CBD: POWERED BY NATURE

Anyone who is obsessive about beauty ingredients will have heard of the latest beauty buzzword: the hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD). This highly stigmatised and misunderstood cannabis variety is now asserting its right to a place on our vanity tables, thanks to its unequaled calming, skin-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, but minus the psychoactive effect possessed by its outlawed twin marijuana. JOYCE Beauty, always at the forefront of beauty trends, has hunted down the best CBD products from the U.S.A. to demystify this special ingredient and showcase the benefits that can be reaped from a misunderstood botanical hero.

BURNING QUESTIONS ON HEMP:

What gives hemp a bad name?
Hemp, possibly the earliest plant to be cultivated by humans, is highly controversial…well, at least it has been since the beginning of the 20th century. Hemp provides the strongest natural fibre in the world, widely used in textiles, paper, food and building materials production for thousands and thousands of years, never considered as dangerous or illegal until 1910, when nearly a million Mexicans migrated to the United States of America seeking refuge from the Mexican Revolution. Anti-Mexican sentiment began to ferment, and the name “marijuana” arose to refer, in a negative sense, to cannabis’s use by Mexican immigrants. As the condemnation of cannabis use grew more widespread, the USA started passing anti-marijuana laws, hemp, unfortunately belonged to the same family, was regulated as an illegal substance under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. After decades of propaganda, even now when the use of cannabis is finally legalised or decriminalised in many places, the imputation remains.

So…is hemp marijuana?
No, not really. While hemp and marijuana are often indistinguishable from each another visually, they are different varieties of the same plant species, cannabis sativa. They are cultivated for different purposes and react differently in the body.

How are they different?
Cannabis consists of up to 100 different cannabinoids, principally CBD and THC. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of THC in the plant (yes, THC is the cannabinoid chemical that makes people high). Hemp has high levels of CBD and very low levels of THC, no more than 0.3%; marijuana is recognised for high levels of THC (between 5-35%), but low in CBD.

But marijuana is illegal in Hong Kong; how about hemp?
CBD derived from hemp with 0% THC is 100% legal in Hong Kong. The possession of CBD skincare is very much encouraged!

What is so great about CBD then?
Our skin, the largest organ of the human body, has native receptors for cannabis extracts, which means that CBD is recognised by the body quickly. The Endocannabinoid system exists in all mammals, which plays a crucial role in regulating our physiology, mood and everyday experience. The research on cannabis led to the discovery of this previously unknown biochemical communication system in our body.

Research has shown that CBD offers great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce inflammation, dryness and free-radical damage. Ideal for acne-prone, ageing and sensitive skin, studies also indicate CBD may be effective in treating chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. CBD is available in several different forms, including creams, oils, tinctures and even gummy bears, allowing people to tailor their method of use to their specific needs.

What is the difference between topical and sublingual application of CBD?
Both methods can be beneficial, depending what issue we want to address: sublingual application allows greater absorption of CBD to our bloodstream, through the mucous membranes in our mouth, allowing quicker onset, perfect for improving overall wellness and focus, as well as promoting tranquility and internal balance; on the other hand, if you are looking for pain relief and help with skin conditions, topical application might be your best bet. CBD is a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, when applied onto our skin, it will not necessarily reach the bloodstream, but it will interact directly with cannabinoid receptors (CB1 &CB2) on our derma, delivering more local and targeted results, hence more useful in dealing with skin issues. Topical application works best when lotions and balms contain high concentration of CBD.

But will I get high with CBD?
Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. It has a more subtle effect that helps to restore any imbalances that exist within your body. The calming effects tend to be more noticeable if you are experiencing anxiety or depression. And if you suffer from chronic pain, you are likely to find quick relief thanks to CBD’s strong pain-relieving properties.

Are there different types of CBD?
Yes indeed! Most CBD products are divided into full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate. Read our glossary list for more details.

GLOSSARY:

Cannabidiol (CBD): a naturally occurring chemical compound found in cannabis, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that creates the feeling of being high.

Marijuana: a variety of cannabis sativa, used mainly for medical or recreational purposes. Illegal in most countries, it contains more than 0.3% THC and can have a psychotropic or euphoric effect on users.

Hemp: also a variety of cannabis sativa, the first crop cultivated by mankind, widely used in textiles, paper, foods and body care products, it contains less than 0.3% THC.

