Cannabinoid extracts from the hemp plant are said to help reduce anxiety and even have analgesic effects. But can they also offer benefits to the skin itself? Skin health and innovations company Dermaquest says yes. Today they announced the availability of their full line of CBD skincare and wellness products.
“CBD has shown anti-inflammatory effects when topically applied. It can reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and other inflammatory skin disorders,” says Sam Dhatt, Founder and CEO of Dermaquest, in a CBD Q&A provided by the company.
The third-party tested skincare line includes products for both skin health and pain relief including a healing balm, therapeutic massage cream, pain relief cream, replenishing eye cream, blue light defense moisturizer and blue light defense SPF. They’ve got a.m. and p.m. sublingual tinctures too.
While Dhatt acknowledges the lack of concrete evidence currently available for CBD in the scientific community, like so many others, he’s got faith in the existing anecdotal evidence.
“CBD was considered a schedule 1 drug for decades, making it incredibly difficult for scientists to conduct studies on it in the U.S.,” he says. “The recent legalization has opened the door for researchers to study the compound’s effects on the human body and conduct clinical studies. Research into CBD is flourishing, and concrete results are expected soon. In the meantime, we can turn to the multitude of testimonials that speak to the positive effects of CBD.”
In a recent blog post, Peter Grinspoon, M.D., points out that the strongest evidence of CBD efficacy is as an antiseizure medication for children with certain medication-resistant epilepsy syndromes. Studies also suggest that CBD may help with inflammation and pain.
“We need more research,” he explains. “But CBD may prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain.”
It’s this connection to inflammation that has skincare companies like Dermaquest adding CBD to their formulations.