Oils are hot in the beauty world. As a beauty editor, I’ve slathered everything short of butter onto my face: argan, coconut, rosehip, sandalwood, chia, neroli, calendula, mandarin, macadamia, rice bran, seabuckthorn, patchouli, grapefruit seed, sesame seed, soybean, sweet almond, pomegranate seed, lemon myrtle, sunflower seed—even extra virgin olive oil from my pantry when I was desperate. I’ve washed my face with oil-based cleansers, and dabbed expensive mixtures being sold as “face oils” onto my skin in hopes of achieving that Instagram-ready glow. Contrary to popular belief, the right oil is actually good for your face and won’t clog your pores. Your skin needs a reasonable amount of oil to do its business; as a matter of fact, if you scrub away all your natural face oil (as I was prone to do with rubbing alcohol as a frustrated and misguided pizza-faced teen), you may actually be prone to more breakouts as your skin tries to make up for the imbalance. As cannabis meets up with the mainstream beauty world, cannabidiol (CBD) oil may be the next big thing.
Medical professionals and the FDA do advise that patients avoid citrus fruits, in particular grapefruit, when taking certain medications. Especially true of heart medications, grapefruit juice has nearly the exact same reaction to the CYP3A4 enzyme as CBD. When taken in conjunction with some medications, grapefruit juice can either decrease or increase the potency of the drug, through its reactions to the CYP3A4 enzyme.
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Other targets for CBD include transient receptor potential (TRP) channels that are involved with the modulation of intracellular calcium (1, 6). Cannabinoids are highly lipophilic, allowing access to intracellular sites of action, resulting in increases in calcium in a variety of cell types including hippocampal neurons. CBD actions on calcium homeostasis may provide a basis for CBD neuroprotective properties.
Studies have demonstrated that CBD has a low affinity for the CB1 receptors, but even at low concentrations, CBD decreases G-protein activity (3). CB1 receptors are expressed on many glutamatergic synapses that have been implicated in seizure threshold modulation. CBD may act at CB1 receptors to inhibit glutamate release (4). Studies have shown changes in the expression of CB1 receptors during epileptogenesis and after recurrent seizures (5). CB1 receptor expression is upregulated at GABAergic synapses and shown to be downregulated at glutamatergic synapses in epilepsy, contributing to lowering seizure thresholds.
At the moment, using CBD oil in massage therapy is trendy. The compound, called cannabidiol and shortened to CBD, is an active ingredient found within the cannabis plant. Studies show that CBD may provide a range of therapeutic benefits, from wide ranging pain relief and anxiety relief to treating acne and alleviating cancer treatment side effects. It would be an understatement to say the true benefits of this wide-reaching oil are yet to be fully established.
Ooh, this is helpful! I use CBD oil for my dogs, to help them with reactivity. It’s tough not knowing how they are feeling because they can’t tell me if they are experiencing side effects, but we do get it from a source that grows their own hemp plants, and it’s organic. We haven’t been using it for very long, but I do notice a calming effect about 30 minutes after they take it. I’m going to make sure they have something to drink afterwards like broth or goat’s milk to combat dry mouth.
CBD oil may be of some benefit to those with addiction, suggests a review published in the journal Substance Abuse in 2015. In their analysis of 14 previously published studies, scientists determined that CBD may have therapeutic effects in people with opioid, cocaine, and/or psychostimulant addiction. They also found that CBD may be beneficial in the treatment of cannabis and tobacco addiction. There is some evidence that CBD may block or reduce the effects of THC on the mind.
Tinctures – Typically tinctures are small glass or plastic “dropper” bottles that have cannabidiol oil mixed with a preserving solution such as alcohol. Tinctures were very a very common way to ingest botanical oils prior to the industrial revolution and are experiencing a resurgence in popularity as more people are looking for natural remedies. Tinctures with droppers allow you to put a few drops in your tea, under your tongue, or to bake the oil directly into your food.
Typically, CBD is taken as an adjunct treatment along with prescribed medications, either to counteract the pharmaceutical’s side effects or further aid in existing symptoms. However, patients must be careful in using CBD in conjunction with pharmaceutical drugs, as research has shown that CBD may cause some vital medications to become less effective, as a result of how CBD interacts with certain enzymes and proteins.
Physically, the ECS is one of the most significant systems in the human body. It is made up of thousands of neurological receptors throughout the brain and body, all passing messages to one another in order for the body to function. The ECS is known to be responsible for a variety of motor functions, immune system functions, and nervous system functions as well. Through this intricate network of receptors, various enzymes, proteins, and other components pass signals to and from one another, thus helping us to physically adapt to changes.