Can CBD Benefit Hair Follicles?
Updated: Feb 24
CBD has been experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity in the last few years and is set to continue its growth for many years to come. Research is being done at universities, clinics, and labs all throughout the world and the evidence has been quite impressive so far.
The medicinal range of CBD is surpassing the expectations of many scientists, skeptics, and researchers. An increasing number of cosmetic companies and topical based products are adding in CBD because of the skin healing benefits. Some people may be curious if CBD can help them sport a thicker beard and a healthier head of hair. This article is meant to explore any science and evidence that may exist for CBD and overall follicle health.
It seems that beards have made somewhat of a comeback in the last 10 years or so. Products meant to nourish and care for these manly nests of hair have been steadily rising for several years now. Most hair and beard products on the market don't include CBD and are usually comprised of different oils, herbs, and sometimes harsh chemicals. Many of these chemicals are proven offenders to our hair and skin’s overall health. Since we know that CBD has a regulating and balancing effect via the endocannabinoid system, it's fairly logical to think that it can also positively impact hair growth.
Although much has been explored in the last 5-10 years when it comes to CBD, it's still in the early stages of being understood in its entirety. When CBD oil is extracted the right way and in its full spectrum form, it contains amino acids, fatty acids, and antioxidants that can help support and protect hair follicles from damage. This isn't to say that these nutrients will protect from all the damage that occurs from living in this toxin-filled world, but it may help to negate and nullify a portion of the damage. The oils and amino acids in CBD may help to support healthy hair growth and nourish hair. Nearly 90% of our hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which is created from a combination of amino acids, cysteine being the most important amino acid.
This may aid in supporting the follicle, although follicular health is a complicated thing and genetics play a heavy role. CBD is actually a great source of GLA, gamma-linoleic acid, or which has shown to positively impact hair quality. CBD research has shown that it may help to balance and regulate sebum production and secretion, which can have a positive impact on hair growth. Producing a high amount of sebum can choke off the hair follicle and decrease blood, oxygen and nutrient flow and distribution. Glands that produce sebum directly surround hair follicles and interact very closely with them. (1)
The anti-inflammatory and immune balancing effects may also help ward off and nullify some factors that can negatively impact hair follicles. Inflammation and the immune system actually play important roles in hair loss. Many lose hair because of chronic inflammation, immune imbalances, and poor nutrient distribution. A few companies that specialize in hair growth products like DS Laboratories Revita line, AnaGain, Vegamour, and several others believe CBD can help in some way with some of these underlying factors in hair loss.
Vegamour even has products for lashes and brows infused with CBD to promote hair growth. One quote by Vegamour states “Our research has shown that CBD has inherent, clinically-proven actives that naturally work in tandem to stimulate healthy hair growth”. (2)This is a small example of how many of these companies in the hair loss field are incorporating CBD into their products, which says something. The jury is still out on just how effective CBD oil can impact hair loss and thickness, but there seems to be potential upside and little downside to experimenting.
Solid Green Remedies beard growth oil contains a nano-emulsified, Co2 extracted form of CBD that has a very small particle size. This helps the CBD and other nutrients to penetrate and potentially absorb into the skin at a more efficient rate. Many CBD products have particles that are far too large to penetrate deeply into the skin. There aren't many high quality human studies on CBD and hair growth or beard growth, but the consensus and science so far seem to be encouraging with CBD and hair quality.
In conclusion, there's no way to guarantee that any topically applied CBD will automatically cause your beard to sprout into a thick, hardcore, lumberjack, mountain man type of beard (if that's what you're going for), but it seems to have an overall positive effect on hair and hair follicles. One thing worth mentioning is that adding 3% dilution of (around 20-25 drops for a 1 oz bottle) organic or wildcrafted peppermint essential oil to your topical CBD beard or hair oil product may help to boost the results.
Research shows that topical peppermint (ONLY use topically) may improve follicle depth and the number of active follicles. Vitamin E in the form of mixed tocotrienols topically and internally may also be helpful as well and can be added to any oil-based CBD beard oil. Please keep in mind that hair loss and hair growth is still somewhat of a mystery that medical science has yet to totally crack, but we hope you achieve the results you seek with CBD! Results can take time, so please be patient with any product, the hair follicle is a mysterious, complex little fella.
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