Cannabis Beauty Products 101: What You Need To Know

Cannabis beauty products are everywhere, and for a good reason: cannabis can have an amazing effect on your skin and hair.
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Cannabis beauty products are everywhere, and for a good reason: cannabis can have an amazing effect on your skin and hair.

While many of us know about marijuana’s medical benefits, few of us realize that it can also be a beneficial addition to our beauty routine.

Plants from the genus Cannabis contain cannabinoids. These are active ‘ingredients’ that stimulate our endocannabinoid system to produce different effects in our bodies. The two most prominent cannabinoids are CBD, which is known for its health benefits, and THC, which is psychoactive. Cannabinoid receptors are found in our skin. This means that CBD and THC have a direct impact on our skin, especially when it’s applied topically in a lotion or oil.

Here’s how cannabis-based beauty products can be beneficial.

The effect of CBD on your skin

CBD is well-known for its health benefits: it can relieve pain, nausea, and headaches, to name a few conditions. CBD is also really beneficial for your skin, which is why many companies are producing CBD-rich face masks, serums, cleansers and creams.

CBD-infused skin cream can promote clearer, healthier skin by reducing redness and acne. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it can reduce inflammation in the skin. This makes it ideal for those suffering from acne and eczema. If your skin feels puffy or irritable, some CBD-rich cream can sort that out for you!

Amazingly, CBD can also soothe your skin during a breakout. According to a 2008 study ,our endocannabinoid system influences the amount of sebum our skin produces. Oil production can be affected by hormones, toxins and stress, which leads to breakouts. The study suggests that CBD can regulate our sebum production, thus reducing acne.

Cannabis can also be used to treat psoriasis, a painful and difficult-to-treat condition caused by skin cells dividing faster than necessary. Psoriasis results in irritating, dry, flaky patches of skin all over the body. A study shows that cannabinoids – including both THC and CBD – can inhibit the abnormal division of skin cells. CBD also soothes the painful red patches of skin associated with psoriasis.

CBD can also help treat eczema, sensitive skin, dry skin, and more, making CBD-infused lotion a versatile treatment for all skin conditions.

THC in cannabis beauty products

CBD’s health benefits are notable – but THC is underrated when it comes to cosmetics.

Firstly, many marijuana experts believe in the ‘entourage effect’. This means that cannabinoids work better when they’re all together. CBD enhances the effects of THC, and vice-versa. THC can enhance the effect of CBD, especially when it comes to pain relief. THC-rich massage oil is perfect for those tense back muscles.

Secondly, THC’s psychoactive effect means that it’s ultra-relaxing. In fact, studies suggest that it can be a useful sleep aid. As a result, THC can take your self-pampering to a whole new level. Imagine using a THC-rich, cannabis-infused bath bomb at the end of a long day, or applying some THC-infused body lotion just before bedtime.

Unfortunately, THC-rich cosmetics aren’t accessible to everyone. Most products containing THC can only be purchased at a medical marijuana dispensary in a place where cannabis is legal.

Hemp seed oil in cosmetics

While some hemp-based products contain CBD, some do not. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re not great for your skin! Hemp seeds don’t contain CBD, but hemp seed oil has some wonderful properties.

Much like avocado oil and coconut oil, hemp seed oil contains fatty acids that are essential for the health of your skin. Hempseed oil contains Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils, which plumps up your skin and gives it a youthful, radiant glow.

Hemp also contains a number of vitamins, including vitamins A, B, D and E, zinc, iron, and potassium. These vitamins stimulate the regrowth of our skin cells, which is why hemp lotion is commonly recommended for dry, chapped skin. Hemp lotion and hempseed balm promotes healing and reduces dryness.

But hempseed oil isn’t just good for your skin – it’s also excellent for your hair. It reduces dryness and conditions your scalp, resulting in shinier, healthier hair. It can also stimulate hair growth.

What’s more is that hemp is legal everywhere, so it’s easy to find hemp seed products!

What to look out for when buying cannabis beauty products

Nowadays, you can find hemp and cannabis beauty products in every form: lip balm, soap, oils, scrubs, bath bombs, bubble bath, lotions, cleansers, creams, serums, face masks, makeup and more.

No matter what you’re buying, it’s important to be a discerning consumer. If you’re specifically looking for products that contain CBD or THC, check out the label: it should list whether it contains CBD or THC and it should tell you how much of the cannabinoid is in the product. Don’t assume all ‘cannabis-infused’ products contain the same amount of THC or CBD!

It’s also important to pay attention to the other ingredients in the product. Many of us love cannabis because it’s a simple, natural remedy. However, some cannabis products may contain ingredients that harm your skin. Avoid these, and rather opt for all-natural products from reputable companies.

Happy pampering!

 

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Written on 11 June, 2017 by
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