CBD extracts are increasingly used for topical solutions in the cosmetics industry, typically in the form of lotions, salves, patches, creams, balms, and ointments.
Nevertheless, in most countries, Cannabis in cosmetics is not allowed to contain a THC level greater than 0.3% (sometimes even less).
The CBD compound in cosmetics is applied for its antioxidant, hydrating, anti-sebum, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and/or anti-aging properties, and for its therapeutic qualities in relation to various skin conditions, such as acne, itch, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. It’s also thought that CBD may positively stimulate hair growth.
Although CBD in cosmetics seems to be beneficial for the skin, it’s still rather unclear what exactly the doses of CBD should be to treat specific conditions.
Nonetheless, a particular advantage of topical CDB applications is that only a minimal amount of CBD reaches the bloodstream, which can avoid some of the potential side effects of CBD, such as, for instance, diarrhea, fatigue, or drowsiness.
By contrast, those who seek relief for conditions like chronic pain, insomnia, depression, or anxiety should rather use CBD applications that reach the bloodstream (think of smoking, vaping, and oral ingestion of CBD) to benefit from the workings of its medical properties.