Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products

We are living in the marijuanaissance. Thanks to CBD, cannabis is getting its glow-up as a luxury wellness and beauty ingredient. Loosening of cannabis laws and the enthusiasm around emerging science has legitimized the medicinal claims surrounding CBD, but it’s the boutiquification of cannabis that has made everyone want to be seen with it. (For a deeper look at California weed’s luxury rebranding, check out High End, a documentary from Highsnobiety.) There are celebrity evangelists, like Olivia Wilde, Mandy Moore, and Busy Philipps, and well-designed products from chic brands such as Vertly and Lord Jones that look like they belong next to a bottle of Chanel No. 5. Not since kale have we seen so much hype around a leafy green and the number of beauty products containing the stuff is growing like a… well, you get it. By now, you’ve seen a CBD-infused version of everything from lip balm to lube, but very little to explain the basics: What does it actually do? Can it get you high? And if not, why do people care about it so much?

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Wait. Is CBD even legal?

Yes, if it’s extracted from industrial hemp. (Kind of.)

Confusing? Not to attorney Garrett Graff of Hoban Law Group, who specializes in cannabis law and is part of the group that brought the appeal against the DEA. “It's our understanding that cannabinoids derived from industrial hemp so long as below the 0.3 percent THC threshold are in fact lawful pursuant to the farm bill under federal law,” Graff says. The FDA, however, hasn’t approved any CBD products at all, no matter what you call the plant it came from. “At this point, we simply agree to disagree, and those products remain on the marketplace,” he says.