CBD is the new buzzword and now seems to come in everything. From sprays and oils for anxiety, pain or inflammation, to cropping up in soaps and creams, it’s the new wonder drug slash beauty additive.

What exactly is Cannabidiol (CBD) ? It’s defined as a non-psychoactive (meaning it doesn’t get you high) chemical compound extracted from hemp that works by imitating compounds our bodies naturally produce, called endocannabinoids.

Apparently, we have cannabinoid receptors are located throughout the skin, so when hemp CBD oil is applied topically, it is absorbed directly through the skin, working on the affected area, hence it’s use for pain relief (think achy muscles.) For anxiety or sleeplessness, the oil is recommended. (They come with droppers.)

But hemp also is known to contain potent antioxidants that work by neutralizing harmful compounds known as free radicals so the beauty industry has jumped on it. Claiming that it helps prevent environmental damage in the skin and in fact is an anti-aging ‘miracle’, even the big companies are developing CDB lines. (Dermatologists already use it for psoriasis and eczema.)

Still with us?

If you want to try — and who wouldn’t? — it’s crucial to find a company you can trust.

We’ve tried the Botanika line whose slogan is ‘Unleash The Power of CBD’ and were impressed with the variety and the purity of the products. (No beauty creams yet but you can bet they’re on the drawing board.)


Botanika’s CBD Salve. $44.95.

Everyone has a different reaction to ingredients so where we like the Botanika Salve (we rub it on our neck when we have a headache)  other’s might prefer an oil.

Botanika’s CBD oil . $79.95.

We’re also using their Vitamin C + Zinc Spray which the company claims will boost your immune system (just spray under the tongue.) $24.95.

Can’t hurt, might help?


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Evan Hosie has worked as a Women's Lifestyle editor/writer (expert in the beauty and fashion vertical); created the Pop Culture section for; never met a gadget she didn't want, and spends waaaaay too much time on Social Media.

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