Heard about CBD beauty but don’t ‘C’ what the fuss is about? Well, c’mon mon, let’s give you the gyaan on the ganja.
Back before CBD became as colloquial as “BRB”, “YOLO” or any other millennial abbreviation, it was associated with scraggly rastafarians, the free love movement and its hippies on Haight & Ashbury, our older brothers’ suspiciously squinty eyes, and most commonly, with everyone’s favorite stoner and weed-activist: Snoop Doggy Dog.
In those days, our friend Mary J was in the same club as dudes who rode motorcycles – simply not something your parents wanted you to associate with. (Even though it’s been used by our ancestors since early 2000 BC, mind you)
But today, a certain component of the most-disputed plant in history has gone from contraband to the coolest new beauty ingredient in the market.
In the 2000s, scientists found that one of the many compounds in cannabis, a thing called cannabinoids, has way more benefits than just making you a giggly space cadet. The plant oil’s got fatty acids, Vitamins A, D and E, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and over the past two years, we’ve seen it included in everything from mascara and skin serums to Kim K’s baby shower. Heck, it’s even included in our bodies’ chemical systems. You know the thing that makes you crawl the walls like the energizer bunny post a good workout? Well that’s anandamide, or the “bliss molecule”, a naturally occurring chemical similar to cannabis. When seduced by CBD, anandamide levels spike, inducing all kinds of feel-good juju on the body – the sort that’s helped in the treatment of epilepsy, cancer and anxiety.
Further research has shown just how versatile this plant is – going further to treat psoriasis and eczema, ageing and acne – a real boon for those who don’t agree with steroids, retinol or other skin-clearing acids that make the skin worse before it gets better. It works to treat dry skin and protect from UV rays and other pollutants.
You might also want to switch out the pain pills for topical CBD, since it works wonders for pain and swelling, making it a great candidate for balms and massage lotions.
Basically, whatever the problem, it seems CBD can sort it out.
Of course, despite its sudden proliferation in the beauty market, a common concern we’ve heard is: “Cool story, but will I get high or arrested for using it?” – both totally valid questions given neither are exactly the desired consequences of a skincare routine. The easy answer? No. Cannabis has many different strains, including hemp and marijuana. Pure CBD usually comes from hemp plants, not their illegal cousin, marijuana. Hemp itself is legal so long as it contains less than 0.3% THC – you know, the mind-altering component that makes people silly, squinty and targets for the Po-po.
All in all, it seems that CBD gets a clean chit for clearer skin, and that we should’ve been listening to Snoop Dogg all along.