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Tackling adult acne with the help of CBD

After suffering from acne since her teens, Suzanne was running out of options.

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Suzanne has suffered from acne since she was a teenager.

Mum-of-three, Suzanne, has struggled with acne for over a decade. She reveals how CBD has helped clear up her skin after years of searching for a product that works.

Suzanne, 31, has suffered from acne since she was a teenager.

The common skin condition affects most people at some point in their life. Many will remember living with the condition during their teenage years, but for some, it can continue into adulthood. It causes spots, oily skin and skin that can feel hot or painful to touch.

For Suzanne, a preschool teacher and mum-of-three, it has had a significant impact on her life.

“It’s one of those things where you just feel really rubbish,” Suzanne says.

“I’m not a shallow person but it does get to you after a while.

“It’s painful and it just really puts you down. I used to just go around thinking that people were looking at how bad my skin was.”

Although Suzanne’s skin did clear up for a period of time in her early 20s, the condition worsened as she approached the end of the decade.

“I used to suffer really badly as a teenager with horrible deep spots; the painful ones,” Suzanne says.

“When you’re a teenager, you think, ‘by the time I’m 30 I’m not going to have sports anymore’. Now at 31, I’m running out of things to try.”

Suzanne thinks she must have used almost every brand on the high street to help manage her acne, but none provided satisfying results. She has also have prescription medication from her doctor a go, but found that the product was too aggressive for her skin.

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“It’s quite acidic and it takes a layer off your skin, so you can only use it for a certain amount of time,” she explains.

“When I stopped using it, my skin would flare up again and it wasn’t even completely getting rid of the acne anyway. I wanted something that was kinder to my skin.”

Last year, Suzanne’s sister suggested that she try CBD, but like many people, she was sceptical about the supplement due to its association with cannabis.

“She told me it might not only make my skin better but also chill me out to me out a little bit and help me sleep,” Suzanne recalls.

“I didn’t know anything about it, but I’ve had bad skin pretty much forever, so I thought it was worth a shot.”

After the first national lockdown in March last year, Suzanne noticed her skin was starting to flare up, so she decided to take her sister’s advice. She now uses a raw, unrefined oil and a CBD moisturiser daily to keep on top of her skin.

She found that the moisturiser worked a lot better than other products she had tried, which felt “heavy” and left her skin feeling greasy.

Suzanne didn’t see the benefits instantly, but after a few weeks, she noticed that her spots were less sore.

“I had to use it for a little while to see a big difference, but even if I was getting spots, they weren’t as painful,” she says.

“That in itself was better because I didn’t feel like my face was on fire.

“It does take a little while, it’s not an overnight solution. But if you keep going, it gets a lot better.”

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After the pain subsided, her skin started to clear up and, in turn, Suzanne experienced a boost in her confidence as well.

“It sounds like a really silly thing to think, but I always felt like people were looking at my face,” Suzanne says.

“I don’t feel like that anymore. I went out on Friday, and wore makeup. A lot of people wear makeup to cover up their spots, but I [rarely] did because I didn’t want to make my skin worse.

“I can be a bit more girly now and know it’s not going to completely mess my skin up.”

Suzanne has also experienced improvements to her sleep.

Dealing with the pandemic along with stresses in her personal life, her sleeping pattern had taken a hit. Before taking CBD, she used to wake up at least every hour but now she finds she can sleep through a whole night.

Although Suzanne intends to continue using CBD, as a single mum of three kids, she says it can be hard to justify the cost of regularly using the supplement. A 500g tub of moisturiser, priced at £17.99, lasts a long time, she says, but CBD oil sets her back almost £40 every fortnight.

“I’m the kind of person that would give to others before thinking of myself so even spending this money on moisturiser seems selfish to me,” Suzanne adds.

“I feel guilty spending that on myself, but I have to weigh it up against how bad I was feeling.”

Suzanne has since gotten her friends and colleagues using the supplement too. Her boss, who suffers from similar issues with her skin has also noticed big improvements.

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“I’d tell people who are unsure to definitely try it,” she adds.

“I think it’s important for people to be open to it.

“I still get a little flare like everyone does, it’s just one of those things. I don’t think I’ll ever not have some kind of skin issues, but it’s nowhere near as bad anymore.”

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Study: Could CBD help with alopecia?

A new study on topical CBD finds it may be as effective as other treatments on the market but further testing is needed

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Alopecia: A number of hair products on a white background including two hairbrushes, a bottle of oil, a spray bottle and two towels

A new study on alopecia revealed that topical CBD use over time may help with regrowth. It could offer an alternative, non-invasive treatment for the condition.

Androgenetic alopecia can sometimes be referred to as female or male pattern baldness. It can cause thin or bald patches across the head. There are different forms of alopecia such as alopecia areata that can cause hair to fall out in patches, these may connect becoming noticeable. It develops when the immune system attacks the hair follicles. It may also affect eyebrows, eyelashes and face while developing over time.

Alopecia study

The researchers stated that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may be involved in maintaining cellular homeostasis by regulating inflammatory response and regenerative progress.

The endocannabinoid system has three core components: endocannabinoids, receptors and enzymes. These receptors can be found throughout the body. Endocannabinoids bind to them to send signals that the system needs to be active and do something. The main two receptors are CB1 which is found in the central nervous system and CB2 in the peripheral nervous system. Cannabinoids are thought to bind or influence these receptors.

All of these receptors relate to hair follicle function. Researchers examined if blocking the CB1 receptor on the hair follicle with CBD could have a result in hair shaft elongation. They noted that the effects are dose-dependent and higher doses may have a different effect.

