Natural skincare and medicines business Bod Australia have big plans for 2018 having just announced the start of their exploratory formulation work on a new range of cannabis-based cosmetic products through its partnership with leading Swiss herbal extracts company Linnea.
“We believe that cannabis-based skin creams and balms – and in particular products manufactured using Linnea’s premium extracts with NioskinTM technology – are going to be the next big thing in skincare,” says Bod Australia’s CEO, Jo Patterson.
As cannabidiol (CBD) has antiepileptic, anti-emetic, and muscle relaxing qualities, it’s a welcome ingredient for the treatment of Epilepsy, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, as well as Multiple Sclerosis.
But the goodness of cannabis doesn’t stop there. When it comes to skin conditions, the anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxing effect of cannabidiol is considered a game-changer.
“The cannabis phytocomplex can play a vital role in the control of epidermal physiology and skin differentiation genes, anti-inflammatory and immunological related skin disorders, neurodermitis, contact eczema, hitching dermatosis, and rosacea,” says Patterson.
With clinical trials about to start, Bod Australia plan to begin commercialising and distributing the products, which will include serums, foam-based creams and balms, to consumers during 2018, starting overseas. In order to sell CBD products in Australia, Bod have applied for a TGA license and expect approval soon after clinical trials finish.
Patterson sees this as a huge opportunity for beauty salons and medispas to introduce an effective, all-natural skin treatment and skincare range to their businesses.
“Linnea’s NioskinTM extracts are all-natural, and are allergen free, gluten free, paraben free, preservative free, GMO free, and dermatologically tested.”
With CBD becoming increasingly popular as a natural alternative to pain killers (there’s cannabis bath bombs, cannabis tampons, and remedial balms), the move into skincare seems like a logical and lucrative step.
According to Patterson, “cannabis-based cosmetics are a breakthrough in the treatment of a range of skin conditions, from aging to inflammation. Simply put, they will completely revolutionise the treatments beauty salons and medispas offer their clients.