Comprehensive Guide to CBD Skincare, Full Spectrum PCR Hemp Oil and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
Have you wondered what CBD oil does, what full spectrum hemp oil is, how it differs from hemp seed oil, what the benefits of CBD skincare are, what the entourage effect is and just exactly what the Endocannabinoid System is? Well, we’ve got you covered. It can be a bit of a confusing topic and there’s quite a bit of misinformation out there so let’s try to clear the air.
What is cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant. Other cannabinoids include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBC, CBG, CDN, CBDA and CBDV. Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, which means it won’t get you high. THC and CBD are almost identical in molecular structure. Both molecules contain 21 carbon atoms, 30 hydrogen atoms and 2 oxygen atoms but the arrangement of these atoms is slightly different. This slight difference in structure is what allows THC to bind to the CB1 receptor of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which results in the euphoric feeling or “high”. Because CBD’s structure is a little different it isn’t able to bind well to the CB1 receptor, so it doesn’t get you high. CBD has the ability to act on pathways outside of the ECS such as binding to the TRPV1 receptor and decreasing pain perception and inflammation as well as influencing serotonin and dopamine pathways. CBD is also a potent antioxidant itself and also increase your body’s own production of antioxidants.
Here are some of the conditions where scientific studies have shown a potential benefit from CBD alone or in combination with THC:
- Multiple sclerosis
- High blood pressure
We’ll talk more about Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) Hemp extract and the effects of other cannabinoids and terpenes found in full spectrum hemp oil below.
What are the skin care benefits of CBD oil?
Endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors are present in our skin cells. Dysregulation of the ECS is thought to be associated with a variety of dermatological disorders, including atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes found in Cannabis have been shown to help reduce pain and inflammation when applied topically. Many common skin problems, such as acne, rashes, contact and atopic dermatitis (eczema), rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis are caused by inflammatory skin conditions. CBD also has potent antioxidant effects, which means it can neutralize the free radicals that cause oxidative stress and contribute to the aging process. Research has also shown that CBD has anti-microbial effects. Keep reading to find out how the other cannabinoids (CBN and CBG) and terpenes (humulene and beta-caryophyllene) found in full spectrum PCR Hemp can also be beneficial for skin.
Learn more about BEAUTY IN THE Raw’s CBD Skincare and the other beneficial botanicals we include here.
What’s the difference between PCR Hemp Extract, CBD oil, CBD isolate and Hemp seed oil?
Our hemp seed oil is available as a single-ingredient skincare product and we get tons of questions about it. Many people think it contains CBD and are looking for cheap pain relief. There are also a ton of people selling products with hemp seed oil (which contains essentially no CBD) and touting them for pain relief and charging exorbitant prices. It’s just criminal and makes my blood boil!
Hemp seed oil is made from…yep, you guessed it – hemp seeds. Hemp seeds do not contain any cannabinoids. Hemp seed oil is a vegetable oil just like avocado or sweet almond. Hemp seed oil is a complete nutritional source because it contains of all of the essential amino and fatty acids. A couple spoonful’s daily is a great nutritional supplement (many say it is the ideal supplement). Hemp seed oil has a light nutty taste and is great on salads as a dressing. The smoke point is around 330°F so you don’t want to do any high temp cooking with it. It makes a wonderful facial oil because it is non-comedogenic and absorbs quickly. Hemp seed oil is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, has an ideal 1:3 ratio of Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid) to Omega 6 (linoleic acid) polyunsaturated fatty acids and also contains gamma-linolenic acid.
As you may already know, the cannabinoids and terpenes come from the rest of the Cannabis plant. Some companies use CBD isolate in their product. CBD isolate is a white crystalline powder that only contains CBD and doesn’t contain any of the other beneficial cannabinoids or terpenes.
We prefer to use a whole plant extract in our CBD skincare products. We like to use the term Phytocannabinoid Rich (PCR) or full spectrum hemp extract. Unlike CBD isolate, PCR Hemp extract contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids (CBD, CBC, CBG, CDN, CBDA and CBDV) and terpenes. There are numerous cannabinoids and terpenes other than CBD that have a variety of beneficial effects. Studies have shown that the cannabinoids CBN and CBG have pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. The terpene Humulene (alpha-caryophyllene) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects equal to that of dexamethasone. Beta-caryophyllene is another terpene that interacts with the CB2 receptor of our ECS and is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. We’ll discuss terpenes a little later.
