Marijuana-infused beauty is taking the beauty industry by storm. Here are the facts on the cannabis plant origins, hemp beauty and what the skin experts say on the
Origins of Marijuana & Common Terminology
Marijuana has finally become legalised in most of the US, Italy and Tel-Aviv, so it was only time until the beauty industry cottoned on to the benefits of the Cannabis plant; but before we decide on whether this is a welcomed ingredient or not, let us get clear on its origins and the common terminology.
According to A.D.A.I at The University of Washington, USA:
“Cannabis is derived from the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa). It grows wild in many of the tropical and temperate areas of the world. It can be grown in almost any climate and is increasingly cultivated by means of indoor hydroponic technology.
The main active ingredient in cannabis is called delta-9 tetrahydro-cannabinol, commonly known as THC. This is the part of the plant that gives the “high.” There is a wide range of THC potency between cannabis products.
Cannabis is used in three main forms: marijuana, hashish and hash oil. Marijuana is made from dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It is the least potent of all the cannabis products and is usually smoked or made into edible products like cookies or brownies. Hashish is made from the resin (a secreted gum) of the cannabis plant. It is dried and pressed into small blocks and smoked. It can also be added to food and eaten. Hash oil, the most potent cannabis product, is a thick oil obtained from hashish. It is also smoked.”
Hemp is also a species of cannabis sativa that genetically cannot produce more than 0.5% THC whereas marijuana has high strains of THC, ranging between 25 to 30%.
Cannabis with THC levels under 0.5% is legal here in Italy but I wondered how cannabis-infused beauty products were able to be sold throughout the US, Canada and Europe without any issues regarding legality…
It turns out, that the beauty industry is using CBD, also known as cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive substance that provides medical benefits without feelings of lethargy or dysphoria, i.e like medical marijuana or the legalised marijuana here in Italy.
What are the Dermatological/Medical Benefits of CBD?
My research leads me to the NCBI website; The National Centre for Biotechnology who provide published, clinical-based trials and research in the medical industry.
Dr Dhadwal G and Dr Kirchhof MG state:
“There are several approved medical indications for cannabis use, including psoriasis, lupus, nail-patella syndrome, and severe pain. In addition, very preliminary studies have suggested cannabis and its derivatives might have use in acne, dermatitis, pruritus, wound healing, and skin cancer.”
Benefits or not, some cannabis-infused beauty products still require the consumer to be over 21, so please check the local age restrictions before purchasing online and consult with your medical professional before using any cannabis-infused products.
Personally, I find it incredible how the beauty industry can get away with adding toxic chemicals to our beauty products without any medical professional saying a word about it since the 1950s, and yet there is an age restriction on a plant-based product!
What should we look for to gain the best results from cannabis-infused beauty?
Any topical treatments on the market will always take longer to get into your system and cannabis-infused beauty products are no exception.
If it is pain or anxiety relief you are after, then you would want to find a higher level of CBD in the product, specifically Akhavan products contain ingredients targeted to reduce anxiety levels.
If it is general skin issues you are dealing with, such as mild forms of acne, eczema or inflammation, then a lower CBD percentage will do the trick as with daily use, product dependent, it will be gentle to the skin whilst generating those long-term benefits.
Cannabis-Infused Beauty Brands
The founder of this skincare range, Crave Skincare, suffered from Rosacea for years until she discovered what CBD oil could do for her skin. With a seven product vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free line-up completely dedicated to healing your skin with natural ingredients, expect results like reduced inflammatory, hydration, and protection due to antioxidants.
Khus+Khus Copious Bath Serum is for dry-oily skin types and contains an Eco-certified CBD-oil with other aromatic botanical extracts, formulated to promote cell turnover, it’s perfect for inflammatory conditions, like psoriasis and eczema.
Lush brought out the ever popular, Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze hair treatment; “a pre-wash treatment filled with strengthening and conditioning ingredients to put you back in control of your hair. Olive, hemp and soya oils help to strengthen the hair, helping to reduce breakage when combing, while brazil nut oil adds moisture, weight and shine to the hair. Henna infusion adds conditioning and coats the hair with a fine film that adds body and shine. This infusion will simply improve your hair’s condition without adding any colour.”
The Body Shop best selling Hemp Hand Protector cream, containing hemp seed oil, softens and protect dry hands. This Hemp cream has had real dermatology testing unlike other cannabis beauty products and has outstanding reviews online from customers.
Have you tried any cannabis-infused beauty products yet? Let me know your experience and recommendations in the comment section below. For more information on Organic skin-care, click here to read the blog detailing ingredients to avoid and trust.
Sending you all love and light