CBD was a popular trend in 2019, with it being added to all sorts of products. With the stress 2020 is causing so far, interest in CBD has only increased. That leads to a lot of questions about CBD and hair loss.
What Is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found in Cannabis sativa, better known as marijuana or cannabis or hemp. Unlike THC, the other major component of cannabis, CBD is not psychoactive, so it won’t make you high. Though, it does have relaxation properties.
Can CBD Oil Regrow Hair?
Studies on specifically using CBD oil to regrow hair haven’t been released yet, though a study on using hemp seed oil is promising. It’s a possibility because CBD oil is rich in fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, which contribute to good hair growth, as well as containing calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin E. CBD oil also contains linoleic and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which are essential fatty acids that assist with healthy hair growth.
Can CBD Cause Hair Loss?
Proof that CBD causes hair loss does not yet exist. Stories that claim CBD does cause hair loss seem to be purely anecdotal and the actual hair loss is more likely to be from another cause.
Can CBD Oil Treat Thinning Hair?
Hair loss has many causes so even without studies, it’s unlikely that CBD would cure all forms of hair loss. Because of its calming effects, CBD seems most likely to help stress-related hair loss. It might even help hair loss due to nutrient deficiency, so long as it’s a nutrient CBD contains.
With genetic causes of hair loss, successful treatment with CBD oil seems unlikely. What about hair loss as a side effect of disease, medication, or hair pulling? This has not yet been determined, but it does reportedly have anti-inflammatory properties that could potentially help with traction alopecia if that’s proven.
Can You Put CBD Oil on Your Scalp?
Yes, you can use CBD oil directly on your scalp or use a CBD-infused lotion, cream, or gel. As with any new product, you should test it on a small patch of skin, like the inside of your arm, first to test for an allergic reaction.
Does CBD Shampoo Work?
It depends upon what you want it to work on, but phytocompounds from the hemp plant, including CBD, can connect to CB1 and CB2 receptors, reducing inflammatory cytokines in the scalp. What does that do? Improve a flaky, itchy scalp, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and eczema.
In short, while CBD is not yet clinically proven to cure hair loss, it could benefit your hair and scalp as long as you are not allergic to it. For more information on hair loss and how to treat it, we can help you at RHRLI.
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