So what should you look for in a PCR Hemp or full spectrum extract? PCR Hemp extract can be obtained via carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction or with chemical solvents, such as hexane. We like supercritical and subcritical CO2 extraction because the process uses only CO2 and pressure to extract all the actives from the plant material and doesn’t leave behind any residual solvents. The PCR Hemp extract we use in our CBD skincare [LINK] is 3 rd party tested for purity and composition and we receive both a cannabinoid profile and terpene profile. The hemp is organically grown in Colorado. At this time, hemp is not eligible for organic certification, so our hemp is also tested for residual pesticides and solvents to confirm that it is grown organically and extracted without solvents.
This CO2 extract is highly concentrated and needs to be diluted in a carrier oil. Any carrier oil can be used, but we have chosen to use hemp seed oil as the carrier oil for our CBD skincare products because we believe that all compounds of the Cannabis plant work synergistically with our body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). All humans have an ECS that interacts with cannabinoids throughout our body, even our skin. The interaction of all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in PCR hemp extract is usually referred to as the “entourage effect” in the scientific literature. Studies have shown that the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes in whole plant extract work together synergistically and are more effective in combination than individually.
What is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)?
The ECS is a huge topic. It is an area of ongoing research and all the intricacies are not well understood. All humans (most animals actually) have an endocannabinoid system composed of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and cannabinoid receptor proteins. Our ECS regulates processes throughout our bodies, including those associated with pain, mood, pregnancy, appetite and memory.
There are two main cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) is found mostly in the brain and central nervous system and this is where THC binds. Cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) is expressed in the immune system and hematopoietic stem cells. CBD does not bind well to either of these receptors but modifies interactions within the ECS and throughout the body.
Cannabinoids that are produced by our bodies are referred to as endogenous cannabinoids, hence the name ECS. Two of the most well-studied endogenous cannabinoids are anandamide (arachidonoyl ethanolamide) and 2-AG (2-arachidonoyl glycerol). Anandamide is commonly referred to as the “bliss molecule” and CBD works to increase anandamide by inhibiting the enzyme that breaks it down.
Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids such as CBD, THC, CBC, CBG, CDN, CBDA and CBDV that are produced by plants. Phytocannabinoids are produced abundantly in Cannabis but can also be found in a number of other plants such as black pepper, Echinacea, Cacao (think chocolate) and Helichrysum.
The interaction of all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in PCR hemp extract is usually referred to as the “entourage effect” in the scientific literature. Studies have shown that the full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes in whole plant extract work together synergistically and are more effective in combination than individually.
What are terpenes? What do they do? Are they important?
Terpenes are aromatic hydrocarbons found in many plant species (and hence many essential oils). They give plants their fragrance and taste. You may have heard of ones like linalool (found in lavender and cannabis) and limonene (oranges and cannabis). Terpenes have been shown to modulate the interactions between cannabinoids and our ECS. They also have direct effects on our bodies – think mood elevation in our brains and the scent of lavender. Humulene (alpha-caryophyllene) is found in cannabis and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects equal to that of dexamethasone. Beta-caryophyllene is also found in cannabis and interacts with the CB2 receptor of our ECS and is anti-inflammatory and analgesic. These two molecules are isomers (different structures of the same molecule) and they can potentiate the effects of one another. The strain of cannabis we use in our PCR Hemp extract is very rich in both of these terpenes. Alpha-bisabolol is another terpene that our PCR Hemp is rich in and is also found in German (blue) Chamomile. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, calming and anti-microbial properties.
So now that you’re super knowledgeable about all things Hemp, check out our skincare products and learn about all of the other beneficial botanicals we include.
The Top 21 Questions About Full Spectrum Hemp, Answered
Chances are, you’ve noticed the plethora of “420-inspired” businesses that have been sprouting up ever since more and more states (including my home state of California) have been legalizing the “devil’s lettuce.”
This has also lead to an explosion in the popularity of its relatives, like CBD.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: your skin will love it!
You don’t have to smoke it, ingest it, or get “high” at all for your skin to appreciate the benefits of CBD, otherwise known as “full spectrum hemp” or “industrial hemp.”
Additionally, you don’t have to live in California or a marijuana-friendly state to appreciate the beauty benefits of this byproduct!
I decided to center my newest collection around it – ta-da!
I’m introducing the Alana Mitchell Full Spectrum Hemp Collection . It features five NEW products, all made with Full Spectrum Hemp!
