As the cannabis industry continues to expand, so do the options available to explore the benefits of this plant and its properties. CBD is one of the hot ingredients that many brands and industries– from food to wellness– are using to enhance their product offerings, and has proved both a lucrative and beneficial endeavor for both entrepreneurs and consumers alike.
Cannabinoids may sound intimidating, but each one has their purpose. CBD is one of those cannabinoids– found in the cannabis plant– that is used mainly for recreational and medicinal purposes. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD is non psychoactive, meaning that it won’t induce the same “high” sensation. Still, some of its main benefits include: pain relief, reduction of anxiety levels, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, and diabetes prevention.
In beauty, many are skeptical of the benefits of CBD, but research shows that its anti-inflammatory properties can help with redness, puffiness, and irritation. Still, it’s important to note that just because a label says CBD, it doesn’t mean you are getting it for real as many products actually use hemp seed oil instead.
As the market for CBD beauty products grows, Latinx-owned brands cash in big time, providing clean, sustainable, and cruelty-free alternatives to big name beauty brands. Here are some of them.
- Atomic Makeup
Atomic Makeup is a vegan, cruelty-free beauty company that offers a line of CBD lipsticks and glosses. Founded by Mexican American entrepreneur, Navil Rico, the company is the first to offer CBD-infused lip products, according to their website. “Using our CBD-enhanced products can bring added benefits to cosmetics, bringing moisture and softness to the forefront,” the company says.
- Herbas Body Care
Herbas Body Care is a plant-based body care company founded by Miriam Farer. Herbas products, which include lip balms and “terfumes”—are made with ingredients like organic, full-spectrum hemp,chamomile, and beeswax.
- Gracious Om
Based in Los Angeles, Gracious Om is a CBD skincare and natural healing brand. Products range from masks and sprays to toners. Founded by Andrea Barrera, Gracious Om is the result of her meetings with “curanderas and curanderos, Shamans, estheticians, holistic healers and doctors originating from countries all over Latin America.”
- Buena Botanicals
Buena Botanicals is the brainchild of twins Rah and Coral. Based in Los Angeles, the sister duo is focused in creating wellness and beauty products infused with CBD, such as bath bombs, elixirs, and body cream. Launched in 2019, the brand is centered around providing healing and pain-relief solutions to customers.
- Make & Mary
Make & Mary is a CBD wellness and beauty brand founded by Yvonne Perez Emerson. Based in Portland, Oregon, the brand sells serums, soaps, bath bombs, and other CBD-infused products (including lube!). Perez Emerson was once a single mom making products at home with no idea that one day she’d be selling them at Saks Fifth Avenue. But once Oregon and other cities and states in the United States legalized weed, she decided to cash in.