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Always Pure Organics: CBG in skincare

Research suggests that CBG could be an even more effective antioxidant than vitamin C



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Cannabigerol (CBG) is gaining popularity in the beauty world. Always Pure Organics explains the benefits of CBG and how it works.

Known for its health properties, the extract has become popular within the skincare industry due to its possible antioxidative properties.

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As a minor cannabinoid, it is present at a low concentration in the Cannabis Sativa plant; research thus far has indicated many pharmaceuticals, medicinal, or cosmetic applications of the extract. With the new and ongoing research studies being conducted, it is possible to know more about how and why CBG should be incorporated into a skincare routine.

The ‘entourage effect’ is a process that explains how cannabinoids work synergistically within the body to help promote homeostasis. Hence, if we mix it with Cannabidiol (CBD), they will be more effective together than either would be alone.

Most current products available on the market focus on the benefits of the CBD extract exclusively, however, there could be many possible advantages to combining these pre-existing CBD products with the CBG extract.

Always Pure Organics’ CBG Beauty Booster Drops can be combined with CBD products like lotions and balms, they can also be used separately as a serum before the application of a cream.

The combination of the two cannabinoids allows both products to work synergistically and achieve better results. The entourage effect is also the reason why products like broad-spectrum distillates are becoming increasingly popular.

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Skincare benefits

There may, however, be benefits that are exclusive to cannabigerol, which warrants the inclusion of the extract as a skincare staple.

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One such feature of CBG is that the extract is antimicrobial, the Cannabis sativa plant has in fact been known for its antimicrobial benefits for years.

The studies, however, were conducted when the phytochemistry of the plant was not broadly discovered so it did not relate to any specific, structurally defined cannabinoid. Nevertheless, with the current knowledge about cannabinoids, it is possible to predict the impact they may have on skin health.

Furthermore, recent studies imply that CBG inhibits the growth of different acne-generative bacteria strains, such as Staphylococcus aureus, which is a known strain of bacteria that causes acne. Another crucial feature of CBG that could be incredibly useful in skincare is its antioxidative properties.

Some research suggests that the CBG extract has the potential to be an even more effective antioxidant than vitamin C, which is one of the commonly used antioxidants in the beauty industry. It was demonstrated that CBG reduces oxidative radicals in the dermis and hence, indicate antioxidative activity.

Due to these purported antioxidant properties, CBG could be incorporated into a daily skincare routine as an anti-ageing ingredient. Another feature that could make CBG an ideal component in skincare is that it is not prone to causing any skin or eye irritation.

CBG and inflammation

So how does the CBG prevent or reduce inflammation?

The CBG extract can modulate cytokines by inhibiting the activation of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Encouraging studies on CBG in the lungs suggest that CBG can act as an anti-inflammatory, however, further studies are required to confirm the anti-inflammatory activity of CBG on the skin.

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Cytokines are immunoregulatory protein molecules, which influence the response of proinflammatory cytokine (which causes inflammation) [8]. Therefore, it can be assumed that reducing the number of proinflammatory cytokines in the skin layers can positively impact anti-inflammatory effects.

Schutez et. al. conducted a study that demonstrates CBG activity in stopping the UVA-induced cytokine production in the dermis and epidermis. In addition to this, CBG was recently discovered to be just as beneficial as CBD as an anti-inflammatory device.

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Skin conditions and cannabis – survey finds support for use in acne, psoriasis and rosacea

Almost 89 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to try a cannabis-based product.



Skin conditions and cannabis products

A new survey of over 500 adult patients in the US, has found widespread support for the use of cannabis products in skin disorders – although few have actually tried them.

Almost 89 per cent of respondents said they would be willing to try a cannabis-based product, if recommended by a dermatologist, according to the survey, which was carried out by researchers at George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

A further 73 percent of participants said they would be comfortable seeing a dermatologist who recommended cannabis-based products.

But only 18 per cent had used an over the counter cannabis product without a dermatologist’s recommendation. Of those who had seen a dermatologist, 15 per cent used an over the counter product and eight per cent used a medical cannabis product which required a Department of Health-approved card, per their dermatologist’s recommendations.

The most common indications which cannabis-based products were used for were acne, psoriasis and rosacea.

The global CBD skincare market is expected to increase to USD$1.7 billion by 2025 according to market. research company, Million Insights.

Lead author, Samuel Yeroushalmi, a fourth-year MD student at George Washington University. School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW SMHS), wanted to examine consumer attitudes to medical cannabis products in light of limited scientific data.

He commented: “MCPs [medical cannabis products], which are cannabis or cannabis-derived products that contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and/or cannabidiol, known as CBD, are more available now than they ever have been. However, data supporting use and information regarding product quality assurance is limited, particularly when it comes to dermatologic conditions.

