First things first: “Medicinal Makeup? What is that?” To start off the process of enlightenment, think Cannabidiol; CBD for short. The US Government has been doing research involving CBD oil and its uses for various different diseases and ailments plaguing us, its beloved citizens. One of the first myths to debunk regarding CBD is that it can “get you high”. That idea may sound enticing to some, but plot twist: there is no high involved.
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound. It actually has the reverse effects of substances such as THC. That’s right, there’s not even a little bit of a psychoactive effect to accompany it. CBD oil has various different medicinal qualities, ranging from soothing irritated skin, calming anxiety, acne, and more. There are claims that it has “anti-aging” properties, as well as a variety of Vitamins (A, D, and E, to be precise).
Clinical studies have been conducted for and attest to the medicinal benefits Cannabidiol offers. As humans, we are no strangers to using plants for various different cosmetic and medicinal purposes; we have used various different plants on our bodies for centuries. Imagine Ancient Greece and their ingenuity. While CBD is newer to the (legal) cosmetic market than most, it most certainly has attributes that aid in securing its rank along with the other, more established, herbs in the cosmetic world.
While the concept of using forms of cannabis for daily rituals is still fairly new, it is beginning to catch on like wildfire. LA Times lists the Body Shop and Doctor Bronnor’s Magic Soaps as two well-known companies who are jumping on the cannabis train, amongst various others who are scrambling to secure their own footing. In an effort to solidify their stake in the market, each of these companies tailors their creations using different variations of cannabis.
As an ever-increasing amount of information is being unearthed regarding this particular subject, the demand is rising with it. Take into consideration what has already been created: mascaras, soaps, bath salts, skin balms, lotion, and so much more. Supply is racing along neck and neck with demand, which inevitably means we will soon have many numerous options to choose from. For example, bath salts. Taylore Glynn wrote an article on Marie Claire claiming she suffers from a slipped disc in her back. She chose to test out the effectiveness of CBD bath salts (Ambika Herbals CBD Bath Salts). Taylore’s final comments on the bath salts were “Within 15 minutes, the tightness in my lower back had melted substantially, and the pain in my calves completely disappeared”.
With these healthy alternatives to beauty products surfacing on the market, big label makeup brands may see a decline in demand. It makes sense when thought about critically. Women are seeking out a cover up that will heal as it conceals; a mascara that boosts the health of the natural eyelashes as it is worn, etc. Even more: As of yet, there are few (if any) documented negative side effects caused by CBD oil. When the ingredients list of a name brand is compared to that of a brand using the CBD oil, the difference is simply astounding. The ingredients list of a common lotion, Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer, contains:
The list goes on and on!
Meanwhile, the ingredient list of a lotion found on leafly.com (Imbue Botanicals Embody Premium CBD oil Lotion) reads as such:
These two lotions are meant to be used for the same purpose, yet their ingredients are so drastically different. The only ingredient they share is water. All in all, CBD oil may be precisely what the 21st century has been looking for. With the evolution of Cannabidiol, the beauty industry is in for a complete and shocking makeover.