Hemp beauty products are on the rise, but what are they? What do they do? And should we be buying them?

Using hemp in beauty has, according to The Hemp Shop, been around for centuries; however, it’s one of the newest trends to hit worldwide beauty brands this year. Seemingly appearing from nowhere, CBD oils, moisturisers and other products have hit the shelves causing a buzz. We quizzed Andrew Petrou, Training Manager at Pharmacare Europe and Naturopathica over the way that CBD products have shaped the beauty industry, and how they work in comparison to ‘regular’ products.

What are CBD products?

When you initially think of CBD products, what springs to mind? For many, it’s THC and related substances. Andrew explained that this isn’t actually the case. “CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most abundant component of the Cannabis sativa plant species. It’s one of over 100 phytocannabinoids that have been identified in cannabis and hemp plants. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main constituent in cannabis, cannabidiol does not induce intoxicating effects. This led scientists to originally believe that CBD was an inactive compound, but eventually, it was discovered that CBD initiates multiple actions in the central nervous system.”

While CBD commonly comes in the form of an oil, it also comes as creams and lotions within the beauty industry. Andrew told us how these products have come around. “The skin is the largest body organ hence the need to take utmost care for it. It is claimed that our skin has endocannabinoid receptors, the recently discovered ‘system’ with which CBD can exert its effects.” It actually has a lot of benefits, he went on to explain that, “At the moment, it is usually considered if you suffer from skin inflammation like eczema and acne.  It contains vitamin A which keeps the skin firm, vitamin E which is hydrating and anti-ageing and vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen respectively.  It is also claimed to have a full essential fatty acid profile.”

How to CBD products work?

A complex question, we know, and Andrew agreed. “This is too complicated to answer briefly, partly because this is still being researched.” He added, “essentially, CBD works with a ‘newly discovered’ system of the body called the endocannabinoid system, which helps to regulate various functions of our bodies, and keep them in a state of homeostasis, or balance.” This means that by applying CBD and hemp products to our skin will do just that, renew and maintain it’s working progress to keep it in efficient condition.

Andrew explained that, “the ideal CBD consumer, would be someone who is looking for the latest ingredients that can address upset or sensitive skin.” Ultimately meaning that they work well for those who have generally sensitive skin or who suffer from acne and/or redness. We asked Andrew if he has ever used any relative products himself; “given the fact that it is probably best suited for irritated, inflamed skin, I have kind of stayed away from saying yes, as there are so many proven ingredients that can tackle all of these issues.”

Depending on your skin type, you might find these products help or they could be completely pointless, likewise for most cosmetics. Do your research prior to purchasing if you want to make sure that they’re right for you.

Do CBD products have THC in them?

The biggest question of them all. Do hemp and CBD products contain any traces or forms of THC? “By law, CBD products should contain 0.2% of THC. This is so negligible that it would not even show up on a blood test.” Andrew clarified. “It is vital that the product under consideration is from a reputable company and that they can substantiate or clearly indicate the actually percentage of CBD in the product. If this is not possible, you should look for outlets that are reputable, as they would have done they due-diligence in ensuring proper testing has been carried out.” Research is key when you’re shopping for these kinds of cosmetics, however it’s important to know that they’re not relative to THC in anyway.

If you’re interested in trying any CBD products, for whatever reason they may intrigue you, we hope that Andrew has clarified any queries you may have had and that this helps your investigation. We’ve selected some of our favourite products from Dr. Botanicals Natural Hemp infused collection from Indulge Beauty below.

Let us know whether you’ve tried or would like to try hemp products, and would you buy them? We always like to know your feedback and opinion.

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