This was GREAT news for us in the skin care and massage business. Especially us at The Saratoga Day Spa! We have been waiting to launch our CBD facial with Color Up Therapeutics!
What are the benefits of CBD in your skincare and massage?
The endocannabinoid system is critical to the life cycle of basal cells, which make up around 90% of the cells in the epidermis. Healthy skin relies on the body’s ability to grow new cells and discard dead ones. Manipulation of the endocannabinoid system can help regulate the life cycle of cells and when applied topically, it is absorbed directly through the skin where receptors associated with the endocannabinoid system are located. CBD works directly where needed most and isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream, making it a potential therapy for a range of conditions, from dry skin to skin cancer. CBD is more permeable to the skin than THC and more likely to stimulate the cannabinoid receptors, making CBD the popular choice for cannabis-based topicals. It has also been shown that CBD can up-regulate the production of specific peptides that produce an anti-microbial effect. CBD helps to moderate cell cycle and other various cellular pathways leading to healthy cell activity. The anti-inflammatory effects are produced from some of the above-mentioned pathways.
CBD as a natural antioxidant is even more powerful than Vitamin C, E, A, or omega 3 fatty acids, which are all also present in hemp oil, making CBD hemp oil a good source for antioxidants. Protecting the skin from free radicals, like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants, is critical in having younger looking skin. Free radicals in the atmosphere cause fine lines and wrinkles; antioxidants protect our bodies from the damage of these free radicals, including fighting the effects of aging. Serving as a barrier to the oxidants, CBD topicals nourish the skin by moisturizing, smoothing and protecting its elasticity. A natural cell regenerator, CBD encourages the production of new cells and aids in removing dead skin cells, giving users the healthiest, most youthful version of their skin.
CBD can also cause change in skin patterns, such as reduction in hyperpigmentation.
Acne involves the overproduction of sebum, an oily substance intended to protect the skin. Glands in our skin, typically near hair follicles, called sebaceous glands produce fatty oils called lipids. These lipids perform a number of functions, such as creating a barrier on our skin to keep out bacteria and viruses and working to lubricate and waterproof the hair and skin. Endocannabinoids, compounds that our bodies produce naturally and Phytocannabinoids, compounds produced naturally by plants (CBD), play a major role in oil production by regulating the excretion of oil in sebaceous-related skin conditions, including dry skin. Sebaceous glands and hair follicles both contain endocannabinoid receptors, meaning their functions are affected by cannabinoids. Lipid production plays a critical role in both acne (over production) and eczema (under production). CBD works to heal the acne by providing both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Working as an all-natural antibiotic, CBD targets the affected area and eliminates the fatty acids and bacteria within the skin. The acne clears up and the scars diminish, leaving you with a clear complexion.
Although CBD shows effectiveness in beauty products, such as with anti-aging and acne relief, the elements hold promise in the treatment of a number of more severe skin conditions as well. One study found that phytocannabinoids, particularly cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabigerol (CBG), can control cell proliferation and differentiation, indicating they can be used in novel treatments for skin diseases like allergies and cancer. Through its ability to control cell growth and death, CBD has been considered as a potential adjunct to current skin cancer treatments. Anecdotally, CBD oil works on warts, moles, and even HPV outbreaks because it can cause cell death in these abnormally growing cell groups. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and Psoriasis have been shown to improve after treatment with CBD.
Benefits of CBD and Skincare At A Glance
Anti-aging – May protect the skin from free radicals, like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants, which is critical in fighting the effects of aging.
Antioxidant – May be more powerful than Vitamin C, E, A, or omega 3 fatty acid, and causes a change in skin patterns, such as reduction in hyperpigmentation.
Acne/Eczema -CBD may inhibit the lipid production in skin cells, making it an effective preventative for acne. It may also aid in balancing out the lipid production in cells, making it effective for eczema.
Anti-inflammatory Properties of CBD may also control the effects of acne and other skin conditions because the skin around the area is intensely inflamed and many of these ailments arise from chronic inflammation.
Moisturizing -Endocannabinoids may play a major role in oil production by regulating the excretion of oil in sebaceous-related skin conditions, including dry skin.
