CBD vs Full Plant Extract – Which Is the Best Anti Aging Supplement?

Comparison of CBD and full plant extracts for anti-aging

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Combating the seven signs of ageing is something we all hope to do. Through our skin care regimes, we can minimize the development of fine lines and wrinkles, and keep skin looking and feeling younger for longer.

But choosing the right skin care treatments for your anti-aging regime isn’t as straightforward as you might think. The sheer array of products available right now is enormous. The needs of both men and women are being met by beauty brands, and yet many are turning to natural medicines.

As medical cannabis becomes one of the most talked about natural medicines in the world today, people are becoming more and more curious about it, its health benefits and its risks. From small online dispensaries to multi-billion dollar beauty brands, the market has responded to this curiosity in a big way.

Customers now have more choice than ever before when it comes to cannabis products, but this can be overwhelming. Cannabis has many incredible medicinal properties. It’s been proven to reduce:

  • Epileptic seizures
  • Provide significant relief from chronic pain
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease

But it’s cannabis’ ability to keep the skin looking and feeling its best which most people plan to put to the test. Knowing which cannabis product is right for you depends heavily on understanding the different types that are available. If you’re looking for a product to combat the seven signs of aging, cannabis could be an excellent option. But which type of cannabis is best for staying young?

CBD, What Is It?

CBD is one of the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, has received the most scientific and media attention. This is because while CBD doesn’t cause the mind-altering “high” effect, it does have significant medicinal properties.

Although the tides have started to turn for medical cannabis, many people are still highly suspicious of it. When President Nixon first criminalized cannabis in 1973, he cemented the notion that cannabis was a dangerous drug in the minds of all Americans. This opinion is still pretty prevalent today, even though many states have taken the step to legalize it.

This old-fashioned view of cannabis has really hampered research efforts. Scientists are hard-pressed to find facilities for research and are limited as to how much of the product they can study at one time. Thankfully, attitudes appear to be changing and state laws appear to be relaxing. This should lead to a rise in research.

The research that has been conducted has been small scale but has led to some really interesting findings. In particular, the findings in relation to the effects of CBD on the skin have really captured the attention of both the media and the skincare industry.

What Is Full Plant Extract?

Full plant extract, also sometimes called whole plant extract, is the name given to a cannabis product that contains more than just CBD oil. Full plant extract contains the small flowers and leaves of the plant. Some experts believe that this product provides a higher therapeutic value than single extract products do.

The argument for full plant extract over a single extract such as CBD is based on the idea that a greater range of cannabinoids is of more benefit to the body. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. While CBD is one of them, there are actually over a hundred others.

Full plant extract contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Researchers believe that these cannabinoids work more effectively when they are together. In essence, each cannabinoid makes all of the others stronger.

This process is known as synergy and is why some people recommend full plant extract so strongly. There have been quite a few studies conducted in this area. A number of them have found that full plant extracts to display better results on lower doses.

Medical Cannabis in Anti-aging

Whether you choose to opt for CBD single extract, or a full plant extract cannabis product, there is significant evidence to suggest that cannabis has anti-aging benefits. The cannabinoids contained in the plant do this by boosting the endocannabinoid system. This is a system of neurological receptors in the bodies of most animals, humans included.

The endocannabinoid system is spread throughout the entire body, but it’s believed that most of the receptors are found in the skin. Scientistic think that they act as a regulator of skin health. When this system is working well, your skin is at its best.

Cannabis has been proven to have impressive anti-inflammatory abilities. As a powerful antioxidant, it’s also thought to combat the harmful effects of free radicals which are responsible for the aging process. Studies show that the amino acids found in cannabis can have restorative and protective effects on tired, sagging skin, and can even reverse the effects of sun damage.

Considering all of this, it’s not much wonder that so many people are turning to cannabis as an anti-ageing product. Traditional products can be harsh on sensitive skin, while cannabis products are much more gentle. Additionally, whether you use CBD or full plant extract, not only will it combat the seven signs of aging, but you can also benefit from the other health benefits of cannabis. These include:

  • Better sleep
  • Fewer mood swings during your period
  • Pain relief
  • And many many more

The struggle to keep our skin looking and feeling its best for as long as possible is a goal we all share. And finding the right Sure, some people will say that CBD is the best option. Others will claim that full plant extract is the way to go. But the truth is that either way, cannabis products show huge promise as the anti-aging products of the future.

Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell
Sarah Tyrrell is a health, wellness, and lifestyle writer based in Ireland whose work has appeared in The Irish Times and The Independent, among others. In 2017, she founded the lifestyle brand “Self Love and Sarah” to promote healthy self image and body positivity for women.

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