Is CBD Skincare Safe?

If you aren’t familiar with cannabidiol, or CBD, you might have some questions when you begin to see this ingredient pop up in health and wellness products, and even skincare products.  Although CBD is not marijuana and has zero psychoactive properties, making sense of what CBD actually is and what it isn’t can be a confusing task.  At the end of the day, you really just want to know if an ingredient is beneficial to you, and if so, is it safe.  CBD is 100% safe for your skin and incredibly beneficial.  It’s also a great way to introduce all natural skincare products into your routine.  Let’s take a look at all things CBD skincare.    

What is CBD?

CDB is a cannabinoid (one of more than 100) found in the cannabis plant.  It has no psychoactive properties and therefore, is not addictive or dangerous for consumption or for topical application to your skin.  CBD has been isolated and used by holistic wellness companies to treat a myriad of conditions including, both internal and external.  It can be safely ingested and applied topically.  

What is Full Spectrum CBD?

When we say a product is full-spectrum, we mean that it contains all the elements the hemp plant has to offer as it is in its natural state.  In other words, not just CBD, but all other cannabinoids, minerals, terpenes, flavonoids, fiber, and compounds that the plant naturally contains.  These elements all produce dramatic, beneficial effects to the skin when applied together.  When a product contains full spectrum CBD oil, all the parts of the plant can work together congruently to deliver the most beneficial impact to your skin as possible.  When one of these parts is missing, you aren’t getting the most benefit.  In other words, there are some elements of the plant that help deliver other elements more effectively to the user.  When one of the delivery vehicles is missing, the other elements are not received as easily by the skin.  Unfortunately, it’s cheaper to produce products that do not contain full spectrum oil, and you will find many products that skimp on including it in an effort to cut costs.  

Is CBD Good for the Skin?

Absolutely!  CBD is chocked full of fatty acids which make it the perfect mate for practically any skin type.  If using CBD “oil” scares you because your skin is already oily, fear not!  CBD oil is great at balancing out your natural oil production because oil dissolves oil.  When CBD is applied topically, it instantly smooths and soothes skin, reduces the appearance of large pores, and provides an overall glow.  Over time, users report that skin feels firmer to the touch and fine lines and wrinkles appear to have been plumped out.  Users also say CBD skincare is better tolerated than other skincare products they’ve tried as it is all natural and less harsh than other formulas.

Bottom Line:  Is it Safe?

It is definitely safe to use CBD skincare.  Not only is CBD safe for ingestion (it contains less than .3% THC, which is the cannabinoid that produces psychoactive reaction.)  When applied topically, THC molecules are simply too large to pass through the cells of the skin and be absorbed into the bloodstream.  They instead bind to receptors in the in the skin, muscle tissue and nerves.  Therefore, using a CBD skincare product is safe, and you would never need to worry about getting any kind of psychoactive effect from using it or failing a drug test from your exposure.  

You can enjoy the benefits of full spectrum CBD skincare with the peace of mind that it is completely safe and incredibly helpful in maintaining healthy skin.  CBD will not produce a psychoactive effect and cannot be absorbed into your bloodstream when applied topically. 


Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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