This all-natural, moisturizing facial oil reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles while visibly improving premature aging signs, including fine lines, uneven texture, dark pigmentation, dryness, and dullness.
Also included in the product is another fabulous trending ingredient – MCT oil !
I’m so excited for you to try my products – full spectrum hemp is really an up-and-coming skincare ingredient that I guarantee you’ll start seeing a lot more of.
I know this may still seem a little confusing, but don’t worry, we’re just getting started !
I’m answering your 21 most important questions about CBD.
Come along and learn more about its history, how it’s used, its benefits, and most importantly: what it can do for your skin!
When you’re finished with this article, you’ll wish you gave it a second glance sooner!
1. What Does CBD Stand For?
CBD stands for “cannabidiol,” one of the 113 cannabinoids in the hemp plant.
Cannabinoids are the naturally-occurring compounds that provide benefits to its users.
2. What Is CBD?
CBD is found in the flowers of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, where it is extracted.
3. What’s the Difference Between CBD from Hemp and CBD from Marijuana?
Here’s where things can get a bit confusing: Both hemp and marijuana two different varieties of Cannabis sativa.
As mentioned in the graphic, the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana is the THC content.
CBD taken from hemp and marijuana is the same compound.
4. Will CBD Get You High?
Because CBD is not the same thing as marijuana and is not psychoactive, you don’t have to worry about “getting high” or altering your state of mind at all.
The “illegal” part of the Cannabis sativa plant is the THC, which is the stuff that will get you high.
The buds and flowers of the female plant used to make marijuana are high in THC (it’s bred this way on purpose).
This part of the plant is not used in skincare.
However, CBD still can contain a small amount of THC.
If the plant contains less than 0.3% of THC, it’s considered hemp according to the Agricultural Act of 2014.
If it contains more than 0.3% THC, it’s considered cannabis, therefore making it illegal in states that haven’t legalized marijuana.
Unfortunately, there are three government agencies who aren’t on the same page when it comes to where they draw the line on cannabis-derived products: the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and the DOA (Department of Agriculture).
5. What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is the concentrated liquid extract from Cannabis sativa that cannot get you high.
I’ll discuss the different extraction methods later in this post!
The extract is added to a carrier oil and voila – you have CBD oil.
6. Are CBD and Hemp Oil the Same?
CBD and hemp oil are both derived from Cannabis sativa, the hemp plant.
Both are safe and tout health benefits.
Hemp oil, also called hemp seed oil , is cold-pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant, much like olive, almond, or coconut oil.
CBD is found in the flowers of the hemp plant.
7. What Is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil?
Full spectrum hemp oil means the pure oil extracted from the hemp plant contains all of the same cannabinoids, compounds, minerals, fiber, flavonoids, and terpenes that were originally in the plant.
Not one compound is isolated.
The Full Spectrum Hemp Vitamin C Moisturizer contains 500 milligrams of full spectrum hemp and vitamin C brightening complex to give the skin noticeable radiance.
This hydrating formula is excellent for dry, unbalanced skin in need of rejuvenation.
Vitamin C encourages collagen production for a firm, plump complexion and protects against the formation of further discoloration.
8. What Is CBD Isolate?
The isolate is just isolated CBD and nothing else (terpenes, fibers, waxes, etc.).
It is an off-white powder.
Most experts who are up-to-date on CBD speculate that CBD isolate could become illegal in the future.
However, it would be very difficult to make CBD full spectrum oil illegal, since it’s extracted from legally-grown US hemp.
On the manufacturing side, it’s cheaper to formulate with CBD isolate than full spectrum oil.
9. Is CBD Isolate Better Than the Full Spectrum Oil?
Not a lot of information is known at this time, but it is generally speculated that full spectrum oil may be more beneficial. More info below!
10. Is Full Spectrum Hemp the Same Thing as CBD Oil?
Full spectrum hemp contains other active hemp plant compounds in addition to CBD.
CBD oil is extracted CBD from the hemp plant added to a carrier oil.
11. Why Is Full Spectrum CBD Better?
The dominant belief used to be that CBD isolate was superior because it packed the most potent punch of CBD.
However, in 2015, researchers out of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology discovered what’s now called the entourage effect.
The research showed that in mice, CBD was much more effective when used along with other compounds of Cannabis, than when it was used by itself.
This points to evidence that full-spectrum CBD is more effective at treating the majority of medical conditions than CBD isolate.
