It’s likely you’ve heard a lot about CBD oil recently; whether it’s reading about its medicinal properties or seeing products emblazoned with the cannabis plant’s image lining the shelves of high street shops, it’s clear the cannabis plant is having a revival.
As more and more scientific research is invested into the properties of the plant and discussions regarding the legalisation of the drug are being had around the world the old image of zoned out stoners with pink rimmed eyes is a thing of the past. CBD oil (an oil extracted from the cannabis plant) is being touted the world over as the calming anecdote to our busy stressful lives.
What is CBD oil and is it legal?
Cannabis, in many parts of the world, is still considered an illegal drug that carries heavy penalties for those found using and supplying the drug. CBD oil however is perfectly legal. The cannabis plant is made up of lots of different parts (called cannabinoids) which include CBD and THC both of which can be extracted. The psychoactive part of cannabis is from the THC cannabinoid not CBD, meaning you can ingest and use CBD legally and safely, with no psychoactive side effects.
OK, so what’s the difference between CBD and hemp?
Chances are if you’ve heard of CBD oil you’ve probably also heard about hemp (the two are often referenced together) so you’re probably wondering what is the difference between the two. Hemp is part of the cannabis family and is high in CBD but ow in THC.
Hemp has long since been praised for its multitude of health benefits from ingesting hemp seeds rich in amino acids for heart health to helping aid your digestion; hemp seed oil is also rich in fatty acids so still great to use as a moisturiser on your skin but doesn’t have all the benefits of CBD oil.
So how can CBD oil help your beauty regime?
CBD oil has three main benefits to your skin:
- It has anti aging properties
- It’s anti-inflammatory
- It’s an antioxidant
This basically means that CBD protects your skin cells from damaging free radicals as well as being gentle and protective on your skin, all of which helps slow down the visible effects of aging. It’s also full of fatty acids that are very conditioning on the skin so are great for helping with inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
CBD can be found in cleansers, toners, moisturiser, oils, serums, masks and eye creams-just about anything! There’s something to suit every budget from high street brands such as Holland and Barrett and The Body Shop running their own lines to higher end brands like Aurelia and Votary.
If you’re not sure where to start add a CBD oil facial serum into your routine and take it from there; luckily our skin is really receptive to CBD oil so you can expect to see the benefits in a short amount of time which you can then build on by incorporating other products.
That’s great news for your skin, but what about your hair?
CBD oil isn’t just great for your skin, it’s great for your hair too. It’s high in fatty acids, Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 as well as rich in vitamins such a complex B vitamins all of which is particularly great for treating:
- Dry hair and scalp
- Repairing damaged hair
- Encouraging hair growth
- Assisting with hair loss
CBD can be found in most products, from your daily shampoo and conditioners to luxurious hair masks; you can even make your own by mixing CBD oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut, which you can then massage into your scalp to promote circulation and blood flow whilst simultaneously ensuring your hair absorbs all those great nutrients.
Are there any other ways CBD oil can help me feel beautiful?
CBD oil doesn’t just do great work on the outside, it can do wonders when taken orally too. Some research suggests that when ingested CBD oil can help reduce anxiety, mood disorders and insomnia without any nasty side effects. It’s no secret that when you feel good about yourself, you glow differently; there’s nothing more beautiful than someone confident and happy in their own skin.
So if you feel like you need something to help calm your mind and encourage relaxation then pop a few drops of oil under your tongue and let it work it’s magic.
Are there any risks using CBD oil in your beauty regime?
Like any new product you try for the first time there is always the risk you could have an allergic reaction. It’s always a great idea to do a patch test on a small part of your skin first and if any irritation occurs immediately stop using the product. If you’re planning on taking CBD oil orally then make sure you’re getting this from a trusted supplier and do your research first.
How can I get my CBD dose at my next visit to the salon?
Many salons are now incorporating CBD oil into their traditional services. For the ultimate relaxing experience try a CBD oil massage to loosen those muscles and repair your skin. CBD facials are becoming ever popular but if you can’t find anywhere that offers one with CBD oil, try the next best thing with many places offering treatments that use cold pressed hemp oil which can be massaged into the face as part of a facial.
The iconic spa Cowshed, that has various locations around the UK, offers both a CBD oil facial and massage on their menu. Young Ldn Salon based in London now even offers a CBD manicure that uses CBD oil to pamper your cuticles as well as finishing off with a hand massage using CBD infused hand cream.
The Future of CBD
As more countries around the world explore the health benefits of the cannabis plant and make moves to decriminalise its use there’s sure to be more from this plant in the future.
More and more brands and companies are learning about the health and beauty benefits of CBD oil giving you an abundance of choices; like anything new you incorporate into your beauty routine, start out by playing about with brands you like and explore what works for you.
Be open and try new things that are going to nourish and protect your body and remember, if it makes you feel good, that’s always a good place to start!