Cannabis CBD Products: What’s the buzz?
A new ‘crop’ of products and treatments has landed – and you could say they’ve really gone to pot
The cannabis plant has a history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years. However, due to its legal status, scientific research has been restricted, until now that is. The barriers are coming down as countries legalise its use for medicinal purposes; Switzerland, Australia, Greece, Turkey and 21 states in America, have all permitted it on medical grounds, and it’s fast becoming big business on the wellness front too.
The topical treatments we’re talking about here, are concocted from cannabidiol (CBD) – one of about 100 different phytochemicals found in the cannabis plant. FYI: it's non-psychoactive, meaning it will not get you high, so no need to worry about any nasty side effects (or the munchies). What it does promise however, is impressive anti-inflammatory properties that can treat everything from acne to aging, along with aches and pains. Roby Zomer, Co-founder and Managing Director of MGC Derma, who just launched a luxury CBD-based line concurs, 'The specific ingredient we use is cannabidiol (CBD) a totally non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant, which shares part of the "fingerprint" of our genetics, allowing the body to instantly recognise it – and utilise it accordingly.' Furthermore, he adds, 'Today, more and more people are using CBD to rejuvenate and nourish their skin, and the results are better than ever. The molecular structure includes a high concentration of vitamins A, B, D and E and is rich in antioxidants.'
The trend aficionados, Mintel, have also just reported that 30% of consumers are looking for anti-aging products with anti-stress claims too. So in this era of beauty-meets-wellness, and everyone striving to work on both the mind and body balance, CBD could almost be the cure-all remedy. Suffice to say – the jury is still out. But, if you do feel inclined – here’s our highs from the cannabeauty crop, plus the products and treatments too.
Blush & Blow
197 New Kings Road London, SW6 4SR
Blush & Blow use Kannaway CBD Oil: The hemp is grown without pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers, also non-GMO and sustainably grown on generational family farms in Europe.
CBD Detox Facial £90.00 1 hour
A double cleanse followed by skin exfoliation and a glow-enhancing mask. The facial includes a 20-minute detoxing lymphatic drain facial massage using Kannaway CBD Oil (1000mg CBD), serum and moisturiser.
CBD Detox Microdermabrasion Facial £150 1 hour
A double cleanse followed by microdermabrasion. The facial includes a 20-minute detoxing lymphatic drain facial massage using Kannaway CBD Oil (1000mg CBD), serum and moisturiser.
Mr. Nice Cannabis Store
23 Noel Street, Soho, London W1F 8GT
London’s first cannabis concept store has launched in the heart of Soho. It’s a modern cannabis destination, stocking high-end cannabis products, a clothing collection and carefully curated cannabis accessories from around the world. Stock up on their full spectrum CBD Oil that can help to ease anxiety, depression, and treat pain.
New CBD Health Drink
The O’Shaughnessy Drink Company’s sugar-free, all-natural fruit and botanical syrups are infused with soluble full spectrum CBD plus vitamins for health and vitality and are available in two deliciously fruity flavours, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Rooibos and Vanilla fruit syrup and Turmeric, Lychee and Citrus cordial, £25.99 each.
The soluble hemp extract used is a legal cannabis drink contains CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids as well as beneficial terpenes and flavonoids. This blend offers up to six times more efficient absorption into the bloodstream than CBD hemp oil, delivering maximum health and wellbeing benefits
MGC Derma CBD Moisturizing Day Cream SPF30, £65
The brand employs the highest quality cannabidiol, with a range of pure yet potent serums, masks, toners, and creams. This cream also has the added benefit of SPF 30, to protect while perking you up.
CBD of London Collagen + Retinol Anti-Aging Cream, £49
This light, nourishing cream smoothes the look of wrinkles and plumps up tired, dehydrated skin.
Votary Super Seed Facial Oil, £70
This intelligent little oil gets skin into a relaxed state and is perfect for anyone suffering from hormonal breakouts, sensitivity, and a generally stressed-out dermis.
Buy hereCannabliss Organic Bliss Body, £68
Full spectrum hemp oil combined with a blend of Korean herbs and essential oils work to replenish and restore dry skin.
Perricone CBx for Men Set, £88
Take the power of the phytocannabinoids in one handy box, with this plant-based antioxidant set for men. It works well on stressed-out and oil-prone skin.
Buy hereLove CBD Balm, £30
This contains extracts of hand-harvested cannabis flowers, taken from the sunny climes of Slovenia and Croatia, offering pain relief from muscle aches to menstruation cramps.