How to make CBD infused bath bombs

You may be more familiar with taking CBD orally. However, with CBD products’ popularity, there’s a huge variety in products, including lotions and balms. If you’re looking for some relief from joint and muscle pain and you enjoy soaking in a nice hot bath, then these homemade CBD bath bombs may be just the solution […]

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Small Business Spotlight: BRNT Designs

BRNT Design is a Canada-based design company specializing in bongs and accessories that focus on design, features, and cleaning. They started in 2017 with the Hexagon and have moved forward and now ship to the USA.

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Cannabeauty – Using CBD Oil for Skin Care

You love your skin, you love to smoke, so why not mix the two? CBD oil is fantastic for many different skin care uses.

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Does Cannabis Keep You Young?

Old people look old because their skin stops producing collagen — or, possibly, because they are full of spiteful regret for a life poorly lived, an existence misspent in the pursuit of frivolous things. Younger people look old because their skin was ravaged by something. It’s the sun, mostly, but also stress, overeating, boozing, or — cue the New Age health solutions music!— an onslaught of rampaging free radicals.

If you want good skin that looks young(ish), the best technique is to stay out of the sun. That isn’t good enough, and so we have a beauty and cosmetic industry that promises to either delay one of the above inevitable outcomes, or to fool other peoples’ eyes into thinking it hasn’t already happened.

There is some science at work here. Most skincare products marketed as “anti-aging” are generally just delivery mechanisms for antioxidants. Antioxidants are anything that inhibits oxidation. Common antioxidants in living organisms include vitamin C or A, which your body should have enough of already if you maintain a healthy diet.

But an Australian company working on a “CBD-rich anti-aging cream” believe it’s found evidence that super-cannabinoid CBD is an antioxidant — and that thus, CBD is the secret ingredient in cosmetic and healthcare products that will keep you (looking) young in defiance of your years and bad lifestyle choices. But is it legit?

This is CBD we’re talking about, so the honest answers are “I don’t know” and “maybe,” with an additional “other stuff that is already well known and widely available may work just as well, if not better.” But since neither skepticism nor caution can compete for pageviews with a potential fountain of youth, here are the details.

Business Insider’s Australia edition was first to the news that a three-year research project by the University of Technology Sydney and Bod Australia has turned up a new “family of proteins in human cells that acting as anti-ageing [sic] agents.”

Having made this discovery, “BOD and UTS are [now] exploring the combination of those proteins with CBD in topical anti-ageing creams,” the BI item posted last week reported. Adele Hosseini, Bod’s chief scientific officer, also went one step further. In an interview with BI, she made the additional claim that “CBD by itself does have some antioxidant properties as well.”

Unfortunately for Bod, they’re a bit late to the punch. There are already numerous anti-aging skin creams with CBD in them available on the market, in drugstores as well as through Amazon or other online retailers.

And though most CBD users appear to be attempting to solve pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia before having the time and space to worry about their youthful appearance, cannabis’s value as a general anti-oxidant is already relatively well-known.

“Cannabis is filled with antioxidants, like vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E, all of which will be helpful in preventing damage and premature crepe-iness under your eyes,” Boston-area dermatologist Joyce Imahiyerobo-Ip told Marie Claire in a 2017 interview. (The author of that piece went on a “CBD-only” beauty-care product “diet” for a month — and absolutely loved it, for what that’s worth.)

This means that all cannabis, not just a concoction that includes a hemp-derived CBD extract, might help preserve the skin. This also means that you could get antioxidants from cannabis, or a product that contains cannabis or a cannabis extract, like CBD, or you could get antioxidants from somewhere else entirely.

This also means that the value of CBD-rich anti-aging products might be debatable — not because they don’t work (they might!) but because other products that are cheaper or more widely available may work just as well as the $89.99 “Defynt CBD Skin Serum” sold by Kush Queen, or the CBD anti-aging cream “with apple stem cells” sold by Kushly.

Maybe the best fact to keep in mind here is the finding that 80% of all “extrinsic skin damage” is caused by exposure to the sun, with alcohol intake, bad diet, stress, and damage from free-radicals making up the rest. If shopping for CBD skin creams keeps you mellow — and keeps you inside, and away from the sun — you just may find that it benefits, if not in the way you (or the product you’re buying) anticipate.

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5 Responsibly Cultivated Organic CBD Cosmetic Brands

Organic CBD-based cosmetic products have blossomed in the skincare industry over the past 5 years. Worth $580 million, North America’s market is rich with products from thousands of brands offering the benefits of CBD for your skin. With a market projected worth of $1.7 billion by 2025, how many brands are responsibly producing quality products to […]

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Cannabis Cosmetics: What’s Allowed, What’s Not, and Where to Find Them

Cannabis in cosmetics is becoming a big thing all over the world, but what laws are there to govern the industry, and which parts of the plant can be used?

