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What is CBD, and why do I keep hearing about it?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the many natural chemical compounds found in the cannabis Sativa, Indica or hemp plant. This cannabinoid, unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), is not an intoxicating and non-psychoactive ingredient which is one of the many main reasons why it has gained popularity so quickly.

Indica and Sativa remain controlled substances in the UK, ( though the government granted limited legal medical use in exceptional circumstances in 2018.) The reason that Indica and Sativa aren’t legal is that they’re high in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the compound which has a psychoactive effect in your body.

Hemp, on the other hand, is low in THC, but high in cannabidiol. CBD is an interesting molecule to combat and relieve certain skin problems related to an inflammation of the epidermis such as psoriasis, eczema or acne. CBD is extracted as a powder from the flowers and leaves and is typically mixed with an oil like olive, hemp, or coconut, all of which enhance application and effectiveness.

CBD is the new superhero of beauty ingredients with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and relaxing virtues. In line with the trend to return to natural and with the search for well-being, CBD cosmetics presenting themselves as organic and ecological products seduce many consumers.

With the legalization of the therapeutic and then recreational use of cannabis in many countries, including North America, cannabis is less and less perceived as a subversive substance. On the contrary, it is increasingly linked in the minds to well-being and even to a healthy lifestyle. It is, therefore, a real fashion phenomenon: we find it in oils, body creams, hair masks, but also food supplements.

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