Additionally, frequent CBD users have expressed a preference for full-spectrum oil.
12. What Does Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Mean?
Full spectrum hemp extract contains other active hemp plant compounds in addition to CBD, including terpenes, waxes, fiber, vitamins, etc.
13. Are CBD Products Legal In All States?
Up until the late 1960s, the US government recognized that hemp and marijuana were two different derivatives of the Cannabis plant (one could get you high, and one could not).
Unfortunately, after the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, the US government no longer recognized the distinction between the two.
Therefore, growing hemp actually became illegal after the 1970s, and is only now beginning to once again become legal in states such as Colorado that are changing their laws.
While CBD is legal to purchase throughout the U.S., farmers still need a special permit from the DEA to grow hemp themselves.
So regardless of where you live, you can go crazy on the CBD-infused bath bombs and moisturizers!
Without getting into each agencies’ exact position on full spectrum hemp, I’ll just sum it up by saying that the agencies currently “agree to disagree” and have accepted that products are on the market in all 50 states.
However, the FDA did just approve Epidiolex , a medication made with full spectrum hemp to treat seizures this past July, so it seems like they may be softening their position on the Cannabis-derived substance.
If the DEA was to change its position to be against CBD and start enforcing it, they would go after manufacturers and distributors, not innocent skincare-loving beauties like you and I — so don’t you worry!
And if you’re worried about transporting these beauty products during your travels, don’t be!
It’s legal to bring into all 50 states , and it’s very unlikely anyone would notice your products had CBD in them unless you pointed it out.
14. How Is Our Oil Made?
The whole hemp extract (from the flowers of Cannabis sativa) is blended with hemp seed oil to target a 25 percent concentration of CBD.
This moisturizing formula hydrates skin to improve dryness and dullness while reducing the appearance of pore size, redness, fine lines, and dark spots.
No flaking, redness, or peeling like traditional retinol products, but with all the benefits!
15. Where Did Hemp Come from?
While full spectrum hemp is what we’re going to want to use on our skin, hemp itself is used in a ton of ways — from hemp plastic to hemp protein powder to hemp fuel.
But, who invented it? And who makes it?
Carbon tests have suggested that the use of wild hemp dates as far back as 8000 B.C., but we know for sure that hemp was cultivated in Great Britain back in 800 AD.
The notorious Henry VIII actually urged farmers to plant tons of hemp so that the British Naval Fleet could use hemp fiber and oil to build their battleships, not to mention the hemp paper that was used for maps.
In 17th century America, farmers in certain states were required by law to grow hemp, and could be sent to jail if they didn’t do so!
In colonial America, hemp was sometimes used as currency that settlers could pay their taxes with!
Industrial hemp is traditionally known as a “cash crop,” and grows quickly in a variety of soil and weather conditions.
It’s typically ready to harvest in four months and is meant to be grown on a large scale for low costs.
Fun fact: Per acre, it produces four times as much paper as trees!
While hemp was once harvested by hand, by 1920 all hemp production was handled by machinery due to a breakthrough in machinery that could harvest 1000 pounds of hemp fiber per hour.
China is currently the lead producer of hemp, but Australia and Canada are starting to catch up!
16. Why Has CBD Suddenly Become So Popular?
I know what you’re thinking: If hemp has been used for thousands of years, why am I just hearing about CBD now? And why is it suddenly everywhere?
The reason that CBD-infused products — from coffee to mascara to bath bombs — are suddenly everywhere is that its legality is a fuzzy issue, as is the hemp plant itself.
Long story short (well, not really that short now, was it?), the reason we haven’t heard about its benefits previously is that scientists, dermatologists, and the like didn’t bother researching the potential of a plant that wasn’t legal to use.
Now that more states have been legalizing marijuana (whether medically or recreationally), people have started seeing everything that the Cannabis sativa plant can do.
I’m definitely a believer in its benefits, which is why I chose to release a full line of full spectrum hemp skincare products .
So, what can CBD do for you?
Can it help you sleep? Can it help with anxiety? And most importantly, how can it (sometimes called the “fountain of youth”) make your skin look amazing?
Keep on reading!
17. What Is CBD Oil Good For?
It’s not just for your cosmetic bag (although I have a feeling it’ll find a home there real fast).
At this point, you may be wondering exactly how it helps with pain.
Without getting too science-y on you, one of the reasons CBD oil has so many beneficial effects on our body is due to the human body’s endocannabinoid system.
