Whenever you hear the term “CBD”, does hair growth ever cross your mind? With the legal cannabis products becoming more mainstream, the CBD and cannabis market is predicted to generate over $17B in revenue by 2030, making it one of America's fastest-growing industries. Even though most think of the psychoactive properties of THC when cannabis is mentioned, CBD is commonly looked over along with its numerous benefits to your health, skin, and (of area of focus) hair!
Getting Over The Stigma
When it comes to cannabis, more commonly known as marijuana, there are a lot of negative connotations that follow the word and anything having to do with it. Whether it’s due to the legality of the plant or narrative behind those who use/utilize the plant, some people find cannabis, and conversation surrounding it, very off putting.
Before writing CBD off completely, we highly recommend you take time to learn more about it. The more you learn about the different properties of cannabis (beyond THC and its effects) the more you’ll see how different CBD is from the image you most likely have in your head.
Whether you’re completely on the fence and need to ease your way into the idea or you’re open and interested in CBD products, let’s first start with explaining exactly what CBD is (and why you may be confusing it with another cannabis compound).
What Is CBD
CBD is short for cannabidiol and is the non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant. CBD oil does not have the psychoactive qualities found in THC and therefore will not result in physical effects one may experience when consuming or using THC. Instead of affecting the mind, CBD more so affects the body in the way of stress and anxiety relief.
CBD can be found in both the marajuana plant and hemp plant. These two plants are of the same species called Cannabis. Marijuana contains more THC whereas Hemp contains more CBD. Because of this, CBD is typically derived from Hemp plants; more specifically, CBD oil comes from the leaves and stems of Hemp. CBD can be extracted from marijuana plants, the extraction process would just longer and more involved, as it would have to remove any unwanted THC compounds.
CBD is completely legal in all 50 states. The FDA considers hemp and hemp-derived extracts to be food-based products. As such, there are no legal restrictions on their importation, production, sale or consumption in the United States, as well as most of the industrialized world. CBD (or hemp) oil is consumed by millions of people around the world, and this number is rapidly rising as an increasing number of studies explore its many potential health benefits.
As mentioned above, CBD has no psychoactive properties. This means your mind and cognitive functions will not be affected by using CBD products. When it comes to medications, mental health treatment, and pain relief, CBD has been found to have calming effects. It is very important to understand that this calming effect is similar to that of other herbs found in nature that also soothe pain and curb anxiety. Similar herbs and plants that have calming effects similar to CBD are rose petal, lavender, and chamomile. Just like CBD, none of these plants will give a “high” that THC does when ingested or inhaled.
How Is CBD Made?
There are three main extraction methods when it comes to producing CBD oil from Hemp plants…
- CO2 Extraction: carbon dioxide is actually a gas that is frequently used to extract compounds from plant material. In this method, carbon dioxide isolates cannabinoids (compounds found in cannabis like CBD) using very low temperatures. Once the carbon dioxide cools down, CBD oil is then extracted. This method is very popular as it doesn’t leave behind any chemicals or residue behind. If trying to break into the cannabis industry, this process may not be a good starting point as it requires large equipment. However, the result is safe and potent CBD oil that is high quality and free from impurities.
- Ethanol Extraction: cheaper and faster than CO2 extraction, with this method, the hemp plant is put in high-grain alcohol and soaks in order to extract the CBD oil. Ethanol extraction also yields high quality oil and is growing in popularity as an extraction method. Other solvents that are also commonly used are propane and butane.
- Oil Extraction: this method should be your go-to if you’re a beginner looking to break into the industry. This is the oldest method to date, is fairly easy to attempt successfully, and economically friendly, oil extracting doesn’t require any special equipment or expensive materials. With oil extraction, the hemp plant is heated and cooked in a neutral, carrier oil. From this cooking process, CBD is then extracted from the hemp plant. The only downside to this method is that the results will not be as potent as the others mentioned. Carrier oils that can be used are olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil.
After the CBD oil is extracted, some extractors may choose to run the oil through another purification process, turning the crude oil into purified oil. The method that produces the most long lasting oil is the CO2 method since the hemp compounds are stable during this whole extraction process. The ethanol (or solvent) extraction methods cannot guarantee such quality, as fungus, microbes, fats, lipids, and waxes.
