Cannabis And Healthy Hair | Find Out How Weed Can Make Your Hair Stronger
For eons, hucksters sold various potions that promised healthier hair for a price. Today, not much has changed, except the iconic snake-oil salesman has been replaced by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. But, could cannabis hold the secret to healthy, fast-growing hair?
Could the secret to thick, flowing tresses be as simple as adding cannabis to your hair care routine? Many believe it’s true, and have the hair to prove it.
Here’s how cannabis could help your hair grow healthier.
CANNABIS OIL FEEDS AND STRENGTHENS YOUR HAIR
Apply cannabis oil directly to your hair as a topical and your follicles will soak up an all-natural formula filled with beneficial proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids including omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. In addition to feeding and moisturising your hair, you’ll stimulate hair growth as you massage the cannabis oil into your scalp. As you work your scalp with your fingertips, blood flow to the scalp increases.
Together, the nutrients and the massaging action boosts new hair growth, strengthens existing follicles, and prevents damaged strands from breaking.
MOISTURISES AND THICKENS WITHOUT GREASY RESIDUE
Cannabis oil quickly penetrates the hair shaft to lock in nutrients and moisture, but it doesn’t leave behind a lot of heavy residue that can make your hair look greasy. The moisture inside the strand combined with a light coating of fatty acids on the outside plump up the strands for added volume and thickness.
CANNABIS OIL IMPROVES SCALP HEALTH TOO
It’s impossible to have healthy hair without a healthy scalp. Cannabis oil can help here too. As you massage it into your scalp, it can help calm inflammation  and irritation, stimulate blood flow, and moisturise the skin to help with a multitude of problems including dryness, itchy skin, acne, fungal infections, and dandruff. It may even help improve psoriasis and dermatitis in some cases.
CANNABIS SPEEDS UP THE METABOLISM FOR FASTER HAIR GROWTH
Even if you don’t apply cannabis oil directly to your hair, you may see faster hair growth if you smoke, vape, or ingest cannabis several times a week. That’s because cannabis speeds up the metabolism. A faster metabolism digests food faster, burns calories faster, and grows hair faster. Just don’t take this to the extreme; a metabolism that’s excessively fast can make you age faster too.
LESS STRESS LEADS TO HEALTHIER HAIR
Stress isn’t good for your health, period. And it can also wreak havoc on your hair. Frayed nerves not only make you feel like pulling your hair out, it can cause actual hair loss as well. Cannabis is a well-known stress-reliever, and can help many people experience a more restful night’s sleep.
WHAT KINDS OF CANNABIS HAIR PRODUCTS CAN I USE?
Cannabis has become so popular that you can find hair products at pharmacies that include the herb in their list of ingredients, usually in the form of legal hemp. Some even proudly display the ubiquitous multi-bladed leaf prominently on their label. However, these products usually only contain a small amount of active ingredients.
For a stronger formula, purchase cannabis-infused hair care products from a dispensary or speciality store, or make your own. Most basic cannabis oils can be massaged directly into your hair and scalp as long as they were made with a hair-friendly carrier oil. Cannabis oils made with hemp seed oil, argan oil, or olive oil are preferable to those made with butter or coconut oil.
Cannabis oil supports hair health and promotes growth when used topically by supplying nutrients, moisturising and strengthening the hair shaft, and stimulating blood flow. By reducing inflammation and irritation, it also improves scalp health. Even if you simply enjoy cannabis recreationally, this can improve hair health by boosting the metabolism and reducing stress. If you would like to add cannabis to your beauty regimen, you can purchase commercial products that include the herb as an ingredient, or you can make your own.
Whether smoked, vaped, or used topically, cannabis could be the secret to healthy, flowing hair that grows fast. Find out how it works inside.
CBD, hemp seed oil and hair loss
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- Research overview
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- What the experts say
- Bottom Line
Hair loss affects everyone in varying degrees with up to 100 strands of loss per day considered normal. Higher amounts of hair loss are not typical and may have hereditary, hormonal, or stress-related causes. Some who experience hair loss try shampoos or creams to stimulate regrowth.
CBD oil has frequently been in the press for its purported soothing effects on pain and anxiety. As with any trend, some people are making claims that can’t be supported. CBD oil for hair loss is one of them. There are some online claims that research shows CBD is great for hair loss. The problem seems to be a lack of understanding about the difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil.
Let’s separate CBD from hemp seed oil. The former is a cannabinoid found in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. CBD can be derived from marijuana or hemp. Hemp seed oil, however, comes from the seed of the hemp plant. The amino acids and fatty acids necessary for hair growth are found in hemp seeds, not CBD oil, according to Dr. Adie Wilson-Poe, a neuroscientist at Legacy Research Institute, specializing in cannabis pharmacology.
Amino acids (dubbed the building blocks of protein) and fatty acids are essential to hair growth and can be found in abundance in hemp seeds. The same omega-3s and omega-6s that make foods like salmon and walnuts healthy options also play a role in nourishing the hair.
The following studies expand on these ideas to show how CBD oil may help slow or stop hair loss.
A 2014 study conducted at the University of Seville in Spain found that hemp seed oil contains optimal levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can facilitate hair growth. Researchers also found other essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil, including linoleic and gamma linoleic acids. Finally, researchers noted the presence of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium, all of which may enrich hair health. It’s important to note that this research pertains to essential acids in the diet, not topical applications, and the study focuses on beneficial components of hemp seed oil in general, not specifically for hair loss.
There is no evidence to support that either oral or topical cannabinoids are effective for moisturizing the scalp or ameliorating hair loss. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In 2018, a group of scientists examined the chemical profiles of hemp seeds in a comprehensive study published in the journal Molecules. Researchers found that hemp seeds contain many biologically active compounds that could boost hair health, including the previously identified omegas as well as a range of vitamins. Orally ingested hemp seeds may contribute to a balanced diet that is high in these beneficial fatty acids.
What the experts say
Dr. Wilson-Poe says, “There is no evidence to support that either oral or topical cannabinoids are effective for moisturizing the scalp or ameliorating hair loss.”
The Belgravia Centre in London treats individuals dealing with hair loss. According to hair experts at the center:
“. (CBD) may help to improve the condition of the hair in the same way following a balanced, healthy diet would. However, CBD oil is highly unlikely to treat a medical hair loss condition, especially if this is a genetic complaint – namely Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, both of which cause thinning hair anywhere in the vertex area from the crown to the hairline, in those affected.”
CBD shows promise for a number of applications but treating hair loss is not one of them. Hemp seed oil can’t do all the things CBD seems to but it does provide vitamins and essential acids that support overall health, including healthy hair.
CBD, hemp seed oil and hair loss Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents Research overview The studies What the experts say Bottom Line