By / October 10, 2023

Cannabis May Be Effective in Preventing Hair Loss, Study Shows

Cannabis, a plant often associated with relaxation and entertainment, is gaining new significance in the context of health and body care, with a surprising new application being the fight against hair loss.

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Cannabis Extract as a Growth Stimulant

Recent research from 2023 sheds light on the astonishing benefits it may offer to those struggling with hair loss or alopecia.

The hair loss study, conducted over six months on a group of alopecia patients, revealed stunning results: an average hair growth of 246%, with some participants experiencing up to 2000% hair regeneration. This presents new possibilities for roughly 2% of the world’s population dealing with this condition.

This isn’t the first research exploring the potential of cannabis in hair growth. Certain cannabinoids found in cannabis, namely CBD, CBDV, and THCV, are crucial. These cannabinoids block signaling of CB1 receptors, which play a significant role in the hair growth cycle.

Does it Truly Work in the Fight Against Hair Loss?

Involved in the study were 15 men and 16 women, aged between 31 and 64, all suffering from alopecia. They were administered 28g of cannabis extract monthly, and instructed to apply a thin layer daily to thinning areas. The average daily dosage was around 33 mg of full-spectrum cannabis extract, with 60% CBD, 12.63% CBDV, and 3.71% THCV.

By the study’s end, results were evident. All participants experienced some degree of hair regrowth, ranging from 31.25% to 2000%, with an average regrowth of 246% in men and 127% in women. An independent doctor also noticed improvement, stating that all participants had moderate to significant improvements in scalp coverage, reducing the appearance of hair loss.

However, it’s essential to note that the study had certain limitations, such as a small sample size and lack of a placebo group or double-blind trial procedures. Additionally, peppermint oil, which was part of the mix, is also known for its hair growth stimulating properties, complicating the attribution of anti hair loss effects solely to the cannabis extract.

Lower CBD Dosage is Key for Best Results for Hair Loss Treatment

Those considering using cannabis extract for treating alopecia should always consult a doctor beforehand. This study reported no adverse side effects, and topical cannabis extract is generally considered safe. However, no safety studies have been conducted on this mixture or the use of cannabis extract combined with other hair loss treatment methods.

Importantly, the study also suggests that an excessive amount of CBD might have a reverse effect, similar to that observed with THC, potentially leading to increased hair loss — a pattern of using small CBD doses is crucial for effectiveness. The study showed benefits at a dosage of about 33 mg of cannabis extract with 60% CBD content. Using a higher amount might cause hair loss, so caution is advised when applying.

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