February 10th, 2020
CBD seems to have been the latest thing for a while, appearing in chocolates, cocktails, candles and clothing. Recently it’s been appearing in skin care and beauty products too with an array of hemp-infused products popping up everywhere.
The latest CBD premium skin care brand to drop is CBVIT – launching this week in the UK. So what exactly is CBD oil and what makes this range different?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a naturally-occurring compound found in cannabis plants, such as marijuana and hemp. It is extracted as a powder from the leaves and flowers of the plant and is typically mixed with an oil such as olive, hemp or coconut to enhance application and effectiveness, which is why it is called CBD oil.
It one of the two primary active ingredients of cannabis. The other, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive element, which makes you feel high. CBD however does not have mind-altering properties and, in fact, research has shown it may be effective in alleviating anxiety, chronic inflammation and pain, insomnia and some rare forms of childhood epilepsy. Additionally, a long-term study has found that CBD may also help prevent cognitive decline and could be used to help treat substance use disorders.
Is it also good for the skin?
In a word, yes! It has healing properties as well as serious antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits which can help treat inflammation, dryness and free-radical damage, such as redness. It may also be effective in fighting acne as it helps reduce the production of sebum in the skin. Studies also show that CBD may be effective in treating eczema and psoriasis too. While the research on benefits is still fairly limited, it is considered safe to use topically with reactions usually caused by the carrier (ie a botanical) rather than CBD itself.
Are all CBD products the same?
No, definitely not. There are three different types of CBD. Full-spectrum CBD oil, broad-spectrum CBD oil or CBD isolate. Full-spectrum contains all the compounds found in hemp, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum contains a range of cannabinoids and other hemp derivaties but no THC. CBD isolate is the purest version of CBD. It doesn’t contain any other hemp compounds. This is the best form of CBD oil for facial skin as it is pure, doesn’t clog pores and is full of skin-rejuvenating antioxidants. Products that mention cannabidiol, hemp extract, broad-spectrum CBD, full-spectrum CBD or hemp extract are the ones to look for. Bear in mind that hemp seed oil or cannabis Sativa seed oil aren’t the same as CBD oil which is a finer, lighter oil. Hemp seed oil tends to be greasier but it also great for the skin. The two tend to be marketed interchangeably so make sure you check the inkey list carefully, if it says cannabidiol then it definitely includes CBD.
There is currently no consensus on how much CBD the skin needs per application, but it is agreed that in oils and lotions for pain relief the CBD percentage needs to be higher to be effective. A good quality product will include this information on the label, have third-party certification on the CBD purity and use stable packaging that doesn’t expose the product to a lot of light or air (avoid clear bottles or jars) as this can reduce the effectiveness.
So to CBVIT…
This new to the UK range uses certified 100% THC-free CBD which is also organic and properly-harvested. The range is 100% safe, 100% legal and 100% suitable for all, even children and sportspeople. It is also vegan, cruelty-free and free from fragrance, dyes and synthetic preservatives. The packaging is also light-free so it ticks all the boxes above.
The CBVIT range boasts top-to-toe hemp beauty, offering facial products, a body range and a dietary supplement. The Active Hemp CBD Oil Drops relax, calm and nourish. They come in three strengths; 5% for beginners stepping up via 11% to 16% for seasoned CBD takers. Take them orally, at least 30 minutes before eating.
The active hemp and healing ingredients have been blended into a shampoo, face cream, ointment, soap, body milk, body butter and body oil. Perfect for dry, damaged and dehydrated skin and hydrating for flaky, irritated scalps and calming even on the most sensitive of faces.
Active Hemp Oil Drops (10ml) 5% contains 500mg CBD (£39.95)
Active Hemp Oil Drops (10ml) 11% contains 1000mg CBD (£59.95)
Active Hemp Oil Drops (10ml) 16% contains 1500mg CBD (£89.95)
Active Hemp Face Cream (50ml) contains 50mg of CBD (£26.95)
Active Hemp Body Milk (250ml) contains 250mg of CBD (£26.95)
Active Hemp Body Oil (100ml) contains 50mg of CBD (£19.95)
Active Hemp Ointment (100ml) contains 150mg of CBD (£19.95)
Active Hemp Body Soap (100g) contains 10mg of CBD (£5.95)
Active Hemp Body Butter (200ml) contains 200mg to CBD (£25.95)
Active Hemp Shampoo (250ml) contains 10mg of CBD (£22.95)
CBVIT brand creator Michal Takac used to work in a print factory. Ten years ago he suffered an industrial injury, resulting in him losing three fingers. After a decade of trying various healing methods, including prescription painkillers, he eventually discovered CBD. Passionate about sharing the incredible restorative qualities of CBD for mood, skin, scalp, fatigue and overall health, Michal is aiming to have CBVIT at the top of the market.
The range is exclusively available from CBVIT’s website which launches later this week. Make sure you check it out before it sells out.