Much like nearly everything else pertaining to cannabis, different locations have their own specifications. In the US, for example, the FDA has made no official move to set regulatory standards for cannabis in cosmetics, though it has been spending time trying to get a handle on CBD in general. As of the last farm bill, industrial hemp with THC amounts of up to .3% is legal for industrial use, with some gray area over the use of cannabinoid preparations, which still mainly remain illegal.

When looking at regulation for something like cannabis in cosmetics, there are two main factors to consider: 1) the THC content, since nearly all cannabis cosmetics will be focused around CBD, and 2) which part of the plant is used for the raw materials, as some countries have different stipulations here.

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Cannabis Cosmetics in the US of A

An important thing to understand about the US is that the FDA, under the FD&C Act, isn’t required to approve cosmetic products or ingredients, with the exception of many color additives, and any substance that is prohibited or restricted otherwise.

In fact, most people have probably already noticed the message found on many herbal products that says “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.” The products they’re found on aren’t illegal, just simply not under regulation by the FDA, or legally requiring of it.

As of right now, no cannabis, or cannabis-derived ingredients, are specifically banned from cosmetics as they are not specifically addressed by the law. This doesn’t mean that such products get out of being up to code for all other requirements and regulations, even if not specifically mentioned.

A product also cannot make a medical claim, and if it does so, it can be considered a drug, and is in violation of the FD&C Act, for which the FDA can then take action against it, depending on if it sees fit. Having said all this, if the US does update FDA regulation to include specific cannabinoids for cosmetics, then production facilities would have to comply.

This lack of official regulation in the US hasn’t stopped companies based in other countries eager to get cannabis products out, from coming up with their own ways to get them on shelves in the US.

Sephora Makes Its Own Standards

When it comes to big business, not everyone wants to wait on official laws when the official laws are taking too long. In March, giant beauty retailer Sephora, based out of France, set its own standards for the use of CBD in its products.

All hemp products now sold through Sephora must comply with certain standards including: containing full spectrum or broad spectrum extracts with no isolates, being made from hemp grown in the US, having a certificate of analysis that can be viewed by the buyer, going through three rounds of testing to account for purity and contaminants, and complying with Sephora’s own standards which limit the use of certain chemicals.

Sephora is the first major company to come up with its own independent system of regulation. How this legally stands the test of time, is hard to say.

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Cannabis Cosmetics in the EU

The EU has its own perspective when it comes to regulating cannabinoids in cosmetics. According to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) and European Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009, cannabis and cannabis extracts are prohibited from use in cosmetics, however, as CBD is not specifically mentioned in the Convention, it is not technically included in this.

Earlier this year, to deal with the ensuing gray area that has risen as a result of a booming CBD industry and insufficient regulation, the European Commission added both plant-derived and synthetic CBD to its list of approved cosmetic ingredients. It also stipulates that if plant-derived, it must come from hemp, or low-THC cannabis (max THC, .2%).  

The EU Cosmetic Ingredient Database further stipulates which parts of the cannabis plant are legal to use in cosmetic preparations. On a United Nations level, there are already certain restrictions, like not using resin from cannabis sativa, and that flower and leaf extracts are prohibited for use. As of right now, legally in the EU, only cannabis seeds and stems can be used for such products.

To make matters slightly more complicated, each member state of the EU also has its own laws, which are sometimes more extreme than standard EU regulation. These differences cause a disharmony in the EU, and can lead to trade disparities, like what is going on right now in France vs the EU. In this case, the question is about the ability to import and export CBD products freely across EU borders, so long as standard EU regulations are met.

What About the UK?

For a long time the UK operated under standard EU law when it came to many things, now it operates on its own again, but as of the present still uses the same general regulational standards. When it comes to cannabis in cosmetics, UK regulation is governed by The Misuse of Drugs Act – 1971, and 2001, and Regulation 1223/2009.

According to the combination of laws, cannabis seeds are not controlled, and the oils and extracts from them are legal for use in cosmetics so long as the finished product has been deemed safe. When it comes to cannabis leaves, the law states that while the leaves are a controlled substance (class B drug), purified solvent extracts can be considered not controlled substances so long as they don’t contain cannabinoids that are controlled substances (like THC).

Preparations cannot involve the flowering tops of plants. When it comes to the use of CBD itself in finished cosmetics, UK law states that pure synthetic and plant-based CBD are allowable so long as the CBD does not come from the flowering tops, does not contain any amount of a controlled substance including other controlled cannabinoids like THC, or has been qualified as exempt under the exempt product definition as per 2001 regulation.

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…And Canada?

Canada proses an interesting situation because of all the locations mentioned so far, it’s the only one with federal legalization. Even so, this does not automatically permit the use of all cannabis substances in all places. This is not the case at all. In Canada, the Cannabis Act was passed in 2018, which defines cannabis as all parts of the plant, and everything that comes from it.

