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While well-intentioned, California's Prop 65 — officially “The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986” — has led to unintended consequences, especially when it comes to products made with the cannabis plant, including Green Bee Botanicals skincare.   

We appreciate this law; it's meant to inform California consumers about food, water, dietary supplements, and other consumable products that may have ingredients that can cause cancer or birth defects. 

Green Bee Botanicals products are actually exempt from Prop 65 and do not require this warning. However, because some cannabis dispensaries will not sell products without this warning — and our products currently can be bought only from dispensaries — we include it. 

The important thing to know is that: 

All of our products pass the strict California cannabis testing requirements, which are stricter than organic food testing.
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We publish these test results, called COAs (certificates of analysis), for all our products on each of our online product pages.
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Our products will not cause cancer. They are not dangerous. Read on to understand why. 

 

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Best serum for dry skin

  • Jul 27, 2020
  • Lilli Keinaenen

Cannabis skincare helps dryness, oiliness, itch, pimples, inflammation, and more – but how can it do all those things at once? 🤔⁠

Cannabis brings balance to skin. Topical cannabis with phytocannabinoids such as THC, CBD, and CBG is a natural way to nourish your skin and protect it from damage. There are cannabis receptors all over the skin in multiple cells. That's why it can help with so many things, from redness and eczema to oil production and acne. So cannabis oil alone can do so much. 

Cannabis-based serums are able to penetrate multiple epidermis layers and bind with our skin’s natural endocannabinoid receptors, sealing in all the juicy goodness for the most intensive results. 

Add in more healing herbs that work in synergy with the cannabis, and you've got some amazing skincare magic on your hands (and your face!). 

How to choose a serum for aging skin 

Green Bee Botanicals makes two face serums. Both of our serums work for most people, but each has unique aspects. Our Renewing Serum is best for for normal-to-dry skin, and Perfecting Serum for normal-to-oily skin.

Formulated for normal-to-dry skin, this award-winning face oil is loaded with antioxidants and...

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Photo by Ruben Ramirez

 

Summer is here, and we hope you’re enjoying the fresh air and sunshine as much as we are. But with sun exposure comes the risk of skin damage, so it’s important to be equipped with everything you need to keep your skin healthy. 

So, besides using sunscreen to protect your skin, what healing botanical ingredients are best for nourishing your skin during the summer months? 

 

1. Cannabis

Our specialty at Green Bee Botanicals is cannabis skincare, and for good reason. Tens of thousands of plants are known to science for their medicinal and healing properties — they’re why our founder is a botanist and all of our products are plant-based. But the cannabis plant is a whole other level of amazing. 

You can read more about why cannabis is good for your skin in the blog on the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), but in a nutshell, cannabinoids — the active ingredients in cannabis — synch with our ECS to help maintain the...

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Did you know the human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that interacts with the compounds found in cannabis? And that your body creates cannabinoids?
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Cannabis Sativa is a plant that we call cannabis, or marijuana. Hemp is actually the exact same plant. Within that plant, the flowers secrete oils, that are rich in the active compounds of what we think of as cannabis. Two of the most well known molecules are THC, is the "high" molecule, and CBD, the "healing" molecule. 

Because THC is psychoactive, plants with higher concentrations of THC are considered to be cannabis, and plants bred to have lower levels of THC are called typically called hemp plants. Since cannabis is federally illegal, but hemp is not, causes some weirdness, where cannabis is regulated on a state level, and hemp is regulated by the FDA and the Farm Bill. But biologically, it's the same plant, the only difference is the how it's categorized on paper. 

What are cannabinoids? 

Cannabinoids are molecules from the cannabis plant. They're the active ingredients and what we think of when we think of cannabis – CBD and THC being the two most famous ones. Our bodies generate what are called endocannabinoids (endo meaning inside in medical terms and Greek), so plant-derived cannabinoids, are called phytocannabinoids (phyto meaning plant in Greek).

There are receptors all...

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Terpene spotlight: terpinolene

  • Jul 04, 2020
  • Bridget May

One of the compounds in cannabis is also found in spices like cumin, and fruit like apples – who would have thought it? What do those things have in common, is the a compound called a terpene. Terpenes, like myrcene found in cannabis and apples, are the scent molecules and active ingredients found in the cannabis sativa plant, as well as other plant botanicals, like tea tree oil. 

What are terpenes? They are the "essential oils" of the cannabis plant, created in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like the active ingredients THC and CBD. Terpenes are what make cannabis smell like it smells like – they are the aromatic oils that scent cannabis varieties with distinctive flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine (and skunk too!)⁠. 

Terpenes seem to work together to alter, or temper the effects of other terpenes as well as cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. This is known as the entourage effect. More research is needed to understand each terpene’s effect when used in harmony with the other components, but it is clear that it's not just about making cannabis smell good. Terpenes like linalool are active participants in the entourage!⁠

From Leafly.com: "Not unlike other strong-smelling plants and...