It seems as if CBD beauty products are popping up everywhere these days. Don’t believe me? Even Kim Kardashian had a CBD themed baby shower
over the weekend! Wondering what all the hype is? This will clear things up a bit. What is CBD and CBD Oil?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the many chemical compounds (called cannabinoids) produced by the cannabis plant. That said, even though CBD does come from the marijuana plant, it does not produce the "high" associated with marijuana since it does not contain any THC, the most well-known cannabinoid in the marijuana plant which actually causes the feeling of being "high".
Both the marijuana laws being loosened in many places and new talk of the health benefits of CBD has created more interest and excitement around CBD. In addition, last year congress removed hemp and CBD from the federal government’s list of illegal drugs as long as the product comes from a licensed grower and has no more than trace amounts of THC. CBD Oil vs. Hemp Oil
There is a big difference in CBD oil versus hemp oil. CBD is extracted from the leaves, flowers and stalks of the cannabis plant. It is then mixed with a carrier oil to create CBD oil.
Hemp oil is derived from industrial hemp plants, which are cannabis plants that are low in THC and grown for use in the manufacturing of certain household products, including skin moisturizers. Unlike CBD oil, hemp does not contain cannabinoids and does not have the health benefits associated with CBD. Hemp oil (also called hemp seed oil or cannabis sativa seed oil) is simply a good antioxidant-rich oil that is used in cooking and as a moisturizing agent. CBD Health Benefits
Use of CBD is said to have many health-related benefits. Research suggests that it is anti-inflammatory, can reduce muscle and joint pain, and can also help to minimize feelings of anxiety and stress. On top of helping to address these specific health-related issues, CBD is also an antioxidant and has natural antibacterial properties. CBD In Beauty
CBD has been popping up in so many beauty products, including skin care brands, acne products and hair care products because there is increasing proof that it soothes the skin and can address skin inflammation and swelling, eczema, rosacea, very dry skin, psoriasis and may even be able to curb production of sebum to help with acne and excessive scalp oil. In addition, since CBD oil contains certain fatty acids it is also being used to nourish dry hair. The Blurred the Line Between CBD and Hemp
Although CBD and hemp oil come from the same plant, as I said above, they are very different compounds with different attributes. That said, with the increasing popularity of CDB there has been an increase in hemp-oil based products that try to closely associate themselves with CBD, even though they contain no CBD.
As a consumer, just be aware of what you are buying and why you are buying it. Hemp seed oil (or cannabis sativa seed oil) is a good moisturizer, but has no anti-inflammatory benefits or any other benefits that are associated with CBD. To make sure you get what you want (and paid for), do what we always do when shopping for personal care products–always read ingredients labels!