“We wanted to take a closer look at how patients both feel about and use MCPs as part of their treatment plans.”

The researchers concluded that consumers were in and are already using medical cannabis products, mostly for inflammatory skin conditions, and recommended more education for dermatologists.

Adam Friedman, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at GW SMHS, said: “This study spotlights and provides supporting evidence that the skin care consumer is open to and interested in MCPs. Consumers and patients are already using MCPs to treat inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, even without guidance from a dermatologist.

“While acceptance was high, there were clear barriers reported limiting use and uptake, such as patient skepticism and a lack of understanding. This mirrors data our group published regarding the dermatology health care practitioner’s perspective and fund of knowledge, underscoring the need for more research and education for both dermatologists and the public. The future should be bright for MCPs; we just need to show and disseminate the science.”

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Could hemp seed oil be the next big thing in male skincare?

The global CBD skincare market is expected to increase to USD$1.7 billion by 2025



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As Nivea Men launches a new hemp-based skincare range for men, we explore its potential to encourage healthier skin post-shave.

The new Nivea Sensitive Pro collection includes three products that contain 100 per cent hemp seed oil, making it just one of the latest brands to include hemp seed oil or CBD in their products.

Hemp seed oil absorbs quickly into the skin to provide nourishment making it perfect for all skin types. Nivea also claims to have formulated the product to be potentially helpful in reducing UV sun damage or hyperpigmentation.

The products also contain Vitamin E which is often used in beauty products to calm irritated or inflamed skin and can also protect against external free radicals.

The global CBD skincare market is expected to increase to USD$1.7 billion by 2025 according to Million Insights, a market research company. A growing understanding and awareness of the potential benefits of CBD beauty products are some of the key reasons for the growth in this sector.

Over the past two years, established high street brands such as The Body Shop, Colgate, Aussie Hair and Primark, have all released CBD-infused personal care items onto the high street. This has helped to boost consumer awareness of hemp, cannabis seed oil and CBD as ingredient beneficial ingredients.

The male skincare market in the UK was worth £119 million in 2017, with shaving products accounting for approximately £57.7 million. Globally, the top markets for men‘s personal care are Brazil, South Korea, the US and Germany.  South Korean men spend the most on cosmetics, with the market growing 44 per cent between 2011 and 2017.

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How can hemp or CBD benefit the skin?


Hemp seed oil works as a light moisturiser that doesn’t clog the pores which can lead to breakouts. The omega-6 fatty acids contained in the seeds acts as an anti-inflammatory which can help with skin growth and cell renewal. Hemp seed oil is produced by compressing the hemp seeds rather than using the leaves or flowers of the plant. It doesn’t contain CBD although some products may be labelled as containing cannabidiol although they actually only contain hemp seed oil.

As well as the Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, hemp seed oil also contains unsaturated fats such as linoleic acid, γ-linolenic acid, and α-linolenic acid. These three oils help the skin to retain the moisture it receives from the product. A study into its effects on dehydrated skin revealed a product that contained hemp seed oil may help to soothe roughness.

Its anti-inflammatory properties may help with irritation from shaving. Hair follicles continue to grow underneath the surface of the skin. When the hair is cut during shaving, the follicles become irritated resulting in itchiness.  Shaving related irritation can also be caused by ingrowing or twisted hairs.

Products containing hemp seed oil may soothe irritated skin while reducing redness.

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Oil Production

CBD and hemp may help to control oil production in the skin by inhibiting the production of sebum. Sebum is a natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands. Its function is to coat, moisturise and protect the skin. It is a combination of fatty acids, sugars, waxes and other natural chemicals that form a barrier to stop water from escaping.

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In oiler skin, there is a heightened level of sebum production in the glands. This can clog pores along with dirt, sweat and dead skin cells to form breakouts.

Hemp seed oil may fight the production of sebum in the skin helping to keep it at manageable levels.

It helps to look for other ingredients in the product that may be comedogenic such as coconut or olive oil which are sometimes used in skincare for their moisturising properties. Comedogenic means that they will potentially sink into the pores leading to clogs that may cause breakouts.

Hair growth

Hemp seed oil has also started to appear as a new ingredient in hair care items such as shampoo or conditioners.

A study suggested that hemp seed oil may help with scalp itchiness. The most common type of scalp eczema is seborrheic dermatitis which causes the white flakes referred to as dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis is commonly caused by cold or dry weather, genetics and stress.

The omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in hemp seed oil may also help to improve the diameter and density. A study revealed a difference in participants taking extracts for six months. It may also activate and protect follicle stem cells in order to produce stronger hair.

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Award winning US brand Cannuka now available in UK

Their products provide amazing beauty benefits, giving your skin a glowing, rejuvenated, and hydrated appearance.



