It's time to proudly bring cannabis to mainstream skin care.

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LC: Proudly being the key word here. In my research, plenty of practitioners are using it, but not advertising it out of fear. Fear of what? Fully accepting and promoting a plant that has been taboo for far too long? Something has to be said, so we will take it upon ourselves to say it.
As leaders of wholistic health, we as Estheticians should commit ourselves to exploring every possible option that could lead to better healing for our clients. I believe that cannabis is going to be the new way as society is waking up to these benefits. When you look purely at how the substance effects the consciousness, it is baffling to me that alcohol is legal where cannabis is not. 
Approaching Erika about a blog collaboration, I was so excited to present the idea of a CBD skincare feature. People know that hemp is being used in skincare, but to what extent do you feel the effects, and is it legal? How are wellness practitioners across the nation promoting the use of this plant to influence health via spa culture?

She writes in an article playfully named CBD ALL OVER MY BODY *Cardi B Voice*:

"As an Esthetician, my curiosity is always seeking the next skincare trend, and the nerd in me loves to self-educate. We all are aware of the discussion in recent years surrounding the of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. (Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock that is...)

Two terms: Hemp and marijuana come from the same species, cannabis sativa. So, whats the difference and why does it matter?

Most of us know cannabis as marijuana: a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant that’s intended for medical and recreational use. When you hear someone speak of THC, (tetrahydrocannabinol) they are referring to the part of the plant which produces psychoactive effects. Basically friends, this is the “high” most recreational users refer to, which is illegal in many states… (but hey, if its wrong- I don't wanna be right! We aren't encouraging the breaking of any state laws though.) 

Hemp is a variety of the plant species that is grown for industrial uses such as clothing, paint, textiles, etc. Here’s the clincher! Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which does not induce psychoactive effects. It does, however come with it's own healing benefits.

A growing number of professionals on the beauty and wellness scene including Estheticians and Massage Therapists are using CBD as part of the client’s treatment; stimulating healing and relaxing effects without the drug related “high” experience. There is even a spa in Denver hoping to open up in a historic mansion, marrying the spa and cannabis culture into one dreamy, heavenly place. They're not just using it topically either, offering smoking and vaping rooms along with edibles prior to treatment. (Jade isn't the only thing they're rolling... ;)

The topical usage is to assist with enhanced relaxation, gradual healing, pain relief, anti-inflammatory, relief from anxiety and depression,and the list goes on.

I’d like to think of it as an anti-inflammatory love fest for your skin- music to the ears of anyone concerned with healthy aging + reducing it's visible signs. Inflammation is a great source of many pains and health concerns, along with the fact that it contributes to sagging skin. So why not nip it in the bud? ;)

Some opine that it should be botanically rich by combing it with phytonutrients and other plant medicines. Consider a hemp oil; it may be a blend of CBD and other essential nutrients including vitamins. Know someone with acneic and/or oily skin? CBD can affect oil production by reducing it; and on the other hand it can also be manipulated to balance dry skin by increasing sebum output. Essentially it regulates oil production.  "CBD can also act as an antibacterial agent, decreasing the likelihood of further acne in the future." (MedicalMarijuanaInc)

But, is it legal practice to add the benefits of this flower and seed derived duo to the oils, lotions, and healing potions of beauty industry professionals? Yes. 

Industrial hemp products can be purchased in all 50 United States as long as you're over the age of 18. 

You may not see practitioners publicly advertise that they have their hands on the goods, but they shouldn't be afraid of it! People steer clear because of the laws surrounding smoking: the recreational use is legal in at least 9 states, and the medical use with a doctor’s recommendation in at least 29 states.

The research of CBD in skincare is ongoing, and just like any other drug, there will always be contraindications based on a person’s overall health, other drug usage, and of course the strength of the drug itself. TBH, I’m one sleepless night away from finding a source and getting a good night's rest with a faster healed knee to aid me in my love of running….what the heck, toss in some wrinkle fighting antioxidants and I've got the perfect facial to top it off! "

Happy Healing,

Contributor: Erika Escobar 

Leila's experience with CBD Skincare brand, Alexa's Botanicals:
Alexa's botanicals has a Facial Cream, Relief Balm, Anti-Aging Serum, and Body Oil, all formulated with CBD for optimum healing benefits or pain relief. All of them smell lovely. Not over-powering at all.
The facial serum smells of marzipan or bananas, and I have noted clarity in hyper pigmentation and minimized breakouts. The facial cream has a light citrus scent, would make a great massage cream, but comes in a tub container so not convenient for practitioner use (keep a clean mini spatula handy). Both would be great for use with a jade roller IMHO ;). 

I use the relief balm on the back of my neck and shoulders after a long day of packing orders or being hunched over my laptop. It would be an awesome add-on to a back facial service, especially for clients experiencing nerve pain. 

Note: This blog post was not endorsed or sponsored, this is a genuine review for the health promotion of our followers. 

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