Listen, I’m all about some CBD beauty products. When CBD extract or distillate is mixed into products like CBDfx’s CBD face serum, you can see some seriously powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-redness results. And because they’re powerful antioxidants, cannabis-derived beauty products have the potential to be protective and anti-aging!
But here’s the deal, a lot of beauty brands are jumping on this green boom, and not in a nice way. If you dig even the tiniest bit (and by dig I mean… read the label) you’ll see that you’re not getting a cannabis product, you’re getting hemp seed oil. Ever wonder why so many beauty headlines include the words “That Actually Work?” It’s because many of them don’t, often because the ingredients aren’t what they should be.
Let’s refresh for a moment. Hemp seed oil has been both legal and commonplace since the dawn of time. Hemp seed oil is not CBD Oil. Hemp seed oil is not medicine. Hemp seed oil is much more relatable to coconut oil, and it’s cheap. This stuff goes for $0.50 an ounce — RETAIL. You can buy it at Target. Do you see where I’m going with this?
That said, hemp seed oil is an all-natural, omega-3-rich, non-comedogenic moisturizer. It won’t clog your pores, and it’ll restore dry, flaky, dehydrated skin — for cheap!
But that’s not what these big beauty brands are marketing. You don’t see “hemp seed oil” on the front of the packaging, you see marijuana leaves. You see deep green hues, and the words “cannabis sativa” blazed across the cannisters. You know what else you see? Steep, steep prices, my friends. I’m talking $150-$200 for moisturizers and serums.
Pause for a moment. Remember when I just said this stuff retails for 50 cents an ounce?? And now it’s being packaged for roughly a hundred bucks? There’s a disparity here, folks!
As I said, hemp seed oil is a wonderful moisturizer. But it’s not medicine. And it’s not anti-redness or anti-aging, nor is it a fix for eczema, psoriasis, flaky skin, or rosacea. Marketing a product as “cannabis” and using photos or designs of leaves on product when no part of said product came from a leaf is deceptive marketing, erring on false advertising. And false advertising is crappy, but it’s outright dangerous when it comes down to health and medicine.
Topical skincare is a far cry from ingested medicine, but it’s all one in the same for someone who has eczema, right? So until the public is more educated on the difference between cannabis sativa oil and cannabis sativa seed oil, do me a favor and tell your friends what you just learned. The jig is up, beauty brands. We’re onto you, and we’re not paying $100 for a cream we could make at home for $1.
If you’re looking for some actual CBD beauty, try Prestige CBD facial serum, Soji’s CBD Eye Cream, or Populum Lavender CBD Facial Oil. These products all have real CBD — not just hemp seed oil — and they’re all under $75. You’re welcome!