According to Health Canada’s Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist for prohibited substances, cannabis is not allowed for use in cosmetics. On the other hand, industrial hemp in Canada is defined as cannabis with no more than .3% THC in the leaves and flowers, and is not included in the Cannabis Act. Derivatives of industrial hemp can be used in cosmetics so long as the THC content is 10 μg/g or less. For this reason, hemp seed oil is often seen as an ingredient listed in products on shelves.

How much sense this all makes is questionable at best. A full federal legalization for internal use makes the nit-picking of topical use ingredients almost funny, and just, wildly inconsistent. Of course, in the world of cannabis legalization, wildly inconsistent is practically a middle name, and nearly every country has it.

Where Can Cannabis Cosmetics Be Found?

Cannabis cosmetics can be found in tons of places at this point, though this isn’t to say that all of them are legal, or will remain legal. CBD cosmetics are popular in the EU, Canada, and the US, and anywhere CBD is legal, there are sure to be some cosmetic products, given the general gray area of not having set systems of regulation.

Of course, this could easily change. Later this year, WHO recommendations will be voted on, and this vote will determine whether CBD can be legally separated from the rest of the cannabis plant. Right now, particularly in places like the EU, there’s a lot of gray area and inconsistency. CBD products are coming out left and right, and though they may be legal by local regulation, this is in opposition to the UN’s Single Convention on Narcotic Substances which does not as of yet differentiate CBD from the rest of the plant.

WHO recommends removing CBD and scheduling it separately, thereby changing the laws that have been governing cannabis internationally since 1961. If the recommendations are not taken, a much harder stance can be taken on the use of CBD in general, regardless of where it is used. Considering how big the industry is, this could actually cause a lot of problems, and a lot of backlash from countries that no longer agree with the world stance.

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Conclusion

Essentially, any country that allows for the production of cannabis products, is likely to allow some kinds of cosmetics to be produced, even if they’re solely meant for export to more lenient countries. When it comes to production, the onus is on the producing country to meet the regulatory guidelines of the country of import. In this way, many countries can produce such cosmetics, while only a few might be able to legally accept them.

The vote on WHO recommendations will likely play a large role in the future of cannabis cosmetics. If the recommendations are taken (which I think they will be), it can be expected that CBD cosmetics will start showing up all over the place, with many countries loosening their laws to allow the market legally.

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Benefits Of Adding CBD Infused Cosmetics To Your Daily Beauty Routine

CBD is scientifically proven to reduce stress, but what can it do for your skin? Explore the different benefits of adding CBD cosmetics to your daily beauty routine. What is CBD? Will it get me high? Cannabidiol or CBD is a chemical compound found in marijuana and hemp plants. Although marijuana contains traces of CBD, […]

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European Regulators Slammed Over CBD Cosmetics’ Confusion

A Leading industry body is calling for clarification on the regulations around CBD in European cosmetics – as the market prepares for massive growth.

Earlier this year the European Union’s (E.U.) cosmetics regulators proposed a new classification for CBD; it did not go down well with the industry. It’s a confusing situation as the EU’s dictat relied on a strict interpretation of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (SCND) which classifies cannabis as as a banned substance.

Opponents of the ruling including the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) pointed out that CBD is not specifically referenced in this convention. 

Synthetic Cannabis For Cosmetics

In a bid to end this confusion the E.U. added new entries to Cosing – the EU Inventory of Cosmetic Ingredients – which outlawed CBD ‘derived from extract or tincture or resin of cannabis’ and approved ‘synthetically produced CBD’.


Non-Intoxicating CBD

However, in doing so, they missed the point on the use of cannabidiol or CBD – the non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant. So, the EIHA and others objected to the outlawing of extracts etc ,pointing out the SCND’s banned ingredients list does not include ‘cannabis seeds or leaves without tops’.

They went on to say the use of CBD, derived from these parts of the cannabis plant, is not currently prohibited in Europe. And the EIHA wants the E.U. to treat cosmetics as most other CBD products in Europe are treated – having a THC content of less than 0.2%.

It says in a press release: “Given that the latest changes have been dictated by an alignment exercise between the (Single Convention) and EU regulations, it seems appropriate to underline the inaccuracy of this harmonization, as industrial hemp is clearly excluded from the scope of the UN Single Convention.

“As long as cosmetic products do not fall under the competency of Member States’ medicine and pharmaceutical regulations, there is no obligation whatsoever to prohibit their production, manufacture and use.”

So, as things stand in Europe, CBD in cosmetics should only come from from synthetic cannabis but this is not a view that is shared by the industry and it does not seem to be deterring business brand and product development plans.

The CosmeticDesign-Europe website reports how analyst Euromonitor’s head of drinks and tobacco Zora Milenkovic say that every major ‘beauty player will explore the potential of CBD-infused beauty… within the next five years’.

