CBD (cannabidiol) has become super popular and pervasive due to its long list of reported benefits, from pain relief to stress management. But here’s a little secret: CBD also works wonders in beauty products — yes, including hair growth formulas — but only in tandem with other amazing substances. Read on to learn about the special role CBD plays in hair products and how it works synergistically with other ingredients.
First, What Is CBD?
While CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient of cannabis) have the exact same molecular structure — 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms, and 2 oxygen atoms! — CBD and THC don’t have the same psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, which means it doesn’t produce the high associated with THC. This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana.
Some of the most well-known health benefits of CBD include pain relief, reducing anxiety and depression, and minimizing the appearance of acne.
But How Does CBD Work for Hair?
CBD works in many ways for hair growth. For example, it contains fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9, which have been proven to help lock in moisture and seal hair cuticles.
But it gets deeper than that. CBD also provides improved blood circulation for topical products and eases stress; in other words, it allows the scalp to reach optimal conditions for maximum hair growth -- especially when other ingredients come into play. Think of it as the greenhouse you need to give your hair that extra boost.
To get the full scoop on all the ways CBD benefits hair wellness, head on over to our ultimate guide to CBD for hair.
Which Ingredients Work Best With CBD for Hair Growth?
Because CBD works harmoniously with other ingredients, we developed the GRO+ Advanced line. Our hand-picked hair-friendly ingredients -- mung bean, red clover, curcumin and nicotiana benthamiana and acetyl tetrpetide-3 -- create a healthy environment for hair to grow while CBD stimulates hair growth by allowing actives to penetrate deeper without irritation.
Mung Bean + Clover
Mung beans contain plenty of hair-nourishing nutrients, such as protein, B vitamins, zinc, iron magnesium, calcium and more, while red clover minimizes the production of the androgen DHT (dihydrotestosterone) which can make you lose hair faster and earlier.
Photo via Wikipedia
By slowing down DHT with red clover, nourishing the scalp with mung bean, and reducing inflammation with our full-spectrum hemp, it’s possible to get fuller, thicker, longer hair as soon as 90 to 120 days of consistent use.
Curcumin + Nicotiana Benthamiana
Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory properties as well as being a very strong antioxidant. When used for hair growth, curcumin helps to invigorate the scalp while remaining gentle on delicate skin while nicotiana benthamiana, a protein, helps improve the density of root hairs.
Read: What Is Cannabigerol?