Cannabis and Its Usage in Cosmetics

Written by Lisa Reed, Licensed Esthetician and CIE, Inc. Instructor

Now that cannabis is legal in Colorado and Washington, many people are wondering about how cannabis effects the skin. Cannabis seed oil, also known as hemp seed oil, has been used in cosmetics throughout the war on drugs.Cannabis has long been a beauty product ingredient. It contains only trace elements of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the psycho- active ingredient in marijuana. Hemp is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and as such a great emollient for skin and hair.

The medical marijuana business in the U.S. is worth approximately $2 billion annually, whereas the cosmetic business is many times that size (approximately $50 billion). Clinical research from Canada, Switzerland and Israel show that cannabinoids ( CBD�??s ) have anti-aging properties and may even be more potent anti-oxidents than Vitamins C and E.Findings are confirming that cannabinoids are responsible for lipid production and, therefore, for regulating conditions such as dry skin or acne,these can be efficiently applied locally to the skin in the form of a cream.

Hempz and Cannabis Beauty Defined are two cosmetic companies using hemp seed oil in their ingredients. They can be found at many beauty suppliers and salons.
SOURCE: The Cosmetic Racket by Anneli Rufus