CBD Skin Care – Science, Don’t Kill My Vibe

CBD skincare - science don't kill my vibe


  • There are actual proven benefits to CBD in skin care¹ such as treating certain skin conditions, fighting acne, promoting healing and fighting signs of aging.
  • The CBD beauty market is set to grow a whopping 30% in 4 years to roughly $3.1 billion USD.
  • CBD is the most talked about and lauded cannabinoid that is non-psychoactive.
  • The safety of CBD has been well established and thoroughly scientifically studied²



Cannabidiol, Cannabinol, CBD, Cannabinodiol?

The Cannabidiol (CBD) beauty market is expected to grow at a rate of more than 30% in the next 4 years to a size of $3.1 Billion USD, according to Market Reports World. [3] Cannabinoid/cannabidiol are terms you will be hearing more of as cannabis becomes more mainstream. While there are alot of technical terms out there, just remember CBD. Of the currently discovered 480 unique compounds found in cannabis, 66 [4] are classified as cannabinoids. The cannabinoid we’ll be discussing is CBD and its increasing popularity in what seems like every cosmetic product on the market today – but for interest of time, we’ll cover just skin care. So what does it do, and does it work? If so, is it worth the hype? 

People all over the internet rave about how great CBD is for their skin, hair and body. But what does the science say? Come with me as we look at the latest research and see what the experts have to say! 


So they claim… 

According to Cannainsider, CBD displays “7 benefits for Youthful Skin”. [5] Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are rich in vitamins A, B3, C and E and promote the production of collagen. CBD further fights the signs of aging by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, promoting hydration and even tightening the skin! CBD also displays potent anti-inflammatory effects making it really effective in treating acne and promoting healing of the skin. CBD really does it all! You can read more about the wonderful benefits of CBD for your skin at Cannainsider’s great review. 

CBD is able to do everything it is claimed to do because of the CB1 and CB2 [6] receptors located within the layers of our skin. CBD absorbs into the skin readily as it is a fat loving molecule and diffuses easily through the epidermis to these receptors.


The Science Agrees!

Isolated in 1940 by researchers [7] Roger et al, CBD has enjoyed 80 years of research and spawned several dozen peer-reviewed research papers proving the benefits of CBD for the skin. The science confirms CBD combats inflammation, itching, acne, and pain while acting as an analgesic and promoting wound healing! So in short, yes it really does work and really is as fantastic as everyone claims. 

With so many products on the market, it’s difficult which to choose. Étymologie’s Bakuchiol Cannabis Sativa Serum is a gentle, yet powerful serum featuring hemp seed and black cumin oil to sooth and calm the skin. While bakuchiol and salicylic acid from wintergreen work hand in hand to exfoliate within the pores, targeting existing breakouts and protecting you from future ones. Bakuchiol is amazing in it’s own right, but we’ll save that for another article. 

By Jamie Stanton, A.Sc – @Jamie_the_Chemist



[1][2] – CBD in Cosmetics A Practical Primer – Paul C. Lessard, Ph.D. Cosmetics and Toiletries Vol. 135, No. 8 – Sept 2020 pp. 24, DM8 

[3] – Global CBD Infused Cosmetics Market – Market Reports World 

https://www.marketreportsworld.com/global-cbd-infused-cosmetics-market-14383619 Accessed Sept 2020 

[4] – Learn About Marijuana – Science based information for the public. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at University of Washington. https://adai.uw.edu/marijuana/factsheets/cannabinoids.htm Accessed Sept 20th 2020. 

[5] – The Surprising Benefits Of CBD Are Shaping The Future Of Skin Care Cannainsider – https://www.cannainsider.com/reviews/cbd-skin-care/ Accessed: Sept 2020 

[6] – Gertsch, J., Pertwee, R. G., & Di Marzo, V. (2010). Phytocannabinoids beyond the Cannabis plant – do they exist?. British journal of pharmacology, 160(3), 523–529. 


[7] – Adams, Roger; Hunt, Madison; Clark, J. H. (1940). “Structure of cannabidiol, a product isolated from the marihuana extract of Minnesota wild hemp”. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 62 (1): 196–200.