When we’re looking for a moment to rebalance, reset, and relax, we’re big fans of CBD. Its many benefits to both skin, mental and overall health make it an obvious choice to add to our menu. We\’re excited to educate you about the wonderful ingredient in our new CBD Facial & Body therapies.
CBD is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing markets in the country. With the studies that have been done showing promising benefits in treating various medical conditions it’s no surprise. Everywhere you turn nowadays, CBD seems to be a topic of conversation but if you listen there also seems to be a lot of conflicting information.
Before we tell you about the exciting changes at Ayurbeauty Wellness Center that include CBD infused products and expanded CBD services, we want to take a minute to clear the air about CBD, Hemp, Marijuana, Cannabis.
What does it all mean…
1) Hemp, Marijuana and Cannabis are not the same thing. For non-botanist, Cannabis is the Genus for the family of plants, Cannabaceae. In this family there are a multitude of relatives. The most commonly known are the cousins, Hemp (Cannabis sativa) and Marijuana (Cannabis indica).
2) There are some differences between Hemp and Marijuana but the biggest of them is the quantity of THC. THC, Tetrahydracannabinol, is a crystalline compound that is a main active ingredient in ALL cannabis plants. THC is a psychoactive and responsible for creating the “high” or “feel good” sensation. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Marijuana averages 9.6% to 16% THC. Hemp is a mere .3% and the reason there are no psychoactive effects from its use.
3) CBD is cannabidiol. It was discovered in 1940 and is one of over 113 cannabinoids isolated from cannabis. Among various CBDs you will see terms such as pure isolate, full spectrum and broad spectrum. Each of these mean something a little different, have different qualities and therefore can have slightly varying effects. In the CBD extraction process other components such as terpenes, flavonoids, THC, plant parts and other cannabinoids are present. In this condition, the CBD is considered “Full Spectrum”. The CBD can have all of these extra elements removed, including the THC which would then be considered “Pure Isolate”. “Broad Spectrum” is a combination of pure isolate and full spectrum. Essentially it is all the components of Full Spectrum minus the THC.
4) If you really want to geek out, there are hundreds of studies on CBD, both Hemp and Marijuana based, available on the internet. CBD has been shown to positively treat over 50 known medical conditions and diseases. Some of those include: Acne, Inflammation, excessive skin oil production, Dermatitis, generalized pain, ADHD, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Nausea, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, IBS, Anorexia, Chrohns, Colitis, Heart Disease, Cancer, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimers, Dementia, and Autism. There are studies that show it can also control appetite, regulate endocrine function and decrease the urge to smoke.
5) For CBD to work. your body first has to absorb it. Meaning from the point of entry (inhalation, ingestion, sublingual or topical) it has to make its way into the body where it can interact with special CBD receptors (CB1 and CB2). These receptors are located throughout the body. Studies show there is an abundant distribution of these receptors in the skin.
There are many more facets of CBD that can be explored and discussed, but these are some of the bigger picture concepts. Hopefully these points have helped clarify some of the common misunderstandings on the overall topic.
One of the most overlooked factors when it comes to healthy skin is simple nutrition. Like any other part of the body, skin needs the right vitamins and minerals to function at its peak. In addition to CBD, hemp oil contains a list of essential nutrients (phytosterols, chlorophyll, phospholipids), including vitamins (A, B1, B3, B5, B9, C, D, E), minerals (Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Copper, Iron, Zinc), proteins (All 10 amino acids for building proteins), and fatty acids (Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9, Gamma Linoleic Acid). For this reason Ayurbeauty has decided to use them both.
The benefits are endless…
Acne can be embarrassing to deal with and hard to treat. An overproduction of sebum and fatty oils called lipids is the main cause of spots and acne. It is often triggered by stress or hormones. A natural approach to treating acne is found in hemp oil and CBD, which restricts the production of lipids in the skin helping prevent outbreaks. CBD oil also has anti-bacterial qualities make it effective in getting rid of existing spots.
Vitamin A and D help with healthy looking skin because they are responsible for skin repair. A lack of these vitamins in a diet can result in dry, flaky skin. Additionally, vitamin A is widely accepted as important for skin cell growth, inhibiting oil production, and promoting skin cell differentiation.
B complex vitamins are part of the construction process of the skin. Low levels of Vitamin B are associated with dermatitis and skin infections. Additionally, low vitamin B is connected to hair loss, fatigue anemia, nausea, digestive issues, weakness, respiratory conditions, dementia, psychiatric conditions and blood disorders.
Vitamins C and E as antioxidants, protect against free radicals damaging collogen and elastin which helps give skin its tight youthful appearance. They also fight against sun damage.
Hemp is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the appropriate 1:3 ratio, omega-9 and gamma linoleic acid (GLA). These essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and help regenerate the skin’s protective outer layer, leaving it smoother and younger looking. Those suffering from acne or dry skin could be lacking omega-3 fatty acids in their diet.
Among other medically enhancing properties, Chlorophyll is an anti-inflammatory and reduces bacterial growth. It also functions as a natural deodorant.
What was old is new again…
Using Hemp and CBD oils therapeutically is far from a new practice. Vijaya, Sanskrit for Cannabis, is considered one of the 5 sacred plants in the Vedas. The use of Hemp as a plant and oil are well documented in ancient Ayurvedic text such as Charaka, Sushruta and Shargandhara samhitas. The Ananda Kanda has an entire chapter dedicated to Hemp, its toxicity, cultivation, preparation, procedure for purification and use.
Hemp has also been cultivated in China for thousands of years. Its use in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is documented in the Yellow Emperor\’s Classic of Internal Medicine.
During the 12th century, Hildegard von Bingen, a German herbalist and nun, used cannabis and hemp to heal wounds and treat pain, intestinal issues, and psychological disorders. She documented her treatments in the book Physica.
Making it personal…
For many of us, a relaxing facial and massage is the ultimate version of self-care. Not only does it force you to slow down for an hour or so, the right type of treatment will work wonders for your skin, body and mental health.
Anyone who loves a good facial and massage knows that there’s no better feeling than walking out after a moment of pure bliss looking and feeling fresh—combine this with the endless benefits of CBD + Ayurveda and you have a match made in heaven.
We hope you\’ve enjoyed learning about CBD and Hemp Oil as much as we have enjoyed sharing. We are excited to announce… Microdermabrasion Facials, Anti-aging Facials, Micro-needling Therapy, Acne Facials and even Ayurvedic Body massages are now available as CBD infused for your skin at Ayurbeauty Wellness Center. Contact us today to schedule your therapy!