How does CBD actually work?

There is a lot of buzz around CBD and hemp in the market. While many brands feature the ingredient to serve a purpose (like muscle rub), a few brands use the addition of CBD as a marketing ploy (CBD tooth picks, anyone?!), we made CBD a staple ingredient in CBD ME™ products because we understand its healthful benefits, especially for skin (and lip!) care.

Let's dive in with 6 fast facts about cannabidiol (or CBD oil):

 – CBD products can not contain more than 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) to be legal at the federal level

 – CBD is non-psychoactive and will not make you feel high.

 – It can help restore healthy skin balance

 – CBD is chemically similar to your body’s own endocannabinoids making it easy for the body to recognize CBD as it interacts with your cannabinoid receptors

 – CBD extract works to nourish skin due to naturally occurring antioxidant compounds

 – CBD can help skin stabilize free radicals and better protect itself from overexposure to environmental elements

How does it work?

Hemp derived CBD can help retain moisture and soothe skin. To put it simply, your skin contains cannabinoid receptors that are a part of the endocannabinoid system and can interact indirectly with topical cannabinoids like CBD.

Because of the antioxidant compounds present, CBD-infused topical products can reduce the oxidative stress that damages skin.

External and internal CBD usage is different. When applied topically, CBD does not enter the bloodstream. This means that the effects of topical application will stay only in the application area (ie lips).  Topical CBD oil helps to improve skin at the cellular level through the endocannabinoid system. Vitamins A and D, naturally present in CBD, protect your skin from environmental pollutants and free radicals.

What is the ECS?

Discovered in the 1990s, the ECS, or endocannabinoid system, is thought to be one of the most vital systems in our bodies for sustaining good health as it truly guides & affects many of our biological processes.

The ECS contains cannabinoid receptors (which we’ll call the “locks”) and a group of chemical compounds called cannabinoids (which we’ll call the "keys”). Our bodies are designed to accept cannabinoids via two main receptors: cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2) that process 3 types of cannabinoids:

  • Endocannabinoids – The cannabinoids our body makes
  • Phytocannabinoids – Natural plant cannabinoids
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids – Synthetically created in a lab

CB1 is mostly found in the brain but exists in other crucial systems. This receptor is more keyed into THC, the main cannabinoid found in marijuana.

CB2 lives mainly in the immune system, but is also found in muscles, bones and organs.

Hemp contains phytocannabinoids. Phyto means “plant.” Humans produce what are known as endocannabinoids. Endo means “within.” These compounds are key players in normal immune and central nervous system function. Hemp’s phytocannabinoids work with our bodies ECS to help support health & homeostasis.