Since the legalization of cannabinoid (CBD) through the Farm Bill of 2018, interests in its usage in varying products, including beauty products, has continued to wax stronger and thicker. Oh! You have no idea what the Farm Bill 2018 says? Maybe you are from the Stone Age after all.
Okay. In simple terms, the Farm Bill of 2018 -also referred to as the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018- made several agriculture-related provisions. Most importantly, the Bill accomplished the legalization of industrial hemp in the American federation. This gave various brands the needed lee-way and impetus to kickstart largescale hemp experimentations.
If you consciously look around you today, you'd discover an enormity of CBD-laced personal care products in mainstream commerce. Either from virtual & online drugstores to those operating a brick-and-mortar mall model, the letters CBD would stare you in the face from plenty of beauty product packagings.
Hemp/CBD (Low THC) vs Marijuana (High THC)
You must be wondering how Marijuana is different from Hemp since they are both used interchangeably and synonymously in day-to-day activities. Well, here’s a little exposé for you:
Hemp is used to refer to varieties of cannabis plants that contain 0.3% or less of THC -the intoxicating compound that gets users high. Conversely, therefore, marijuana is classified as containing more than 0.3% of the THC compound. In other words, hemp and marijuana are both classifications of the cannabis plant. Just that they produce different amounts of THC. It’s the high presence of THC, or very low presence thereof, that distinguishes each plant in the eye of the law.
The Fuss about CBD Beauty Products
Lots of CBD-specific beauty products and brands have emerged with different rhetorics about the usefulness of CBD in efficient and effective skincare. Some of these claims are true while others can at best be wild guesses.
The few pieces of research and studies that are available point to the usefulness of CBD in rectifying acne, muscle soreness, psoriasis, eczema, and perhaps sunburns relief. In a recent study conducted in 2014 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, CBD was evidenced to be capable of normalizing the skin’s oil production, thus effectually controlling potential skin breakouts.
Interestingly, some users claim there’s usually a noticeable difference when they use CBD-infused product vs. one that’s without, in eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. Maybe that’s the case. Maybe it’s just a thing of the mind -no one knows.
Amidst every other uncertain and unevidenced claim, the claim that CBD is effectual in the reduction of skin inflammation appears to be true, in light of various unrelated and unbiased studies. This strong anti-inflammatory effect is what most skin-care companies leverage while producing beauty products that target irritated skin.
CBD Beauty Products: Caveats and Cautions
Everyone seems excited about the CBD beauty trend -as it usually is for discoveries and innovations. But if one isn’t so careful, such excitement -especially about an unregulated sphere like the CBD industry- might later end in tears.
One notable misconception is that hemp seed oil (or cannabis sativa oil) and CBD yield the same results. But that’s untrue because hemp seed oil doesn’t at all contain CBD. Agreed that hemp seed might I some way be beneficial to the skin, but you can bet that its usefulness is no better than a rosehip oil that moisturizes and conditions the skin — not offers anti-inflammatory relief.
In the same vein, the growing consumer interests in CBD has prompted beauty companies to cleverly include CBD in all skincare products, whether or not such inclusion is useful or not. Surprisingly, many consumers lay their hands on such product from the word go without blinking. Of what use is the inclusion of CBD in a face wash or mascara, when it’s glaring that the face as no receptive mechanism with which it can absorb the CBD nutrient?
To save yourself from exploitations and clever cons, ensure to put in the work. Here are things you should consider doing:
- Choose skincare products that are intended to be left on to work with the skin. Buy a serum in the stead of a face wash.
- Look for reliable beauty companies that have third-party lab testing—and are ready to send you the results
- CBD research continues to grow astonishingly. Keep up with the trend by reading.
The CBD market will no doubt continue to evolve in amazing ways. As stakeholders wait on regulatory agencies like the FDA to come up with an exhaustive regulatory framework, it’s up to consumers to do their due diligence before making CBD beauty product purchases. Godspeed!