Essentially, our endocannabinoid system is located within our central nervous system and peripheral nervous system and helps to maintain homeostasis within our body (AKA keeping our body in equilibrium).
Naturally, something derived from the Cannabis plant effects something called the endocannabinoid system since their names are so similar.
Some people liken CBD’s effects on our bodies to the effects we feel from something like acupuncture , both have homeostatic effects that work to keep our body feeling balanced.
Human bodies aren’t the only ones who can benefit from it.
If you’re a fellow animal lover, your favorite furry friend may be interested in CBD oil as well!
While there is still lots of research to be done, preliminary studies have shown that it can be a great tool for the veterinary industry — helping your pooches to eradicate their pain.
18. Does Full Spectrum Hemp Actually Work for Skin?
With all these scientific explanations, medical studies, and legal jargon, you may be wondering what full spectrum hemp extract can actually do for your skin.
To that, I say great question! And I’m so excited to answer it for you!
Let’s start with one of the most widely-beneficial perks: it’s super moisturizing!
Some of the ladies I know that live in dryer climates (think California, Colorado, and Nevada) swear by CBD skin salves to keep their hands and lips from becoming chapped and cracked.
Because full spectrum hemp oil is all-natural, it won’t clog your pores and result in any acne or blemishes.
I recommend the Full Spectrum Hemp Hyaluronic Serum for a moisture boost for dry, acne-prone skin!
In addition to its moisturizing properties, it’s also anti-inflammatory and has analgesic properties, which means not only can it help your skin heal, it’ll also combat any pain or discomfort you may currently be feeling.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Reach for your CBD-infused lotion the next time you accidentally get a little sunburnt for some quick relief!
Similarly, this analgesic effect is why you may have seen it in rubs made for sore muscles or achy joints.
19. What Does CBD Oil Do?
Maybe you tried a lip balm and suddenly want to get your hands on all things CBD, or maybe you’ve already got your skincare routine down pat and want to explore other ways to incorporate hemp into your home.
Whatever your reasoning, never fear, there are lots of fun ways to sprinkle it on your life!
- Take It In a Capsule
If you’re not keen on dabbing a drop of oil on your tongue, don’t you worry!
You can get CBD oil in capsule form from tons of places, including Amazon!
Keep in mind that taking the oil under your tongue has been proven to be the best absorbed, but I totally understand that method can be inconvenient when you’re on the go.
Of course, as you should with any supplement, consult your doctor first before adding CBD oil to your daily routine.
Doctors also recommend taking your supplements with something fatty or oily for optimal absorption (think a handful of nuts or a bowl of yogurt).
- Stock It In Your Pantry
You may have heard of pot brownies, and while cooking with CBD oil won’t leave your guests with any unwanted surprises, it can provide a host of benefits and added deliciousness to your favorite recipes.
Some food bloggers are even touting it as the new coconut oil !
The benefits involved in cooking with CBD oil — such as helping to reduce cholesterol plus the host of benefits mentioned previously — might explain why.
The flavor of CBD oil is similar to olive oil in that it has a flavor (it’s a bit nutty and earthy), but won’t overpower the other ingredients.
This food blogger recommends adding full spectrum hemp oil to chocolate chip cookies, guacamole, and more!
I’m getting a bit hungry just thinking about it!
- Pamper Yourself On Your Period
Many women say that CBD oil helps them relieve cramps and other period symptoms.
When you think about its natural properties, it makes perfect sense!
After all, CBD oil naturally promotes muscle relaxation, reduces stress, and combats inflammation.
If you’re eager to try some the next time Aunt Flo pays you a visit, you can try an infused topical solution rubbed on your lower back and lower stomach, you can also ingest the oil in a capsule form.
- Soak It Up In The Spa
Who says you need a reason (or a “problem”) to try these products for yourself? Not me!
Why not treat yourself to a luxurious CBD bath bomb while you spend the evening soaking away all your worries?
Or, sip on some warm turmeric ginger tea that’s blended with it?
If you’re a fan of essential oils, you may want to try CBD essential oils .
Try massaging them into your temples for added relaxation before you get some shut-eye.
20. How Can I Ensure I’m Buying Quality Products?
As is the case with many beauty products (especially newly trendy ones ), it’s important to do your research to ensure what you’re buying is the real deal and not an imitation or blended with fillers.
Ideally, you want to be sure that the company you’re purchasing products from manufactures its own products, sources its own ingredients, and has its own extraction process.