Full-spectrum CBD: cannabis extract with all cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC, as well as essential vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids and terpenes. Some users think full-
spectrum CBD provides greater relief than the isolate variety due to the combined benefits of the cannabinoids, terpenes and other beneficial plant materials.

Broad-spectrum CBD: the whole plant extract where THC has been removed or a CBD isolate that has other cannabinoids added. Broad spectrum still delivers an entourage effect by using multiple parts of the plant, but is completely free of THC.

Isolate CBD: the cleanest form of CBD, free of THC, other cannabinoids, oils, plant material, etc., with no taste or smell.

Our CBD range will be available at all JOYCE Beauty stores for a limited time only, from 29 June to 16 August:

natureofthings – Restorative Floral Bath | 250ml
250mg of broad spectrum CBD
Envelope your senses with a heady bouquet of plumeria, jasmine, vetiver and cedarwood, the restorative floral bath elevates the simple pleasure of an extended soak into one transcendent experience, nourishing your skin and your soul with its mineral charged seawater and gem-rich formula. One jar of Restorative Floral Bath can prepare approximately 5-6 baths.

Tips: Pour 50ml (5-7 seconds) into a warm bath and soak for at least twenty minutes, inhale deeply to enjoy additional aromatherapeutic benefits.

natureofthings – Nourishing Body Crème | 200ml
250mg of broad spectrum CBD
The citrusy scented body crème is an indulgent, moisture rich formula powered by shea butter and botanical oils including jojoba, grape seed and plant derived squalane. Designed to nourish and reinvigorate, it banishes dryness and dullness, leaving skin soft and supple with renewed elasticity.

Tips: Apply all over body and massage until well absorbed.

natureofthings – Superlative Body Balm | 50ml
500mg of broad spectrum CBD
This body balm penetrates deep into the skin through a special, proprietary process to effectively help ease pain and soreness. A combination of cooling menthol and moisture rich emollients like jojoba oil and shea butter delivers a unique therapeutic sensation, relieving headaches and migraines.

Tips: Massage a targeted amount onto area of concern. Do not apply to wounds, broken skin or sensitive body parts.

Saint Jane – Luxury Beauty Serum | 30ml
500mg of full spectrum CBD with 0% THC
A powerful face serum, this award-winning, multi-correctional blend balances the most stressful skin issues. Each bottle is packed with 20 potent botanicals to intensely hydrate and boost glow. Ideal for ageing skin and combating redness. Full spectrum CBD found in the formulas at Saint Jane is obtained by Supercritical C02 extraction, concentrated as high as 250 times compared to the raw material, guaranteeing the most nutritious form of CBD.

Blind study conducted with 100 consumers under doctor supervision shows:

  • 100% said dry skin improved;
  • 99% saw visibly improved redness;
  • 99% saw an overall improvement in their skin;
  • 88% said they had more radiance;
  • 82% had improved appearance of fine lines.
  • Tips: Apply one full dropper in the morning on clean, dry skin. Repeat at night to restore overnight results. Best when layered with The C-Drops for a bright, radiant glow.

    Saint Jane – Luxury Body Serum | 120ml
    200mg of full spectrum CBD with 0% THC
    Indulge your body like your face with the citrus and bourbon vanilla-infused super blend. Packed with 28 omega-rich botanicals, full spectrum CBD and exfoliating fruit acids like pink grapefruit and tangerine, this silky serum reveals soft, radiant skin all day long. Full spectrum CBD found in the formulas at Saint Jane is obtained by Supercritical C02 extraction, concentrated as high as 250 times compared to the raw material, guaranteeing the most nutritious form of CBD.

    Tips: After showering, apply 2-6 pumps into palms and smooth all over body. The Luxury Body Serum can be applied to wet or dry skin, and is also perfect as a bath oil.

    Saint Jane – The C-Drops | 30ml
    500mg of full spectrum CBD with 0% THC
    A potent, brightening elixir that’s also meticulously clean. Packed with 20% active vitamin C, 500mg CBD and citrus AHAs for bright, glowy skin. Glycerin-encapsulated vitamin C is used to maximise penetration to the skin’s deepest layers, while rich concentration of CBD soothes the irritation Vitamin C might cause on sensitive skin. Full spectrum CBD found in the formulas at Saint Jane is obtained by Supercritical C02 extraction, concentrated as high as 250 times compared to the raw material, guaranteeing the most nutritious form of CBD.