Anti-microbial – May kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause skin infections, intestinal illnesses or other commonly transmitted diseases.
Antibacterial– May fight against drug-resistant bacteria and is highly effective as a cure for such infections.
Antifungal – May prevent the cell membranes of fungi from forming properly, causing fungal death.
CBD and Massage
Commonly Asked Massage Questions
1: Would a massage therapist who applies your CBD infused product with his or her bare hands get high from doing so?
No! Not with our products as we use 100% CBD and no THC. Also, most massage topicals are not absorbed into the blood so there is no “high” associated with use even with THC. Patients who receive CBD massages only report body relaxation, which is very different from the high of ingesting THC.
2: Is it legal for massage therapists to use Hemp derived CBD topical products?
Yes! CBD derived from hemp is legal to purchase and use in all 50 states because it does not contain THC and is not derived from marijuana. For products that do contain a level of THC higher than .3%, it would depend on what state the massage therapist practices in. Whether marijuana is legal for medical, recreational or both types of use, there are myriad laws regarding the use of THC-containing products and in some states, no regulations specifically addressing topicals. Massage therapists who want to use THC infused products must obtain information directly from their state. All of our products are Hemp derived and therefore they are legal to use in all 50 states.
3: Will Hemp derived CBD show up in a drug test?
To date, topical use has not been associated to a failed drug-test. Even ingesting pure CBD products will not be cause for a failed drug test. As far as research and experimentation have confirmed thus far, screenings test for THC and not CBD.
4: Can I use CBD on pregnant clients?
Currently, the research on Cannabis use (in all forms) during pregnancy is on-going. To-date, there are no direct correlations to fetal developmental problems using Cannabis in smoke/vapor or edible form, and data around Cannabis topicals during pregnancy is non-existent. It’s best to suggest they make an appointment with their doctor or midwife to ask questions about CBD topicals prior to booking a session with you. We have not found anything that suggests it could be harmful, but we always believe that it is better to be safe and well informed. You may want to have them sign a simple consent form.
5: Can my clients fly with CBD products derived from Hemp?
Yes! CBD products derived from Hemp are 50 state legal and can be taken with you or your clients within the United States.
6: What is the difference between pure CBD, Full Spectrum, and THC products?
The pure CBD starts with a CO2 extraction using all of the flowers of a hemp plant. It is in its most crude state at this point, and requires further refinement through fractional distillation to isolate out the CBD specifically. This means that on test, it will show as 99.997% CBD with 0% THC and 0% other cannabinoids. Full Spectrum starts with a CO2extraction as well. but is refined further trough distillation to remove all inactive ingredients and leave you with all of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant. Once completed it will test at a high amount of CBD with a low amount of THC and other cannabinoids such as CBC, CBG, and CBN. CBD is known to be a very powerful cannabinoid on its own. Despite what some may have you believe, the Full Spectrum is not always necessary or the better option. We do have a Full Spectrum line as well and we recommend one or the other for many different ailments and conditions – we are non-biased from a manufacturing point of view since we do create both options – our information is based on studies and our own experiences.
Where do you get your Hemp from?
We source our Hemp from a local, organic farm right here in Colorado! They grow the Hemp sustainably and with organic nutrients that are GMO free. They are CDA registered & Farm Bill compliment. The lab we use to process the plant is also certified with the state of CO with all current licensing. All of our CBD is 3rdparty tested by a certified lab here in Colorado. They test for cannabinoids present and their percentages, as well as testing to insure it is free of solvents, pathogens, and mold.
Are your products organic, all natural, and Cruelty Free?
YES! We source organic and/or all natural (plant based) and cruelty free ingredients.
Are your products sourced and made in the USA.
YES! Every part of our process begins and ends in the USA. We source our bottles, ingredients and packaging from USA based companies – most local.
Do your massage & esthetics products contain any THC?
No! Our massage and facial care lines do not contain any THC. We use pure CBD sourced from the Hemp plant.
Are your products legal to use and resell in Colorado and nationally?
YES! Because we source from Hemp, anyone can use and resell our products. If our products did contain over .3% THC, only dispensaries and licensed MMJ establishments could resell them. We are also licensed by the CDPHE that regulates the production and sale of Hemp derived CBD products in Colorado.