Q. CANNABIS, CBD OIL, HEMP OIL…I’M CONFUSED. WHAT’S LEGAL IN BEAUTY PRODUCTS AND WHY SHOULD I CARE? PLEASE EXPLAIN.
A. The law around these ingredients is definitely confusing, especially because it’s not standardised worldwide. You may have seen a product on Instagram that contains CBD (cannabidiol) oil (Ouai’s Scalp & Body Scrub, for example), that is available in America, but accessing CBD oil here requires a bunch of red tape and requirements to be met.
Think of hemp and marijuana as cousins — two unique strains of the cannabis plant. They’re grown differently and their chemical compounds vary: hemp is low in the psychoactive chemical THC and marijuana, you know, isn’t. Both hemp oil and CBD oil come from the same strain, but different parts of the plant (they’re like siblings). CBD oil comes from the whole plant, while hemp oil is produced from just the stalk. Both oils contain less than 0.3 per cent THC. Hemp oil is a very potent antioxidant, rich in nourishing Omega 3, 6 and 9 and antiinflammatory, making it ideal for skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, eczema and dermatitis.