    Tips: Dispense one dropper into palms and press into clean, dry skin. Follow with our Luxury Beauty Serum for best results.

    Saint Jane — Luxury Lip Shine
    50mg of full spectrum CBD with 0% THC
    Formulated like an ultra-luxurious lip oil, this high-shine, silky gloss is infused with 8 clean, antioxidant rich ingredients. The formula glides on smooth with calming botanicals. All three shades – Bliss, Elixir and Alchemy – deliver a wash of luminous, sheer color. Vegan, cruelty free and non-toxic. Full spectrum CBD found in the formulas at Saint Jane is obtained by Supercritical c02 extraction, concentrated as high as 250 times compared to the raw material, guaranteeing the most nutritious form of CBD.

    Tips: Apply as needed for a little break from modern life. Use as a nourishing lip oil on top of lipstick to give extra gloss and shine.

    Treaty – Calm | 30ml
    1,200mg of broad-spectrum CBD per bottle
    20mg of broad-spectrum hemp extract (CBD) per dose
    Calm formula mimics the sensation of relaxing in an open field, feeling at peace. Broad spectrum hemp extract is enhanced by rose, linden and basil that thrives together in floral meadows. Use to find relief from the pressures of normal everyday anxiety and nourish depleted feelings. Soothing your senses when you feel anxious, fearful, tense and nervous.

    Tips: Take before entering everyday stressful situations, or to enhance mood. Shake well and use dropper to dispense 18 drops in mouth and allow to melt beneath tongue before swallowing.

    Sublingual administration is recommended over oral ingestion as it allows nearly 35% of cannabinoids to be adsorbed by the body (in compared to 15% for oral ingestion). Effects are sometimes experienced in as little as 5-15 minutes, although 45 minutes is more common, lasting roughly 4-6 hours.

    For new users, we recommend titrating your dose. Titration is the process of determining the medicinal dose by consistently and slowly increasing the daily dosage to reduce unwanted signs and symptoms for the comfort and well-being.

    Treaty – Focus | 30ml
    600mg of broad-spectrum CBD per bottle
    10 mg of broad-spectrum CBD per dose

    Focus formula mimics the sensation of spending time in brisk forested areas, clearing your mind. Broad spectrum hemp extract is enhanced by white pine, ginseng, and spearmint that thrives together in woodland bioregions. Use to shift into “work mode”, or before tackling a long to-do list. Help you prepare yourself better for tasks ahead especially when you feel overwhelmed, distracted and defeated.

    Tips: Take before meetings, or any situation in which you need to be more fully engaged. Shake well and use dropper to dispense 16 drops in mouth and allow to melt beneath tongue before swallowing.

    Sublingual administration is recommended over oral ingestion as it allows nearly 35% of cannabinoids to be adsorbed by the body (in compared to 15% for oral ingestion). Effects are sometimes experienced in as little as 5-15 minutes, although 45 minutes is more common, lasting roughly 4-6 hours.

    For new users, we recommend titrating your dose. Titration is the process of determining the medicinal dose by consistently and slowly increasing the daily dosage to reduce unwanted signs and symptoms for the comfort and well-being.

    Treaty – Balance | 30ml
    900mg of broad-spectrum CBD per bottle
    15mg of broad-spectrum CBD per dose

    Balance formula includes only the brand’s proprietary organic hemp, their most simple formula, to experience the benefits of broad-spectrum hemp extract in isolation.

    Tips: Incorporate into your normal daily routine. Shake well and use dropper to dispense 18 drops in mouth and allow to melt beneath tongue before swallowing.

    Sublingual administration is recommended over oral ingestion as it allows nearly 35% of cannabinoids to be adsorbed by the body (in compared to 15% for oral ingestion). Effects are sometimes experienced in as little as 5-15 minutes, although 45 minutes is more common, lasting roughly 4-6 hours.

    For new users, we recommend titrating your dose. Titration is the process of determining the medicinal dose by consistently and slowly increasing the daily dosage to reduce unwanted signs and symptoms for the comfort and well-being.

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