CBD is everywhere. Cannabis is everywhere. And for good reason. The effects can be life changing for those that use it medically. It can help with pain, anxiety, inflammation, and it’s been proven to not only prevent but also stop certain forms of cancer from spreading. It helps your metabolism, relieves arthritis discomforts, and can cure eye diseases like glaucoma. Some studies suggest it slows down the progress of Alzheimer’s.
So basically it’s awesome (and incase you were wondering, it doesn’t need to be consumed with the THC- what makes it have the psychoactive effects- to give you the benefits.) But, how does it affect skincare?
Not surprisingly Cannabis has some pretty magical properties when it comes to your skin.
Let’s break them down:
- The Cannabis Sativa seed oil has the ability to stimulate your skin’s natural oil production to reach the perfect balance that keeps your skin clean and protected and hydrated at the same time. This balance that we’re talking about can be affected by the weather, pollution, what you eat, and of course stress. What’s so amazing about using Cannabis in skincare is that it helps stimulate your skin to adjust accordingly.
- Cannabis Sativa seed oil scores 0 on the comedogenic scale. This means it doesn’t clog your pores, but instead has the built-in capacity to keep your pores clean and your skin clear. Check and check.
- Cannabis Satvia seed oil is rich in antioxidants, especially Vitamin E, which is great for helping your skin heal on a cellular level.
Now that you’re obsessed with adding Cannabis to your skin care, let’s introduce you to Herd Essentials. We love this brand because the products are simple and easy to use and oh so calming. Our favorites are probably the lip balm, the body lotion, and the candle. The products are totally organic and paraben-free. Co-founder Ulrika Karlberg tells us more about your new favorite skincare ingredient:
The Moment: What inspired you to create this brand?
Ulrika: The company Herb Essentials was founded in 2015 by Robert Lund and Ulrika Karlberg. We are business partners and life partners living in New York City. We’re both from Sweden and have a branding and marketing background working with brands in all kinds of industries for almost two decades combined. We’ve always wanted to create something of our own, so when this idea came about we decided to do it. We started talking about the idea of Herb Essentials during a weekend in LA and couldn’t stop until we had explored it thoroughly. When we realized the potency of Cannabis as a skincare ingredient, we decided we owed it to the idea to realize it.
The Moment: What are the benefits to having cannabis infused in your lip balm?
Ulrika: Instead of emulating or adding a layer of protection or hydration, Cannabis Sativa seed oil triggers your skin to take care of itself. Because it’s biologically compatible with the oils found in your skin naturally, it can help your skin reset when it’s thrown off balance due to the circumstances of your life (working hard, going out, stress etc). In a lip balm, specifically, it helps the lips rebuild their protective barrier and works from underneath the surface to keep the lips hydrated. It’s also packed with the “usual stuff” such as vitamin-e and other antioxidants which have positive effects on skin.
The Moment: How much should we be using it to experience the benefits?
Ulrika: It’s completely up to you and your skin. You can feel an effect after the first use, but the most recurring consumer feedback is that the skin is more stable and balanced after using Herb Essentials for a couple of weeks.
The Moment: What do you think is the biggest misconception about cannabis and beauty?
Ulrika: A common knee jerk reaction is “will it get me high?”. But as people are starting to know more about Cannabis and its beneficial properties in skincare we hear it less and less and now people want to know more about the plants and the benefits. We’re currently developing new products that utilize other derivatives of the plant that have proven beneficial effects on the skin. So far, we know a lot about CBD and THC, but there’s so much potential in this plant and new studies are published every month.
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