Could Legalizing CBD Mean Getting Better Skin, Too?

How CBD Is Disrupting the Skincare Market

Say the word ‘cannabis’ and you immediately conjure thoughts of Dazed and Confused. The association most people have is with the smokable plant popularized by celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. But recently, the cannabis space has become big business.

In the skin care market, CBD has been making a name for itself as the premiere active ingredient. The growth this sector has seen is undeniable. That immediate reaction of stoners and tie-dye actually has little connection to this skin care market. While smokable cannabis contains THC, the element that gets the user “high;” hemp-derived CBD doesn’t contain any of this.

The big question that arises, though, is whether CBD can really address aging issues such as fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, and the like.

How Does CBD Work On Your Skin?

The skin is the largest organ and our body’s first line of defense against unwanted organisms. As such, this protective layer has the highest amount and concentration of what are called cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the body as a part of our endocannabinoid system — a checks-and-balance matrix, which regulates a number of critical bodily functions and responses such as stress, pain, appetite, inflammation, sleep, immunity and even processes like how much or how little oil our skin produces.


As a result, CBD is able to respond well to the receptors in one’s skin. Upon doing so, it can reduce inflammation, fight acne, protect against UV radiation, offer pain relief, and much more.


CBD Has Been Used for Thousands of Years

Using cannabidiol as a topical ingredient isn't a novel concept — in fact, it's quite the opposite.  It’s well known that cannabis was being used as a curative herb thousands of years ago, in various cultures. From the emperors of China to George Washington, the plant has been part of global history and global health, and has been recognized as a major industry. Even in ancient scriptures and etchings found in Wat Po, in Thailand, one of the birthplaces of Buddhism, there are instructions for usage of cannabis as a skin treatment.

The ancient Greeks would rub dry cannabis leaves to dress horses' wounds for a speedy recovery. They also used it to treat inflammation internally and topically, by soaking seeds in warm water and then applying the potent serum to inflamed areas. Queen Victoria used cannabis extracts to relieve pain from menstrual cramps, and Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire got its name from the copious amounts of hemp crops that historically grew there.

  • 2737 B.C.

    In ancient China, marijuana tea was prescribed to treat various illnesses — including gout, rheumatism, malaria, and poor memory.

  • 2000-1400 B.C.

    In ancient India, a special drink called “bhang” – a mixture of cannabis paste, milk, ghee, and spices – was said to ease anxiety, make people happy, warm and improve mental powers.

  • 1550 B.C.

    In ancient Egypt, medical cannabis was used to treat inflammation.

  • 200 A.D.

    A Chinese surgeon is the first recorded physician to use cannabis as an anesthetic during surgery. During this time, Chinese physicians also used the root, leaves, and oil of cannabis to treat blood clots, tapeworms, constipation, and even hair loss.

  • 100-1000’s A.D.

    During the Middle Ages in Europe, hemp was used to treat tumors, cough, and jaundice.

  • LATE 1700’s

    American medical journals suggest using hemp seeds and roots to treat various health problems, including skin inflammation and incontinence.

  • 2013

    CNN’s documentary “Weed” airs and tells the story of Charlotte Figi, a girl suffering from Dravet’s syndrome – a severe case of epilepsy – who finds relief from seizures with hemp extract. Many say she’s “the girl who is changing medical marijuana laws across America.”



Hemp’s Evolving Legal Status is Opening Doors for Innovative Products

Why, then, is the skincare industry getting so excited about CBD now? Cannabis has become America's latest 'gold rush', the focus of billions of dollars of investment. As a result of the widespread decriminalization, the scientific community has taken great interest in the various properties of the incredibly versatile plant.

While hemp may seem like a risky ingredient, it’s important, to note that there is a significant difference between hemp (used for industrial purposes, including CBD oil that is used in skin care products) and cannabis.

Hemp farming is now legal in nearly half the country as more local and state governments understand the significant benefits these plants offer for a wide range of industries, including skin care. This is opening even more avenues to begin utilizing this powerful plant in a wide range of products. In fact, according to MarketWired, a NASDAQ subsidiary, “The hemp industry was worth about $688 million last year, according to Hemp Business Journal and Vote Hemp, which included sales of soaps, seeds, oils, protein powders, shampoos, cereals, and many other products.”


CBD Skincare Products Are Blowing Up

We, as a nation, are invested in our skin care, and products that deliver measurable results and are safe (with minimal ingredients) are some of the rising stars of late. As customers have become more discerning about the ingredients they consume or use on their skin, a growing demand for all-natural products has developed. Yet, since many of the larger skin care companies have been reluctant to use hemp-based ingredients in their products (due to misunderstanding and misconceptions), it’s fallen to smaller, privately-owned companies to deliver CBD skin care products to consumers.

Research studies highlight the actual and measurable benefits the hemp plant offers for a wide range of uses. Hemp has been utilized for many purposes for thousands of years. For innovative, forward-thinking individuals that understand these benefits, the potential is endless.


Some CBD Lotion Products Focus on Pain Relief, But It Offers Much More

Celebrities, fashionistas, and even beauty retailers note the effect CBD-oil based topical lotions can have on relieving soreness and pain, in the feet, hips, and other parts of the body, especially after long workouts.

CBD oils are also being found to have incredible benefit to the skin itself, and it’s even been noted to have a dramatic impact on fighting against acne. Almost everyone has memories of how acne can affect us psychologically, especially during those all-important formative years of high school. And, if you’re like me, you still have to deal with acne breakouts from time to time.

Where Do I Buy It?

Smaller companies – especially online retailers – are staying out in front of the cannabis and CBD oil movement, and that translates into incredible benefits for consumers, especially those who are actively seeking all-natural ingredients.

Wild Things Botanicals, one of the more reputable brands in the CBD space, carries a full range of premium skincare products that are all infused with full spectrum CBD oil from organic hemp. They have everything from a facial oil, daily moisturizer, cleanser, sleep mask, and more.


The Wild Things Difference

Wild Things CBD Skincare products are infused with the purest CBD extract at a certified facility to meet and exceed industry standards

  • 1.

    Cold Press & Unrefined

    Cold-pressed extraction of the oil from hemp extract ensures retention of all the therapeutic properties without the use of any chemicals.

  • 2.

    CO2 Extraction

    Wild Things utilizes the most advanced, cleanest and safest extraction method that preserves essential cannabinoids and filters out psychoactives (the “high” causing compound)

  • 3.

    Organic & Pure

    Wild Things’ hemp extract oil is made from hemp leaves organically grown and extracted in the USA, and is certified-free of any synthetics, pesticides or herbicides.

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