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In this video we cover CBD oil for hair growth – should you try it? We go through what CBD is, how it can help stop hair loss, help hair growth, and some potential side effects also, as well as alternatives.
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Cannabis has gotten a bad rap in the past. But the latest research on the plant and its derivatives suggests that it may be more useful than once thought.
In this article, we’ll cover one particular derivative known as cannabidiol (CBD).
I’ll introduce CBD and the ways in which it may interact with the body. I’ll then further outline the potential health benefits of CBD oil, including hair growth.
Let’s jump in!
An Introduction to CBD
Cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is an extract from the cannabis plant.
CBD is the second most prevalent compound found in cannabis (up to 40 percent of the plant’s extract), with the first being delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
CBD Versus THC
To understand CBD, it’s important that you first understand what it’s not.
Cannabis, more commonly referred to as marijuana or weed, is a plant that’s often harvested for its psychoactive effects.
The compound found within cannabis which contributes to this effect isn’t CBD, though. It’s actually THC.
THC is the compound which induces the “high” that users of marijuana receive.
If CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects, though, why is it so often used?
The answer is simple: CBD has many of its own benefits which are independent of THC or other compounds found in cannabis.
(Can marijuana use cause hair loss? Learn more here.)
CBD and the Human Body
Believe it or not, the human body is actually adapted to the use of cannabinoids like CBD. Let me explain.
Found throughout the body are cannabinoid receptors which are part of the endocannabinoid system (1). These can be classified by CB1 receptors (found mostly in the brain) and CB2 receptors (found mostly within the immune system).
These help to stimulate and regulate a number of physiological processes, including appetite, mood, pain, and memory .
As you’d imagine, the cannabinoid receptors are where plant cannabinoids (like CBD) dock.
But cannabinoids produced by the human body (known as endocannabinoids) and synthetic cannabinoids can also interact with these receptors (R).
Once these receptors have been activated, they are then able to influence various intracellular effects and neuronal excitability.
The Health Benefits of CBD Oil
Before we discuss the effects that CBD oil may have on hair growth, let’s consider its more general benefits.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease