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How to use CBD oil (once it becomes legal in Australia)
From skincare to self-care, CBD oil is taking the beauty world by storm.
And while CBD products aren’t yet totally legalised in Australia (other than cannabis skincare, which utilises hemp oil), they’re hailed as bona fide beauty cabinet staples in the UK and US.
So we did some digging to find out exactly what the cannabis craze is all about. The verdict? We’ll be adding CBD oil to our daily beauty rituals as soon as it hits our shores.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol, a.k.a CBD, comes from the stems, flowers and buds of cannabis plants. Its main form is oil, but it can also be made into powders and pills (mainly for ingestion). In its purest form, CBD is 100 per cent natural and offers a range of holistic and medicinal benefits – especially when it comes to anti-inflammatory properties. But the full extent of its effects and benefits are yet to be discovered.
Is CBD legal in Australia?
CBD oil is currently only legal under certain circumstances in Australia. If you’re buying full spectrum CBD oil (i.e. 100 per cent natural whole-plant extract) you’ll need to be approved for a script by the government’s Special Access Scheme and purchase the oil through a doctor or specialist clinic. There are online retailers both within and outside Australia that supply CBD products (and that aren’t actually legal), but there is no guarantee you’ll be getting a legitimate product with the full benefits.
Once CBD is fully legalised in Australia, you can expect to see CBD oil popping up pretty much everywhere, from skincare to hair care and even medicines. It is already legal in the US and UK, where CBD-based products are ruling the beauty world and beyond.
How can I use CBD oil?
We know that CBD has a multitude of complexion-perfecting powers and can be used to treat eczema and rosacea, target early signs of ageing and even help fight acne.
Plus it’s all natural so works perfectly to soothe easily irritated and sensitive skin.
But the full benefits of CBD oil extend beyond just your skin. Research from the US has found that CBD actually helps in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, and there are a myriad of health and wellness benefits. Here are six surprising ways you can use CBD oil....
#1 CBD coffee
There are many ways to ingest CBD oil from gummies to capsules and even in your food. In the US, you can actually buy CBD-infused coffee beans, so your latte doubles is even more comforting. If this isn’t really your thing, you could always try adding a few drops of pure CBD oil to your daily brew.
#2 Bath bombs
You can now soothe your aches and pains with the help of CBD oil-infused bath bombs and salts. This really puts a new spin on essential oils, with the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD working their magic to rejuvenate your muscles and help you relax.
#3 CBD suppositories
Once upon a time cannabis remedies were actually relied upon by doctors, especially when it came to women’s health and gynaecology, and now we’ve come full-circle with these CBD “tampons”. These pill-sized capsules are designed to soothe pain caused by periods, endometriosis and sex, where CBD’s anti-inflammatory and relief benefits really come into play. Most are made with coconut or hemp oil and are inserted exactly the same as tampon, where they dissolve and the relief comes almost immediately.
#4 CBD lube
Yep, this totally a thing. This kind of lube is perfect for people who often experience pain during sex, but can also be used simply to enhance your experience. Keep in mind that it is an oil-based lube, and these aren’t always condom-friendly so you may need to take extra precautions…
#5 High heel relief
New heels? No problem. Just slather some CBD oil or CBD-infused balm onto your feet to remedy the pain. This is Mandy Moore’s go-to for when it comes to breaking in a new pair of stilettos, and we can’t wait to give it a try.
#6 Hand sanitiser
Alongside anti-inflammatory benefits, Cannabinoids have been found beneficial to anti-viral and immune-boosting responses, so it’s no surprise that CBD is now being incorporated into hand sanitizers, especially when it comes to natural formulas. As an added bonus, CBD hand sanitizers also work to rejuvenate your skin so you can say goodbye to dry, itchy hands this winter.
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Have you heard about the benefits of CBD oil? Would you consider trying it if it became legal?