It’s not only edibles that are hoping to cash in on the marijuana industry. Beauty companies are now putting CBD oil into their topicals. So if you don’t like smoking weed or eating it, then what’s the harm of rubbing some on your skin?
But there are limitations to making beauty products and edibles, which is to conform with regulations banning THC from being included. So companies are settling with using CBD and CBD oil in their products, some derived from hemp plants. CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants, and some beauty companies claim that it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that are great for the skin.
“We were skeptical at first if a hemp-derived CBD extract would be effective without the THC,” said Cindy Capobianco, Co- founder of Lord Jones, to Forbes. “We are the best guinea pigs we know and we found that it [CBD extract] really worked for our own injuries so we came out with our CBD-only lotion.” Lord Jones which makes edibles, also makes its own fragranced lotion with only 2 mg of CBD which helps to relieve sore muscles but the company says celebrities are using it to cure skin problems as well.
Many other companies have also used CBD in its products including Cannuka, which makes cannabis and Manuka honey with infused CBD. But critics say there is little research to back up whether the tiny amount of CBD could be beneficial to the skin at all, according to New York Times.
Other than making sure their products are THC free, Danny Zlatnik, an attorney at Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty in Santa Rosa, CA, told Forbes that companies are obliged to follow regulations of Controlled Substance Act (CSA). The Act says products may only be made from the mature stalks of Cannabis plant which leaves only one option: industrial hemp. The legal CBD is derived from non-psychoactive parts of the Cannabis plant. While adhering to regulations make companies secure, it does not give much creative leeway for companies to make new and better products.