Derek Chase, Flora + Bast Founder, Answers YOUR CBD Questions

HAPPY 4/20!!!

There are SO MANY questions surrounding weed, CBD, THC and all that stuff. Since it’s becoming more common (and more legal) around the country, I think it’s so important to debunk certain “stoner stereotypes” and learn about the benefits, especially for skincare!

In this month’s Swag Bag we included Flora + Bast’s Age Adapting Serum, a product with CBD that helps skin self-correct and age well. We all want that!! Flora and Bast Founder Derek Chase made a hilarious appearance on Jamie Makeup Live (the live stream on the second Friday of every month where we un-bag the Swag Bag products, give away free stuff, and answer your questions) but we wanted to make sure your curiosity about CBD was not left unanswered.

Thank you so much to everyone who sent questions, and without further ado please enjoy the expertise of Mr. Derek Chase!

Everything you need to know about cbd products

with our expert Guest: Derek chase

 

Difference between CBD and THC? - Almost Everyone

CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, which are lipids that protect the plant from pesky pests trying to get a bit of bud in their diet.  While CBD and THC are both psychoactive when ingested, CBD produces a non-inebriating state of mind, while THC is responsible for the euphoric high associated with marijuana.  Both have medical and wellness applications, though CBD is the only cannabinoid available over-the-counter at significant levels (remember the plants with > 0.3% THC are considered marijuana and therefore only sold through dispensaries in states with legal marijuana laws).

How does CBD work on lines and aging? - @AgeofFabulous

Derek Chase, Flora + Bast Founder

Derek Chase, Flora + Bast Founder

CBD has profound metabolic effects, slowing the rate of biological aging by balancing the skin’s endocannabinoid tone, preventing aging/lines and wrinkles from forming.  CBD also helps increase the rate at which our skin cells turn over, and upregulates apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in tissue that is compromised or unhealthy,  resulting in the reduction of everything from lines and wrinkles, to dark spots to saggy skin.

I have dry skin but also awful hormonal acne that just started in my 30s! Would CBD work? - @whitney.w.shaw

YAS! One of the biggest issues with acne products on the market today is that they are not only drying but also inflammatory.  Adding a CBD-rich product to your routine will help to balance oil production, in addition to reducing inflammation (which is the underlying cause of acne, be it adolescent or adult onset).  For best results, only use products containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as spot treatments or on full face for an acute period of time (1-3 days max).  Chronic use of these actives will result in continued breakouts over time.

How do you know what dose of CBD should be in products to get the maximum benefits? - @kathp227

There is very little reliable data on dosing for CBD, especially topically speaking.  As such we led small scale consumer studies to understand where the best results were achieved, which landed us at 1% potency for our serum, and 20mg per dose (1mL, which is one full pipette) on our tincture.

When do I apply the CBD oil in my evening routine? Other lotions and serums first or the oil first? - LSG

Oil first, everything else after! Since the fatty acids in our oil is primarily that of the small molecule variety, it will absorb quickly (max 30 seconds).  If applied on top, it may be more difficult for oil to absorb.

Does it come with a regimen and will it help to remove acne scars and dark pigmentation? - @malwina.07

Our recommended regimen, both day and night, in chronological order:

  1. Wash with a gentle, low surfactant cleanser (you can tell the level of surfactant by the amount of foam it produces); oil cleansers are preferred.

  2. Apply AGE ADAPTING FACIAL SERUM, pressing and or massaging into face for 30 seconds.

  3. Depending on your skins needs, add all other products over top.  We believe in a water-free routine, with more aggressive products being reserved for nighttime use only (retinols, acids, vitamin Cs, etc…).

Is the Age Adapting Serum a day and night time usage? Can I use it with a Vitamin C serum? - @JulieG

BOTH! Safe to use with ANY product, as the cannabinoids and terpenes present in the serum are non-irritating or interactive as it pertains to other facial care ingredients.  In addition to the serum not being conflicting, it will also help reduce the irritation that can be caused by a vitamin C product.

Does it calm rosacea? - @kelseywoods79

Anecdotally speaking, YAS! There still needs to be testing done on the effects of CBD on these types of dermatological disorders, but you are a prime candidate for a CBD-rich product. 

Does it all smell like weed? lol - @SwitStacie

Our serum has a relatively mild cannabis scent that dissipates within 2-3 minutes, depending on how much you apply.  Our tincture has a more distinct cannabis aroma given the potency and variety of cannabis we have selected for this product.

Can I use this with retinol? - @Marie

YAS!  Like the vitamin C question, products that are likely to produce irritation and redness are perfect candidates to apply on top of our serum.  Less irritation means more applications and more results from your retinoids!  We love retinoids and will be launching into the ingredient in 2020.

Will you have better dreams with it? - @SwitStacie

There is a lot of data out there that shows a whole host of changes in sleep – lucid dreaming has been reported, as well as a reduction in dreams – bottom line is that it all depends on the needs of the individual, as CBD is an adaptogen and produces results depending on the needs of the individual.  We have done small scale consumer studies which show variations in both REM sleep (when you dream) and deep sleep, so changes in dreaming is to be expected but not necessarily determined prior to testing.

Do you grow your own plants to create the product? - @ljkirven

We partner with 3 independent farms in OR, CO and VT. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH, DEREK!!

I’ve learned so much through this brand and I really love these products. Already feeling a difference and I love being connected to the brand because I love and trust it even more. Give it a try if you’re curious and let me know what you think, and continue to send us your questions if you have them!

Of course, use any kind of marijuana responsibly the same way you would anything else with similar effects, but know I love the brand, the products, and the benefits!!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

xoxo

Jamie