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  • by Nicola Boulton August 13, 2022 5 min read

    A Beginner’s Guide To CBD Beauty Products

    The Cannabis sativa plant contains many active cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD). Industrial hemp also contains CBD. Cannabidiol has been used medicinally and as a natural medicine for ages. That’s because of the plant's effect on the endocannabinoid system, a stress-relieving regulator. Cannabis's other principal cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), changes consciousness or induces a psychedelic effect. CBD does not make you high.

    Products containing CBD are marketed as natural, safe, and reasonably priced. People buy them because they claim to help with various problems ranging from physical diseases to psychological issues. CBD, similar to cannabis, is a popular dietary supplement that promotes well-being on a broad scale. Ingredient listings for CBD-infused cosmetics are riddled with ambiguous marketing jargon. Several CBD products, such as lotions and serums, seem to include both CBD and non-CBD-derived substances, making it difficult for the user to know exactly what they're getting. We've broken down all the product components (extracts, oils, and more!) you can discover while shopping for CBD beauty products to help clear up any misconceptions regarding hemp-related compounds.

    If you're considering including CBD-infused products into your beauty routine, we've broken down the key product names and ingredients for you to acquaint yourself with.

    Broad-Spectrum Hemp Extract

    An ingredient to look for is broad-spectrum hemp oil, similar to full-spectrum hemp extract. In addition to CBD and other terpenes, a small amount of THC (marijuana's primary psychoactive component, which causes individuals to feel "high") is included in this product. Broad-spectrum hemp extract is excellent for the skin since the THC percentage isn't high enough to be psychoactive. CBD has shown promising results when applied to skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, psoriasis, wounds, and itching.

    Hemp Oil And Full-Spectrum Hemp Extract

    All the terpenes and cannabinoids (organic chemicals) found in hemp flowers and buds are preserved in full-spectrum hemp extract, making it the purest extract form. It is a minimally processed CBD oil and is great for consumers who want to feel the whole CBD effect. Also, according to Mist (2003), full-spectrum hemp oil is a component to look out for since it has a wide range of cannabinoids and other vitamins, minerals, fats, and terpenes that are necessary for the body to function optimally.

    Broad-Spectrum Hemp Extract

    An ingredient to look for is broad spectrum hemp oil, similar to full-spectrum hemp extract. Traces of THC, the major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes individuals to feel "euphoric," are also present. Broad-spectrum hemp extract is great for the skin since the THC percentage isn't high enough to be psychoactive. Eczema and acne (skin conditions) have shown favorable results when CBD is applied topically.

    Hemp Seed Oil

    Hemp seed oil is an ingredient in many CBD face oils. However, users should be aware that this oil may contain no CBD (or any other medicinal benefit). All that is required for this word is a plant's essential oil to be extracted, and it does not need to be infused with any healing properties of the plant. According to Del Bo et al., (2019), the problem with fish oil is that certain items may not include nutritionally essential omega-3, which is comparable.

    CBD Isolate

    Many CBD manufacturers also indicate components like CBD isolate, which uses an extraction procedure that eliminates all other cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the plant. CBD isolation is less effective than CBD oil with a broader range of cannabidiol compounds.

    The CBD's Advantages

    Although research into the health advantages of CBD oil is in its inception, studies have shown that CBD oil might help cure and prevent several ailments. According to Elms et al., (2019),  further research and data suggest that CBD could be an effective alternative therapy for mental health disorders. Researchers think CBD oil may reduce stress and act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory because of the cannabinoid's ability to enhance anandamide and the neurotransmitter serotonin in the user's brain.

    Other advantages CBD has to provide are as follows:

    The treatment of cancer and epilepsy, as well as Alzheimer's disease. According to VanDolah et al., (2019), the FDA has authorized drugs manufactured from refined CBD oil to treat two kinds of uncommon and severe epilepsy.

    • Anti-psychotic and anti-depressant properties of a plant
    • It improves sleep quality and reduces stress.
    • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in a variety of formulations.

    Asking the Right Questions Before Purchasing CBD

    Because it doesn't contain any THC, CBD oil is entirely legal to purchase and use in the United States. CBD's purity is unregulated when sold outside of places where medicinal and recreational marijuana use is legal. Consumers should research and pose questions about the companies they’re considering. It's also important to enquire about the source and quality of the CBD one is purchasing. What is the source of this CBD oil? (It's best if it's local.) Is it natural, and can the company verify that CBD is safe, pure, and devoid of toxins? What kind of third-party testing takes place? Be wary of a company that does not provide information about its products.

    How To Use CBD Oil

    Hemp oil or powder is used in various products, including cosmetics and foods. CBD oil and powder are also used in CBD bath bombs. Consumers can infuse it in their coffee or smoothie for breakfast. The natural oil may be used on the skin or taken orally. Additionally, it may be smoked through a vaporizer or ingested sublingually. As the use of CBD as a natural medicine grows in popularity, many CBD products and brands are available for consumers to select from.

    Can I Use CBD In My Daily Routine?

    People can use CBD in their daily routine to reap the therapeutic benefits of this compound. Some consumers infuse CBD into their coffee; others have incorporated it into their daily skincare routine.


    Consumers can use CBD anytime, depending on the reason. At the absolute least, choosing a product that uses a full-spectrum extract will guarantee that the cannabinoids present are not limited to CBD alone, as is the case with CBD isolate. And what's the point of settling for less? As more and more companies embrace or even mandate the use of full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD in their goods, you should expect to see more of it in skin care products. That implies that not only are there more alternatives for you to choose from, but there is also a more consistent quality that is developing.


    Mist, M. H. H. N. (2003). Where Nature & Science Meet Skincare, Haircare, Beauty & Wellness Skincare Products+ Skin Care Techniques Skin Products & Devices. Journal of Pharmacol Exp Ther306, 29-34.

    VanDolah, H. J., Bauer, B. A., & Mauck, K. F. (2019, September). Clinicians’ guide to cannabidiol and hemp oils. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 94, No. 9, pp. 1840-1851). Elsevier.

    Elms, L., Shannon, S., Hughes, S., & Lewis, N. (2019). Cannabidiol in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder: a case series. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine25(4), 392-397.

    Del Bo, C., Deon, V., Abello, F., Massini, G., Porrini, M., Riso, P., & Guardamagna, O. (2019). Eight-week hempseed oil intervention improves the fatty acid composition of erythrocyte phospholipids and the omega-3 index, but does not affect the lipid profile in children and adolescents with primary hyperlipidemia. Food Research International119, 469-476.

    Nicola Boulton
    Nicola Boulton

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