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Over the past year, CBD has become one of the hottest—yet perhaps most misunderstood—trends in beauty, nutrition, and wellness. Heck, even Kim Kardashian hosted a CBD-themed baby shower in April!
But what is CBD exactly, and why is it suddenly in all of your favorite skincare products?
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a non-psychogenic chemical compound within the cannabis plant. (When ingested, CBD doesn’t provide a high as does psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC.) CBD and THC are both cannabinoids—of which 113 are known—that work on cannabinoid receptors within the body’s endocannabinoid system. (For in-depth look at the endocannabinoid system and taking CBD supplements, read our separate article on it here.)
Organic chemist Roger Adams first discovered CBD in 1940, though its chemical structure wasn’t completely understood until 1963. Studies on THC have largely overshadowed those on CBD. However, CBD research has flourished over the past decade, especially overseas.
CBD FOR YOUR SKIN
CBD-infused skincare products are a recent development exploding on the beauty scene. But does it live up to the hype? To evaluate, we spoke with Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, a board-certified dermatologist, consultant, and speaker on holistic skincare and CBD. We also chatted with Ildi Pekar, a New York-based esthetician and leader in CBD beauty treatments.
WHAT SKIN CONDITIONS DOES CBD ADDRESS?
Studies on cannabinoids such as CBD for skincare are still in their infancy. However, a 2018 reviewfound topical cannabinoids to be beneficial for acne, rashes, dermatitis, itching, and psoriasis. Dr. Jacknin tailors her recommendations based on studies in addition to anecdotal evidence she gathers in the field. Meanwhile, Pekar praises CBD as a great ingredient for all skin types. She’s witnessed its particular efficacy for helping treat acne, dry skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
HOW TO FIND QUALITY CBD SKINCARE PRODUCTS
To begin, Dr. Jacknin notes that dispensaries are typically a safe source to purchase topical CBD products since they’re under tighter regulations. At any rate, whether you’re buying from a dispensary or beauty retailer, she strongly recommends taking a closer look at the label.
FOR STARTERS, VERIFY THAT CBD IS AN ACTIVE INGREDIENT.
Make sure that the product clearly lists CBD as its primary ingredient. Dr. Jacknin points out that “hemp seed oil/extract” and hemp-derived “cannabis sativa oil” aren’t interchangeable with CBD. “Hemp has a lot of vitamins and omega-3s,” she says, so it still has moisturizing and nourishing properties. However, hemp contains only trace amounts of CBD at most, so they’re not one and the same. Along these lines, if CBD isn’t one of the first ingredients listed, it’s not potent enough to work its wonders on your skin.
GET TO KNOW THE BRAND TO ENSURE ITS SAFETY AND ORIGINS.
It’s worth investigating the company behind the product, especially if you strive to maintain a “clean” or non-toxic regmien. “Brands will advertise if they’re green or organic,” Dr. Jacknin notes. Trusted purveyors will be transparent with their sources and methods of production. She advises checking that a brand’s CBD products are backed by clinical studies and have been thoroughly tested.
Also, Dr. Jacknin notes the following on hemp-derived CBD: “Hemp absorbs what’s next to it, so it shouldn’t be produced in or near toxic areas.” Unfortunately, she cautions, “the FDA doesn’t overlook truth in advertising.” The bottom line? Even with due diligence, there are no guarantees.
HOW TO INCORPORATE CBD INTO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Dr. Jacknin says that serums are usually the most potent topical CBD source. But again, always refer to the ingredient list. She recommends starting with a small quantity of a high-potency CBD product. You can then adjust the amount based on your skin’s response over time.
Looking to up the ante on your CBD game? You might want to try a facial such as Ildi Pekar’s CBD Vibe, which Pekar deems a “full-body experience all about detoxification and relaxation.” It starts with a neck and shoulder massage using her CBD Balancing Drop and Uplifting Blend. Then comes cleansing and exfoliation, “proceeding with a vibrating lymphatic massage, using our special oxygenating machine to balance and detox your skin. We let the client relax under the oxygenating machine, then we close the facial by applying our CBD Serum and Mask.”
Image via Ildi Pekar
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO NOTICE BENEFITS FROM CBD SKINCARE PRODUCTS?
Pekar says that clients leave the CBD Vibe facial with “glowing skin, less puffiness and redness, and a more even complexion. After one application of CBD products, you’ll feel that the skin is more hydrated and any inflammation will be reduced.” She recommends continuing an at-home CBD regimen to gain even better, more lasting results within a week or two. Similarly, while Dr. Jacknin can only speak to anecdotal evidence, she says you can expect to see visible improvements in your skin within a matter of days.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE AN ADVERSE REACTION TO TOPICAL CBD?
