CBD helps suppress inflammation in the body, which can promote a healthier environment for hair to grow on the scalp. Learn more about how you can use CBD for hair growth. CBD oil – the non-psychoactive cannabis plant derivative – is legal to use in the UK and has been touted as a natural remedy for hair loss and hair growth, but can CBD oil can treat thinning hair? CBD demonstrated promising results in a recent case study on 35 people in the ‘Hair and Scalp’ center in Clearwater, Florida.
What You Should Know About CBD Oil for Hair Loss and Growth
Did you know one-third of women in the U.S. will experience hair loss at some point in their lives? Not only that, but hair naturally thins out as we age with only 43% of women reaching the age of 80 with a full head of hair.
Despite the fact that hair loss is more common than most women realize, it’s a topic that is never easy to talk about or deal with. Seeing strands disappear down the shower drain is downright alarming, while trying to disguise thinning hair with your trusty half-up, half-down style never feels like it’s fixing anything. Hair loss can be a daily challenge for those who experience it.
As you may already know, there are many targeted treatment options out there for hair loss, from medications to red light therapy to hair transplants. While these treatments can help, oftentimes the best way to grow a healthy head of hair is through a more holistic approach to your overall health. That’s where CBD and CBD-infused hair products come into the picture.
CBD oil and full-spectrum hemp oil have skyrocketed in popularity, credited by many to relieve pain and anxiety, or help in getting a better night’s sleep. Cannabidiol (CBD) has a wide range of effects throughout the body, so how might CBD oil help combat thinning hair or stimulating hair growth? Plus, explore the best CBD hair products.
CBD & The Endocannabinoid System
CBD is a special kind of active compound produced by both cannabis and hemp plants. These compounds are called cannabinoids, and cannabinoids are found in both our bodies (endocannabinoids) and in members of the cannabis sativa plant family (phytocannabinoids).
That’s right, our bodies produce cannabinoids, too! In fact, it was through research on phytocannabinoids that scientists discovered the endocannabinoids our bodies produce naturally and the innate bodily system that makes use of these compounds.
This bodily system is called the endocannabinoid system (or ECS) and its discovery in the early 1990s was a monumental medical advancement because it gave us both a much broader understanding as to how our bodies function and a key as to how plants like hemp and cannabis can be so beneficial to our health and well-being.
The ECS is largely responsible for maintaining a balanced biological tone throughout the body, called homeostasis. It has a huge umbrella of influence in the body — everything from appetite to mood, temperature regulation to immune function — and it is by working with the ECS that CBD can have such a wide variety of effects and benefits.
Because CBD is non-intoxicating, it has been widely embraced over recent years. While it broke through into public consciousness largely because of its ability to help with hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy and seizure disorder, research has uncovered many possible medical applications for CBD. A few include:
- Stress and anxiety
- Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers or Parkinson’s
- Inflammatory bowel disorders
- Nausea and vomiting
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Skin conditions like psoriasis
How Can CBD Help With Hair Loss & Healthy Hair Growth?
Hair follicles are complex and not fully understood just yet. Given that we are still in the early days of understanding the complexities of the endocannabinoid system, too, the intersection of hair growth and the ECS is an area ripe for exploration. Looking at the preliminary research we do have, however, an interesting picture is starting to emerge.
Research has shown that both orally consuming cannabinoids like CBD in the form of a CBD gummy vitamin and applying topically such as with a CBD hair serum will deposit them into a developing hair shaft, raising some interesting new questions about how the endocannabinoid system impacts hair growth and development. Researchers have also found cannabinoid receptors (called CB1 and CB2) in hair follicles, and one study showed that CBD might impact hair growth in a dose dependent way: lower doses seem to stimulate hair growth while high doses seem to inhibit it.
CBD for Thinning Hair Results
In April of last year, Gina Marie Concilo started her hair wellness journey with our GRO+ Advanced Hair Serum with broad-spectrum CBD and within months she started to see a huge difference that she didn’t notice with other products.
Here’s what she had to say, “For anyone who knows me, knows I’ve been wearing tape in extensions for 5 years. I took them out during quarantine to give my hair some self-love and a break it deserves. I have NEVER seen my hair grow this quickly. My hair has become so much healthier, thicker, and longer in such little time.”
CBD for Hair Loss
Since CBD has been shown to increase blood circulation, applying CBD products to the scalp for hair loss may be effective because it can soothe and calm the skin and encourage hair growth around the follicle. CBD may also reduce inflammation to help combat thinning hair by creating a more nurturing environment for hair to grow.
