What is it?
Cannabidiol is a healing compound which is found in the Cannabis Sativa family. It’s similar in many ways to its famous cousin, THC. It’s also a cannabinoid and just like THC, it’s known to have medicinal properties. There is one major difference between CBD and THC – CBD is entirely non-psychoactive.
This means that no matter how much CBD you consume, it’s not going to get you ‘high’. When consumed orally, people report feelings of relaxation, sleepiness or in higher doses, mental stimulation. Topical applications like creams and balms contain too little of the compound to trigger an altered state of mind.
Why is it being used in beauty products?
There are three main reasons why the cosmetic industry leaders are jumping on the CBD oil bandwagon.
- CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory compound.
- There are studies proving that it may be beneficial in the treatment of acne
- There has been research which shows potential for CBD oil treating skin irritations, redness and disease.
For people who don’t want to, or can’t take pain medication, topical CBD takes down the pain level and reduces swelling. That’s why there are so many body balms and moisturisers containing CBD oil, perfect for after that intense gym workout.
While acne rates are increasing, there aren’t many new treatments coming out. The standard acid, retinoid and benzoyl peroxide might be doing more damage than good. It seems that CBD might be the ticket to clear skin. While Acne is a pain to treat because of its many components – blocked pores, excess sebum, inflammation and proliferation of bacteria. A study in 2014 found that CBD helps to suppress the breakouts by regulating the oil production. This is good news if you’re trying to avoid Roaccutane and other acne medications. Although there is more research to be done, the potential of a non-steroid treatment is great for sufferers of acne.
One of the most enticing attributes for CBD oil is its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Scientists are finding more evidence that it can treat skin disorders like dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. This is the reason why hemp products are making its way into the skincare market.
What products are available?
Here’s a few products containing CBD oil for you to try.. We know we’re keen to try MILK Makeup’s Kush Mascara (which was coincidentally (or not) released on 4/20) but it’s not available in Australia… YET. You can purchase other MILK Makeup products from Urban Outfitters.
Kush Queen – this California-based brand makes plenty of products that contain THC. But they also make a few that contain CBD and essential oils only, like this relaxing bath bomb (US$12), which is meant to help you chill out before bed. You can purchase these products online at the KushQueen website.
If you’re already set in your skin-care routine, this perfume might be something to consider. Made from a base of cannabis sativa oil, this fragrance incorporates notes of bergamot and citrus for a scent that’s totally earth-delicious (US$60).
If anti-ageing ingredients are a priority, try this CBD-infused moisturiser that also contains hydrolysed collagen, which can be used both morning and night. You can purchase this and other CBD anti-ageing products online through their website (US$45).
What are we expecting next in Cannibeauty?
Terpenes is what makes cannabis smell like an Australian house party. Although we are used to that smell, there are different parts which smell pleasant. Limonene has a citrusy smell and Pinene smells like pine trees (aka Christmas.) They are basically the essential oils of weed. Research suggests that the terpenes in cannabis may work synergistically with cannabinoids to enhance medicinal effects.
Stay tuned for more Beauty News!