With the growing popularity and legalization of recreational marijuana, it’s high time that cannabis seeps into other aspects of life... Naturally, wellness and therapeutic experiences are two of its first stops. The health benefits of marijuana aren’t new. Nine states already allow the personal use and possession of cannabis for adults, with an additional 18 states allow- ing it for medical use. The buzz (pun intended) is now becoming louder than ever. Wellness centres, yoga studios and cafés around the country are offering experiences infused with cannabis. Their innovation serves as the perfect inspiration for spas to offer this ultimate compliment to traditional services.

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Skin care’s latest powerful cannabis gem

CBD (cannabidiol) is a voluminous, naturally occurring phytoactive cannabinoid, prevalent in both the hemp and cannabis plant, along with more than 100 other cannabinoids. Yet, CBD is not psychotropic, so consuming CBD by itself isn’t going to send one on the cerebral adventure associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the only cannabinoid found in either plant that generates psychoactive effects). Simply put, when CBD alone is extracted from the hemp plant, it does not get a person high! The true efficacy of CBD is topical — as it penetrates deeply into the skin it triggers the cellular communication responsible for numerous positive, physiological responses in the body.

Cannabinoids 101:

The Body Makes Them!

CBD is the most prevalent, non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the hemp plant, yet most people are unaware that the body itself creates cannabinoids. This is done through what is called the "endogenous cannabinoid system" (ECS), which controls and regulates many biological processes. The self-made cannabinoids of the ECS are referred to as "endocannabinoids," which are a sequence of indigenous chemical compounds dispersed throughout the entire body and recognized for helping to regulate neurological and immunological responses and oil production of the skin. CBD, like other cannabinoids, can work its magic through the internal ECS, which consists of both CB1 and CB2 receptors found just beneath the skin, concentrated around the face and brain. The ECS creates a positive effect on the overall wellness of the body, while also establishing and facilitating the necessary pathways for CBD to work synergistically!

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Many cultures across the world have embraced CBD and its anti-inflammatory properties for decades, recognizing that it has the power to permeate into even the deepest layers of skin. Scientific research signifies the efficacy of CBD and fellow cannabinoids, as to be- ing highly anti-inflammatory — and it is growing daily! CBD has been proven to contain potent anti-inflammatory properties, as it works to suppress the body’s inflammatory response through multiple cellular pathways. In the world of beauty and skincare, this is a major A+ for CBD, as inflammation is always a perpetrator behind skin conditions, accelerated ageing and other imperfections.

ACNE

While inflammation accentuates blemishes, an excess in sebum can prompt breakouts in the first place. Some individuals suffer from overactive sebaceous glands that cause their body to excrete too much oil. Tamas Biro, M.D., of Hungary, researched the regulatory role of the endocannabinoid system, as well as the closely related family of the transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels in the formation and establishment of the complex barrier of the human skin. He conducted a study on the efficacy of CBD in fighting acne and found that it could penetrate the skin readily through a transdermal path and succeed in pacifying overactive sebaceous glands while impeding lipid synthesis. Such studies show that CBD appears to be able to stop the excess oil that causes acne in the first place.

ECZEMA/PSORIASIS

According to research, if CBD is applied topically to areas of the skin affected by eczema and psoriasis (skin conditions characterized with a dry, itchy rash), it cuts the inflammatory response and ultimately encourages the skin’s natural restoration to good health! Such skin conditions are the result of both environmental and genetic stimulants. Hence, due to the immuno-suppressant properties of CBD, the inflammatory responses triggered so often for those suffering from various forms of atopic dermatitis (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea etc.) are lessened. Consequently, skin that traditionally overreacts to numerous stimuli is no longer as intensely affected.

MELANOMA

As our general knowledge and understanding of CBD continue to grow, so too do the possible remedies for even the most destructive skin care diseases, such as melanoma. Recent studies have revealed that cannabinoids, when applied topically or in-vitro to melanoma cells, leading to their apoptosis, or death. Notably, these continued discoveries have significant potential for those who desperately seek a viable, alternative approach to that of traditional cancer treatments!

ANTI-AGEING

The copious amounts of chemicals, pollutants and toxins emitted daily into the air people breath — and that which the skin absorbs — continues to grow. Consequently, unless one takes action through skincare, these impurities begin to generate physical repercussions on the way skin appears and ages.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

CBD is poised to play a significant role in future skincare treatments, routines and regimens. The skin is the largest organ in the body and absorbs anything applied to it, so it is very important to know what to look for when choosing products containing CBD oil. The amount of CBD oil within a given skincare or beauty product traditionally ranges from 2 to 150 milligrams. While higher amounts of CBD oil are intended to serve in a more medicinal approach as a clinical treatment, lesser amounts are found in traditional skincare and beauty products. Always check the Ingredient Deck associated with each product; a product is best when CBD oil appears in the beginning to the middle portion of the deck.

products for specific qualifying conditions, but not for cannabis products containing certain levels of THC.

Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana and West Virginia are the six states that still consider every part of the cannabis plant, including CBD derived from cannabis, to be illegal. However, CBD produced from agricultural hemp is legally sold in all 50 U.S. states.

Where is CBD legal?

CBD is one of many non-intoxicating cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. Naturally, there are many questions about the legality of CBD due to its origins.

Many products are made from agricultural hemps, such as hemp protein and hemp seeds, which are legally produced and shipped to all 50 states. This also includes a thriving hemp-based CBD industry, including hemp-based CBD oil used in skincare.

CBD is a naturally occurring chemical compound, much like lycopene in tomatoes, resveratrol in wine, and polyphenols in chocolate. While CBD doesn’t officially claim to cure or prevent any disease, consumers are drawn en masse for many different reasons to these hemp-based oils that contain cannabinoids.

In the 28 states where medical marijuana is legal, CBD products from cannabis have legal protections. Sixteen states have passed CBD-only laws, which legalize the possession and use of cannabis-based CBD