This study was conducted to determine if daily topical application of hemp oil high in CBD concentration would result in significant hair regrowth in the area of the scalp most affected by androgenetic alopecia (AGA)

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The study took 35 participants with AGA and gave them a once-daily topical dose of CBD. This was on average 3 to 4 mg per day for six months. The researchers conducted a hair count of the greatest areas of alopecia before treatment and after six months. To facilitate this,  a clear acrylic mould with a cut out was made of each person’s head.

When it came to results, the men reported more regrowth than women and the vertex area did better than the temporal ones. vertex transition point refers to the area where the scalp goes from a horizontal to vertical while the temporal areas. There was an increased average of 95 percent in non-vellus hair after six months of daily use. All subjects reported some regrowth with no adverse effects.

The researchers felt that the CBD treatment offered comparable effects to other treatments on the market and could be used alongside them to maximise the effects. However, they stressed this combination would need further testing.

The authors wrote: “Topical CBD formulation has comparable results to finasteride and comparable results to 5% minoxidil once daily foam. Since the CBD works through novel mechanisms different from finasteride and minoxidil, it can be used in conjunction with these current drugs and would be expected to have synergistic effects.”

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New Gen-Z CBD beauty brand launches with 1.7 million views on TikTok

The new brand, Love MeMeMe aim to encourage people to take time out for self-care.

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A new CBD brand, Love MeMeMe has hit 1.7 million views on TikTok by sharing their hashtag, #metheloveofmyownlife.

The brand offers a range of gender-neutral, self-care CBD beauty items including lip balms, hair masks and body butter. The brand is aimed at Gen-Z consumers rather than millennials or baby boomers.

As part of a marketing campaign, Love MeMeMe partnered with TikTok influencers to launch the products. Liana Jade, Miah Carter, Max Ragan, Chloe Rose, Bobbie, Elvira Styles and Hani Hans endorsed the brand on the platform. Each one of the influencers explained what self-love means to them and what their self-love tips are.

The range combines not just CBD but active ingredients such as retinol and Vitamin A and E. The bright colourful packaging is not only eye-catching but the price point is easily accessible with products starting at £8. There are nine products in the collection which launched this week.

Gen-Z marketing

Gen-Z consumers who are described as those born between 1997 and 2012. This explains the TikTok focus, it is estimated that by the end of this year, there will be more Gen-Z users on TikTok than on Instagram with 37.3 million Gen Z users. Although Snapchat is one of the biggest platforms amongst this age group, it is thought that the brand will overtake it by 2023.

It’s working for Love MeMeMe who have gained 1.7 million views on the platform in just under a week.

Gen-Z: A group shot of cosmetics together. The packaging is pink and red with a purple logo

Gen-Z CBD use

These aren’t unusual figures for Gen-Z who are described as the first wave of truly digital native consumers. They aren’t just used to consistent connectivity but also, CBD and cannabis consumption is becoming normalised.

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In the US, a recent study from a Seattle-based cannabis data brand, Headset revealed that Gen-Z is the fastest-growing segment of the cannabis industry. In the past year, sales to Gen-Z surged by 127 percent with the biggest percentage among females. This is an even bigger amount when compared to sale increases among other generations. Millennial sales increased by 46 percent, Gen X increased by 29 percent and baby boomers by 5 percent.

Headset noted: “This demographic will continue to drive exponential growth, so it’s important to pay attention and understand their preferences.”

The same study also showed that Gen-Z prefers to smoke cannabis with only 10 percent spending money on other ways to consume CBD. This is down from 15 percent for other generations. They are also less brand loyal as well with only 20.6 percent preferring to stick to one brand.

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Jay-Z launches new CBD and THC infused wellness collection

The collection marks The Parent Company’s first collection of wellness products starting with topicals and oils.

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Jay-Z’s cannabis brand The Parent Company has launched its first line of lotions and tinctures in three categories – well balanced, well relieved and well-rested.

The Parent Company is a vertically integrated cannabis company based in California. This is their first collection of wellness products that contain CBD and THC under the Caliva label, ‘Well by Caliva’.

The three products allow customers to choose which product best suits their needs. It was created based on recent data showing the top reasons that people turn to cannabis: relaxation, improving sleep quality and pain management.

Jay-Z: A line of three bottles of oil in orange, yellow and blue from jay z's new collection on a white background

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The lotions come in two forms: a muscle and joint lotion and a head, neck and shoulder lotion. The Well Relieved muscle & joint lotion offers a blend of CBD: THC mixed with clove and frankincense essential oils for a warm, spicy aroma. Their head, neck and shoulder lotion contains over 3oo mg of cannabinoids with calming lavender essential oil.

The launch announcement comes just days after Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce announced she had turned to CBD for relief following a gruelling tour schedule.

Parent Company COO Dennis O’ Malley said: “We are excited to be expanding our wellness category with the release of our line of CBD and THC lotions and tinctures. As part of The Parent Company’s mission to provide access and entry points into cannabis, we knew that a wellness line that uses the combination of CBD and THC for more powerful effects would be attractive to consumers. Our new line of Well by Caliva products offer the same high quality that consumers have come to trust from The Parent Company, at an affordable price.”

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The Parent Company was formed in 2021 which holds a product portfolio of eight cannabis brands such as Monogram by Jay Z. Jay Z serves as the chief visionary officer for the company. He established their social equity ventures initiative which was created to break down the systematic barriers Black and other minority entrepreneurs face as they attempt to participate and lead in the legal cannabis industry.

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