcase.
Less stress in your body also means less of the “stress hormone” cortisol, which is responsible for the “flight or fight” feeling when you’re in a nerve-wracking situation. High amounts of cortisol have been linked to hair loss (not to mention weight gain and trouble sleeping). Regular and restful sleep is essential to maintaining healthy levels of cortisol in the body.
The bottom line? CBD can help ease stress and anxiety, which is always a net positive for your general health.
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CBD Fights Inflammation
Inflammation is at the root of so many health evils: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and bowel diseases like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, among others. Chronic inflammation doesn’t just wreak havoc on your body and your skin — it can also impact your hair.
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.
Speaking of CBD's ability to reduce inflammation and potential for treating skin conditions, CBD oil's close cousin hemp seed oil (made from the seeds of the hemp plant, and distinctly different than CBD oil) is not only nutritious but packed with essential fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties, too. Hemp seed oil has shown promise for treating eczema, cradle cap, psoriasis and acne.
CBD Is An Antioxidant
You’ve probably heard that antioxidants are important to our general health and we should be consuming antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, dark leafy greens and pecans. But that’s just half the story.
Antioxidants are important for our health because they combat free-radicals. Free radicals are mischief-making compounds in our bodies. They are molecularly unsound, and so they rip through our bodies stealing what they need from otherwise healthy tissue and cells. Our bodies produce antioxidants to deal with free radicals, but when we can’t keep up with the high levels of antioxidants modern life brings, our systems get overwhelmed and something called oxidative stress happens.
Oxidative stress is joined at the hip with inflammation, and it’s another major cause for disease and illness. It probably comes as no surprise that oxidative stress has also been linked to hair aging and loss.
Good thing CBD has some impressive antioxidant properties! Whether inside the body or out, CBD can lend your body a hand and its antioxidant benefits show promise not just for oxidative stress, but for inflammation related to that stress, to boot.
What Type of CBD Is Best and Actually Effective for Hair?
There are two main ways CBD can support your body’s efforts to grow fabulous and healthy hair: you can consume it and you can apply it topically. With the plethora of CBD oil infused products out there, how do you know which to choose? Are some CBD products better than others?
The answer is yes!
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The Best Type of CBD to Consume: Full-Spectrum
Hemp and cannabis plants produce a whole host of chemically active and beneficial compounds, over 400 of them in fact! While the focus so far has been on CBD, there are over 100 other cannabinoids (like THC, CBG, and CBN for example), all of which provide their own unique benefits. In addition to cannabinoids, these plants also produce terpenes and flavonoids that support our general health, too.
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.
Orally, you can take CBD in gummies, other edible products, infused beverages and in CBD oils (or tinctures) meant to be put under the tongue. Just be sure to look for full- and broad-spectrum products to take advantage of the natural array of compounds the plants have to offer.
VEGAMOUR has formulated the first CBD-infused multivitamins made especially to support thicker, fuller, healthier hair. They’re 100% vegan and non-psychoactive, powered by full-spectrum hemp oil extract to provide you with the maximum benefits for gorgeous hair. These fruit-flavored chewy treats also contain an army of ingredients well equipped (and well studied) to help support your goals for beautiful tresses, including zinc, folic acid and biotin. You can also try vitamins for hair without CBD for those who prefer it.
The Best Type of CBD to Apply: Micro-Encapsulated
CBD oil can be applied directly to the skin, but not all CBD oils can properly access the areas of your scalp to provide its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits and support better scalp health. So you need to be choosy when it comes to choosing CBD-infused hair products.
Micro-encapsulation is a process by which a compound is stored in such a way that it produces small particles to deliver a controlled amount of the compound in the target area.
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.)
If you’ve experienced hair loss, you know what it’s like to want a solution that will be more effective than an up-do. The more we understand the complexities of human health, and the more we uncover the complex mechanisms at play when it comes to hair growth, the more we see that general health and well-being is the first step to growing gorgeous hair. With its global health boosting benefits, CBD can supplement a healthy lifestyle. Are you ready to make CBD part of your hair care and hair wellness routines? Check out these VEGAMOUR coupon codes for a discount on your first purchase.
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