With all of the different types of CBD cosmetics now advertised in the beauty industry, there is a lot to know about this trendy cannabinoid. But one of the most confusing aspects when shopping for hemp-based cosmetics is knowing the difference between hemp oil vs CBD skin care treatments.
Not to worry, we’ve figured this out for you. Below, you’ll find a handy guide that will not only make you an instant expert on hemp-based oils, but chances are you’ll have a better idea of what exactly you need for your individual skin.
First off, why should you use cannabis cosmetics? Is this just another trendy skin care routine, or does it actually work?
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is just one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant — specifically, the Cannabis sativa plant otherwise known as hemp. Interestingly, unlike THC, CBD won’t get you high. Now, just because CBD oil is made from the hemp plant, it doesn’t mean that it’s the same as hemp seed oil. See, not all hemp seed oil actually contains CBD.
But, hemp seed oil alone can actually be really good for your skin. It contains healthy fats and proteins along with vitamins that can help nourish your skin. It is also a lot cheaper than CBD oil. That’s because they are two different things.
So, how does CBD oil differ? If you’re looking at an oil that is “full-spectrum,” or “broad-spectrum,” or made using the whole plant, it may contain more cannabinoids than just CBD (like CBN or CBC, for instance). It will also contain terpenes and flavonoids from the plant which come with benefits of their own.
CBD oil is well known for its inherent anti-inflammatory properties, and studies have also shown that CBD can help relieve eczema, acne, and psoriasis. CBD oil also contains anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which can help keep your skin healthy and clean. In addition, it helps balance oily skin.
Hemp seed oil for skin, on the other hand, does not have anti-inflammatory abilities. However, it does contain essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3 which can help protect your skin from damage caused by ultra violet light. Hemp seed oil is also an anti-oxidant that is rich in vitamin E. That means it can help hydrate your skin without clogging pores.
When deciphering which cannabis skin care treatment is best for you, it’s best to ask yourself what you’re using it for. If you’re merely looking for something to hydrate your skin and protect it from ultra violet rays, you can save yourself a little bit of money and use hemp seed oil.
But if you are looking for products that offer all the benefits cannabinoid offers for the skin, CBD skin care might be just the ticket. By lowering inflammation, CBD oil can reduce puffiness, redness and dryness. It’s possible that it could also help alleviate itching, too. By slowing down the growth of an epidermal cell called keratinocyte, it can slow the spread of psoriasis and potentially reduce itchiness.
What we know for certain is that CBD oil and hemp seed oil both will not harm your skin. If you find that a cannabis cosmetic is causing irritation, it is actually more likely that some other ingredient in the product is causing it. That’s just one of the wonderful qualities of hemp — there is no adverse reaction to using it on your skin.
So when you’re looking for hemp oil, how do you know if it’s CBD oil or hemp seed oil? When you’re shopping for cannabis cosmetics either online or in a store, you’ll want to keep an eye on the labeling. This is where you can find out what’s in the oil you’re buying. Is there really CBD in there? Than it will clearly state on the front label that it is CBD with the MG amount in the product. CBD companies should also have third party lab results for each product that contains CBD on the website or in the QR code on the label.
If the label you’re looking at just says “hemp seed,” assume the product is purely hemp seed oil. That’s because hemp seeds don’t contain cannabinoids. It still might be good for your skin, and in combination with CBD it can provide an excellent skin care treatment. But if you’re looking for CBD, be sure to check the label to make sure it does indeed contain the cannabinoid you’re after.
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