Cannabis oil, or CBD oil to be precise, is the latest buzz ingredient in beauty; it might sound strange (isn’t cannabis, like, illegal?) but it’s created quite a phenomenon. The medicinal use of cannabis has been well documented and debated for a while now, but recently it’s been hyped as a miracle ingredient in the beauty industry, too.
CBD oil has been popping up in everything from lip balm to hair pomade, but why suddenly everywhere? We’ve rounded up 15 of the best CBD-infused beauty products on the market to give your beauty routine a high. But first off, a little science lesson.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant. It’s one of the two most well-known compounds in cannabis, the other being THC (the psychoactive chemical compound which gets you high). CBD oil contains high levels of the CBD compound and is made by pressing hemp leaves and flowers to extract the oil.
How does it work?
Our bodies naturally have something called the endocannabinoid system, which is basically a system of receptors throughout our brains and bodies. These receptors can be activated by chemicals produced in the human body as well as by plant cannabinoids – they’ve been linked to regulating moods, emotions, pain, appetite and memory amongst other things. Researchers think that CBD encourages the body to create and use more of its own cannabinoids which in turn increases the effects of the receptors. Science lesson over. Phew.
What are the benefits?
Recent scientific studies have suggested that CBD oil has a huge variety of medicinal and therapeutic benefits including lowering blood pressure, reducing muscle spasms and relieving symptoms of asthma, depression, epilepsy, insomnia and even cancer.
It’s also been used as a natural way of combating chronic pain and reducing inflammation, which has been especially good in reducing the side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients. The jury’s still out on the actual proof of these benefits because there hasn’t been a conclusive overall study.
Is it legal?
Don’t worry, this trend won’t get you in trouble, but it’s important to note that CBD oil and cannabis oil are very different; cannabis oil is currently illegal in the UK. The law around CBD oil has recently changed to classify it as a medicine, making it legal.
CBD is extracted from industrial hemp which is a strain of cannabis which contains less than 0.2% THC, although you have to have a special license to grow it so don’t try and grow your own!
Can it get you high?
No, definitely not. CBD oil does not get you high as it contains less than 0.2% THC which is the chemical compound which creates a high.
Why is it in beauty products?
CBD boasts a number of skin benefits, it contains fatty acids as well as vitamins A,D and E which help hydrate and smooth skin. Scientists have recently found evidence that CBD can be beneficial in treating skin disorders like dry skin, psoriasis, acne and eczema which is why it’s suddenly popping up in lots of beauty products. It also has anti-inflammation properties which are perfect for reducing redness and the signs of ageing.
Ingesting CBD is the most efficient way of getting all the benefits as it directly enters the bloodstream and hits many of the body’s endocannabinoid receptors. CBD in beauty products in unlikely to enter the bloodstream, instead penetrating the upper layers of skin instead.
Body Shop Hemp Heavy Duty Lip Care, £4.50
The Body Shop were the original innovators of hemp-infused beauty products, they’ve been selling their hemp range since the ‘90s! This heavy duty lip balm provides intense hydration for dry lips and protects them from the elements, thanks to hemp oil which are rich in fatty acids.
Revolution CBD Oil, £10
Revolution Beauty, aka the queens of budget beauty, have just extended their repertoire to include skincare. This nourishing skin oil infused with CBD helps calm and soothe dry and sensitive skin, thanks to its high concentration of fatty acids it nourishes and moisturises as well. And it’s fragrance free, cruelty free and vegan.
Votary Super Seed Facial Oil, £70
This facial oil contains an impressive 21 seed oils, including hemp. It’s great for intense hydration and calming skin by reducing redness and balancing hormones It can also be used as a hydrating base for make-up, just use it sparingly!
Kiki Health CBD Oil 5%, £40
If you want to reap the full range of benefits CBD has to offer, you need to ingest it like a supplement so it absorbs into your bloodstream. It’s said to help with anxiety, pain, nausea and insomnia; take two to three drops under the tongue every day to improve your general wellbeing.
Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, £12
Would you believe one of these is sold every 9 seconds around the world! It’s infused with cold-pressed hemp oil as well as other nourishing ingredients like castor seed oil and glycerin to hydrate and repair dry skin, without leaving a greasy residue. We’re sold.
Perricone MD CBx Super Clean Face Wash, £29
This facewash is designed to use CBD’s antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties to calm and soothe stressed and oil-prone skin. This gentle cleanser thoroughly cleans skin but without overly drying it out.
Escentric Molecules Escentric 04, £36
Cult fragrance lab Escentric Molecules have added the unusual ingredient to this unisex perfume. It’s a fresh and crisp scent infused with pink grapefruit, juniper and marijuana which adds a peppery and herby element to it rather than anything more overpowering.
Malin + Goetz Cannabis Hair Pomade, £20
Apparently the CBD in this helps to stimulate hair growth because of the fatty acids it contains. Aside from the CBD, the pomade is lightweight and creates texture without a shiny finish, plus it works on most hair types.
Malin + Goetz Cannabis Hand & Body Wash, £20
This product boasts the warm and spicy scent of cannabis rather than any of its actual benefits. It smells great and cleans skin without dehydrating it.
Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap Hemp Rose, £11.69
This cult liquid soap claims to have 18 uses; everything from washing the dishes to cleaning your make-up brushes – pretty impressive eh? It’s infused with hemp oil and comes in loads of different scents like almond, mint and lavender – plus it’s completely biodegradable, so guilt free right?
Dr Organic Hemp Oil Intensive Eye Serum, £9.99
Enriched with hemp oil, this eye cream is rich in fatty acids and CBD’s anti-inflammation products which tackle the signs of ageing. It’s perfect for the delicate skin around the eyes and its lightweight texture ensure it absorbs quickly.
Body Shop Hemp Body Butter, £15
This hemp-infused body butter uses The Body Shop’s iconic formula to provide intense hydration for dry skin for up to 96 hours! It instantly melts into skin leaving it soft and supple; the hemp seed oil is rich in fatty acids which help to repair and protect dry skin from the elements.
Optiat Purifying Hemp Face Mask, £17.99
Using the by-product of hemp husks, this mask leaves skin clearer and more radiant. Hemp husks contain all nine essential amino acids which gently exfoliate skin as well as being a source of vitamin D. The mask also contains clay and charcoal which deeply cleanse skin.
Josh Rosebrook Herbal Infusion Oil, £44
A true multi-tasker, this oil acts as a cleanser, make-up remover and a moisturising treatment. It balances, cleanses, detoxifies, firms, brightens and hydrates skin and it’s 100% natural.
MGC Derma CBD Stem Cells & Algae All Night Cream, £80
MGC Derma has recently launched in the UK and is leading the way in CBD beauty, with every one of it’s products containing CBD. This is a rich night cream which nourishes skin whilst you sleep as well as brightening, hydrating and defying the effects of ageing, thanks to the effects of stem cells and CBD.
Jacob Hooy CBD+ Capsules, £34.99
Similar to pure CBD oil, these capsules provide the full range of CBD benefits but in a capsule form. The ingredients are released more effectively by ingesting them so if you want the full CBD effect, this the way to get it.
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