Here are five things you probably don't know about cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive component of cannabis that is being lauded for health benefits including soothing inflammation, quelling insomnia, and more. Want to get rid of dark circles and bags under your eyes that make you look exhausted? Why not try CBD to reduce the appearance of unsightly bags and dark circles?
5 Things You Didn’t Know About CBD, Straight From Industry Experts
T here’s no doubt about it: CBD has *officially* earned its spot as the cool kid of the modern day wellness scene (not to brag, but we totally called it).
As Well+Good’s co-founder, Melisse Gelula, phrased it at last night’s Well+Good TALKS event at The Assemblage in New York City—which covered the nation’s, *ahem,* budding love affair with this the high-vibe ingredient—CBD no longer has to hide under the high school bleachers. Instead, it’s finding its way into your beauty arsenal, your fridge, your supplement lineup, and even onto your menu.
Even though you, healthy living fanatic that you are, might think you know everything there is to know about this stand-out ingredient, these five nuggets of intel—which had the editors’ present frantically scribbling in their notebooks—are sure to catch you by surprise.
Keep reading to see what panelists Chris Sayegh, owner and head chef of The Herbal Chef; Cindy DiPrima Morisse, co-founder of CAP Beauty and The Daily Hit; and Michael Bumgarner, founder and CEO of Cannuka, had to say on this lit topic.
Here are the 5 dopest things you never knew about CBD.
Cannuka offered guests on-site healing hand facials
1. You can use CBD to reduce under-eye puffiness and help soothe your sunburn
As DiPrima Morisse points out, inflammation is to blame for the vast majority of skin issues, including rashes, psoriasis, and yep, puffy eyes. So given that CBD boasts anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically, it only makes since that all three panelists rave about the major difference it can make in your complexion. “If you get a sunburn, apply some CBD on it. It’s a total game-changer,” says Bumgarner, adding that a topical application can also aid common conditions like eczema and rosacea.
Guests enjoy samples of Dirty Lemon’s Cannabis Blend drink
2. There’s no physical reaction to ingesting too much CBD
If you accidentally indulge in a few too many spoonfuls of CBD oil, Sayegh says not to sweat it. “There’s no physical reaction to it,” he explains—as long as whatever product you’re ingesting doesn’t contain THC. (In fact, clinical trials have shown you’d need to ingest a dose equivalent to 20 mg per each kilogram of your body weight—AKA a ton—to experience negative physical side effects.)
An audience member asks a question of the expert panel
3. Your body takes in more nutrients when you ingest cannabis than when you inhale it
Thanks to cannabis’ high bioavailability (meaning, its ability to effectively enter your bloodstream), Sayegh says that eating your milligrams—rather than smoking them—allows your body to absorb 70 to 90 percent of the plant’s powerful nutrients, including CBD. (Smoking, which can cause lung damage, is widely considered the least healthy way to reap the plant’s benefits.)
From left to right: Cannuka’s Michael Bumgarner, Well+Good co-founder Melisse Gelula, CAP Beauty’s Cindy DiPrima Morisse, The Herbal Chef’s Chris Sayegh
4. CBD can make you sleepy *and* amp you up
Although CBD is known for its zzz’s-inducing powers, DiPrima Morisse points out that it could also have the opposite effect on you. “It’s almost like an adaptogen—a dual-direction sort of product—because people also use it in the morning to energize,” she says. According to early research on the topic (a lot more needs to be done before any definitive conclusions can be drawn) this contradiction may be due to varying doses, with higher servings tending to lead to sleepier subjects, and lower doses to more stimulated ones.
5. You can think of your daily dose of CBD like a vitamin
Since CBD packs all these aforementioned benefits, Sayegh says you can take your daily dose in tandem with the rest of your supplemental routine of vitamin D, omegas, and probiotics (or whatever your healthy cocktail of choice). He recommends taking 5 mg of CBD to kickstart your morning (which, non-coincidentally, is exactly the recommended dose of DiPrima Morisse’s Daily Hit). If you want to use CBD as a sleep aid, however, Sayegh says 15 mg should do the trick, and when using the ingredient to help soothe muscle aches and pains, he recommends 15-35 mg.
Can CBD reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles?
Sometimes bluish or purple, dark circles under the eyes are often linked to a hereditary problem or a poor lifestyle. Regardless of their origin, dark circles give you a dull, tired complexion that’s not always easy to deal with. Most people try to camouflage them with concealer to get a healthy glow, but for others, there are more natural and effective solutions. Thanks to cannabidiol (CBD), you may be able to regain an open, bright, and healthy look.
Indeed, hemp is a plant increasingly used in the cosmetics industry. And for good reason, its soothing, moisturizing, healing and anti-inflammatory effects make CBD a real beauty ingredient you won’t be able to live without.
