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Monday, October 26, 2020

Book Review: The CBD Skincare Solution: The Power of Cannabidiol for Healthy Skin #CBDSkincareSolution #CBD #ManishaSingal

 The CBD Skincare Solution: The Power of Cannabidiol for Healthy Skin

by Manisha Singal, M.D.


If you have ever read my blog before you know there is something I am very interested in learning about, and that is CBD (cannabidiol). I was lucky enough to be able to read and review this fabulous & fascinating book written and researched by an internal medicine physician. It is called The CBD Skincare Solution: The Power of Cannabidol for Healthy Skin by Dr. Manisha Singal, M.D. In this book Dr. Singal describes how a horrific allergic reaction led her down a winding path that ultimately would lead her to write this book. Eventually she also founded her own beauty brand, Aethera Beauty, based upon the principles applied in the book. I also asked her some questions about her book and her skincare line (which I will review separately).

The reason I am so interested in CBD is because I suffer from eczema. Eczema is type of dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin, and is triggered by an autoimmune reaction to allergens. The results can be quite dramatic, painful and stressful. Mine is only located on my neck. It is located only on my neck and was just diagnosed in my mid-forties. However, my oldest daughter also suffers from it (atopic dermatitis specifically) and has skin so sensitive that she can use only use Cetaphil and CeraVe products. When I told her about my success with CBD, she immediately became interested and was hopeful that it could help her too. 

Dr. Singal wrote her book because she developed a very bad allergic reaction to hair color. In 2017, she had gone to her colorist before a wedding to get some pesky gray's colored. The stylist used the same formula she had used on several occasions, but this time something was different, and a terrible rash broke out her neck and scalp that quickly spread to her entire body. Essentially, she leveraged her entire network of fellow doctors to find an answer but eventually was diagnosed with “multiple chemical hyper-sensitivity.” She reluctantly proceeded to take a cocktail of prescribed drugs and various topical steroids. Also, she mentions in her book that in her need and quest for non-toxic solutions, she started studying the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. Around this same time, her husband started to use and receive benefits from ingested CBD for his symptoms from an inflammatory bowel disease. This was her “aha” moment to experiment with topical CBD in hopes for her own relief from the unremitting skin reaction. 

It took over about one year to get a diagnosis, from beginning to end. She had to wait for her inflamed skin to heal. In the meantime, she cleaned out her entire arsenal of skincare, hair care and body care products with chemicals in them. One of her mantras is that “the cure can often be worse than the disease” and she rarely takes any prescription medications due to potential toxic side effects. She writes that "this ordeal necessitated me to find my own non-toxic solution to deal with my skin irritation and scaring as well as provide relief from the constant itching."

The CBD Skincare Solution is the one-stop book you need for all of your CBD skincare needs. It has everything you have ever wanted to know about the history of CBD, marijuana and how it is used, applied and works. Not only that, but Dr, Singal goes into great depth and detail into how to use CBD for the body and the skin. This book is essentially a textbook for CBD skincare. She goes into great detail about the immune system, skin anatomy and how CBD affects the body. She goes into great depth about how to shop for CBD, how CBD can affect your overall health and well-being, as well as the best way to take CBD. In the back of the book there is a compendium of resources for readers and a fully researched bibliography from scientific resources. Since she is a physician, Dr. Singal doesn't cut any corners on her research and she makes sure to include her research for the reader as she would have in a medical journal. 

My favorite sections of the book were about how CBD affects the brain and the entourage effect. You see, we have certain endocannobinoids in our own body that respond to CBD, which is how cannabidiol affects the brain (this includes THC). CBD on its own is beneficial but when grouped together is called the entourage effect, and you can read more about that in her book. Essentially, all of the different types of CBD amplify each other's beneficial effects. 

The future of CBD isn't really discussed but, I asked Dr. Singal about the future of CBD and here is her reply: 

"I support full legalization of cannabis and more research into the various other cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, and THCV and their potential roles to mitigate diseases. We’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to understanding the science behind cannabinoids many observed benefits. For example, a recent study in Canada by Dr. Kovalchuk showed high-CBD extracts in the early stages of Covid-19 infection may help prevent moderate infections from turning into severe infections, by suppression of the receptors responsible for the coronavirus to enter the host cells, especially on the airways, lungs, and intestines."

I think if you are at all interested in CBD, skincare, its affects on the body then you would thoroughly enjoy this book. As I mentioned previously, it is a essentially a textbook for cannabidiol, its use in the body and on the skin. Dr. Singal covers every and all topics related to CBD. She does this without boring the reader at all, making it compelling reading. I know that is a book I will reach for many times over to research CBD anytime I need any information. The CBD Skincare Solution: The Power of Cannabidiol for Healthy Skin is available for $14.99 through www.aetherabeauty.com and www.amazon.com

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis



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