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, trading in the stoner image for a new one 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.


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.

Is the farm-bill blanket coverage for every CBD-infused lotion and gummy sold in all 50 states? For now, people are going with it until someone lays the smackdown. It probably won’t be the DEA, because budget restrictions prevent them from spending money to mess with the farm bill.