Because of this, you’ll have to do your own sleuthing to ensure you’re getting the real deal.
But don’t worry, I have some tips!
If you plan on ingesting any full spectrum hemp CBD oil or using it for cooking, you want to make sure it’s cold-processed and unrefined.
This means that the oil hasn’t been messed with and still contains all of its nutrients.
You may also want to see exactly where the plant was grown.
Many experts recommend looking for brands who source their cannabinoids from organic-certified, hemp-grown farms in countries where hemp has been legal for generations, such as European countries.
In particular, Germany has a very strict regulation of agriculture, and the EU has strict organic standards, so you’ll know to trust their seals of approvals.
You’ll also always want to make sure the products you’re buying are certified organic and wildcrafted.
Lastly, you may want to try to find out how the CBD is extracted in the product you’re considering purchasing.
You’ll want to look for oil that was extracted using the supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 extraction.
This method preserves the most nutrients and keeps the full spectrum hemp oil in its purest form.
While it’s the most expensive method, it ensures quality.
Another method that’s a-okay is extraction by ethanol.
This method may not be as pure as the supercritical method but is still completely safe to ingest.
Rest assured that I spent a LOT of time doing my research and finding a reputable, ethical supplier.
The result is high-quality full spectrum hemp that delivers noticeable results, like my Full Spectrum Hemp Anti-Aging Eye Cream .
And of course, as with everything else you purchase on the Internet, be sure to check reviews!
While everybody is different and everyone has their own preferences, usually the bad seeds will be sorted by someone else before you do!
Hopefully, more and more states begin legalizing the production of hemp, and then these products will be more formally regulated and less work for the ladies likes us who are simply looking to keep ourselves (and our skin) healthy and beautiful.
21. Is CBD Safe?
There aren’t many known side effects to using CBD, but some medical-users (who take it orally and regularly) have reported dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, changes in appetite, and drowsiness.
Like with any supplement or new product, you should speak with your doctor first, especially because it’s possible for the oil to affect your body’s ability to metabolize certain medications.
For this reason, you should not take CBD orally if you are currently taking blood thinners.
There hasn’t been enough research done on the effects in pregnant or breastfeeding women, so if you have a newborn baby (or hope to soon), you should refrain from using it.
Additionally, there hasn’t been enough research to show if it is safe for use in children at this point, so better to stay on the safe side!
Lastly, some early research has also shown that CBD can have a negative effect on those with Parkinson’s Disease .
Keep in mind that these side effects and studies have been done on orally ingested CBD oil, not on topical application.
It’s very unlikely that you will experience any negative side effects from using a nice full spectrum hemp lip balm or lotion, but it’s good to know in case you notice something is off!
Just like any beauty product you’d use, there’s a very small chance you’ll have any negative side effects unless you are allergic or have purchased a knock-off product that’s filled with artificial ingredients.
You might be wondering – can CBD oil cause itching?
Only if you’re allergic!
Otherwise, it has actually been shown to be a great treatment for itchiness and pain (think psoriasis ).
If you’ve never had any contact with full spectrum hemp extract before, I would recommend testing yourself as you would with any new beauty product — by rubbing a small amount on a patch of your skin and waiting for 24 hours to see results — before going to town on it!
After reading about all the wonders of CBD, I’m hoping you’ll give the Full Spectrum Hemp Cream Cleanser (and other products) a try!
Anti-inflammatory properties calm the appearance of redness and sensitivity.
If you’re looking for a gentle, soap-free, and natural option, this is it!
Beauties, please keep in mind that I am by no means a CBD/full spectrum hemp/hemp/marijuana expert.
I’m just passionate about this fabulous ingredient and have done my own research and consulted experts.
As I always say, I want you to make the best choices for your skin.
I highly recommend looking at other sources and doing your own research, too.
There you have it, lovelies! I hope I’ve debunked for you some of the common misconceptions about CBD and that you are going to try incorporating it into your very own skincare routine! Have more questions about it? Or stories about your own experience with it? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!
e.l.f. Full Spectrum CBD Skincare Collection Review
I’ve tested quite a few e.l.f. skincare products this past year and they never fail to impress. Which is saying something since drugstore skincare doesn’t always live up to the claims. What makes e.l.f. (which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) stand out even further is their incredibly low product pricing. In my experience, e.l.f. represents inexpensive effective drugstore skincare at its finest.
