If you haven’t heard about CBD in skin care, get ready to. Topicals using cannabis are being used for everything from muscle pain to acne, and there are results to back their efficacy. Clinical research by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and the National Center for Biotechnology Information show evidence that cannabinoids have antiaging and antioxidant properties. These studies also confirm that cannabinoids are responsible for lipid production and, therefore, for regulating conditions such as dry skin or acne.
So if you’re looking to incorporate CBD into your skin routine, where should you start?
First of all: not all products calling themselves “CBD skin care” are the same. Some products only use hemp oil, which is legal in all 50 states. Others use pure CBD oil, which has even more medicinal properties, but no psychoactive effects (read: it won’t get you high). Others contain THC and/or are transdermal, which means they cross the skin barrier to enter your system and will make you feel high. I’ve tried to clarify which is which for each product, but all the items I’ve included here are on the more medicinal end, and you’ll need to live in a state where it’s legal to purchase them.
These are my picks for some natural vegan cannabis skincare products to get you started.