What Fresh Bliss Is This?!
Part 1of 3: CBD Benefits On The Skin
“Immersing yourself in a healthy lifestyle was something that began with destination spas, but now day spas, resort and hotel spas are all branching out to offer wellness-based services, such as stress relief, life coaching, nutrition and fitness counseling.” says Julie Sinclair, editor in chief of Spa Magazine.
With legalization of marijuana in Canada, many of these establishments are incorporating alternative medicine, such as CBD, popular short hand for the compound cannabidiol, into their treatments. Cannabis: the plant that keeps on giving. Its uses are incredible and can be traced back thousands of years. There are various species of cannabis, and cannabidiol is one molecule that has been gaining a ton of popularity.
In 2012, Israeli scientists identified more than 1,200 human genes affected by CBD, has been shown to regulate the expression of 491 genes, 165 in skin. (1) Cannabidiol has been shown to activate both the cannaboid and PPAR Gamma receptor in skin, which is probably responsible for it’s claimed skin benefits. Reported skin benefits include:
- Imporoved moisturization
- Improved skin barrier
- Skin soothing/anti-inflammatory
- Acne/oil control
- Treating Psoriasis/Atopic Dermatitis
- Enhanced skin repair and cell regeneration
- Anti-aging effects
- Stronger hair follicles and overall healthier hair
- Reduced stress, anxiety and their direct effects
- Improved skin health and appearance
- Reduce the appearance of dark spots
“Our data demonstrate that the topical application of CBD regulates over 150 genes in the skin. This likely affects wound healing, pigmentation, aging, acne and more – all important considerations for companies developing skincare products” Dr. Bridget (Keenan) Early, Scientific Sales Manager at GeneMakers.
People are still often cautious of using CBD oils as they sometimes confuse CBD with THC, but there are actually stark differences between the two. While THC is known to get people high or alter their state of mind, CBD does neither. It is not psychoactive and also has more medical use than THC. In vitro studies indicate CBD may interact with different biological targets, including endo-cannabinoid receptors and other neurotransmitter receptors.
The human body contains a specialized system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in regulating a variety of functions including sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system, giving you one more good reason you should consider adding CBD to your next massage appointment.
Cannabidiol has a myriad of health and wellness benefits, and when it comes to massages, CBD products fit perfectly. Infact, CBD topicals provide one of the easiest ways to take advantage of CBD’s benefits and can be used to target specific areas of the body that require particular attention for pain relief. By implementing CBD infused massage oils and topicals, you can benefit both from the relaxing and invigorating effects of a massage with the medicinal pain and discomfort relieving effects of CBD.
Rachel Lapidos, Author at WELL+GOOD gave this quote in a review of her CBD massage experience, “Typically, even walking is a chore after doing so many sprints on an incline – but the CBD, coupled with the massage, seems to have been successful in vanquishing that seriously annoying soreness. I feel as though I could go run a mile without any pain (though in my blissed-out state, I decided not to).”
Inflammation is directly linked with acute pain, particularly at joints or in muscles. By applying CBD topicals directly to the affected areas, the cannabinoid’s natural anti-inflammatory effects can help reduce the inflammation and therefore relieve any discomfort being experienced due to sore muscles.
You’ve probably been lectured your entire life about the importance of nutritious foods and vitamins to keep your body healthy. While glowing skin can be a benefit of being in good health, sometimes your skin needs a little extra nourishment of it’s own.
Seaflora Skincare’s Sea Silk CBD Massage Oil combines nature’s most powerful skincare ingredients in a bioavailable formulation of organic Alaria & Nereocystis seaweeds, medium-chain-triglycerides, coconut oil and sunflower oil. The CBD is a THC free, CO2 extracted isolate from North American certified organic hemp.
It turns out seaweed and CBD offer many of the same benefits. Both offer superior bioavailability for quick absorption and antioxidants that help to protect your skin from environmental stress, are anti-inflammatory, help regulate sebum production and slow the natural aging process. On top of all those benefits, the seaweeds also encourage collagen production, protect elasticity and helps to visibly diminish wrinkles, skin dullness and ruddy skin tone.
Another significant benefit of CBD oil is that is has been found to soothe sensitive skin, and studies indicate that it may even be able to help inhibit certain disorders like psoriasis and eczema. More research is needed, but what exists certainly looks promising, and researchers speculate it all comes down to CBD’s substantial skin-claming and skin-normalizing effects.
Packed with nutrient-rich, all-natural properties, Seaweed and CBD are the ultimate team to add to your beauty regime. Getting a massage, in a soothing environment, relaxes the mind and body, giving you time in silence for reflection and mindfulness as you enter a state of bliss. If you’re looking for a powerful, healthy, body relaxant that is widely accessible and legal, try a CBD add-on to your next spa treatment.