A little bit of background research ...
While the anecdotal evidence is certainly persuasive, more research is necessary to truly understand the topical benefits of CBD products. But it's interesting to know that the UK is the world's biggest exporter of medical grade cannabis (2016 report)
Unfortunately, because cannabis was considered a classified drug in the UK and USa, meaning it has been defined as having no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse, it was not readily available for research. Thanks to a new use as a treatment for certain forms of epilepsy, CBD drugs with a THC content below .01 percent have been downgraded to a Schedule V on the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s Controlled Substances Act. Only time will tell how this change will impact future studies.
“The research being done on CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties is fruitful, and the number of skin conditions that stem from inflammation are plentiful,” says CBD-THERAPY's Martina Crkonova. “So much of the research being done on CBD and skincare is revealing that CBD can cause a multitude of changes in our skin, each of which contributes to overall healthy skin.”
Here are a few pieces of relevant research worth exploring:
A study in the European Journal of Pain examined the efficacy of transdermal CBD for reducing inflammation and pain. The study, which involved rats, was designed to study the effects of CBD on arthritis. Although the researchers noted a significant reduction in inflammation and pain, human studies are needed to confirm the findings.
A study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine revealed how cannabinoids suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain by targeting certain glycine receptors.
In the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the study titled, “Cannabidiol exerts sebostatic and anti-inflammatory effects on human sebocytes,” revealed the potential for CBD to be used in the treatment of acne thanks to its ability to balance the production of sebum.
A study published in Pharmacology & Pharmacy revealed the superior therapeutic properties of whole plant CBD-rich cannabis extract as compared to single-molecule CBD. In “Overcoming the Bell-Shaped Dose-Response of Cannabidiol by Using Cannabis Extract Enriched in Cannabidiol,” researchers studied the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects of the whole plant CBD.