What To Know About CBD Before Putting It On Your Skin

CBD has become so popular nowadays that you see it everywhere: in body lotions, lip balms, bath slats, supplements, sleeping aids, protein powder – Even in dog food. And let’s not forget a big one CBD in skincare. Before putting it in your skin, there are some important facts to know about CBD that no one is telling you:

What You May Have Already Read

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one composite found in cannabis plants. Hemp and marijuana both belong to the cannabis plant family and CBD can be derived from both. CBD derived from hemp is known as sativa and CBD derived from marijuana is known as sativa indica - Both maintaining the properties that CBD is known for. Don’t get it confuse with THC, another compound found in cannabis plants which is the component that makes you high – CBD doesn’t, not even close. There are a few points industry experts seem to agree on, CBD acts as analgesic and anti-inflammatory. When applied in the skin it treats skin conditions, sunburn, redness, bug bites, it reduces oil production and inflammation in the skin.  

The Properties 

As far as skincare you’re more likely to find sativa derived CBD than indica sativa derived CBD. And its not that the compound is different when it comes from one plant or the other – Its’ just the amount of CBD Vs. THC that makes the difference. CBD from hemp contains way less THC than that found in CBD from marijuana. Hemp derived CBD is legal in all 50 states, it is extracted from leaves, flowers and stalks of the cannabis plant. Experts suggest choosing CBD skincare products that have “full spectrum CBD” or “whole plant CBD” on the label. 

Social Impact

When it comes to weed related charges there is a disproportionate number of whom are people of color, despite the roughly equal usage rates – according to the American Civil Liberties Union, “African American are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, compared to whites.” Founder and CEO of Not Pot in her fight against the stigma that surrounds cannabis states, “We feel we have a moral obligation to bring awareness and justice to the inherent racism and oppression that still exists in the criminal justice system.”  Not Pot pays for one person’s bail per month, via The Bail Project, using proceeds from sales. “Paying someone’s bail is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty.”

Another company, CBD Personal Health Products, is fighting CBD marketing as drug marketing, “We follow a ‘Healthy, Not High’ mantra when it comes to CBD.” Some CBD-based beauty companies are taking on the social justice a step further by donating proceeds to related causes, by making a priority to employ formerly incarcerated women, by working to dispel myths around medical marijuana usage, and by raising money for the UCLA Cannabis Research Center – All to help move the industry forward.