By now, we get it—CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is officially the “cool kid” of beauty and wellness ingredients. It’s found in just about everything: face masks, drinks, lip balms, the list can go on. But, how many of us really understand what it actually does? Chances are, very few of us. And it’s not our fault, considering the fact that there’s barely any information available to the public.
So, what exactly does the intriguing cannabis-derived oil that inspired Kim Kardashian’s upcoming baby shower actually do? According to Scott Campbell, co-founder of high-end (pun intended) marijuana company Beboe, it acts as an “amplifier” to our body’s own endocannabinoid system—a.k.a, the system in our body that helps regulate certain stresses and abnormalities, like muscle spasms and inflammation. “CBD makes it more effective at restoring balance to many different parts of the body and mind on a cellular level,” he says.
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Okay, so CBD is great for your insides, but why is it in your serum? Well, according to Campbell, CBD basically uses its balancing powers on the skin, bringing it to a calm, equilibrium state while helping your skin repair and restore itself from issues like acne. Harvard University also notes that cannabidiol also helps ease ailments like inflammation and redness.
Kayla Fioravanti, Chief Formulator at Ology Essentials, also notes that similar to inside of our bodies, there are cannabinoid receptor sites located throughout the skin. “In fact, the skin contains countless cannabinoid receptors—even the sebaceous glands and hair follicles contain endocannabinoid receptors,” she says. “Because cannabinoid receptors are located all throughout the skin, CBD has the capability of interacting with endocannabinoid receptors to encourage not only homeostasis, but also healing.” Due to its ability to bind and stabilize receptors in our skin, Fioravanti notes that CBD is a great ingredient for tackling skin ailments like psoriasis, eczema, and cystic acne.
Many of us know this already, but just because CBD is derived from cannabis does not mean it will get you high—for that, you’re gonna need some good ol’ THC. But, if you do feel a little zoned out after taking CBD pills, then it might be a red flag about your health: “CBD itself does not have an intrusive effect on anything going on in our bodies,” Campbell says. “It is a very effective amplifier to our bodies own corrective system. The people who feel the effects of CBD most profoundly are those that have the most severe imbalances in the areas regulated by our endocannabinoid system. If someone uses CBD and notices no effect, then that would imply that they had nothing irregular going on within the endocannabinoid systems jurisdiction.”
You’ve probably seen hemp seed oil in your health and beauty products and thought, same thing, right? Well, sorry guys, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. According to Campbell, CBD oil and hemp oil are two completely different beasts. “CBD oil is unique from the typical hemp seed oil that is sold cheaply in the grocery store because it utilizes all parts of the hemp plant, instead of only the seeds like hemp oil,” he says. “This method of extraction produces a more nutritionally robust oil.”
However, Fioravanti says that hemp seed oil is a rich source of a variety of nutrients, like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid, and proteins. “It contains less than 10% saturated fats, and 70-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids,” she says. “It is full of great stuff!” But, she also notes that hemp seed oil does have a short shelf life and can quickly go rancid.
One more word of caution before you load up on CBD: not all CBD oils are created equal, according to Campbell. “Yes, it is an incredibly exciting discovery in the world of wellness, but there are a lot of ‘snake-oil’ salesmen out there,” he says. “I’m concerned about people putting low quality or synthetic CBD into products just because they want to have those three magic letters on a press release. It is damaging to the reputation of the cannabis industry as a whole when people make irresponsible claims. I hope people are discriminating in their trust of CBD products, and ask lots of questions!”
While Beboe is launching their own line of luxury CBD-infused skincare (I’ve tried myself, and it’s a game-changer), it’s not available until April 8th. So, while we wait for the goods to drop, we’re livin’ the high life with these CBD-infused beauty and wellness products:
Beboe Luxury CBD Pen — Calming Blend
LUXURY CBD PEN – CALMING BLEND
While we’re all pining for the drop of Beboe’s skincare line, let’s all relax with this calming CBD vapor pen. All of the good vibes, sans the THC.
Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Cream
Relief & Recovery Cream
Feelin’ a little sore? Then give yourself some sweet relief with this body cream, which contains a blend of CBD, essential oils, and the rejuvenating scent and feel of menthol.
RadRituals FOXY LOCKSY Hair Growth Serum
FOXY LOCKSY Hair Growth Serum
Who said your hair can’t join in on the CBD fun? This formulated hair growth serum is perfect for people who want longer, thicker locks. Editor’s tip: I put this stuff on my brows, and while I don’t know if it’s safe, it definitely works. Priorities, right?
Herbivore Botanicals Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil
EMERALD CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil
If you’re a fan of the original hemp oil formula of this hydrating facial oil, then you’re going to love this. It combines two of our favorite holistic skincare ingredients—CBD and adaptogens—to transofrm dry, dull skin into a hydrated and radiant complexion.
Cannuka CBD Cleansing Body Bar Soap
Cleansing Body Bar
Give yourself a luxe treatment from head-to-toe with this simple body bar. It’s infused with good ol’ CBD plus moisturizing Manuka honey to repair, replenish, and revive your skin to the fullest.
Idli Pekar Tissue Repair Serum
Tissue Repair Serum Infused with CBD OIL
In need of some serious skin maintenance? Then this serum from celebrity facialist Ildi Pekar will do just the trick. It’s packed with nurturing skincare goodies like a hefty dose of CBD, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to completely transform stressed and damaged complexions into a clear, even, and radiant finish. It’s basically a miracle in a bottle.