With the rising popularity of CBD for treating things like anxiety and insomnia, there are those who also swear by it when it comes to hair care. Does CBD and hemp oil really make hair shiny and vibrant?
CBD is the compound in cannabis and hemp associated with calm and well-being. It’s also thought to be useful for the treatment of anything from mental anguish to epilepsy, and many things in between. CBD creams, balms and scrubs have been on the market for a while now, and those who love them won’t use anything else at bathtime.
And while most people have been focusing on CBD for anxiety and sleeplessness, some people are walking around with extra shiny and robust hair; apparently. But it’s not exactly down to the CBD specifically, rather it’s thought be due to the remarkable things inside hemp seeds.
According to Kevin Wachs, CEO of Earthly Body, (who also own Emera) “CBD oil contains all 21 known amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein,” he said according to The Zoe report. Wachs, who is proud of the new line of CBD shampoos and hair care products, added, “Because of that, it helps to build up collagen and elastin, which are essential to hair strength.”
And while he is correct that there’s a connection between enough protein and good hair, there’s no scientific evidence that CBD is some wonder remedy for a dry scalp or a receding hairline. Besides, when it’s referred to as CBD Oil, it really means to connote hemp seed oil.
CBD is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. These vitamins are considered to be the ones that protect from “pollution-induced free radicals,” according to Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, a dermatologist from Miami. It’s also a fact that CBD contains high and balanced amounts of Omegas 3,6 and 9, which helps to moisturize hair and keep it hydrated and potentially looking shiny. There’s also the fact that CBD could help to preserve hair color. According to Ciraldo, “Additionally, one of the amino acids in CBD Oil, tyrosine, helps to maintain hair color,” she said.
CBD and hemp seed oil is certainly not bad for the skin or hair, but how good is it? It is considered to be regenerative for skin, and that helps when the scalp gets dry or irritated. Some doctors even believe that CBD has been proven to stimulate hair growth, although there are no clinical studies to date to that end. One doctor familiar with CBD said it could help with thinning hair.
“People with receding or thinning hair may benefit from CBD use,” Dr. Eshan Ali, the Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, said. But not all CBD hair products are the same, and you need to know what you’re looking for before you go spending your hard-earned cash.
Your first port of call should be the ingredients list printed on the label or bottle. If you want to benefit from the alleged benefits of CBD for hair, it will need to contain hemp seed oil. This oil is made from the seeds of hemp and crushed down into an oil much in the same way as olive oil is made. If the product only says it contains hemp extract or hemp, or even just CBD, then it might not contain the hemp seed oil which is where the gold’s at.
For now, it remains to be seen whether or not CBD and hemp seed oil really are effective for treating thinning hair, dry scalp, or just for having healthier looking locks. The proteins and Omegas contained in them are considered to be healthy for humans in general and could help with hair issues, but it’s unclear if it works the same for different people as well as the amount of oil in the products.
This and many other factors make CBD hair products sound more like hype and marketing than anything else to many people. Only once more substantial research is carried out on hemp will people have a clearer picture of its health benefits. Until then, it’s really just a case of trial and error for the most part.