If you’ve been tuned into the beauty-care world over the past few months, you know that cannabidiol (CBD) has made a major appearance in lotions, soaps, and more. With tons of products claiming that CBD-infused formula soothes inflammation, moisturizes deeply, and leaves you glowing, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth all the hype.
Because beauty products are often not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t a ton of research about the use of CBD in these products. One 2016 study in Experimental Dermatology found that many non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids such as cannabidivarin (CBDV), similar in structure to CBD, have the potential to fight acne. The study was a continuation of a 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in which CBD was found to reduce inflammation and rapid growth of human sebocytes, cells that produce and release oil. Other research suggests that CBD can be an effective topical treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence from avid CBD users about its benefits in skin and hair care, though it’s important to make a distinction between products that contain only hemp and products that contain CBD. Many cannabis-themed products contain only hemp oil, sometimes called hempseed oil or cannabis sativa seed oil. This is a perfectly good ingredient for beauty products, but if you’re looking to try CBD, you won’t find any in seed oils.
If you’re ready to incorporate real CBD into your beauty routine, beware that these products can be fairly pricey, often costing $100 and up for a single serum or face cream. Fortunately, Weedmaps News created this CBD-rich daily routine that won’t break the bank.
Cannuka CBD Eye Balm
This hydrating balm is perfect for reducing fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. Formulated with 15 milligrams of CBD, Cannuka Calming Eye Balm is made with natural and cruelty-free ingredients including manuka honey, shea butter, vitamin E, and rosehip oil. All of Cannuka’s ingredients are also sourced from farms in the U.S. and New Zealand.
Emera CBD Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner
If you’re hoping that your hair can also benefit from CBD, Emera has got you covered. Its hydrating shampoo and conditioner are designed to make hair stronger, shinier, and more vibrant. In addition to CBD, both products are formulated with botanicals such as chamomile, peppermint, eucalyptus, and avocado oil.
Price: $25 each
Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss
For those of us who like to feel a little bougie without actually spending a lot of money, Saint Jane’s luxurious gloss is a dream come true. It comes in five sparkly shades made of 100% non-toxic, vegan ingredients. Plus, it packs a punch with 50 milligrams of CBD that will keep your lipgloss poppin’ all day.
Wildflower CBD+ Soap
Wildflower’s multi-purpose CBD+ soap can do it all — clear your skin, remove your makeup, and wash your hair and body. Each bar is made using full-spectrum CBD extracts and organic coconut oil, both of which fight bacteria and keep your skin hydrated. It comes in two calming scents: vanilla or lavender.
Price: $30 for a 3-pack
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The CBD Skincare Co. Exfoliating Cleanser
The CBD Skincare Co. makes lots of awesome products, most notably its best-selling CBD Infused Exfoliating Cleanser. The deeply cleansing formula includes a skin-sloughing combination of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids. These acids and the CBD work together to accelerate the skin’s renewal process and soothe your face at the same time.
Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Cream
Loaded with CBD, essential oils, and cooling menthol, Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Cream helps revive your body and relieve occasional discomfort. The formula was created by Ph.D. chemists using only premium hemp grown in the U.S., and this cream might be your new favorite product when your body is achy and sore (read: every day). They offer two sizes: a 4 fluid ounce (about 120 milliliters) bottle with 50 milligrams of CBD and a 2 fluidounce (about 60 milliliters) bottle with 25 milligrams of CBD.
Price: $20 – $36
Naturally G4U Be Well CBD Illuminating Facial Oil
Are you a skincare goddess or god always looking for something to make you extra glowy and radiant? Naturally G4U has the perfect product for you. Its Be Well CBD Illuminating Facial Oil features raw hempseed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and CBD to help soothe irritated skin and protect from environmental stressors. The oil uses only plant-based and vegan ingredients to brighten and refine your complexion without any irritating chemicals.
Ashlee Nolan is an NYC-based freelance journalist who enjoys writing about cannabis, culture, and politics. When not writing, you can probably find her curled up on the couch with coffee, a book, and her cat, Wednesday.