How Cannabis is Making Its Way Into Skin-Care

How Cannabis is Making Its Way Into Skin-Care
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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.

“It’s well-tolerated, potent and stable, a rather unique combination,” 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. “Our customers report success using it for skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne,” 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 brand’s lip balm has gained a devoted following.

It’s an evolving market, but in general products formulated with CBD from hemp are widely available, while those made with cannabis’s more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-dominant strains, which can have psychoactive effects, remain more restricted in certain states.

“In a perfect world we’d be able to use the whole plant,” says herbalist Jessa Blades. “There’s an entourage effect to using ingredients together. It’s more beneficial.”

F. Martin Ramin
F. Martin Ramin

I. Pekar Sleeping Mask Infused with CBD Oil

Esthetician Ildi Pekar started using CBD oil to soothe clients’ skin. Her overnight mask helps with acne and dryness. $125; ildipekar.com.

F. Martin Ramin
F. Martin Ramin

Khus + Khus Sen Face Serum

This serum’s blend of CBD extract, black currant seed oil, frankincense and rhododendron addresses pigmentation, acne and fine lines. $80; khus-khus.com.

F. Martin Ramin
F. Martin Ramin

Herb Essentials Cannabis Infused Moisturizer

Made with cannabis sativa seed oil, which contains CBD, this moisturizer lets skin regulate its own oil production. $60; herbessntls.com.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-cannabis-is-making-its-way-into-skin-care-1532357916

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