The Scoop on CBD

by Rona Berg


Once-alternative lifestyle modalities like Ayurveda, mindful meditation, energy healing, chakra balancing and crystals are experiencing huge growth in the mainstream.

But nothing compares to the explosive popularity of CBD (cannabidiol), a compound extracted from the hemp plant, this year alone. 

The market for CBD-based hemp products is expected to reach $22 billion by 2022. Why? Since the 2018 Farm Bill passed, hemp can now be grown legally in all 50 states--though marijuana cannot. And the research indicates that the benefits are solid. CBD helps ease pain in inflamed muscles and joints. It is antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antidepressant and more. It is also highly effective in skincare, to ease acne, dermatitis, eczema, itchy skin. Both are reasons why spas all over the country are expanding into CBD treatments.

There are many beautiful new CBD skin-care lines out there. You can find ingestible CBD in the form of gummies, oils and tinctures, from brands like Barleans, Mary’s Nutritionals, CBD Distillery and more. Here’s a sampling of great topical CBD and skincare to try.


Mary’s Nutritionals Fast becoming a cult classic, the Elite Compound can be applied to ease muscle and joint pain. 

Cause & Medic Hemp Pain Cream With hemp seed oil, menthol and camphor, this will help relieve sore muscles, sprains and inflammation. 

Sopris Protect, rejuvenate and nurture your skin with luxurious body care products infused with full-spectrum CBD. 

The CBD Skincare Co. Pure and potent brand for body, face and hair. 

Apothecanna A full body line. Our special fave: the everyday face oil. 

Lab to Beauty This clean and extensive luxury CBD-infused skincare brand was created by sisters and beauty industry veterans, Katherine and Alison Ragusa. 

Ildi Pekar This highly experienced and sought-after skincare expert (and celebrity fave!) has developed her own organic brand infused with anti-inflammatory high-CBD hemp. 

Cannuka At the heart of these products is CBD and Manuka honey, renowned for their healing, anti-inflammatory properties. 

Hellcat Maggie’s Skincare A whole-plant CBD skincare line made specifically for problematic complexions prone to breakouts, rosacea and other inflammatory skin concerns. 

Lord Jones A celebrity/cult favorite. This high CBD full-spectrum hemp “wellness” body lotion treats everything from aching muscles to eczema.

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