American Spa April 2017 : Page 32

ON TOPIC | IN THE MIX NEED TO KNOW For clients concerned about using a cannabis-infused skincare line, it’s important to note whether the product contains CBD or THC. “Using a topical skincare product containing CBD will not make you high or show up in your bloodstream on a drug test,” says Crave Skincare’s Janet Schriever. However, while CBD was thought to be legal in all 50 states, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently muddied the waters with a Federal Register item (21 CFR Part 1308) that clarifies the DEA’s position that all cannabis extracts, including CBD oil, are federally illegal Schedule 1 substances. This isn’t the first time the DEA has made such claims. In 2001, the agency tried to ban hempseed oil, but it was overturned in court. The general consensus is that this recent move will be met with the same resistance. Products that contain THC are another story. “There are many bath products and massage lotions that do contain THC, so spa owners need to know if what they are selling can be legally sold in their state,” says Schriever. NATURAL HIGH Discover how this buzzworthy plant is poised to impact the spa industry in myriad ways. BY HEATHER MIKESELL THERE ARE FEW PLANTS THAT HAVE GENERATED AS MUCH CONTROVERSY AS cannabis, which became part of the national lexicon with the recent legalization of marijuana in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Washington, D.C. While the plant is often associated with the mood-altering drug, it is also used in a less trippy fashion for fuel, clothing, food, medicine, and even skincare. It’s helpful to understand that although cannabis, hemp, and marijuana all come from the same plant species ( cannabis sativa ), U.S. law defines the stalks, stems, and sterilized seeds as hemp and the leaves, flowers, and viable seeds as marijuana. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects, is found in the flowers. As the power of this plant continues to spread—seven more states are expected to legalize marijuana this year—the spa industry is also getting in on the action by incorporating it in products, treatments, and more. • • WEEDY wonder • 32 | AMERICANSPA.COM APRIL 2017 PHOTOGRAPHY: GETTY IMAGES As cannabis continues to make headlines, product manufacturers are taking note of the skin-saving benefits it provides. “Over the years, there has been a wide range of research showing the many benefits of hemp and cannabis sativa in skincare,” says Francine Kagarakis, a member of the board of directors for Lira Clinical. Janet Schriever, CEO of Crave Skincare, created her hemp-based skincare line after discovering the many benefits of CBD (cannabidiol), a phyto-cannabinoid harvested from the sticky resin of the plant. Unlike THC, it is non-psychoactive. Described by Schriever as an “anti-inflammatory powerhouse,” it is also credited with calming and soothing sensitive skin; helping to treat acne, eczema, and rosacea; and maintaining the skin’s lipid balance. Although CBD is a key ingredient, she stresses that the overall product formula plays an important role in the ingredient’s success. “The formula the CBD is in makes a big difference to the effect of the ingredient, and using CBD with other botanicals and phytonutrients is very important,” says Schriever. “If you are going to use a product with CBD, it should be in a clean, botanical-rich formula.”

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