To quote Allure (and an editor that I follow religiously,Meirav Devash,”We are living in the marijuanaissance. Thanks to CBD, cannabis is getting its glow-up, trading in the stoner image for a new one as a luxury wellness and beauty ingredient.”
The buzzy ingredient, which, no, won't get you high, even if ingested as an oral tincture or supplement, has now evolved into a bonafide skin-care trend, with brands offering a luxe spin on what used to be a highly niche category.CBD (AKA cannabidiol) was thebeauty buzzword of 2019, and its set to become even more popular in 2020. This science-backed, ultra-versatile ingredient has made its way into our skincare products due to its powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-ageing properties. It tackles everything from dry or dull skin, muscle pain, dark circles, puffy eyes, redness, and more (minus the psychoactive effects).
The Science Behind It.
Topical CBD’s most enticing attributes are its anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-killing) properties. Scientists are finding more evidence that it can treat dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema, which is why the ingredient is popping up in so many face creams, serums, and body lotions. “Inflammation is the root of all evil, whether that’s acne or the signs of aging,” says New York Citydermatologist Dendy Engelman, who notes that while acne rates are increasing, there aren’t many new treatment options coming down the pike. As it turns out,CBD might be the ticket to clear skin, too. CBD might also be effective in fighting acne as it helps reduce the production of sebum in the skin. If you want to read one editor’s journey with replacing all of her skincare with CBD products,Lindsey Unterberger of Glamour, discusses what she think held up to all the buzz..
The Legal Side of it.
When it comes to skincare, you’re more likely to findhemp-derived CBD than marijuana-derived CBD in all those #shelfie-worthy bottles, for one main reason: legality. “It’s not that the compound is different when it comes from one plant or the other — it’s just the amount of CBD versus THC that makes a difference,”Dr. Josh Axe, the founder of Ancient Nutrition. “CBD from hemp contains 0.3% THC or less [the legal allowance], while CBD from marijuana can contain 5% to 35% THC.” Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states thanks to the2018 Farm Bill, but THC is only fully legal in 11 states (as of publishing). For more insider tips, check out this article fromThe Zoe Report. This is also where some confusion between hemp seed oil and hemp-derived CBD comes in to play. They come from the same plant, but have vastly different properties. Products with hemp seed oil are rich in several vitamins, as well as Omega fatty acids. It's nice for your skin — Omegas have a plumping, hydrating effect — but hemp seed oil doesn’t contain CBD. Products with CBD have more significant regenerative, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory effects than those products made with hemp oil.
How to Pick...
Our recommendation…look for these words in the ingredients list, which indicate there’s actual CBD in the formula:CBD, hemp CBD, full-spectrum hemp extract, full spectrum CBD, whole plant CBD, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, hemp extract oil. Those are allsynonyms for CBD.Without any of those, youprobablywon’t see the results you want.
Terpenes! Terpenes are the part of cannabis that makes it stink (though there are some very pleasant ones like limonene, which smells citrusy, and pinene, which smells like Christmas). In a nutshell, they’re kind of like the essential oils of weed. Research suggests that the terpenes in cannabis may work synergistically with cannabinoids to enhance medicinal effects. They might reek, but they’re super important in opening the pain receptors and making all the cannabinoids much more bioavailable, efficient, and effective. So, who’s ready for cannaromatherapy?