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Cannabidiol oil (also known as CDB oil) is a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy skin aging. But before you buy face oils, creams, or anti-aging skincare products containing cannabidiol (CBD oil), make sure you know the facts so you get the best cream for your money.
It’s a good idea to research the product before you buy and make sure you know what it contains and how it was made. Otherwise, you might over-pay for a product that’s not a pure CBD anti-aging cream and miss out on the skin healing benefits.
The terms CDB oil and hemp oil are sometimes used interchangeably because CBD oil is derived from hemp. Therefore some skincare products may have the words “CBD Oil” on the label when, in fact, it only contains hemp oil.
Now there is nothing wrong with hemp oil, but it only contains a small amount of certain CBDs compounds (not the full spectrum), and they occur in low doses.
Also, hemp oil itself contains very little terpenes. Terpenes are organic compounds found in the cannabis plant and have beneficial effects on the skin.
Another term to look for when shopping for CBD anti-aging cream is the ”Entourage effect”. This means you have a full combination of CBD compounds that work together and affect the CBD skin cell receptors.
According to Wikipedia, the definition of the Entourage Effect is "a proposed mechanism by which cannabis compounds act synergistically to modulate the overall psychoactive effects of the plant".
In the case of a CBD face cream, the entourage effect means that certain CBD compounds were combined to create a skin-enhancing "tailored" formulation.
So, if you desire the important skin benefits found in a full spectrum CDB anti-aging skin cream, you’re not going to get that from hemp alone, and you may pay a higher price because of the CBD label. So read the label and ingredients.
What extraction method was used? Was it extracted using toxic solvents or metals?
The best method is a CO2 extraction which is a clean way to extract the different cannabinoids, terpene oils, waxes, and other essential phytochemicals within the plant without using or leaving behind any solvents, toxins, or heavy metals.
You want to look for products that say they use a CO2 extraction method, or better yet, Subcritical & Super Critical CO2 extraction. These methods are the best for preserving and protecting the temperature-sensitive terpenes and light and volatile plant oils.
What type of oil is used as the carrier base? A carrier oil is used to dilute the essential oil from a plant, prevent it from evaporating too quickly, and help spread the product onto the skin.1
While olive oil or other healthy oils are excellent, using hemp seed oil is even better because it acts as a precursor. This means it can help the essential CBDs oil bond to the receptors in your skin’s endocannabinoid system.
Why is it essential that CBDs bond to the skin cell receptors?
This is the exciting part and the important reason why CBD oils are so important for healthy skin. Your skin has a complex endocannabinoid system – which contains cannabinoid receptors. Researchers discovered that when this system is disrupted, it can lead to various skin disorders ranging from atopic dermatitis to skin cancer.
That’s why it is believed that if CBDs (full spectrum) can bond to your skin receptors, they can help improve or maintain good over-all skin health. Check out this quick video tour explaining the skin’s endocannabinoid system! 2 , 3, 4
Is it legal – meaning does the cannabidiol skin cream contains less than 0.3% THC? To be fully legal the skin cream should contain less than 0.3% THC. This is enough for the active CBD compounds to be very effective, yet without any photoactive effects (meaning it won’t get you high).
I can’t say that every skin care product I use is organic or free from additives and preservatives. But, that’s mostly because it’s hard to find such products! So I do the best I can with what I can find.
See if the company provides how many milligrams (mg) of CBDs the cream contains per milliliter (ml). Better yet, see if they offer a certificate of analysis. The CBD cream I currently use contains 50 mg/ml and offers a certificate of analysis on their website. Click here to learn more and view the C of A.
There are anti-aging skincare products that are well made. And some companies take great pride to make sure their products contain potent active ingredients (as found in studies), that are organic and free from isolates, additives, and preservatives. When I come across such a company, I'll support buy and use their products.
1 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_oil
3 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30138623
4 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2757311/
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