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The Difference Between CBD and THC and How They Each Benefit Your Hair

There are so many stigmas still surrounding the world of cannabis, but whether you love it or are still unsure, you can’t deny its trending power. CBD is one of the buzziest ingredients mainly in wellness, finding its way into skin elixirs, balms, vape pens and yep, hair products. So naturally if you do decide you want to start testing out cannabis products it’s best to know you what it you’re using, how it helps, and what effects it will have on your glorious mane. Below we tapped Mary Linden–the Awareness Coordinator of CBDOil.org–  who shares in detail everything you need to know before incorporating CBD or THC into your beauty routine.

CBD versus THC Hemp Salve

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What is CBD?

“CBD is the shortened name for cannabidiol, which is the non-psychotropic cannabinoid created from cannabis sativa, also known as hemp,” Linden explains. “It usually acts as a mild sedative when taken orally.”

What is THC?

Ok–so what exactly is THC? “THC is the shortened name for Delta 9 or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the cannabinoid that creates the high that you get from smoking marijuana,” says Linden. “This is what shows up on drug tests.”

How does CBD affect your hair?

A big question we get here at Mane Addicts is: Does CBD actually help your hair? According to Linden, “There’s still quite a bit of research to be done about how CBD affects your hair specifically, but it does have two properties that could do great things for your hair – it’s a natural anti-inflammatory and it can help to strengthen your hair through adding extra nutrients to your hair.”


CBD is filled with calming properties that make it wonderful for a bevy of skin concerns. Linden notes, “CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory, so if you struggle with eczema or psoriasis, you’ll have an easier time dealing with it by using CBD.”

Added Nutrients

CBD is also loaded with nutrients that can benefit both skin and hair. “If you use a topical CBD product, you can help your scalp to absorb fatty acids like Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9, not to mention gamma linoleic acid, which can help your hair to grow stronger and faster,” explains Linden.

Scalp Stimulation

“In addition to helping with hair growth, you can also add calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E to your hair by massaging CBD oil into your head,” Linden shares. “It will also help to regulate your oil production. – whether you’re too oily or you’re very dry, it can help your body to figure out a happy medium. This will improve your scalp health over time.”

How does THC affect your hair?

Unlike CBD, there is less research around THC and hair health. Linden breaks it down, “There’s not a lot of research out there about how THC affects your hair. However, we do know that THC does remain in your hair and urine for a while, which means that it will show up on a drug test, she says. “Keep that in mind when choosing a product. If you use a topical CBD product like a CBD shampoo, however, it will not deposit THC into your hair, according to a study of Cannabio.”

How to use it

So you’re into the idea of incorporating a CBD product, so what’s the best way to go about out? Linden explains, “There are a lot of ways that you can use CBD products on and in your body, but if you want to use the best products for your hair, you’re going to find that oil or shampoos will be the most helpful – particularly when it comes to your scalp.” She continues, “If you decide to take it by eating or drinking it, like through CBD Water, then you should talk to a doctor before starting. CBD products can interact with other medications or medical conditions, so you want to make sure that you won’t create more health issues for yourself that can cause much more trouble for your hair.”

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