While cannabis has a history that dates back thousands of years to China’s Qin and Han dynasty, CBD (short for cannabinoid) wasn’t actually identified until the 1940’s. In fact, CBD has only started becoming popular in the past few years.
Today, CBD — the non-psychoactive cousin of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) — is everywhere and is in everything, from drinks and food to oils and yes, even lube. The fact that the versatile compound offers so many wellness benefits (with none of the effects associated with a THC high) may be the reason there’s so much interest and conversation around it.
By making its way into just about every industry — culinary, health, wellness, beverage, lifestyle, beauty, and more — the CBD sector has found itself poised to become a $22 billion industry by 2022.
In a world that is hyper-stressed, anxious, and lonely, and where most news headlines sound exactly like the opposite of what one would want to read in Upworthy, people are desperately seeking out new ways to relax, yearning for natural remedies to help them find inner and outer wellness.
With regulations loosening up on the legalization of this previously taboo and stigmatized product, one of the fastest growing applications of CBD has become skincare. Cheyana Van Dender, the founder of CBD skincare company, Vervefy explains “incorporating CBD into your skincare is like feeding your skin with a daily dose of CBD health from the outside in.”
And skincare CBD isn’t just making headlines in the startup world and amongst brick and mortar shops. The big guys are in on the trend too. Walgreens recently followed CVS’s lead and plans to offer CBD infused products like creams, patches, and sprays for topical application in nearly 1,500 stores across 9 states. Not only does this add legitimacy and advance momentum to the CBD and wellness space, it also highlights that CBD is easing its way the mainstream — and that accessibility is pretty great news for your skin…
Your skin’s health —
With its anti-inflammatory powers, CBD has been proving itself as a solution to treat acne and its symptoms. These same qualities also poise as a remedy for helping skin ailments like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Kate Miller, the founder of Miss Grass, a lifestyle shop and publication for wellness, women, and cannabis, is an advocate of CBD for psoriasis, and uses it herself after having battled psoriasis for over 10 years. Her favorite? Dr Kerklaan’s Natural CBD Skin Cream.
Your skin’s beauty —
Beyond its ability to fight skin ailments, CBD contains levels of vitamin A, C, and E, which collectively help keep skin beautiful and young. According to Dr. Alissia Zenhausern, vitamin A keeps skin firm and healthy, C stimulates collagen production and reduces signs of aging, and E slows down the aging process. We love Vervefy’s Daily Gold Facial Cream.
Blemish creams, tinctures, face masks, eye serums, anti-acne lotions, massage oils, soaps, lip balms, bath bombs, anti-wrinkle serums, muscle rubs, moisturizers, face lotions, body cream… you name it, there’s probably a CBD version of it! While you don’t need to trade in every single one of your skincare products for a CBD substitute, consider trying at least one new product. Your largest organ will thank you!