The cannabis beauty explosion we thought would reach its peak shows no signs of slowing down. In 2019, CBD hair products are continuing the slow but steady takeover initially owned by skin and makeup brands. In the past couple of months alone, we’ve watched a slew of well-known names continue to expand their repertoire with all kinds of concoctions that include CBD in some form. For instance, Milk Makeup’s Kush line includes a volumizing mascara and hydrating lip balm, both made with hemp-derived cannabis oil. And even skin care OG Kiehl’s added a Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate to its lineup for calming acne-prone skin.
Though it’s an ingredient we suspect some use to take advantage of a trend in its prime, many experts, both in the skin care and cannabis fields, have confirmed the much-talked-about ingredient actually has benefits that could do the body — including your strands — some good.
First, it’s important to understand how cannabis, a medicinal herb, functions. In the simplest terms, it contains cannabinoids, or chemical compounds that help the body regenerate itself, as well as antibacterial and antiviral properties. Cannabinoids can be split into different categories, but the most popular are THC, the one that has hallucinatory effects, and CBD, or cannabidiol, the effects of which don’t alter your state of mind. Although both can be incorporated into topical products through extraction from the marijuana plant, CBD is much easier for beauty brands to use from a legal standpoint since it doesn’t carry those psychoactive side effects.
Hemp vs. cannabis
More often than not, CBD is extracted down to concentrated CBD oil for use in hair, skin and makeup products. However, since it is derived from the plant’s flowers and leaves, legal regulations (depending on where it’s manufactured and sold) can get tricky even though there are no hallucinogenic side effects.
For that reason, it’s not uncommon to see hemp seed oil used in place of CBD. The biggest difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil is where each is extracted from. Whereas CBD is taken from the leaf, hemp seed oil is derived from the seeds, where you’ll find very minuscule amounts of THC. In the long run, it’s a safer bet for brands, though many will argue that the benefits aren’t as potent as those found in CBD oil.
Speaking of beauty benefits, there are many to be enjoyed in CBD and hemp oils. According to expert-approved studies, both are capable of curbing the production of excess sebum as well as reducing inflammation. And when it comes to hair, the same antibacterial benefits apply to the scalp. Also, CBD oil contains fatty acids and a slew of vitamins, making it an ideal cure for brittle strands.
Ahead, seven hair care products that use one or both of these strand saviors.
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Originally posted on StyleCaster.