What You Need to Know about CBD

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CBD is just starting to break into the beauty and skincare industry, but it’s certain piqued the curiosity of many estheticians and their clients. There seems to be CBD in everything, including massages, balms, and bath products.

Your clients won’t just ask you if you have CBD in your products and services – they’ll have a lot of follow-up questions about CBD and how it works with the body. Have your answers ready, so you can thoroughly educate your clients on CBD and sell products and treatments with ease.

Here’s what you need to know about CBD…

CBD Does Not Get You High

This is one of the biggest questions about CBD.

Clients who don’t like to smoke traditional joints can still enjoy CBD and drive home from their treatment. CBD is one chemical compound that makes up the cannabis plant. A separate chemical compound, THC, is the psychoactive compound that “gets you high.”

CBD products have no THC in them. If they do, they are in such small amounts that they cannot be detected by breath tests (or your clients.)

CBD Works with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The endocannabinoid system is a group of molecules throughout the body that maintain certain functions of the body, including inflammation. Our body produces its own cannabinoids, and they are closely linked to the presence of chronic diseases, such as fibromyalgia and migraines.

Outside cannabinoids, including CBD and THC, can make a big impact on the ECS and the functions controlled by this system. (This is why many people turn to marijuana to treat fibromyalgia and other chronic diseases.)

Another difference between CBD and THC is how they work with the cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system. THC binds to cannabinoid receptors in the ECS; CBD binds to non-cannabinoid receptors.

CBD helps the ECS function as a whole but also contributes to the production of serotonin. Serotonin is the “happy chemical.” Many clients report feeling more relaxed and at ease after using CBD products.

CBD Can Influence Gut Health

Did you know that mental health and gut health are very closely linked? Studies on CBD show that part of the mental benefits of this cannabinoid are also linked to its benefits for gut health.

The endocannibinoid system influences the function of the gut and digestive tract. CBD works with the ECS to improve digestion.

The gut does not work alone. It’s part of the microbiome. This is a collection of microbes, including bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, that exists within the body. Research suggests that the functioning of the gut microbiome is linked to the functioning of other parts of the microbiome. If you have an unhealthy gut, for example, you are more likely to feel stressed or not be able to sleep at night.

CBD along with probiotics and prebiotics are considered a great mix for the gut microbiome. This is because CBD helps to regulate stomach acids and maintain the function of the gut to keep your digestive tract healthy and functioning.

We’ll keep you updated on the latest research related to CBD, so you can give your clients up-to-date information on how this amazing chemical can help their bodies stay healthy, happy, and beautiful.