What’s all the Hype about Cannabis Oil and Hemp Oil in Skincare?

Over the last two years, the use of ‘cannabis’ in products has become increasingly en-vogue. Here are some key points that shall help with understanding the situation

  • CBD (cannabidiol) is the non-intoxicating component extracted from hemp (marijuana plants). It is a powder and is mixed with either coconut oil, hemp (seed) oil, or olive oil. This makes CBD into an oil from being a powder. Even it is drunk, because cannabidiol does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabidol), or only traces of such, it cannot cause a ‘drug high’;
  • CBD is not the same as hemp seed oil. Whilst both come from hemp, CBD is one of hundreds of extracts from the plant. In contrast hemp seed oil, commonly shortened to hemp oil, is from the seeds;
  • Many wrongly think that CBD and hemp oil offer the same benefits to skin; they do not, however. CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-irritant properties. There is no consensus at the present time about what concentration of CBD leads to benefits in the skin. Hemp oil has anti-oxidant benefits, but it contains little to zero CBD. Hence hemp oil does not confer the benefits of CBD oil;
  • There is also confusion about the different terms relating to CBD in skincare products. Note the following: CBD isolate (= pure and only CBD) vs. full-spectrum CBD (= CBD plus other components from hemp) vs. broad-spectrum CBD (very low and very variable amount of CBD).
<h4>Dr. Niro Sivathasan</h4><p>BSc (Hons), MB, BS (Lond), DRCOG, AesthMed Board Cert. (AAAM), GradDipAesthMed (UK), PGCert BA, MRCS (Eng), AFACP, DU (Paris), FCPCA, FFMACCS, FACCS, FASCBS, FAACS​</p>

Dr. Niro Sivathasan

BSc (Hons), MB, BS (Lond), DRCOG, AesthMed Board Cert. (AAAM), GradDipAesthMed (UK), PGCert BA, MRCS (Eng), AFACP, DU (Paris), FCPCA, FFMACCS, FACCS, FASCBS, FAACS​

Multiple postgraduate qualifications in general surgery, cosmetic surgery, and aesthetic medicine, were gained in America, Australia, and Britain. Now, ‘Dr. Niro’ is exclusively in private clinical practice and is a senior trainer and K.O.L. (key opinion leader) for the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries (since 2014).

He has published over 35 medical articles, spoken at conferences around the world, written book chapters, and is reviewer and editorial committee-member for various medical journals in addition to being a recognised medical educator on the national and international stage.