When formulating beauty products, cosmetic scientists research each ingredient, the complete chemical composition, skin benefits (or harm!), and the optimal dosage. Due to the legality of cannabis, chemists often don't learn about it during school. Luckily, that's changing, both the legal part and the increase in research of cannabis in skincare.
Chemists learn by doing, literally experimenting and finding the perfect blend of ingredients to optimize cannabis in skincare. They read, too, all the studies that continue to come out on cannabis and hemp and the powerful beauty benefits. These scientific reports help guide the ingredients used in skincare.
But what they don't do is tell cannabis skincare users what the ingredients actually do and how they benefit your skin. BLUNT SKINCARE's founder and chemist Stas Chirkov breaks it all down, answering your most-asked questions, below.
Is Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil New to Skincare?
Nope, the oil has been well researched and is widely used in skincare. Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil is extracted by pressing the seeds, not the flowers. It's legal in most countries because it doesn't contain any cannabinoids. The cannabinoids are produced mainly in cannabis flowers. Like other plant seeds, hemp oil is 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. These are just some of the benefits your skin will see using BLUNT SKINCARE's Seed Hydrating Face Oil.
How Can My Skin Benefit from Cannabidiol (CBD)?
First, let's get down to what exactly cannabidiol is. Scientists have been able to isolate the cannabinoid molecule by refining the cannabis flowers. CBD is 100 percent pure and pharma-grade. It 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.
Your skin benefits from CBD in a variety of ways. It helps reduce inflammation, which is a common cause for blemishes, discoloration, discomfort, and even more severe skin conditions. Of course, CBD isn't the only ingredient that reduces inflammation in skincare. Ginger, turmeric, and green tea are just some of the ingredients that target inflammation to keep the skin healthy. But CBD works differently. It balances our skin's cannabinoid system by activating the receptors and regulating endogenous (our body's own) cannabinoids.
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. Reap these benefits and more with 100 mg of CBD in BLUNT SKINCARE's Isolate Pure CBD Balancing Face Oil.
What Does Full-Spectrum Extract Mean?
The cannabis plant contains many different cannabinoids. The most abundant are CBD and THC, the latter which gives you that "high" feeling. Any cannabis plant with less than 0.3 percent of THC is considered hemp and is legal to be grown in the United States. "Full-spectrum" 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! Your skin is not only benefiting from CBD, but the additional cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, CBC, even trace amounts of THC), which activate more receptors and provide the holistic "entourage effect." That means a greater therapeutic benefit of fighting inflammation and free radicals. You can find the full-spectrum extract in BLUNT SKINCARE's Moonrock Full Spectrum Renewal Face Oil.
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