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The award-winning CBD skincare brand, Cannuka is now available in the UK. Their products combine the natural power of Manuka honey and CBD.

Cannuka prides itself in combining CDB and Manuka; Two natural, skin-loving ingredients to address inflammation, dryness and blemishes while improving overall skin health.

Combined for the first time to create something truly unique and optimally effective. These two powerhouse ingredients have wonderful benefits and can help soothe and cocoon skin from the colder weather as well as bring relief to the after-effects of sun-exposed skin.

The combination of CBD and Manuka honey wasn’t an accident. It was the result of countless test formulations by the research and development team, who understood the potential of these ingredients and knew there had to be a better way to help people achieve healthier skin. When they landed on the final formulation, well, it was a very good day.

Cannuka skincare

Cannuka is a skincare solution, first and foremost, designed to calm, moisturise, and nourish. But it goes well beyond this because the products also provide amazing beauty benefits, all while giving your skin a glowing, rejuvenated, and hydrated appearance.

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“We’re looking to solve problems and this specific combination is really about calming and hydrating the skin mantle. Cannuka’s breakthrough natural product line pushes the boundaries of not only skincare but the medical cannabis industry. Today, this company has truly paved the way for legitimising the benefits of cannabis, showing no signs of stopping,” said Stephen Letourneau the general manager and chief brand officer

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Cannuka: A jar of skincare moisturiser containing CBD and Manuka

Cannuka launches with six bestselling US products in the UK:

Purifying Gel Balm Cleanser, 120ml £29

Cannuka’s light and fluffy Purifying Gel Balm Cleanser gently removes impurities, while infusing rich moisture into your face for a younger-looking glow. Made with the signature combination of ingredients, this bouncy gel balm transforms into a silky lather that soothes the skin, leaving it blissfully soft and supple. Also infused with Grapefruit and Sea Buckthorn, it renews and instantly cleanses all makeup, leaving behind a fresh face that’s balanced and radiant.

Harmonizing Face Cream, 100ml £49

Silky-smooth, Cannuka’s Harmonizing Face Cream calms, soothes, and moisturises dry, sensitive facial skin using the signature combination of CBD and Manuka honey, plus hyaluronic acid, cucumber extract, and more natural ingredients. This cream is like a drink of water for the skin, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, leaving behind a youthful, dewy glow.

Delivers a burst of hydration in an instant for smooth, younger-looking skin. It soothes skin and leaves it soft, moisturised and supple. Also, use it as a makeup primer or calming aftershave.

Calming Eye Balm, 15ml £35

Your eye’s moment of comforting calm has arrived. Cannuka’s Calming Eye Balm is a decadent natural way to moisturise, refresh and protect your delicate under-eye skin while waving goodbye to dark circles.

Cool to the touch then melts into an indulgent, silky consistency to protect delicate under-eye skin. Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. Use twice daily as part of your beauty regimen.

It can also be used as both a moisturiser and primer

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Hydrating Lip Balm, 4g £8

This moisture-rich lip balm helps repair the top layer of skin and the collagen layer under the lip surface. Cannuka’s Hydrating Lip Balm soothes and conditions delicate cracked lips while protecting them against everyday environmental aggressors, like the sun and dry weather. It soothes, moisturisers and nourishes the skin for softer, more supple lips.

Lightly scented and rich in Manuka honey, this lip balm is great to use as your daily go-to or night-time repair treatment. It’s also perfect as a lipstick base to prevent feathering.

CBD Skin Balm, 50ml £49

All you need is balm. This is the ultimately concentrated balm to transform and moisturise dry skin or calm skin that is chapped and distressed. An excellent treat for super dry skin – heels, knees and hands.

Cannuka’s concentrated Skin Balm soothes all skin types with rich hydration and powerful yet indulgent ingredients to help calm and correct dry skin. Cannuka’s unique combination of Manuka honey and other natural ingredients create a rich moisturiser that warms on contact to nourish and protect — from head-to-toe.

Nourishing Body Cream, 100ml £30

Face grade moisturiser formulated to dive in for instant relief and hydration. Aloe vera and hyaluronic acid-infused with a subtle scent of citrus, Cannuka’s soothing Manuka honey-based Nourishing Body Cream provide a light yet indulgent, refreshing yet soothing feel, leaving skin soft and silky, you’d have to try it to understand.

Cannuka’s Nourishing Body Cream is delightfully smooth and hydrates all skin types for hours. Gentle enough to use every day for supple, well-nourished skin, this cream is essential for year-round beautiful, healthy-looking skin. It also soothes sunburns in the summer and deeply moisturises dryness in the winter. Absorbs instantly so there’s no wait time to get dressed.

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