BY MARIE LODI
Take a look around—CBD has expanded outside of dispensaries and made its way into the mainstream. Weed’s most popular non-psychoactive cannabinoid can now be found in skin care products, coffee, and shampoo; in the aisles of drug stores like Walgreen’s; and on the menu at fast food restaurants like Carl’s Jr. Another everyday consumer product with an updated CBD variant? Toothpaste.
CBD and oral health
Some oral care brands, such as Primal Life Organics, have added CBD into their products, touting promises of decreasing gum disease, helping with toothaches, healing oral abscesses, and even killing bad breath. But here’s the question: is there any evidence that swapping your everyday Crest or Colgate toothpaste for a cannabis-friendly option will increase your health and wellness, or is it just a sign that CBD is starting to jump the shark?
How CBD could make for a healthier mouth
Theoretically, CBD could be a good idea for your gums and teeth. Studies have found that it can help provide relief for pain and inflammation. There’s also evidence showing that CBD has antibacterial and antifungal properties; it has also helped with healing oral wounds in rats. All of this points to CBD possibly being quite beneficial to an oral care regimen, although further research is necessary to fully prove the virtues of, say, a CBD-spiked toothpaste or mouthwash.
CBD and gum disease
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease affects over 47% of adults in the United States. Gum disease, which can lead to the breakdown of gums, loss of teeth, and may even be linked to heart disease, can be prevented with proper oral care. Because there is a lack of specific research on CBD and its potential prevention of gum disease and other teeth-related issues, we can only hope that future studies come to light. In the meantime, if you’re curious about what CBD can do for your pearly whites, adding an anti-inflammatory, natural ingredient like cannabis to your oral care routine is unlikely to do any harm...and, hey, it just might make for a more soothing, fresher tooth-brushing experience.
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