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ELLE (Australia) - - Beauty -

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.

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