What is CBD oil? A guide to this year’s most talked-about ingredient

CBD is fast becoming the most hyped up ingredient in beauty and wellness. 2019 will see CBD grow even further, with options to eat it, use it in skincare and even apply it to our sanitary products. But what is CBD oil? And how do you use it exactly?

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What is CBD oil?

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is derived from the cannabis plant, but it is different to THC (tetrohydrocannabinol), which is the part of the plant we associate the cannabis ‘high’ with.

Let’s begin by busting some myths: CBD will not get you ‘high,’ and it is not illegal. In fact, CBD is very much legal in the UK, as well as many other European and further flung countries including Canada and Japan.

CBD works by supporting our internal endocannabinoid system (or ECS – we are all born with one), which can affect our mood, our appetite and our memory. Taking CBD as a supplement aids the working of the ECS, therefore helping maintain a healthy body and mind.

Who can it benefit?

Reports on CBD have found it can help with a number of conditions and issues, from anxiety to arthritis.

Wellness coach and founder of Green Goddess Angelina Nizzardi (MAC, MNCP, MCMA) believes in the power of CBD for a range of people: ‘CBD Oil is increasing its standing in the medical world for its abilities to help treat anxiety, insomnia, pain, skin conditions including eczema and acne, heart health and even conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis,’ she says.

It has moisturising properties when used in skincare, so is great for anyone suffering with dry or dehydrated complexions, too.

How do you take it?

The great thing about CBD is that you can use it in a number of different ways, from consuming it to topically applying it.

Drink it

Ingesting CBD is an increasingly popular way to get your fix of this wonder ingredient. Some of the best CBD oils can be taken under the tongue, such as Disciple’s Miracle Drops, which come in strengths of 1%, 2.5% and 5%. You can also mix the formula in with your morning smoothie or coffee.

A number of ‘clean eating’ destinations are now serving up CBD coffee and smoothie drinks for on-the-go ease of use. Some of our favourites hail from Planet Organic, London’s Glow Bar and newly opened Kalifornia Kitchen.

Disciple Miracle Drops 5% CBD, £35

Eat it

Yes, you can even get your CBD intake now through eating chocolate. Green Goddess sells a ‘Bliss Bar,’ which features vanilla flavouring, dark chocolate and CBD oil for a delicious and effective treat. Oh, and it also comes in an irresistible orange flavour…

Green Goddess Bliss Bar, £3.99

Apply it to skin

Applying CBD topically not only ensures the ingredient will absorb but also provides some great skincare benefits, particularly when it comes to nourishing dry skin. A whole host of brands have launched their take on CBD facial oils and serums, yet some of the very best come from Kiki Health, Revolution and Murad, who have just created Revitalixir Recovery Serum, which is infused with cannabis, niacinamide and neuropeptides to relax signs of stress on the skin.

Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum, £70

Use it for period pain

OHNE, the tampon subscription service that absorbs the tampon tax for their subscribers and work towards aiding girls in Zambia who have poor access to sanitary care or menstrual education, has launched a CBD oil dedicated to targeting period pain. Anti-Teardrops can be added to bath water, rubbed onto skin all over the body suffering with cramps, and even be applied directly to tampons.

OHNE Anti-Teardrops 1% CBD Oil, £27

Feature by Rebecca Fearn