Moisturizing cream, anti-dark circle roll-on gel, facial care. Even the biggest cosmetic brands are starting to market cannabis-based beauty products. Thanks to its protective and regenerative properties, CBD is an ideal natural substance to improve the quality of the skin. Find out in this article how CBD works on your skin, how it can reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, and how to use it properly for optimal results.
The appearance of dark circles
The eye area is a very sensitive area because the skin is extremely thin. As a result, signs of fatigue, stress and aging can easily be seen in your dark circles. There are many causes for the appearance of dark circles. They can be genetic in origin, or caused by a bad night’s sleep, stress, anxiety, a blood circulation problem, etc. To fight against unsightly dark circles, you must first determine their origin.
- Blue circles: Blue circles are caused by a blood and lymphatic circulation problem. These circulation problems appear naturally with age or for hereditary reasons.
- Brown circles: Also called pigmented circles, brown circles can appear due to a high production of melanin in the superficial layers of the epidermis. These dark circles are more common in people with dark skin.
- Hollow circles: Finally, hollow circles result from the disappearance of fat between the skin and the orbital bone. The skin is so thin in this area that the orbital bone shows through the skin.
Beyond old age and family predisposition, dark circles can be caused by a poor lifestyle: lack of sleep, dehydration, alcohol, smoking, etc. All these bad habits can also lead to dark circles. All these bad habits can also lead to the appearance of bags under the eyes. These bags are filled with water and fat that accumulate and cannot be eliminated properly.
Although dark circles are not dangerous, they can be an indicator of poor health. In addition, purple circles or puffy bags under the eyes are not very aesthetically pleasing, and can even create complexes. If you’ve ever heard the remark about “looking small” or “dead skinned”, you know how much these dark circles can affect your self-confidence. Are you tired of wearing makeup to hide your dark circles? Why not turn to a simpler and more natural method?
The effects of CBD on dark circles
To fully understand how CBD works on dark circles, you just need to understand how it works on the skin. Indeed, CBD has multiple virtues very beneficial for the skin, and therefore for the dark circles. From a dermatological point of view, CBD is very useful because it acts naturally on damaged cells, as well as on healthy cells.
Anti-inflammatory properties of CBD
CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can help you relieve and deflate the dark circles under your eyes. In fact, this is why CBD is increasingly being used in cosmetic products, as its anti-inflammatory action helps to soothe irritation and reduce the appearance of redness and puffiness.
The antioxidant properties of CBD
CBD is a powerful and natural antioxidant that helps fade the signs of stress, fatigue, aging, and even smoking. These antioxidant properties are essential to prevent fat oxidation and promote healthy blood circulation.
The anti-aging properties of CBD
CBD is also known for its anti-ageing action which helps to slow down the ageing of the skin. It prevents wrinkles and dark circles that could appear with age, and reduces the marks that are already present. Protective and regenerative, CBD is ideal for keeping a fresh complexion and a youthful glow.
How to use CBD to remove dark circles?
Local application of CBD
To enjoy the benefits of CBD on your dark circles, it is advisable to use a CBD-based cream, oil or gel to apply directly under your eyes. If you can’t find CBD cosmetics, you can purchase CBD oil and incorporate a few drops into your current products. Applied topically in the morning and evening for several weeks, CBD will begin to gradually improve the appearance of your dark circles. To boost blood circulation and avoid water retention problems, gently massage your CBD cream or oil around your eyes.
Consumption of CBD oil, resin or flower
If your dark circles are causing sleep disturbances, you might as well fight the problem at the source by consuming CBD in ways other than topical application. For example, you can infuse, ingest, or vaporize CBD to relax on a daily basis, eliminate stress, and get quality sleep. This way, you will sleep deeply and wake up looking better. You will no longer be able to tell that stress and fatigue are showing on your face!
CBD, your new beauty ally
For some time now, CBD has been all the rage among the biggest cosmetic brands. Perfect for fighting the first signs of aging, reducing blemishes, and regulating excess sebum, CBD is your skin’s new beauty ally. In addition to offering many benefits, CBD is a natural product, entirely respectful of your skin. Unlike the creams you are used to buying in supermarkets or drugstores, CBD-based products do not contain any chemicals that are potentially harmful to your health. Only the positive effects of hemp are offered to you with cannabidiol!
How long does it take for dark circles to disappear completely with CBD?
From the very first applications of CBD, you will be able to see an improvement. That said, you need to apply your products regularly to make the effects last and optimize the results. Incorporate CBD into your new beauty routine today, and you will already see a difference after 1-2 weeks of use.
What are the other benefits of CBD on the skin?
CBD’s action is not limited to aging skin and the appearance of dark circles. CBD is just as effective in promoting the healing of burns and wounds, relieving insect bites and itching, limiting eczema and psoriasis, and even fighting pimples and blackheads. It is for all of these reasons that CBD is becoming so popular in the beauty, wellness, and cosmetic industry.