While The Ordinary and The Inkey List are other budget-friendly skincare brands that I love, e.l.f. has one up on both of these brands in relation to ease of access. Their products are sold in most drugstores and mass retail outlets like Target in the US. The Ordinary and The Inkey List available at specialty beauty retailers like Ulta and Sephora. (If only there were an Ulta or Sephora on every corner!)
So when e.l.f. launched its Full Spectrum CBD Skincare Collection recently, I jumped online and ordered the entire collection to give it a try. (It’s currently available at ulta.com). You may be wondering why bother with trendy CBD in skincare products. Well, you may be surprised to learn that CBD can be very helpful to the skin.
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What is CBD?
Before we discuss the benefits of CBD in skincare, let’s first discuss what CBD is. CBD stands for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, a variety of cannabinoid, is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from cannabis sativa plant, also known as the hemp plant and marijuana.
CBD vs THC
While CBD is non-mind-altering, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive compound found in cannabis sativa plants. CBD and THC are found in both hemp and marijuana. The difference is that CBD is present in higher amounts in hemp, while THC is present in higher amounts in marijuana. Hemp contains 0.3% or less of THC and marijuana contains more than 0.3% of THC.
CBD products have exploded in the retail sector thanks to their ability to help with many conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain. It is important to note that CBD is not regulated by the FDA. As a result, not all CBD products are created equal and there are many companies that are taking advantage of CBD’s popularity. Their marketing may be misleading without the regulation to confirm the potency or authenticity of their ingredients, so it’s important to do your research prior to purchasing CBD products.
When reviewing the label of products containing CBD, if a CBD product is denoted in milligrams, that will at least let you know how much CBD is in the product. (All products in the e.l.f. CBD Skincare Collection contain Full Spectrum CBD that is denoted in milligrams.). Product ingredient labels should list cannabidiol, CBD, or hemp-derived CBD as an ingredient.
How Does CBD Benefit the Skin?
Although definitive research has yet to be completed, it is believed that CBD can benefit the skin in a multitude of ways. While you often see CBD in the form of ingestible oil and capsules, the use of CBD on the skin is another delivery option since our skin has cannabinoid receptors.
CBD is a potent antioxidant, so its anti-inflammatory benefits could be applied to skincare-related issues such as eczema and the irritation and redness that comes along with this condition.
Research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation discovered that CBD also has oil regulating properties, so there is quite a bit of promise for the use of CBD in treating acne and breakouts.
In regard to anti-aging benefits, CBD may protect skin from free radical damage from UV rays and other environmental aggressors. These stressors can lead to the physical signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and dark spots. By reducing free radical damage, the skin will show fewer signs of aging and retain a more youthful appearance.
While the potential is there, remember that we are in the early stages of learning about the benefits of CBD in skincare. Personally, I look mostly for the soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits of skincare products made with CBD, as opposed to anti-aging benefits. I’m sticking to tried and true ingredients such as retinoids and vitamin C for anti-aging benefits.
What is Full Spectrum CBD?
What exactly is Full Spectrum CBD? Full Spectrum CBD contains not only cannabidiol but also other cannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant. It is believed that since all of the cannabinoids work together in harmony, the result is a more effective product. The following e.l.f. skincare products all contain Full Spectrum CBD.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Full Spectrum CBD Skincare Collection
This Full Spectrum CBD Skincare Collection from e.l.f. is all about reviving, soothing, and calming the skin. All e.l.f. skincare products are free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates, are Vegan and Cruelty-Free. The ingredient lists of these products specifically note that they contain less than 0.3% THC.
I was wondering if these products would have a fragrance, since some CBD products smell like marijuana. Not these products. Although, please note that these products do contain fragrance, if that is an issue for your skin. All products with the exception of the eye cream are scented with fragrance notes of Japanese citrus and chamomile. It is a light pleasant herbal scent.
NOTE: The prices of the products in this skincare collection are not the usual rock bottom that you find with other e.l.f. skincare and makeup products. They are still very reasonably priced, and considering the levels of CBD that they contain, I think these products are well worth it. Here are the links to their product pages on Ulta.com:
- e.l.f. Cosemetics 50 mg CBD Moisturizer
- e.l.f. Cosmetics 100 mg CBD Facial Oil
- e.l.f. Cosmetics50 mg CBD Eye Cream
- e.l.f. Cosmetics5 mg CBD Lip Oil
- e.l.f. Cosmetics50 mg CBD Body Cream
Please note that due to state law, e.l.f.’s CBD Skincare Collection is not for sale in Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, or South Dakota.
e.l.f. Cosmetics 50 MG CBD Moisturizer
e.l.f. Cosmetics 50 MG CBD Moisturizer is formulated with hyaluronic acid and sweet almond oil for moisture retention. It contains 50 mg of Full Spectrum CBD. The texture is that of a gel-cream. Like most other products in this collection, this moisturizer is fragranced and contains notes of chamomile and Japanese citrus.
