CBD for hair loss is a relatively new idea, borne of success using it as a treatment for other challenging conditions. Can it help with hair loss?

 

CBD

Cannabidiol, known colloquially as CBD, is just one of the hundreds of components in the marijuana plant. It does not, by itself, produce any sort of high according to the World Health Organisation. 

CBD has exploded in popularity in recent times. Studies had shown it to be remarkably effective, and safe, for treating certain challenging conditions. Only recently, the FDA approved a CBD based treatment for a childhood seizure syndrome. One which had previously proved resistant to anti-seizure drugs. 

Its use expanded to address anxiety and insomnia. Another area where studies had indicated CBD could help sufferers both get to sleep and stay there. A couple of the studies on CBD really stand out, involving its use for pain. One showed, on animals, how, when rubbed into the skin, it was capable of reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Another showed the actual mechanism by which CBD achieves this. There are very few options for a doctor treating inflammatory or neuropathic pain. 

For Hair Loss

CBD has also been found to be effective in helping with the inflammation for some skin conditions. Eczema and psoriasis patients have been helped with topical CBD. So it seems a logical conclusion that there might be something there to support its use as a massage treatment for the scalp. The thin skin at the top of our head is prone to the environment, making it a challenge to stay on top of hygiene. Using CBD as a type of medicated massage oil might make a lot of sense. It can help with those environmental concerns and it is made of the fatty acids and minerals that hair needs to grow.

As a topical treatment, it is considered safe. Known problems can be associated with taking it internally. 

HIS Hair Clinic

The jury is out on CBD for now. No study results have been published so there is no way of even knowing what the correct dosage might be. That would be established in the first phase trials. The absence of these trials is an issue.  So is the fact that it is treated as a supplement. As such, there are no standards or regulations covering its production. A case of buyer beware. 

If you want to learn more about CBD please visit the Harvard Medical School report by clicking here

Much has been written about the potential of CBD to cure everything from schizophrenia to cancer. Its popularity among celebrities runs from Snoop Dogg to Gwyneth Paltrow. While there is clearly promise we remain some distance from a reliable treatment we know works. 

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By Ian Watson

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