10 Apr 2019

InStyle.com reaches out to Dr. Jacknin again for her advice about cannabis sativa oil


By Erin Lukas 

Updated: Apr 09, 2019 @ 10:22 am
CBD Capsules Beauty

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.”

When it comes down to it, brands are trying to cash into the trend by marketing their products with cannabis sativa seed oil in them in a way that makes them seem like there’s actual CBD in them. This includes packaging these products in green bottles, or using words or phrases associated with marijuana culture in their names and campaigns.

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.

19 Feb 2019

US and Canadian National Press Interview Dr. Jacknin in 2018

2018 was a big year for national press coverage of Dr. Jacknin’s talks and timely information about CBD for Beauty and Skin Disorders. In February 2018, she was the first dermatologist to talk about the science behind topical cannabinoids in skin care at the AAD. Afterwards she was interviewed by the American Academy of Dermatology Dialogues in Dermatology, MJBiz Daily, Healthline, Health Daily, Pain Week and Elsevier’s Practice Update.

Later that year she was interviewed by The Washington Post, The New York Times online, InStyle online, Marijuana.com, High Times, Canada’s The Globe and Mail, and Women in Weed, as well as other prominent magazines. In 2019 she has been interviewed by Vogue, Success, Medmen, La Presse and other international magazines.

So great to be getting the word out about the science behind CBD and other cannabinoids and skin care!

06 Jan 2019

Dr Jacknin interviewed by InStyle.com on Topical CBD


“A study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that the body’s endocannabinoid system is critical to the skin’s basal cells,” Jeanette Jacknin, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in topical cannabinoids in skincare, says. “If you can manipulate the endocannabinoid system, you can extend the life cycle of the basal cells for more radiant, youthful skin.”

The ones that say how many milligrams of CBD are in the product are the best,” says Dr. Jacknin. “Another thing to look at is the back of the ingredient deck. It’s listed from top to bottom in the order of the percentage of ingredients in the product. If you see hemp or cannabis sativa near the top or middle, it has quite a large amount. If you see it near the end of the ingredients, then the brand just put it in there for marketing purposes.”

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06 Jan 2019

Another December interview by Futurederm.com !

My Interview with Jeanette Jacknin, M.D.

What do you tell patients to look for most in skincare — any ingredients or products in particular?

I tell patients to look at the long list of ingredients on the back label and that the ingredients at the top of the list have the highest concentration in the bottle, and the ingredient as the end of list are in very small quantities in the cream. Also, of course, I love hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil for dry skin, tea tree oil for acne, Retin-A for wrinkles, and aloe for sensitive skin.

What do you think are the best in-house dermatological services for patients? What gives the biggest bang for the buck?

I like the results of a good IPL treatment for brown spots, as it is one of the least expensive cosmetic services. Also, in house peels can really make a person’s complexion and appearance much better. Old-fashioned freezing of pre-cancerous sun spots is certainly worth the money to prevent skin cancer.

At what age do you think more invasive cosmetic treatments should be started?

I really don’t see the need before the age of 35 to have laser treatments for facial wrinkles but it depends on sun exposure, where in the country the person lives with intensity and frequency of the sun, history of acne lesions, etc.

What do you feel are the most commonly made mistakes in skincare?

Picking the wrong shade of foundation or powder or sunscreen.

Share your skincare regimen.

I have a ridiculously simple skin care regimen because I am sensitive to most topicals and can’t use most of the great products out there. So I just wash my face with Free and Clear soap and apply natural sunscreen high in zinc and titanium oxide several times a day. When I need a moisturizer in the colder weather I use a hyaluronic acid moisturizer with only a few added ingredients.

Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

Recently I have become very interested in the studies and clinical results which show that topical CBD oil from hemp is anti-inflammatory using many different pathways, and helps with the appearance of aging, dry skin, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other dermatologic problems. I am particularly impressed with Sopris‘s CBD products.


Thank you, Dr. Jacknin! Be sure to visit her website here. Also, receive 20% off Sopris products by following this link or entering the code JJMD at checkout

06 Jan 2019

Dr. Jacknin interviewed for Women in Weed for Centennial Issue

I was happy to be interviewed by Elana Frankel, the editor of the prestigious Women In Weed Magazine:

“Smart Medicine for Your Skin

 The title of Dr. Jeanette Jacknin’s book sparked her understanding of CBD 15 years after it was written. 

In 2001, the book defined integrative dermatology and discussed conventional and holistic treatments for 33 skin conditions. Her belief in combining conventional dermatology with more holistic options as an alternative treatment approach has gained traction over the years. This includes treating the whole person, taking into account psychological and social factors, rather than just physical symptoms, including factors that precede, trigger or exacerbate a condition as well as diet, nutrition and herbal remedies. So, in 2016, when Jacknin tore cartilage in her ankle and a friend suggested CBD for relief instead of traditional pharmaceuticals, it was her medical background and understanding of the confines of current healthcare that led her to study the skin science behind cannabinoids.

CBD, science and skin care

“Hemp oil has great benefits,” says Jacknin. “Even with small amounts of CBD, it is a rich source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids found in nature as well as vitamins A, B,C,D, and E. Hemp molecules are small and penetrate the skin better than other type of creams and have moisturizing and nutritional properties.” 

So how does it work? The skin has its own endocannabinoid system (“Which is really quite amazing,” notes Jacknin.), helping to regulate the production of various hormones and proteins, including cytokines, which are involved in the immune response, and Caterina-2014 cannabinoid lipids, which regulate sensory, homeostatic and skin inflammation.

Human tissues have at least two types of cannabinoid receptors. CB1 receptors mediate the inhibition of neurotransmitter release (involved with euphoria  found mainly in the brain, but also in the skin), while CB2s modulate cytokine release (usually involved with the anti‐inflammatory qualities mainly found in skin).  A receptor can recognize and bind with molecules, including interactions with phytocannabinoids from cannabis (CBD and THC). The binding affinity of particular cannabinoids to certain types of receptors within the endocannabinoid system have implications in epidermal differentiation (acne and inflammation) and skin development (aging and new cell growth).

 Now what?

There are studies documenting the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis and anti-aging but much more is needed. “Expect more in the United States next year,” notes Jacknin. In the meantime, as CBD skincare lines and spa therapies pop up, here are her recommendations.

  1. Look at ingredients. A long list of unpronounceable names is a red flag. If hemp/cbd oil is listed towards the bottom, there is probably hardly any in there. Check the milligram number.
  2. Patch test products before using on the back of your hand or on feet. 
  3. Essential oils are sometimes mixed in to product, so if you have sensitive skin try unscented and be mindful of allergic reactions.
  4. For massage and pain relief, CBD massage oils are a great start but a transdermal product (like a patch) can get under the skin and straight to the muscle. Just be mindful of the adhesive…cheap adhesive can cause a skin reaction.”