CBD’s antioxidant properties make this a perfect moisturizer for both day and evening use. This moisturizer is very lightweight and does not leave your skin greasy or shiny, just moisturized and soft. It works well with makeup, too. This is a lovely moisturizer that is lightweight and soothing. The weightless texture is absorbed quickly and the light herbal scent is very calming.
e.l.f. Cosmetics 100 MG CBD Facial Oil
e.l.f. Cosmetics 100 MG CBD Facial Oil contains an impressive 100 mg of Full Spectrum CBD along with a balancing blend of nourishing oils such as sunflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, marula oil, olive fruit oil, and grapeseed oil.
What a gorgeous blend of oils along with 100 mg of CBD. This lightweight oil sinks into the skin without leaving your face feeling like it has a layer of oil on it. It’s quite hydrating and I enjoy using it as the last step in my skincare routine when my skin needs some extra moisture, like when using retinoids. The fragrance notes of chamomile and Japanese citrus are so refreshing and soothing.
e.l.f. Cosmetics 50 MG CBD Eye Cream
e.l.f. Cosmetics 50 MG CBD Eye Cream is formulated with hyaluronic acid and a peptide complex to hydrate soothe and plump the eye area. This brightening eye cream contains 50 mg of Full Spectrum CBD.
CBD has antioxidant properties to protect the delicate skin around the eyes. This eye cream is loaded with additional good for your skin ingredients such as three peptides to boost collagen and improve your skin’s texture, and target under-eye bags. Aloe vera and allantoin soothe the skin. Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, the salt form of hyaluronic acid, hydrates and moisturizes.
This gel-like cream is very light and quick absorbing. It sometimes tingles after application, so I’m not sure what it is in the formula that I might cause this sensitivity. The sensitivity doesn’t last long though, only a few seconds. This eye cream leaves the skin under my eyes so smooth and feels absolutely weightless. If the skin around your eyes is especially dry, you may want to try another eye cream that has a richer, more moisturizing formula. There is no added fragrance in this eye cream.
e.l.f. Cosmetics 5 MG CBD Lip Oil
e.l.f. Cosmetics 5 MG CBD Lip Oil is formulated with 5 MG of CBD and sunflower extract infusion to nourish and moisturize lips. It contains notes of peppermint and vanilla, a classic uplifting combination that is not too overpowering, but very refreshing.
This lip oil really softens and smoothes my lips. The peppermint and vanilla is such a bright fragrance for this lightweight lip oil. This is the perfect product to apply to your lips when wearing a face mask . Since there is no color, you don’t have to worry about it rubbing off on your mask, and you are protecting your lips from chapping and dehydration.
e.l.f. Cosmetics 50 MG CBD Body Cream
e.l.f. Cosmetics 50 MG CBD Body Cream contains argan oil and shea butter to moisturize and soothe the skin all over your body along with 50 mg of Full Spectrum CBD. Like most of the other products in the collection, this cream is scented with notes of Japanese citrus and chamomile for a fresh, herbal scent.
This body cream has the texture and feel of a very expensive body product. It is rich and creamy without any sticky feel or film that body creams sometimes leave on your skin. The fragrance is light and fresh. This product is leaps and bounds better than other drugstore body creams that I’ve used. Granted, I don’t have extremely dry skin currently, as I’ve been testing it during the summer, but this body cream is gently hydrating with a light texture and soft scent. Perfect!
e.l.f. Full Spectrum CBD Skincare Collection: Final Thoughts
e.l.f. skincare products continue to impress. This line has the feel of a skincare line that could easily be twice the price. These products don’t have extra filler ingredients and every single one of them contains respectable amounts of Full Spectrum CBD. The only drawback for some may be the fragrance added to most of the products in the collection.
My favorites? The 50 MG CBD moisturizer and the 50 MG CBD Body Cream . For those that are fans of face oils, you should give this one a try. Have you tried this line? What are your favorite products? Let me know in the comments.