The Beauty of CBD

by Brittney Graham

You have probably noticed all of the cannabidiol hemp oil, or CBD hemp oil that is popping up as an ingredient in beauty products! Anything from body lotion to facial oil have been advertised quite a bit recently. While this buzz seems to be fairly new and a fad, I can assure you that the truth is far from that.

CBD infused beauty products have been gaining popularity with entire brands dedicating their image to this buzzy beauty ingredient. Mega retailer CVS is even selling CBD beauty products in 8 of their numerous stores with more to be carrying it soon.   But what exactly does this additive do to help out beauty products and what are some of the misconceptions out there about it?

The big question that usually comes to mind first when learning about these products is whether these infused beauty products will get you high. The short answer is no. The longer answer is that CBD hemp oil is sourced from hemp with lower trace amounts of THC than marijuana and high levels of CBD. THC is what is responsible for that trippy feeling that comes to mind when someone mentions the word cannabis. The high levels of CBD are a source of fatty acids and other nutrients that benefit your skin.

Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist based in New York City made a statement on her findings as to what those fatty acids and other nutrients do for your skin. “Studies have shown it can improve reduced barrier function, improve hydration, minimize moisture loss, and decrease inflammation,” she explained. CBD also has anti-inflammatory benefits because the primary receptor for CBD (CBD2) is found on immune cells, which is where inflammation takes place. This is major, because many skin conditions are connected to inflammation, which is why there are so many conversations about the power of CBD in the beauty industry right now.

Let’s discuss some of the options that are out there for those in the CBD beauty care market or are wanting to give it a try. If you are looking for something to address dry skin try CBD hand and body lotion or infused moisturizer. Finding a product with cannabis sativa oil concentrate will also really help with redness as well as dryness on your skin. If you are feeling sore after a post work out or have muscle aches there are CBD bath bombs and salves that are perfect for that!

No matter what you decide on, cannabis beauty products are certainly worth the try. With how many users that swear by the products to the test studies that seem to be popping up daily, we can see why they are becoming so popular. Next time you are in your local dispensary or CBD shop, talk with the staff and find which product might be a good fit for you.

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