Whether you’ve experienced the frustration of not being able to talk about it, seeing strands disappear down the shower drain or trying to disguise the retreating hair with your trusty half-up, half-down style, hair loss is a daily challenge for those who experience it (and mind it).
As you may already know, there’s an overwhelming abundance of treatments out there for hair loss, from medications to red light therapy to hair transplants. But there’s also a simple, natural and effective solution to this common condition that enables you to inch closer to lusher hair right at home: CBD oil-infused hair products.
CBD oil, or full spectrum hemp oil, has skyrocketed in popularity, credited by many to help alleviate pain and anxiety, but hair growth is also another lesser-known benefit. Let’s talk about CBD for hair.
What Is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound — more specifically, a phytocannabinoid which, without getting too technical, is a molecule that’s produced by cannabis plants. Research shows CBD offers many benefits for the body, from treating epilepsy and anxiety to insomnia and pain.
CBD oil comes from hemp plants, which are members of the cannabis plant family but with one major exception — they contain less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or what’s commonly known as THC.
THC is another phytocannabinoid, but one that works differently in the brain and causes a “high” or intoxicated state that’s commonly associated with weed. CBD contains less than 0.3 percent THC, meaning you can’t get a high from using it (we’ll let you decide whether that’s a good or bad thing).
One more note in case you’re curious: CBD oil also shows no potential for abuse or dependency, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Can CBD REALLY Help Hair Loss and Hair Growth?
So we know CBD comes with many benefits despite the lack of high, but can it really help stop hair loss and rejuvenate thinning hair?
We’ll be the first to say that CBD oil doesn’t go into your hair follicles or strands and makes them magically longer and thicker. Rather, CBD oil works by helping your body get to the ideal conditions necessitated for maximum hair growth. Here’s what the current research points to:
CBD Oil Can Promote Restful Sleep and Reduce Stress
All of us could benefit from a little less stress, right? When you’re able to maintain a state of Zen, your body produces less cortisol, which is a stress hormone responsible for the “flight or fight” feeling when you’re in a nerve-wracking situation.
High amounts of cortisol in the body have been linked to hair loss (not to mention weight gain and trouble sleeping). When you have less cortisol in your body, you have a higher potential of getting more restful sleep, which can help you prevent hair loss.
CBD oil has been shown to help reduce anxiety and improve sleep, which can also decrease cortisol in the body, therefore potentially reducing hair loss.
CBD Oil Can Reduce Inflammation
Chronic inflammation doesn’t just wreak havoc on your body and your skin — it significantly impacts your hair’s health and growth.
CBD not only helps suppress inflammation in the body, which can promote a healthier environment for hair to grow on the scalp, but is also suspected to reach sebaceous glands — which secrete oil (a.k.a. sebum) to lubricate hair — in hair follicles where it can provide therapeutic benefits.
CBD Oil Increases Blood Circulation
Increased circulation has many benefits for the body, particularly around hair follicles where hair growth can be stimulated (hello, luscious hair!).
Since CBD increases cerebral blood flow, it helps deliver more nutrients to hair follicles and removes harmful toxins, allowing hair to become stronger and healthier to promote new growth.
CBD Oil Can Influence Homeostasis
CBD can affect the endocannabinoid system, which is a system in the body that’s involved in a number of biological processes, from pain to mood to appetite.
CBD is known for its potential to recalibrate the endocannabinoid system, which can positively help your body maintain a healthy state of homeostasis (homeostasis can be defined as a state of balance, particularly between physiological processes in the body, including hair follicle growth).
Since CBD is a plant compound, it has what’s called an entourage, or synergy, effect. What this means is that instead of using a single synthetic compound to treat a problem — as is common in modern medicine — high-quality CBD’s plant-based nature allows all of its properties to benefit the body without the side effects THC produces.