by Dan Ketchum
A CBD massage from your favorite person is definitely a magic moment, but no single CBD product is a magic bullet. The real magic is how your endocannabinoid system and CBD work together — that’s right, CBD actually works in tandem with your body’s built-in cannabinoid receptors in the central nervous system to exert potentially significant therapeutic effects. And by “magic,” we mean science.
While a wide variety of health and beauty products pack CBD and all the perks that go with it, these products vary widely in their additional ingredients and applications, making a combo approach your routine’s best bet. So let’s make a little room in that medicine cabinet.
For Your Skin
A growing number of studies showcase CBD’s promising results as an anti-inflammatory oil, which isn’t just good news for your massage; it’s good news for easing all kinds of angry red outbreaks in your daily skincare routine. “Cannabidiol also has hydrating, moisturizing and wrinkle-reducing properties,” Dr. Jennifer Chwalek, dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York, tells CNN in 2019.
More than that, topical products like our CBD Massage Oil feature natural ingredients that your skin loves, like the antioxidants of vitamin E and the collagen-boosting humectant, jojoba oil.
For Your Lips
We don’t call it The Kissing Balm for nothing. As a natural hydrator and moisturizer, cannabidiol has what it takes to help keep your lips soft and protected from cracking and dryness, but lips are super sensitive and often need a little more attention. That’s why, in addition to 10 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD oil, elements like shea butter and mango butter add another layer between your lips and the sun, offering soothing vitamins E and A.
For Your Hair
As a non-psychotropic, CBD absolutely won’t get you high, but it may make your hair stand a little taller. In addition to hair-healthy vitamin E (which offers all the protective healthy fats your locks need), CBD oil naturally contains a laundry list of hair-friendly elements, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids — and those are CBD facts. Some products cater specifically to hair (often offering additional benefits), while skin-safe CBD oils can also be used as oil conditioners.
Tinctures and Ingestibles
Taken orally as a capsule or supplement, CBD’s potentially therapeutic effects tend to focus on mental well-being and day-to-day pain. Writing for Psychology Today, Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc, says, “Research studies on both animals and humans have shown that CBD may help lower feelings of isolation ... It seems CBD can calm the brain and support the hippocampus,” making it a possible aid for stress and anxiety. Likewise, anti-inflammatory properties may make an oil rub or a few drops of CBD tincture under the tongue a safe method for easing general soreness.
So what do the CBD senseis mean when they say “go low and take it slow”? In your daily routine, as elsewhere, it’s best to start with small amounts of CBD and implement gradually until you find out what works for you. With the right products, you can go low, take it slow and glow up.
Dan has been a writer and small business owner since 2009. In the healthcare and cannabis realms, he’s fortunate enough to have collaborated with the likes of Civilized Life, Cetaphil, LIVESTRONG, VitaGenne, DermStore, JillianMichaels.com and FOCL, with work appearing in publications such as USA Today, The Seattle Times and the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate, among others.