With cannabis becoming legalized in Canada and the US voting to legalize Medicinal Marijuana recently, there has been much discussion about the health benefits of the plant.
Further to its use as an ingredient used to treat various health conditions, cannabis has also recently been having quite a moment within the beauty industry.
CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the marijuana plant, has been used by several brands in products including mascaras and moisturisers. As long as products only contain trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the key compound in cannabis which causes users to experience being high, they can legally be sold to consumers. According to Brightfield Group, a company that specialises in cannabis and CBD market research, CBD is the "next hot, functional beauty ingredient" that may have a similar impact on the beauty industry as shea butter and aloe. Furthermore, due to the increased interest in cannabis for medicinal, recreational and cosmetic use, the CBD industry is expected to reach an estimated value of $22billion (£16billion) by 2022.
In September of this year, French beauty label Sephora launched its first cannabis-infused cosmetics brand called “High Beauty”. On the company's website it states that all ingredients used to manufacture their certified products are 100 percent natural, and that it only uses "the highest grade, locally grown cannabis and marijuana." Many of the products come with assurances that CBD has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with the ability to help people improve the condition of their skin, smooth their wrinkles, and thicken their eyelashes.
"These topical products, they're not going to make you high or anything like that. They don't have the psychoactive components in them," Dr Gregory Samano, a family doctor based in Florida told the news station. "We are excited about it. I think it's going to show a lot of progress as time goes on."