For now, CBD oil and CBD-infused products have global health and wellness benefits that may be able to help you get back to noticeable hair growth and hair health. It can also help increase the efficacy of other actives in a product. Plus, when taken orally such as in a tincture or CBD gummy, you may experience less stress, a major contributor to hair loss.
CBD helps your body balance out to a state that is ideal for encouraging hair growth. Let’s dive into how it works.
CBD Is An Anxiety Buster
We could all benefit from a little less stress and anxiety, right? Stress is the worst. No really. It can have such a wide range of negative impacts on our bodies, and hair loss is one of them.
CBD has been shown to have global anxiolytic (or anti-anxiety) benefits for the body. In fact, some evidence suggests it might be more effective and fast acting than common prescription medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) that are often prescribed for anxiety and depression.
It is through these stress and anxiety-relieving properties that CBD oil is believed to help folks sleep, and we all know how important sleep is to our general health and well-being! So it makes sense that sleep is also very important in supporting healthy hair growth. Bonus points if you’re using a hair-friendly pillowcase.
Less stress in your body also means less of the “stress hormone” cortisol, which is responsible for the “flight or fight” feeling when you’re in a nerve-wracking situation. High amounts of cortisol have been linked to hair loss (not to mention weight gain and trouble sleeping). Regular and restful sleep is essential to maintaining healthy levels of cortisol in the body.
The bottom line? CBD can help ease stress and anxiety, which is always a net positive for your general health.
CBD Fights Inflammation
Inflammation is at the root of so many health evils: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, among others. Chronic inflammation doesn’t just wreak havoc on your body and your skin — it can also impact your hair.
Our ECS is both very present and active in our skin, and research is supporting that CBD might be useful for specific skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis). More generally, though, both when taken orally or applied topically, CBD’s potent anti-inflammatory benefits can be soothing to irritated scalps and impacting sebaceous glands to help regulate oil production in the skin.
Speaking of CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation and potential for treating skin conditions, CBD oil’s close cousin hemp seed oil (made from the seeds of the hemp plant, and distinctly different than CBD oil) is not only nutritious but packed with essential fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties, too. Hemp seed oil has shown promise for treating eczema, cradle cap, psoriasis and acne.
CBD Is An Antioxidant
You’ve probably heard that antioxidants are important to our general health and we should be consuming antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, dark leafy greens and pecans. But that’s just half the story.
Antioxidants are important for our health because they combat free-radicals. Free radicals are mischief-making compounds in our bodies. They are molecularly unsound, and so they rip through our bodies stealing what they need from otherwise healthy tissue and cells. Our bodies produce antioxidants to deal with free radicals, but when we can’t keep up with the high levels modern life brings, our systems get overwhelmed and something called oxidative stress happens.
Oxidative stress is joined at the hip with inflammation, and it’s another major cause for disease and illness. It probably comes as no surprise that oxidative stress has also been linked to hair aging and loss.
Good thing CBD has some impressive antioxidant properties! Whether inside the body or out, CBD can lend your body a hand and its antioxidant benefits show promise not just for oxidative stress, but for inflammation related to that stress, to boot.
What Type of CBD Is Best and Actually Effective for Hair?
There are two main ways CBD can support your body’s efforts to grow fabulous and healthy hair: you can consume it and you can apply it topically. With the plethora of CBD oil infused products out there, how do you know which to choose? Are some CBD products better than others? The answer is yes!
The Best Type of CBD to Consume: Full-Spectrum
Hemp and cannabis plants produce a whole host of chemically active and beneficial compounds, over 400 of them in fact! While the focus so far has been on CBD, there are over 100 other cannabinoids (like THC, CBG, and CBN for example), all of which provide their own unique benefits. In addition to cannabinoids, these plants also produce terpenes and flavonoids that support our general health, too.
It’s believed that all these beneficial compounds work synergistically to provide more benefit than any single compound could on its own. By working together, they enhance the benefits of all others. This idea, called the entourage effect, is why many folks choose full- or broad-spectrum hemp and cannabis products.
Orally, you can take CBD in gummies, other edible products, infused beverages and in CBD oils (or tinctures) meant to be put under the tongue. Just be sure to look for full- and broad-spectrum products to take advantage of the natural array of compounds the plants have to offer.
