When formulating skincare and beauty products, cosmetic scientists must research each ingredient — the complete chemical composition, skin benefits (or the opposite!), and the optimal dosage. Due to the legality of cannabis, we did not learn much about it in school or on the job. Luckily, it's changing now — both the legal part and more skincare research on cannabis! Here are the most common ingredients used in skincare formulas:
Is 'Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil' New to Skincare?
The answer is No — the oil has been well researched and is widely used in skincare. This ingredient is extracted by pressing the seeds (not flowers), legal in most countries as it doesn't contain any cannabinoids. The cannabinoids are produced mainly in cannabis flowers. Like other plant seeds, the oil's rich in essential omegas and vitamins, making it a powerful moisturizing agent that helps restore and maintain hydration levels. The healthier the barrier, the more supple, hydrated, and soft the skin feels. Our customers felt just that while using our SEED Hydrating Face Oil.
How Can My Skin Benefit from Cannabidiol (CBD)?
Cannabidiol is a single cannabinoid molecule the scientists had been able to isolate by refining the cannabis flowers. It's 100% pure (Pharma-grade), comes in a powder form, and can be solubilized into oils. CBD is the active ingredient in Epidiolex, the first drug approved by the FDA to treat severe forms of epilepsy in children. But can it be useful in skincare? The answer is Yes — skin inflammation can manifest in many ways: blemishes, discoloration, discomfort, or even more severe skin conditions. Many other skincare ingredients (think: ginger, turmeric, green tea) target inflammation to keep the skin healthy. CBD also targets inflammation but differently — it balances our skin's cannabinoid system by activating the receptors and regulating endogenous (our body's own) cannabinoids. Find this ingredient in our ISOLATE Pure CBD Balancing Face Oil, 100mg in each bottle.
What Does Full-Spectrum Extract Mean?
The cannabis plant contains many different cannabinoids. The most abundant are CBD and THC, the latter gives you that "high" feeling. Any cannabis plant with less than 0.3% of THC is considered hemp and is legal to be grown in the US. The full-spectrum term refers to the least processed extract, meaning it still contains all cannabinoids present in the plant. What does it mean for your skin? It means more cannabinoids! Not only it's benefiting from CBD, but the additional cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, CBC, even trace amounts of THC) also activate more receptors and provide the holistic "entourage effect," meaning a greater therapeutic benefit of fighting inflammation and free radicals. You can find the full-spectrum hemp extract in our MOONROCK Full Spectrum Renewal Face Oil.
We hope this skincare ingredient guide to cannabis skincare helps to clear up the confusion. As you can tell, all these ingredients will benefit your skin differently, don’t let anyone sell you snake oil. If you’ve got questions, leave them in the comments below.