How Is CBD Beneficial To My Hair?
CBD is known for its calming properties and is becoming widely used in the medical field. It also is growing in popularity when it comes to skin and hair care. Confused as to what a compound that calms the body can do for your hair? Let’s get into the many benefits of CBD for the hair…
- Strengthening/Revitalizing: hair is made out of a protein called keratin. Keratin, and protein in general, is built off of organic compounds which are known as “amino acids”. There are 21 known amino acids and CBD contains all of them. This means CBD is fantastic at providing your hair with the support it needs to remain healthy. If your hair is damaged, the amino acids in CBD will help to revitalize your dull, damaged strands by repairing their structure. This then helps maintain the integrity and strength of the hair by building up collagen and elastin, which are other proteins that are needed to have strong strands. If your hair is weak, meaning the protein of the hair has holes or gaps in it, CBD can help repair these gaps and build the hair back up.
- Shine: CBD contains Omegas 3, 6, and 9. These essential groups of nutrients are needed in order to grow and maintain healthy, strong hair. Using products with these nutrients will also help with shine and curl definition as it helps keep your strands (and cuticles) smooth and elastic. The smoother your hair cuticles, the better they retain moisture, fight frizz, and enhance shine. If your cuticles are raised or damaged, the fatty acids will work to smooth them down and prevent them from lifting again. This is where consistent use is important, as your hair may need more repair depending on how damaged it is.
- Anti Inflammatory: CBD naturally soothes the scalp and reduces any irritation that can be caused by itchiness, dandruff, or allergies. Because of this, those with alopecia or severe dryness can benefit from CBDs calming and moisturizing properties. Not only will your scalp feel relief, but it also will be moisturized and fed nutrients it needs to remain healthy and regulated.
- Neutralizing: CBD can help regulate the production of sebum, which is the scalps natural oil. If your scalp is oily, CBD will help to regulate your scalp so that it doesn’t overproduce sebum in the way it typically does. If your scalp is dry, CBD will help your scalp produce more sebum than it normally does. As time goes on, with consistent use, the CBD will help to train the scalp to not over or under produce the oil it needs to remain moisturized and nourished.
- Moisturizing: elasticity is one of the most important factors when it comes to healthy curls and coils. You want to make sure your hair can stretch without breaking and bounce back instead of falling limp. Keeping your hair moisturized, as well as strong, is the key to improving and maintaining elasticity. CBD will work to keep your hair soft and moisturized, preventing it from breaking, splitting, or experiencing any other damage.
- Growth: Since CBD contains so many proteins, vitamins, and minerals, it is extremely nourishing. When you consistently use CBD on the hair and scalp, you encourage and prepare the scalp to produce new hair. You’re basically feeding the hair (and scalp) all it needs in order to stimulate and form new growth.
How Our CBD Products Help The Community
NaturAll Kitchen has pledged to donate a portion of each sale from our new CBD hair product collection to the Bail Project. The Bail Project is a non-profit organization that helps post bail for individuals arrested for nonviolent crimes like marijuana possession.
While the now booming, evergrowing CBD industry is raking in more profits than ever, diversity remains an ongoing issue. Who profits from the cannabis industry is as much of a civil rights question as who gets punished, stereotyped, and prosecuted.
Minorities account for only 10% of the founders in this new marketplace space. Numerous studies have shown that although marijuana use is roughly equal across racial lines, Black people are almost 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.
Furthermore, research depicts that it is more difficult for minorities to break into the marijuana and CBD industry. Barriers to entry include high start-up expenses, legality issues, supply chain limitations, and an assortment of FDA regulations. To put the process into some perspective, our team at NaturAll Kitchen had to work on fresh and authentic CBD products for an entire year to ensure compliance.
With so many barriers in creating a small, self own business within the industry, large corporations continue to profit off of the exploding CBD market while our own community is still disproportionately incarcerated for it.
As a business selling CBD products, we assume responsibility for shedding light on the injustices within the industry and providing support to our affected community members. We hope this will serve as a call to action for all other companies within the field to pursue justice for players who have been sorely affected by the one-sided jurisdiction that has plagued our communities for so long.
With every order of our CBD products, you also contribute to the Bail Project and make it possible for us to be involved in such an important cause.