As the buzz about CBD rises to a crescendo, soon the noise surrounding it will be hard to ignore. Due to its many proposed health benefits, CBD is waiting to burst onto the scene and is positioned to become the next big thing in health and wellness.
But what actually is CBD?
CBD is a safe, non-addictive compound, endowed with several claimed therapeutic properties that make the mysterious substance potentially effective in treating an array of conditions. Scientific research indicates that CBD could treat everything from insomnia to digestive issues, skin disorders and chronic joint and muscle pain. It is also said to even have neuroprotective properties.
More research is obviously needed in order to substantiate some these assertions, but there are properties of CBD that are currently accepted in the scientific community. CBD’s anti-inflammatory, nutrient-rich, and antioxidant properties are the reason why the compound is gaining such considerable traction in the beauty industry, especially in hair and skincare.
CBD’s myriad of potential wellness benefits should spark the interest of anyone looking to live their best lives. Today we explore the various applications of CBD in men’s health and wellness, and how adding CBD-infused products to your daily grooming routine could lead to healthier hair, and a healthier beard. It just might be your next obsession in men’s hair care—whether that hair is growing on your head or from your face.
What Is CBD?
You’re probably familiar with the compound THC and its psychotropic effects. But what a lot of people don’t know is that THC is just one of over 100 other chemical compounds, called “phytocannabinoids”, that can be extracted from the cannabis sativa or hemp plant. One of the many compounds unique to marijuana and industrial hemp plants is cannabidiol, or CBD for short.
Both THC and CBD have been found to be endowed with a number of significant medicinal properties, but unlike THC, CBD will not get you high. Essentially, CBD has the same medicinal effects as THC without the high, which makes it extremely appealing to those seeking symptom relief without any of those worrisome side effects.
Stronger Hair—Stronger You
CBD is packed with nutrients that are amazing for the health of your hair. In fact it’s been found to contain all 21 known amino acids—the building blocks of protein. “Because of that, it helps to build up collagen and elastin, which are essential to hair strength.” Kevin Wachs, founder and CEO of Earthly Body tells The Zoe Report. He goes on to say that by helping hair build protein, CBD oil helps prevent breakage and even can make that “flow” you are trying to cultivate look thicker and fuller. “It’s also high in essential fatty acids such as Omegas 3, 6 and 9, so it helps prevent moisture loss and keeps hair well hydrated,” Wachs adds. He even goes on to say that one of the 21 amino acids found in CBD oil, called tyrosine, can even help to maintain your natural hair color. Bye-Bye unwanted greys!
CBD oil is also very rich in vitamins A, C, and E, which are three of the most widely studied antioxidants on the planet. “These [vitamins/antioxidants] protect us from pollution-induced free radicals,” Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, a Miami-based dermatologist with of 40 years of experience, tells the Zoe Report. This means that the vitamin content of CBD shields your hair from environmental damage like dryness and frizz. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Hair breakage is one of the main contributors for losing head and beard hair. If you’re one of the millions of people watching helplessly as your hair impolitely excuses itself from your head or face, CBD could be your solution to not only keeping the hair you already have, but some say it can actually stimulate new hair growth. “People with receding or thinning hair may benefit from CBD use," Dr. Eshan Ali, the Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, tells TZR. There’s convincing evidence that lipids contained in CBD oil can aid in the lengthening and strengthening of those stubborn beard hairs by promoting keratin production—the protein responsible for hair growth.
Healthy Skin = Healthy Beard
Healthy hair starts with healthy skin, whether that hair is on top of your head or covering your beautiful face—and it’s scalp health where CBD oil truly shines. “It’s regenerative for the skin, so it helps the scalp maintain necessary things to keep it healthy, like good blood circulation and quelling dandruff and sore or irritated hair follicles,” says Alli George, the marketing manager at Daintri.
The skin calming effect of CBD oil use to which Ms. George is referring, is due to CBD’s prominent ant-inflammatory properties, which makes it a perfect beard care product. Whether you shave your face every morning, maintain your beard by trimming, or have a big bushy guy, you’ve probably run into things like razor burn, excessive itchiness, and dry skin that can lead to beard dandruff. That’s why it’s exciting to see the emergence of CBD beard oils that can remedy all types of beard irritation, while helping to manage and nurture beards of any length.
Moisture is the Essence of Beauty…
I know a lot of guys whose beard care regimen ends after a quick comb through or trim for style and maintenance. But they’re missing out on one of the essential self-care techniques that could help grow a beard worthy of the gods…or maybe just better skin. I’m talking about proper hydration. The skin under your beard is just as important as the beard itself. This is where your hair follicles are located, and these poor, little guys tend to be neglected when it comes to skin and haircare.
CBD oil easily seep into your pores without clogging them, which promotes the growth of strong, healthy looking beard hair. It’s also chock-full of Vitamin E, one of nature’s greatest moisturizers and conditioners, which will not only make your beard stronger, but will add a glorious shine and soften those tough beard hairs. No flyaways for you!
CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are also particularly helpful for those that suffer from certain skin disorders, where growing a beard might hinder you from treating the skin underneath. If you do deal with problematic skin, applying CBD beard oil could be the answer to treating things like redness, acne, psoriasis, eczema and even rosacea. And to top it all off, CBD oil is light and non-greasy, allowing you to rock it comfortably, all day and night.
Interested in trying CBD-infused hair and beard care products?
Beard Belly Blade founder, Sean Larkin, actually runs his own bath and body skincare line, called Fighting Goat Soap Company. Obviously, we're biased towards this product line. But if you're interested, you can purchase two of his soaps on Amazon Prime now! Check out Sean's:
- Activated Charcoal, Tea Tree, and Hemp Oil Extract Bar Soap
- Bentonite Clay, Peppermint, and Hemp Oil Extract Bar Soap
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