Increasingly being used by different people for cancer treatments and other medicinal or even beauty purposes, Cannabis is slowly becoming common. Although still illegal as pure marijuana in the UK, it is readily available in the form of Cannabidiol (CBD).
CBD is one of over 100 compounds found in Cannabis. Extracted from the flower of the cannabis plants, it has been linked with various health benefits, including therapeutic effects. CBD does not get you high because it contains lower levels of Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), which is the ‘high’ psychoactive part of the Cannabis plant and is removed from CBD products. The word marijuana is associated with Cannabis plants which have higher levels of THC. The ones with a lesser amount are known as Hemp.
Taking advantage of the unique compound, the Cannabis industry has begun creating various CBD-based products. Here are some that might surprise you:
Creams: These are produced by fusing extracted oils of Cannabis or hemp with a topical base. Numerous studies support the notion that CBD creams can assist in alleviating pain and reduce inflammation.
Beers: The classic drinks have been recreated with CBD instead of alcohol. The beer won’t get you drunk or high, but it helps in regulating bodily functions; mood, appetite and pain for example.
Coffee: That morning cup of coffee could do more than just help you wake up. The strong flavour of the coffee is likely to overpower the taste of CBD oil and leave behind the health benefits. Some even believe that it can counter the negative side-effects of caffeine.
Dog treats: CBD is not limited to humans. As companies continue to look for possible CBD-infused products, they’ve ventured into creating food for dogs. These treats retain the relaxing effects.
Shiona Redmond, one of the founders of CBD skincare brand Graces London, became interested in the benefits of Cannabis after her terminally ill father was asked to be a part of UK Cannabis medicinal trial in 2004. He rejected the trial, but it inspired her to experiment with CBD. This became a very personal journey for her something she very much invested her heart and soul in. Not being able to help her ailing father pushed her towards helping others.
What began as simple skincare remedies, made at home, rapidly progressed into an organic business founded by Shiona and her husband Jason. Firstly through friends and family trying the products, with the news spreading fast, it became a commercial venture. Graces London prides itself on luxury and quality. The products are 100% natural, vegetarian, vegan and gluten, and dairy-free.
Graces London firmly believes that Cannabis extracts are nourishing for the mind, body, and soul. Furthermore, their research and development team has been carrying out research into Cannabis plants and essential oils, and how they interact with the natural systems of the human body.
All the ingredients of the brand can be traced from crop to bottle. After the CBD is extracted from the plant, it is tested for quality. The products are safety assessed and once the samples are ready, they’re sent for further tests to ensure the correct amount of CBD.
As mentioned before, Hemp is extracted from Cannabis Sativa plants, which is also where the CBD used by Graces London comes from. At the moment they sell two porducts.
Graces London’s CBD Body & Lip Balm is enriched with essential oils and cannabis sativa plant extracts to nourish, sooth and protect the skin. It’s an excellent moisturiser to promote natural skin repair and renewal. A moisturiser and conditioner for your skin which is a multi-purpose green beauty balm. This soothing hemp CBD balm is suitable for all skin types. Enriched with essential oils and cannabis sativa plant extracts to nourish, soothe & protect the skin. A high concentrated CBD (cannabidiol) extract is added to encourage skin cannabinoid receptors to promote natural skin health and help skin regain its natural balance. Due to the high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids found in Hemp, this balm is an excellent moisturiser which works with the natural oils of your skin to promote natural skin repair and renewal. Lemon & Lemongrass oils help to cleanse, tone, detoxify the skin and restore dullness, whilst Lavender soothes, calms and relaxes the skin.
There is also a rollerball, this CBD Roll on oil is a multi-usage green beauty treatment. A light, non-oily finish that melts gently into the skin. Roll directly onto skin for nourishment and to promote natural skin repair and renewal. To be applied as and when required to help soothe any skin problem areas. A non-oily finish that melts gently into the skin. A high concentrated CBD full spectrum (cannabidiol) plant extract is added to encourage skin cannabinoid receptors to promote natural skin healing and help skin regain its natural balance. It contains seven natural ingredients.
Graces London can be found here.