This oil, boosted with a non-intoxicating and non-addictive plant extract called cannabidiol (CBD), has the potential to relieve anxiety and reduce skin inflammation.
Cannabis has a complex history and even some of the many names used to refer to the plant evoke debate, but above all, it is a genus of beautiful and useful plants of the same family as hops. The real star of this genus is hemp, also known as Cannabis sativa, a flowering plant with thin, serrated leaves. Thought to be native to Central Asia, it’s been cultivated all over the world, either for its branched variety which makes seed oil and good fibres or for its more aromatic varieties which can be turned into recreational drugs.
Studied from top to bottom, the plant revealed its unique compounds throughout the 20th century with more than a hundred ‘cannabinoids’, including the well-known tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the lesser-known cannabidiol (CBD). While THC has been proven to give the weed its psychoactive properties, CBD is considered non-intoxicating and does not create a ‘high’. Studies have however suggested that CBD can have a positive effect on our mood, and, when used topically, can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.
Lush purchase a blend of 10% CBD and 90% hemp oil in the United States and Switzerland. Highly regulated and controlled, each batch is tested to ensure it doesn’t contain THC. The oil is obtained from hemp seeds while CBD is extracted from the stems and branches of an industrial hemp variety, grown without pesticides or herbicides.