“There are always potential sensitivities. But in all the cases I’ve read through that I speak about, there were no indications of contact dermatitis or adverse reactions,” says Dr. Jacknin.
IS CBD IN SKINCARE JUST A FAD?
Dr. Jacknin is confident that CBD skincare is here to stay. As for what’s next? “Prescription-grade CBD is also coming out now. It’s not standardized, but it’s up to three times stronger than over-the-counter CBD,” she says. Experts are developing specialized creams for acne, psoriasis, and more by incorporating additives based on the dermatological concern at hand. Lastly, she adds, “More research is also being done on other cannabinoids [for skincare], such as CBG (cannabigerol) and CBDA (cannabidiolic acid).”
More research is needed to better understand the therapeutic potential of CBD and other cannabinoids for skin. Also, stricter federal oversight would be great to take out the guesswork and give consumers the good faith they deserve.
Thus far, the benefits of CBD—for your skin and otherwise—are widely championed. At the end of the day, skincare should be enjoyable, experimental, and tailored specifically for you. Once you’re confident with your treatment of choice, feel free to relax and let CBD’s zen properties work their magic.
How Can Cannabis Help Soothe Psoriasis?
April 26, 2019
Sooner rather than later, the world of skincare will never be the same. Topical creams, lotions, salves and other products infused with cannabidiol (CBD) are set to appear in a new domain on drug store shelves. It’s quickly becoming easier to sell CBD-infused items, especially topical items, given the rapidly changing legal ramifications behind it.
A domino effect is unfolding, culminating with the 2018 Farm Bill and a statement from the Drug Enforcement Administration about reclassifying hemp-derived CBD. Only the Food and Drug Administration stands in the way, cautioning against health claims. Now drug stores are catching on, with chains like CVS Health Corp., Walgreens and Rite Aid announcing that they will sell CBD-based topical items. CULTURE reached out to medical experts in the field of CBD and skincare to get a glimpse of why this new trend is catching on.
“I’m thrilled beyond words!” Herbologist, Acupuncturist and skincare educator Dr. Jenelle Kim told CULTURE in regards to the sweeping changes in the drug store industry—and the growing potential for business. The first time Dr. Kim was approached about entering the CBD industry, she hung up the phone. But slowly, she learned about CBD and the purposes behind it, how it helps children and how it helps with inflammation. It didn’t take long for her to see the enormous potential for CBD in skincare.
Learning about CBD-based topicals is a good place to start for people who are new to hemp and cannabis or for those who don’t want the psychoactive effects. “The number one question that we’re all aware of—whether it’s internally or topically—is ‘Will CBD products get me high?’ The answer is [pure] CBD does not have any psychoactive effects,” said Kim, hinting at a whole new world of hemp products. “One of the main things I like to speak on is riding this tidal wave.”
Dr. Kim’s company launched in 2012 with the pioneers in the industry, before most people knew what CBD was all about. Clients came to Dr. Kim and her lab, JBK Wellness Labs, based on her background specifically in Chinese and East Asian herbal medicine. “I come from a lineage of herbal doctors in Korea,” Kim explained. “Why that’s important is that CBD comes from the hemp plant and hemp has been around for thousands of years in Chinese medicine.” Dr. Kim explained that since 2000 BCE, it was used by herbologists and recorded later for the exact same reasons we use it today.
“CBD has anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s high in antioxidants, it’s very good for troubled skin. So when you combine ancient formulas with CBD, that’s what we specialize in. That’s why it’s so powerful. They work.”
The ancient lore of using herbs to calm and strengthen skin is nothing new. “My mission in life is to help share the understanding of herbal medicine, and natural medicine in this part of the world. There’s a balance between both. Topicals, dietary supplements, medicine—it’s so important for our bodies that we know when to use what. People often ask me what’s best.”
That’s why Dr. Kim incorporates ancient herbal mixtures with CBD, and her blends come from the Far East. “We call them Bi-Bong formulas, which translates to ‘secret formula’ in Korean, and it’s commonly understood in East Asia,” Dr. Kim said. “These herbal formulas have been carried [down] by my family for generations. For centuries. Anyone can put herbs in a formula. True herbal medicine, though, is knowing how to use an ingredient, like CBD, and balance it with other herbs to enhance the function of that ingredient. CBD has anti-inflammatory benefits, it’s high in antioxidants, it’s very good for troubled skin. So when you combine ancient formulas with CBD, that’s what we specialize in. That’s why it’s so powerful. They work.”
