Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting the essence with a neutral, usually edible oil. Unlike THC (pot’s most active ingredient, and the one that gets you high), CBD is touted for its buzz-free medicinal properties.
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These days, it’s gaining momentum in the world of health and wellness. You’ll find it in everything from skin creams and cosmetics to foods, drinks and even sleep aids. If you guessed that I’m talking about CBD, you’re right. But what exactly is CBD? And is CBD safe during pregnancy? Let’s take a look.
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Leanne Friedman created De La Beuh in 2015 after realizing a cannabis bath bomb didn’t exist, and with a family history of skin cancer and sensitive skin, she knew it would be beneficial to many people. “The heat of the water allows the product to penetrate into the skin deeper while soothing muscle aches and pains, and alleviating dry skin,” Friedman explains. Inspired by Lush Cosmetics, she created her colorful bath bombs with all-natural bath products that combine pure THC and CBD oils with aromatherapeutic essential oils to dissolve in a bathtub and give users “a feeling of bliss and comfort.” De La Beuh sells its nonpsychoactive CBD bath bombs on its website, but the THC bombs are available only in dispensaries. The popular CBD Thin Mint Bath Bomb has aromatherapeutic peppermint benefits: It reduces stomach aches and other digestive issues, relieves headaches, has antimicrobial properties, improves mental focus, clears respiratory tract, boosts energy and releases tight muscles. With fans like the Ganja Girls praising its products, the company has added body scrubs, bubbles and salts to its collection.
De Le Beuh medicated bath bombs; Credit: Couresty De La Beuh
The idea that the plants and process in a cannabis infusion should be clean and pure is popular in the industry, and Awakened Topicals is no different. “We make all of our infusions in-house with only the best sun-grown flowers and herbs free from chemicals and pesticides,” founder Levi Strom says. “We source our extra virgin olive oil that we use as the base oil for all our herbal solar infusions from small, family-owned olive farms in California.” Storm created his company in 2012 after a life-threatening accident that resulted in spinal surgery and required subsequent prescription painkillers, to which he had allergic reactions. A doctor recommended cannabis and, as Strom says, he was “awakened.” His nonpsychoactive balm includes 75mg of a 5:2 THC-to-CBD ratio in the 1-ounce jar, with ingredients including 100 percent extra virgin olive oil; solar infusion of whole-plant cannabis, calendula, myrrh, frankincense and St. John's wort; and essential oils, most of which are certified organic. The balm is recommended for myriad ailments ranging from sore muscles to skin disorders and blemishes.
The woman behind Mrs. Excellence created a cannabis healing salve using high-quality plants and very few other ingredients. The balm comes in a variety of potencies, offering 325 mg THC or 75 mg CBD, with flavors including eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender mint and midnight vanilla. The ingredient lists are short and sweet; for example, lemongrass only has six: medical cannabis, coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil, lemongrass essential oil and (of course) love. It’s hashtagged all over Instagram by users crediting the balm for helping their skin disorders like eczema, psoriasis and burns. A new injury recently brought up in many cannabis circles is dab wounds, either from touching a hot nail or dripping burning extract onto skin — an injury that Mrs. Excellence’s balm claims to soothe instantly. Creator Marni recommends the balm for sunburns and cracked skin from dry winter climates, as well as the joint pain associated with weather changes. In her punny words, and those who use her product, “It’s the balm.”
Natural topical remedies fill the shelves of L.A.'s health food stores and cannabis dispensaries alike. If one doesn’t prefer to smoke it, vape it or eat it, the next best way to consume cannabis is through the body’s largest organ: the skin. Topicals are a hot topic, so here are a few locally made companies with products to soothe and scintillate.
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