CBD is now everywhere and a whole variety of people across the world use it for a myriad of different reasons. What started out as an FDA approved treatment for epilepsy is now sold in the hopes of helping pregnant women, people with anxiety, depression, arthritis, and now, skincare.
CBD-infused organic cosmetics are the beauty buzz of the moment, found in the form of sheet masks, creams, face oils, mascara, and primer among many others.
The sellers claim that CBD is the perfect non-psychoactive ingredient to help soothe the skin, prevent stress and help with your skin’s overall health.
But it isn’t only the user who is supposed to reap the benefits – it’s also thought that hemp is very good for the environment, helping to keep the atmosphere clean and possibly even reverse the damage that has already been done.
What is CBD?
As per Healthcare Weekly, CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant using an extraction method.
It was made legal in most American states back in 2018 when the Farm Bill was passed, making industrial hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) legal nationwide. Unlike typical cannabis products you may be thinking of, CBD does not contain THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which makes the consumer feel ‘high’. In fact, to be sold legally, CBD products have to contain less than 0.3% THC.
We’ll first start with a wide range of health benefits that come with CBD-infused cosmetics. There’s a whole load of them out there, so we’ll go through the main ones here:
CBD contains antioxidant properties which can help to lessen the visibility of aging skin. CBD anti-aging creams help to counteract the damage done by free radicals to the skin, which can help to reduce signs of wrinkles and dullness.
It can relieve acne
One of the biggest benefits of CBD is its anti-inflammatory properties. By calming the skin, CBD skincare can help to reduce breakouts and soothe redness. Recent findings also claim that CBD could decrease the production of sebum in the skin – a type of oil-prone to causing breakouts on the face and neck.
It can help sensitive skin
If you struggle with sensitive skin, it’s likely that you’re always on edge about trying new products. We get it – it can be difficult to trust creams you know little about. The soothing properties of CBD-infused products work just as well for sensitive skin as they do for acne – helping to calm the face and minimize environmental issues, including redness.
It’s super moisturizing
Hemp contains all 21 known amino acids and has perfectly balanced Omega-3 fatty acids which work to smoothen and restore the skin when added to skincare products. Hemp’s natural texture is also very conditioning, which is why it’s also great for use in shaving creams, lip balms, and body lotions.
CBD is fantastic for the environment but isn’t discussed very often. The infused oils, creams, vapes, and edibles we now see all over the market are made from various parts of the hemp plant including the seeds, leaves, and flowers. This benefits the environment more than you think. Here’s how.
It can clean the environment
There’s no question that the cause of global warming is the greenhouse effect, which is largely due to high levels of carbon dioxide trapped within the atmosphere. What’s really cool about hemp plants is they can consume as much as four times the level of CO2 as trees. Its short growing cycle of 12 to 14 weeks makes the crop highly sustainable, and it also removes radioactive chemicals and toxins from the soil.
It’s super versatile
While you make prefer your CBD in the form of a sheet mask, hemp is so versatile that it can fit many, many more needs. It’s also ten times stronger than cotton, meaning it can be used to make great quality AND fire-resistant clothing.
It can even be used to make a material very similar to concrete by mixing water, a bonding agent based on lime, and the inner fibers of the hemp stalk. Whatever the textile, hemp is more than likely a great alternative.
It controls erosion
Heavy-rooted plants like a hemp can help to control erosion of the earth, preventing dirt from blowing away by high winds or heavy rainfall. Because of these deep roots, hemp is also very more resistant to drought than other plants and brings up nutrients from the soil that others cannot reach which can be vital for land maintenance. Keeping the soil rich in nutrients and strongly planted stops it from drying out and dying, which is why it is often planted in rotation with other crops.
Its biomass is biodegradable
Those who grow and use hemp as an alternative to other everyday materials reduce needless waste products as hemp fibers can be easily recycled to create great fertilizer. This means that all parts of the plant are used in some way, shape or form, helping with production or the growth of other healthy plants. This lowers the demand for landfill and returns all of the fantastic nutrients hemp soaks up back into the earth.
CBD tinctures have the best bioavailability – cannabidiol that is ready to be directly absorbed into the body.
It reduces reliance on fossil fuels
Hemp has huge potential as a biofuel – it’s possible for hemp oil to be processed and burned for electricity generation or to power vehicles with a diesel engine. It’s still in the early stages, but if this artificial fuel was to take off, it could ease our reliance on fossil fuels as a whole and reduce the production of greenhouse gases.
Who knew that using a great skin cream, body lotion, mascara or sheet mask that has very minimal, temporary side effects could help the environment so much?
An easy way to continue helping the earth is to simply continue to support the companies that aim to provide you with fantastic quality CBD products that also preserve the world.
Continuing to use CBD cosmetics, investing in hemp clothing, or using hemp paper are all easy and sustainable ways to make hemp products part of your everyday life.