CBD - Cannabidiol: Phytocannabinoid from the plant Cannabis sativa L.
Among more than 500 chemical components present in this plant, are found phytocannabinoids; cannabinoids produced naturally and exclusively by plants [phyto = "plant" in Greek (φυτό)].
Don't think these molecules were recently discovered, humans have been using cannabinoids for hundreds of years for spiritual, therapeutic and entertainment purposes.
The molecule responsible for this last objective is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Although both are cannabinoids, CBD does not have this type of activity and is not addicting at all. In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared CBD as a harmless molecule with no risk of addiction.
So what is the relationship with the skin?
Major. Did you know that humans have an endocannabinoid system and that they produce endogenous cannabinoids or endocannabinoids naturally?
This system helps regulate the body's homeostasis and its main functions on the skin are:
- Regulate sebum production
- Regulate skin cell regeneration
- Regulate the production of cytokines, proteins responsible for inflammatory reactions that cause redness of the skin.
Thanks to the cannabinoid receptors in the skin, CBD can strengthen this system which is sometimes altered by external factors such as daily stress or pollution.