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The Best Type of CBD to Apply: Micro-Encapsulated
CBD oil can be applied directly to the skin, but not all CBD oils can properly access the areas of your scalp to provide its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits and support better scalp health. So you need to be choosy when it comes to choosing CBD-infused hair products.
Micro-encapsulation is a process by which a compound is stored in such a way that it produces small particles to deliver a controlled amount of the compound in the target area.
At VEGAMOUR, we’ve broken down CBD into 100 nanometers from 1,200 to 2,000 nanometers to make products like our CBD hair serum even more effective. This allows the CBD to better penetrate the upper layer of the skin and access the hair follicle for maximum benefits. (On the flip side, when CBD is not micro-encapsulated, the formula does not penetrate the skin deeply enough and simply remains on the surface.)
If you’ve experienced hair loss, you know what it’s like to want a solution that will be more effective than an up-do. The more we understand the complexities of human health, and the more we uncover the complex mechanisms at play when it comes to hair growth, the more we see that general health and well-being is the first step to growing gorgeous hair. With its global health boosting benefits, CBD can supplement a healthy lifestyle. Are you ready to make CBD part of your hair care? Check out these VEGAMOUR coupon codes for a discount on your first purchase.
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‘Can CBD Oil Treat Thinning Hair and Hair Loss?’
Question: Can CBD oil treat hair loss? I have thinning hair and heard this is good for regrowth.
Answer: Hi, Jools. You haven’t mentioned the cause of your hair loss but, regardless, there is no clinical evidence that suggests CBD oil can treat thinning hair.
Cannabiniol oil – also known as cannabis oil and CBD oil – comes in a range of strengths and strains, depending on the type of hemp leaves it is produced from.
There are around 113 active chemicals in the cannabis sativa plant, known as cannabinoids. The two key components are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Whilst THC is the banned psychoactive known for getting people high, CBD is considered an anti-psychotic and makes up approximately 40 per cent of cannabis extracts.
Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis sativa plants, but differ in that hemp plants tend to be farmed for their non-psychoactive CBD benefits, whilst marijuana plants have often been modified to ensure high levels of THC.
Studies are still underway but CBD has already been found to be beneficial to a range of health problems including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and inflammation. Furthermore, it has a low side-effect profile, being largely well-tolerated with the main complaint in users being tiredness. In August 2016 it was reported in The Independent that the NHS is developing a CBD vape pen, known as the MediPen vaporiser, to help people deal with a range of health issues. Despite this, it is not presently MHRA licensed, nor FDA approved for the treatment of any condition.
Cannabiniol use for medical purposes is legal in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Italy and Germany, whilst in America the law varies by state to state. Though cannabis use is illegal in the UK, carrying potential penalties for possession of up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, the use of CBD is legal.
In some cases the NHS is actually able to prescribe CBD, commonly referred to as medical marijuana, though this is generally for pain management when other options have been exhausted, and not for issues considered to be ‘cosmetic’ and where its effects are unproven, such as hairloss.
One reason CBD oil appears to have been widely touted on the internet as a potential hair loss solution, is due to its nutritional properties. It is rich in the fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 – something researchers at the University of Seville found to be present in the ‘1/4 ratio’ considered optimal for health. It is also understood to contain good levels of linoleic and gamma linoleic acid (GLA) – essential fatty acids which promote the maintenance of normal hair growth – as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Additionally, cannabiniol oil is said to be high in vitamin E.
As such, it may help to improve the condition of the hair in the same way following a balanced, healthy diet would. However, CBD oil is highly unlikely to treat a medical hair loss condition, especially if this is a genetic complaint – namely Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss, both of which cause thinning hair anywhere in the vertex area from the crown to the hairline, in those affected.
Despite it usually being taken orally, we are aware of CBD oil being used as a topical treatment for scalp conditions such as eczema and seborrhoeic dermatitis, though the evidence to support this type of therapy is currently solely anecdotal.
Discovering an effective, natural treatment or cure for hair loss would be fantastic but, to date, there are none that have been proven to work in regrowing hair or preventing baldness. There are, however, clinically-proven pharmaceutical hair loss treatments available, which – at Belgravia – are offered alongside additional supporting products and therapies tailored towards maximising hair growth and condition.
These include FDA-cleared low-level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, such as the LaserBand products, and premium Hair Vitalics food supplements, in highly-targeted Men’s and Women’s formulations, comprising a range of beneficial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including selenium, zinc and biotin to promote normal, healthy hair growth.
