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Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis plants (marijuana and hemp). It’s one of the two primary active ingredients of cannabis, the other one being THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Unlike THC, pure CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it doesn’t make you feel high.

Ancient and Modern Use

CBD is no recent phenomenon, as we can trace the use of the cannabis plant back to ancient times, particularly in the Indian subcontinent and in central Asia. Siberians and Mongolians were believed to be harvesting and growing cannabis plants in 12000 BC. CBD for skincare also has its roots firmly placed in ancient times. When referring to CBD for skincare, there is a vast array of options, such as moisturisers, balms, creams, and lotions.  In 1942, the American chemist, Roger Adams, made the historic discovery of the first cannabinoid, that being Cannabidiol (CBD).

Does it help the skin?

Studies found the potential to aid in the suppression of acne breakouts by regulating oil production within the sebaceous glands

Studies have shown that it can help the skin look more radiant and youthful

Improves the production of collagen, making the skin firmer and connective tissue stronger

It helps with the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and skin discolouration.

It visibly diminishes issues like skin dullness and ruddy skin tone by counteracting free-radical damage and reducing the look of inflammation

CBD may aid the treatment of acne, psoriasis, and eczema


Forbes: everything you need to know about cbd skincare December 30 2020

Newsweek Amplify: The 8 Best CBD Anti-Aging Skincare Products to Buy in August 7 2020

Dermatology Times: Does CBD benefit the skin? Morgan Petronelli October 8, 2020

Medical News Today: CBD skin cream: How to use and best options Suzy Davenport on March 31 2021