When it comes to the skin, we’re still learning exactly what the hemp derivative CBD (a.k.a. cannabidiol) can do, but research suggests it may indeed be a miracle ingredient that nourishes, soothes, and moisturizes. Which is why Miraflora’s new Hempflora Body Butter is a great way to take care of your body’s largest organ.
”Natural hemp flower oil is a tonic for your skin,” says Albert Piechotta, chief marketing officer at Miraflora Naturals. “It’s really unlike any other ingredient in any moisturizing product because your skin actually has receptors to uniquely absorb it.”
CBD works on the body’s endocannabinoid system, a complex network that helps regulate the function of several organs and tissues. The body makes its own lipid-based compounds called endocannabinoids that bind to the network’s cannabinoid receptors, but you can also get them from plant-derived phytocannabinoids like those in the hemp plant. And since the endocannabinoid system is involved with the healthy physiological function of the cells, CBD fans feel it can provide support in many ways, including for the skin.
That’s why Piechotta sees adding CBD to moisturizer as “a nutritional approach to balancing and improving skin.” He explains, “Your skin cells require endocannabinoids and get them from omega 3 fatty acids as well as teas and black pepper. However, when carried by an absorbing moisturizer like shea butter, phytocannabinoids can be directly incorporated into skin cells helping them to be softer, more permeable, and less inflamed.”
What’s more, it’s believed that the ingredient aids everything you want a body butter to do, namely moisturizing, nourishing, and soothing. For example, one small 2019 study suggested when applied topically twice a day, it can be soothing to certain skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. This is likely thanks to its soothing anti-inflammatory properties, as outlined by the authors of a 2020 research review, which pointed out “cannabinoids are regarded with growing interest due to their initial favorable results and limited adverse effects.” By calming the body’s reaction to irritation, it can be an instant source of relief and relaxation on the skin. It’s also rich in omega fatty acids, with studies link to higher moisture levels thanks to their ability to fortify the skin barrier, a kind of armor that helps hold in hydration in while helping prevent irritation.
Then there’s the texture. “Hemp flower oil is super silky, similar to coconut oil,” says Piechotta. When combine with shea butter as it is in Miraflora’s body butter, it provides “a whipped feel that spreads evenly and readily absorbs into the skin.”
So why are we just now learning about the possible benefits of CBD on the skin? As cannabis and its derivatives have become legalized in more states, CBD has become the big buzzy ingredient of the day, leading to more research studies. “As cannabinoids are more highly researched and more openly sought after, there are clearly opportunities to use them in more refined skincare wellness products, moisturizers, as well as dermatological remedies,”Piechotta says. In the meantime, try it and experience the benefits yourself—heavenly soft, nourished, smooth skin.