We have really only just begun to scratch the surface of our knowledge about marijuana. For such a long period of time it has been attached to a negative stigma and been illegal, which has frightened scientists away from exploration. But now that 33 states have legalized medical marijuana and over 20 percent of the country has legalized recreational weed, it’s become less and less of a stigma to explore. As a result, new marijuana benefits are being uncovered all the time. One new question being posed by weed consumers relates to a sensitive subject for many: hair. Some users who consume marijuana 3 to 5 times a week have reported noticing that their hair grows a lot faster. Still others wonder if marijuana and hair loss are related. Is this an imagined event or does marijuana really make your hair grow faster?
UPDATE: Don’t Want to Smoke Weed? Try Hemp Oil for Hair Growth
So while there’s some evidence to indicate that marijuana can help with hair growth, it is probably not the best direct option. Using it solely for those purposes may not be an effective solution. However, if you’re using marijuana to cope with stress, you may notice hair loss prevention as a welcome side effect.
Maintaining a Healthy Metabolism
But if you are going to smoke or vaporize marijuana or hemp to gain these benefits, you’ll definitely need some smoking accessories. The nice thing here is that there are numerous smoking and vaping options for cannabis, including those that are less harsh on your lungs. For instance, a bubbler or bong uses water to filter the smoke, resulting in less throat and lung irritation. Dry herb and concentrate vaporizers provide the same benefit, and many say they’re even smoother. But if you’re looking for a no muss, no fuss way to consume cannabis once or twice a week, a good old fashioned weed pipe is probably the accessory for you.
Formulated with cannabis Sativa seed oil, ginseng root, and horsetail extract, this formula moisturizes and softens each strand to encourage thicker, healthier-looking hair.
Main benefits: Soothes the scalp, regulates oil production, and anti-inflammatory
CBD can benefit a range of hair types. However, Henry notes that research on CBD's ability to promote hair growth is limited. "I have not seen any studies about [CBD oil] directly stimulating hair growth. However, reducing inflammation is encouraging hair growth and protecting the hair." We can thank Phytocompounds —antioxidant effects and antimicrobial properties— for that. When applied to our skin, the hemp plant can molecularly connect to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our bodies and reduce inflammation—this includes our scalps. Before you run out and purchase a CBD product for your hair, there are a few things to keep in mind. As we noted at the start of the story, CBD and hemp seed oil are different. Hemp seed oil does offer up fatty acids, which are excellent hydrators of the hair and scalp. However, CBD has a higher level of anti-inflammatory benefits. So when looking at the label of products, you'll want to be mindful of your needs and the ingredients in your product of choice. The labeling can be a bit confusing, but we hope our breakdown helps.
Who should use it: In general, anyone can benefit from using CBD in their haircare routine. However, if you are dealing with excessive hair loss or scalp issues, you will want to check in with a healthcare practitioner before use.
How to Use CBD for Hair
How often can you use it: It’s safe to use as needed.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of using CBD for hair loss. We want to share the differences between CBD and hemp seed oil. These are two variations of Cannabis sativa that are both hitting the skin and hair care market. They each have anti-inflammatory properties, but they are created differently. On the one hand, CBD oil is derived from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant which means there are higher concentrations of CBD in its makeup. On the other hand, hemp seed oil is made from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant.
CBD is the darling of the beauty industry at the moment. If you’re like us you’re intrigued by the hemp plant-derived cannabidiol. We know that CBD can benefit those with anxiety. There are also claims that CBD can smooth wrinkles, hydrate, and even get rid of acne. The scientific jury is still out on substantiating those claims, but what we do know is that CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So how can those properties benefit hair? To get more information on how CBD might be able to benefit our hair and help with hair loss, we talked with Michelle Henry, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, Harvard-trained Mohs surgeon, and Cantu Partner.
Benefits of CBD for Hair
Because hair loss and irritation can be attributed to many other factors, talking with your healthcare provider about your unique concerns is the best option.
Now that we've given you that tidbit of information, it's time to talk CBD for hair loss.