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is cbd oil good for your skin

Also, is it legal?

Meanwhile, “CBD isolate is the purest version of CBD. It doesn’t contain any other compounds that you find in a hemp plant,” tells Pekar. “This form of CBD oil is best for facial skin as it’s pure, doesn’t clog pores and is packed with skin-rejuvenating antioxidants,” adds the aesthetician.

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How to choose the right CBD skincare product?

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First of all, what is CBD?

It’s illegal to market CBD if it’s added to foods or sold as a dietary supplement.

National Institutes of Health: “Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids: What You Need To Know.”

AAD: “The Truth About Skin Care Products with CBD.”


There are no laws against using CBD in beauty or skin care products. CBD doesn’t contain any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that’s found in high levels in marijuana. So you can’t get high on it. But some skin products may add THC along with CBD. Some experts find this concerning.

Experts say there needs to be more research on proper dosage, long-term benefits, and side effects to know if it’s safe and effective, especially if you plan to use it as part of your daily skin routine.

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriasis,” “Atopic dermatitis (eczema).”

FDA: “What You Should Know About Using Cannabis, Including CBD, When Pregnant or Breastfeeding,” “What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD.”

To recap: Hemp seed oil contains no CBD. Hemp-derived CBD contains no THC. CBD skincare products are non-psychoactive and will not get you high. Which begs the question: Why are beauty brands marketing them as if they will?

Clearly, there’s still a lot to learn about CBD — research has only scratched the surface of its power, and the cannabis industry is evolving every day — but judging by my inbox, the trend is one that’s bound to stick around awhile.

Holland’s social justice work stands out in a sea of — let’s be honest — lukewarm attempts at activism. The majority of the brands I spoke to for this story didn’t have much to say about tackling the stigma that surrounds cannabis, save for airy claims like “elevated branding” and “CBD education.” “Saying you’re ‘elevating cannabis’ feels a bit out of touch,” Holland says. “For many people, cannabis has already been a special and ‘elevated’ plant, even without the rose gold smokeware and fancy packaging.”

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It can’t be ignored that the people cashing in on the controversy are largely white, largely male, and largely not doing anything to actually change the perception of marijuana usage, which is inextricably tied to race. As reported by The Stranger, President Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs in the 1960s specifically targeted communities of color. John Ehrlichman, Nixon’s chief domestic advisor, later claimed to Harper’s magazine: “The Nixon White House . had two enemies: The antiwar left and Black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or Black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and Blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

“Some studies have shown that topical CBD can also help reduce oil production in addition to reducing inflammation in the skin, which are two main players in the generation of acne,” Dr. Jennifer Vickers, a dermatologist with Sanova Dermatology in Texas, tells TZR; adding that the anti-inflammatory effects can help calm skin and reduce redness, too. “It also has antioxidant and regenerative qualities to help offset damage from the sun, pollution, and aging.” Basically, it seems everyone’s complexion can stand to benefit from an application of cannabidiol.

Undefined Beauty, a CBD beauty brand founded by Dorian Morris, is taking social justice a step further. In lieu of donating proceeds from its CBD elixirs to a related charity or cause, the company makes it a priority to employ formerly incarcerated women, as reported by Allure. Others that give back include Herbivore Botanicals, which donates $1 of every sale of its hemp seed oil and CBD products to Americans for Safe Access; Hora Skincare, which works closely with the Fcancer organization to dispel myths around medical marijuana usage; and Beboe Therapies, which raises money for the UCLA Cannabis Research Center “to help move the industry forward, but also society as a whole,” Clement Kwan, the company’s co-founder, tells TZR.

One CBD brand is on a mission to put a dent in those numbers. “As U.S. companies, led by mainly white men, get billion-dollar valuations on the stock market, and our fellow community members simultaneously sit in jail for simple possession, we feel we have a moral obligation to bring awareness and justice to the inherent racism and oppression that still exists in our criminal justice system,” Kati Holland, the founder and CEO of Not Pot, tells TZR. To this point, Not Pot pays for one person’s bail per month via The Bail Project, using proceeds from sales of its CBD gummies. “We believe that paying someone’s bail is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty, and we’re committed to doing our part,” she says.