When I first heard about the use of CBD in the beauty industry a couple of years ago, I have to admit I was dubious. CBD (otherwise known as cannabidiol) is a naturally-occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its relative THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties. When taken as a supplement, CBD is thought to have the ability to help with pain, anxiety, stress and insomnia.
Over certain periods of the last year or so, I have taken daily CBD supplements, mainly just to give them a test drive. And, while by no means are my personal experiences with CBD a reflection on the absolute truth (jury’s still out in the science world), I can say that I really didn’t notice a huge difference in my everyday life, except maybe I sleep a little better. And this is the reason I was even more sceptical when I heard that CBD was being used in skincare products.
The idea goes that the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD make it a great ingredient for soothing the skin. However, the idea that topical CBD could possibly improve the condition of my skin seemed totally bizarre given than it barely affected me when I took it as a supplement. On top of all of this, I found myself angered by the amount of brands jumping on the CBD train when actually, cannabis-derived hemp has been used in skincare for hundreds (if not thousands) of years thanks to its nourishing properties.