THE STATE-BY-STATE move toward the legalization of marijuana has pushed cannabis into the mainstream. The FDA recently approved an epilepsy drug featuring cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabis compound. CBD has also become a key ingredient for many niche skin-care brands.
â€śItâ€™s well-tolerated, potent and stable, a rather unique combination,â€ť says Chris Caires, chief innovation officer at Perricone MD, the most established brand to launch a product, its CBx for Men line, with the compound.
CBD has been shown to reduce inflammation when used topically. â€śOur customers report success using it for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne,â€ť adds Cindy Capobianco, the co-founder of Lord Jones, one of the new generation of companies taking a highbrow approach.
Vertly, co-founded by magazine editor Claudia Mata, is another; the brandâ€™s lip balm has gained a devoted following.
Itâ€™s an evolving market, but in general products formulated with CBD from hemp are widely available, while those made with cannabisâ€™s more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-dominant strains, which can have psychoactive effects, remain more restricted in certain states.
â€śIn a perfect world weâ€™d be able to use the whole plant,â€ť says herbalist Jessa Blades. â€śThereâ€™s an entourage effect to using ingredients together. Itâ€™s more beneficial.â€ť
Esthetician Ildi Pekar started using CBD oil to soothe clientsâ€™ skin. Her overnight mask helps with acne and dryness. $125; ildipekar.com.
This serumâ€™s blend of CBD extract, black currant seed oil, frankincense and rhododendron addresses pigmentation, acne and fine lines. $80; khus-khus.com.
Made with cannabis sativa seed oil, which contains CBD, this moisturizer lets skin regulate its own oil production. $60; herbessntls.com.