The first step we would recommend you take, however, is to establish the precise reason your hair is thinning. There are a number of reasons that this can happen and a professional diagnosis is usually the best way to ensure you know exactly what is happening, why and how to address it.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.
3-4 Mg of CBD Once a Day Brings 93.5% Increase in Hair Growth
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3-4 Mg of CBD Once a Day Brings 93.5% Increase in Hair Growth
CBD demonstrated promising results in a recent case study on 35 people in the ‘Hair and Scalp’ center in Clearwater, Florida. After six months, the hair in the temporal area increased by 74.1% in men, and 55.2% in women. For the vertex, the findings show an increase of hair growth of 120.1% for men and 64.9% for women.
Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a condition characterized by follicular miniaturization in a patterned hair loss occurring due to systemic androgen and genetic factors. It starts immediately after puberty, but the age of onset is usually 30s and 40s. According to research, 50% of Caucasian men and 19% of Caucasian women are confronted with hair loss, while its severity is lower in Asian and black people. Men and women have different patterns of hair loss – in men, it results in baldness at the top of the head, and in women, it usually occurs as diffuse thinning, while the frontal hair is preserved. Considering that the human population is heading towards eight billion , there is quite a number of bald heads in th e world.
CBD could be a promising novel treatment for AGA, but a previous study has shown that the effects of CBD on human hair are strictly dose-dependent. Missing the exact dose, as always, could lead to the opposite effect – hair loss.
Research published in Cannabis, a publication of the Research Society on Marijuana gives some new clues about th is important dosage. A study on 35 subjects (28 males, seven females) with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) using topical hemp extract with 3-4 mg of CBD once daily has shown a 93.5% increase in hair after six months. The topical extract in question has been made of high CBD Cannabis Sativa flower ultra-pulverized into a fine powder that contained 10.78% CBD, and 0.21% THC. The results revealed that men did slightly better than women, and the vertex area did better than the temporal areas.
How does it work in the body?
As the new study conducted by Gregory L. Smith and John Satino explains, CBD works through the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and shows some novel effects on hair follicle elongation and hair matrix keratinocytes activated through ECS receptors. Stimulating CB1 receptors, which are well expressed in the hair follicle cells, leads to decreased hair loss. Rodent studies have shown that the receptors targeted for hair loss are TRPV1. The phytocannabinoids such as THC and CBD message TRPV1 receptors. It is postulated that CBD has therapeutic effects through TRPV1 receptors, and THC has been shown to dose-dependently inhibit hair shaft elongation, decrease proliferation of hair matrix keratinocytes and induce intraepithelial apoptosis and premature hair follicle regression. The research shows that THC and other CB1 agonists can be used to manage unwanted hair growth, and CB1 antagonists, such as CBD and tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) or cannabidivarin (CBDV) can be used to promote hair growth.
CBD for hair loss: The lucky 35
The study is a case series of adults presenting to a ‘Hair and Scalp’ center in Clearwater Florida. Adult subjects, not currently using minoxidil or finasteride were offered the opportunity to receive the hemp oil extract free of charge through Facebook advertising. The first thirty-five subjects who responded were selected. The females were ages 46-76 (average age 61) and the males 28-72 (average age 43).
The subjects were given a topical extract in a 2 oz (around 60 ml) jar once a month and advised to apply a thin layer once each morning to the areas of baldness. The subjects were advised that they could use blow dryers, conditioners, and other hair preparations. The 2 oz topical was replaced as needed at monthly visits throughout the six-month trial. The amount used varied significantly based on the area of the scalp to be treated. None of the subjects used more than 2 oz in any one-month period. The chalk-like green powder produced from the hemp flowers was infused into a lanolin base paste and natural Emu oil carrier. Each 2 oz jar contained 1000 mg of the powder or 108 mg of CBD.
The hair counts in the temporal area increased an average of 74.1% in men, and 55.2% in women. In the vertex area, the hair counts increased an average of 120.1% for men, and 64.9% for women. One-third of the patients reported some slightly increased hair discharge during the first month of treatment, this was no longer was noted at the two-month visit. Otherwise, there were no reported adverse effects.
Although the mechanism of therapeutic effects is not entirely clear, this case study supports significant hair regrowth benefits in both men and women with AGA, the scientists conclude. D efinitive research is planned.
Reviewed by Sasha Bajilo, founder of ILESOL Pharmaceuticals, an industrial scale producer of CBD products and formulations. Expert on Hemp/Cannabis policy, member of the Croatian Ministry of Health regulatory commission for medical cannabis.