Beauty Boundaries: Cannabis vs THC vs CBD

Sitting in the office last week I found myself scrolling through the internet for the next life-changing product to add to my collection, and it wasn’t long before I came across a new category on the pure player site CULTBEAUTY; ‘CBD Beauty’. I had heard about the legalisation for medical use following the case of 12-year-old Billy who suffered with severe epilepsy, but what I wasn’t aware of was how many skincare brands were actually using CBD/Cannabidiol in their products, the benefits of this component and the growth that this category has seen.

So, it was time to start my research! I bought a few new products and thought I would give my personal opinion (of the beauty products) before making a pre-judgement of the first phase of the legalisation of a drug that can do so much damage, but when used in the right way can also change lives…

What is CBD? Let’s get technical…

CBD is one of many chemical components found in the marijuana plant, 1 of 113 to be exact! Cannabidiol (CBD) can be extracted and mixed with a carrier oil, often hemp seed or coconut to create a CBD oil.

This product is thought to have significant therapeutic properties and unlike THC, is not psychoactive. They have the same basic molecular structure with subtle differences in the arrangement of atoms… to the non-scientific brain the difference is: it won’t make you feel ‘high’.

CBD is used regularly outside of the beauty industry, and has shown effectiveness for pain, preventing seizures, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune conditions and much more. CBD for use in cosmetics in the UK must originate from sources which are not controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001(MDR), there are several sources of CBD each of which has its own rules under this act.

So, why do we use it?  

  • Healing irritation and anti – inflammatory
  • More potent antioxidant than vitamin C
  • Balancing Oils
  • Minimising signs of ageing
  • Highly moisturising
  • Relaxing

Who’s getting on board with CBD?

Whoopi Goldberg has been very outspoken about medical marijuana and CBD, and it has even led to a joint business venture with industry legend Maya Elisabeth – Whoopi & Maya. A company that specialises in marijuana-infused products for women, including balms, bath soaps and chocolate – although these are only legal in California and Colorado as medical products.

Other celebrity endorsements include Kristen Bell, who uses CBD oil for her anxiety as well as CBD lotion to help soothe sore muscles after her workouts. Jennifer Aniston swears by the use of CBD products as a means of improving her physical and mental health, and helping her to reduce pain, relieve stress and generally lift her mood.

A few to keep an eye out for:

  • Aurelia Probiotic Skincare – night oil
  • Eve Lom – oil and mask
  • Margaret Dabbs – hand products
  • KiKi Health – oil based products
  • Milk Makeup – cosmetics and face products
  • Josh Rosebrook – hair and skin products

A favourite in the Veblen office is the Sativa CBD oil by Kiehl’s!

In conclusion, scientists have extracted a fantastic chemical component. CBD works wonders for the skin and wont leave you hallucinating or wanting to raid the fridge, however in high doses it could still show up in a drug test, so maybe don’t go swapping out every item in your beauty collection!

Author: Ellie Firth