The beauty industry’s obsession with CBD (short for cannabidiol) – isn’t slowing down. Hailed as a “miracle cure” in skin and body care, it’s made from the whole sativa cannabis plant, including leaves, stalks, flowers and seeds.
The plants are made up of more than 100 different cannabinoids, one of them being CBD which is different to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the illegal psychoactive ingredient in the plant).
In the past two years, beauty brands have been inspired to include CBD in their products following a surge in consumer interest in CBD’s health benefits, along with further research into them since the legalisation of medicinal cannabis (which must contain less than 0.05 per cent THC) in November 2018.
But hemp oil (not to be confused with CBD) has been used in beauty products for much longer – The Body Shop has used it in its hemp collection since the Nineties – and is another cannabis derivative made from pressed hemp seeds which is also entirely natural and legal.
Neither CBD or hemp-based products contain THC, but some countries such as Australia classify all cannabis-based products under THC, including skincare.
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