“The number one question that we’re all aware of—whether it’s internally or topically—is ‘Will CBD products get me high?’”
Cannabis Beauty Defined, Dr. Kim’s line of CBD-infused topicals, has been noted as one of the first luxury CBD skincare lines. “I’m very proud of it,” Dr. Kim said. “It’s headed by a MJMA [Medical Marijuana Inc.], which is one of the primaries in this industry. We’re really interested in helping people.”
Dermatologist, Author and holistic expert Jeanette Jacknin M.D., also wasn’t sure about CBD at first. About four years ago, Jacknin broke her ankle leaving her without cartilage and causing several years of excruciating pain—pain that couldn’t be effectively treated with pharmaceutical medicine. “I had a girlfriend come over and say ‘Look. I have this CBD cream, and it really helps with my neuritis. I really think you should try it topically for your ankle pain,’” Jacknin told CULTURE. “I compared it to my lidocaine patch, and I realized it gave me much better pain relief—then I began researching.” There are dozens of other ways CBD can be beneficial topically.
Dr. Jacknin was among the first dermatologists to speak as a panelist on topical cannabinoids, including a pivotal presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. It worked out great, because she now has much experience presenting dozens of talks about topicals in the holistic space.
While CBD products are new, hemp seed oil products are not. “The acceptance of CBD is good, but it’s also led to a lot of misrepresentation and misunderstanding because people are taking hemp oil and calling it cannabis sativa oil, leading people to believe they get the benefits of CBD out of that,” Jacknin said. “The difference between CBD oil, hemp seed oil and cannabis oil isn’t understood. Hemp seed oil is great as a [moisturizer], and it’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, but it generally doesn’t contain significant amounts of CBD.”
Choosing a reliable company with solid CBD sources is no easy feat. “I’ve consulted for two CBD companies that I think have good products,” Jacknin said, recommending Sopris Health and Wellnes
Your CBD Products Might Not Have Any CBD in Them
CBD is the hottest three letters in beauty and wellness right now. As a beauty editor, I get a handful of emails every day about CBD-infused moisturizers, serums, lotions, supplements, and tinctures. On top of all of the new CBD-oil focused brands that have popped up in the last year, both indie and prestige beauty brands have come out with these products, too — or so you think.
If CBD’s anti-inflammatory and calming benefits have piqued your interest, navigating what’s the best lotion to use on your sore muscles or what gummies will mellow out your nerves before an important meeting isn’t exactly easy because there’s now so many options out there. Some will have CBD in their actual names, while others say cannabis sativa seed oil.
So, what’s the difference between CBD oil and cannabis sativa seed oil, and does it really matter? It does, a lot.
CBD oil or cannabidiol is a compound that’s pulled from the stalk of the cannabis plant, whereas cannabis sativa seed oil comes from the seed of the plant, and is essentially just plain old hemp oil. While marijuana and hemp are both cannabis sativa plants, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil derived from hemp plants is what’s legal across all states.
While both oils can come from the same plant, you won’t get the same anti-inflammatory, pain-reducing benefits from cannabis sativa seed oil.
“Cannabis sativa seed oil is another name for hemp oil. Hemp oil has good things in it like Omega-3, Omega-6, and it’s very moisturizing, but it doesn’t have CBD,” says Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in topical cannabinoids in skincare. “You might get a little anti-inflammatory relief, but nothing like using actual CBD oil.”
So, how do you know if a product has actual CBD oil in it? It’ll straight up say it. “If a product has CBD oil in it, it will say it on the label and include the amount it contains, like 100MG for example, says Dr. Jacknin. “If these things aren’t indicated on the label, then it’s probably just a marketing ploy and there’s just hemp oil in the product.
Dr. Richard Firshein, founder of Firshein Center for Integrative Medicine and leading expert in integrative and precision-based medicine agrees, adds that it’s important to make sure you’re purchasing CBD products that have been tested for purity and list the level of CBD on the label.
If that lotion you rubbed all over your sore back did nothing, take another look at its label and you just might get the reason why.
It was my pleasure to be interviewed on holistic dermatology and CBD skin care as well as marketing and labeling practices by Cancer Awareness quarterly today. The article will come out in April 2019.
I was happy to be interviewed for La Presse this week.
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