Meanwhile, in a press release Canadian cannabis firm Khiron Life Sciences announced E.U. cosmetic regulatory approval for seven Kuida CBD skincare products to be launched in the ‘sophisticated and growing European skincare market’.

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No Longer In Hiding, the Scent of Cannabis Joins the Perfume Counter

In marijuana’s march to mainstream acceptance, high-end fragrances are tapping into a desire for earthy, woodsy creations. “Reeking of weed” used to be a bad thing. Now high-end beauty influencers are embracing fragrances designed to highlight the aroma of cannabis. There’s one called Dirty Grass, an earthy $185 scent with 500 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD oil in each bottle. It’s the latest release from Heretic Parfum’s Douglas Little, the nose behind Goop’s all-natural fragrances. Another,…

Here are 7 Products for a CBD Beauty Routine You Can Actually Afford

If you’ve been tuned into the beauty-care world over the past few months, you know that cannabidiol (CBD) has made a major appearance in lotions, soaps, and more. With tons of products claiming that CBD-infused formula soothes inflammation, moisturizes deeply, and leaves you glowing, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth all the hype

Because beauty products are often not evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there isn’t a ton of research about the use of CBD in these products. One 2016 study in Experimental Dermatology found that many non-psychotropic phytocannabinoids such as cannabidivarin (CBDV), similar in structure to CBD, have the potential to fight acne. The study was a continuation of a 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in which CBD was found to reduce inflammation and rapid growth of human sebocytes, cells that produce and release oil. Other research suggests that CBD can be an effective topical treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence from avid CBD users about its benefits in skin and hair care, though it’s important to make a distinction between products that contain only hemp and products that contain CBD. Many cannabis-themed products contain only hemp oil, sometimes called hempseed oil or cannabis sativa seed oil. This is a perfectly good ingredient for beauty products, but if you’re looking to try CBD, you won’t find any in seed oils. 

If you’re ready to incorporate real CBD into your beauty routine, beware that these products can be fairly pricey, often costing $100 and up for a single serum or face cream. Fortunately, Weedmaps News created this CBD-rich daily routine that won’t break the bank. 

Cannuka CBD Eye Balm

This hydrating balm is perfect for reducing fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. Formulated with 15 milligrams of CBD, Cannuka Calming Eye Balm is made with natural and cruelty-free ingredients including manuka honey, shea butter, vitamin E, and rosehip oil. All of Cannuka’s ingredients are also sourced from farms in the U.S. and New Zealand. 

Price: $38

Emera CBD Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

If you’re hoping that your hair can also benefit from CBD, Emera has got you covered. Its hydrating shampoo and conditioner are designed to make hair stronger, shinier, and more vibrant. In addition to CBD, both products are formulated with botanicals such as chamomile, peppermint, eucalyptus, and avocado oil. 

Price: $25 each 

Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss

For those of us who like to feel a little bougie without actually spending a lot of money, Saint Jane’s luxurious gloss is a dream come true. It comes in five sparkly shades made of 100% non-toxic, vegan ingredients. Plus, it packs a punch with 50 milligrams of CBD that will keep your lipgloss poppin’ all day. 

Price: $28

Wildflower CBD+ Soap

Wildflower’s multi-purpose CBD+ soap can do it all — clear your skin, remove your makeup, and wash your hair and body. Each bar is made using full-spectrum CBD extracts and organic coconut oil, both of which fight bacteria and keep your skin hydrated. It comes in two calming scents: vanilla or lavender.

Price: $30 for a 3-pack

The CBD Skincare Co. Exfoliating Cleanser

The CBD Skincare Co. makes lots of awesome products, most notably its best-selling CBD Infused Exfoliating Cleanser. The deeply cleansing formula includes a skin-sloughing combination of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids. These acids and the CBD work together to accelerate the skin’s renewal process and soothe your face at the same time. 

Price: $28

Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Cream

Loaded with CBD, essential oils, and cooling menthol, Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery CBD Cream helps revive your body and relieve occasional discomfort. The formula was created by Ph.D. chemists using only premium hemp grown in the U.S., and this cream might be your new favorite product when your body is achy and sore (read: every day). They offer two sizes: a 4 fluid ounce (about 120 milliliters) bottle with 50 milligrams of CBD and a 2 fluidounce (about 60 milliliters) bottle with 25 milligrams of CBD. 

Price: $20 – $36

Naturally G4U Be Well CBD Illuminating Facial Oil

Are you a skincare goddess or god always looking for something to make you extra glowy and radiant? Naturally G4U has the perfect product for you. Its Be Well CBD Illuminating Facial Oil features raw hempseed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and CBD to help soothe irritated skin and protect from environmental stressors. The oil uses only plant-based and vegan ingredients to brighten and refine your complexion without any irritating chemicals. 

Price: $25

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