Not since the coconut oil boom of 2017 has one ingredient caused such a stir in the beauty and grooming world. Here, we reveal everything you need to know about CBD oil and – perhaps most importantly – reveal how it can make you look better. We’ve talked a lot about the health benefits of CBD oil here at GQ, but what we haven’t really touched on until now is the recent upsurge in CBD-laced grooming products. A non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from the marijuana plant, CBD oil is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help soothe and relieve stressed and irritated skin. As a consequence it’s an ingredient many grooming and beauty companies – from big players such as Kiehl’s and Malin & Goetz, to a whole host of exciting new start ups – have started using in their products in a host of new and intriguing ways. Here, we speak to the co-founder and director of new CBD company Flawless CBD, Irin Maini, to discover whether this miracle grooming ingredient really lives up to the hype. (First disclaimer: it does. Scan to the bottom of the article to discover our edit of the best CBD-laced grooming products on the market right now.)
I trialed Tonic’s Topical 2 per cent CBD serum on an eight-hour flight from London to New York. My skin usually becomes very red, dry and puffy on flights , no matter how much water I drink or how much hyaluronic acid I pump onto my face. This rich, oily serum was absorbed easily into the skin and immediately felt soothing. My face felt properly moisturised and I ended the flight looking marginally less ravage than usual. You need to get used to the ‘hemp-y’ smell, but it’s well worth the extra effort. And if my word isn't enough, after just three days of using this serum, Stephen Manderson (better known as Professor Green) managed to banish all traces of eczema from around his eyes. Which proves that it's potent stuff.
This revolutionary vape pen design for concentrates will bring you the taste and purity of a tabletop Rig. This is the only pen design where the concentrates DO NOT come in contact with the heating element. This is how it works: A proprietary heating element is encapsulated below a glass bowl which will hold the concentrates of your choice.
This wax vape kit is pack with technology that you can only find in tabletop rigs. The wax material does not actually touch or interact with the coil heating element in this dab pen. A proprietary heating element sits directly below a quartz glass bowl and the quartz glass bowl is what your wax concentrates go into and gets superheated in less than 5 seconds. Your concentrates don’t actually touch the coil. A lot of people complain that concentrates that touch or goes between the coils get kind of a burnt or a metallic taste, almost like you can actually taste the coils, saying that the only professional type of a coil or a ceramic coil are those intricate flavor connoisseurs should use. This unit aims to bring you this kind of taste, purity, and flavor that you can only get out of tabletop units – traditional rigs that use a blow torch to heat wax concentrates through the glass.
Let’s start off with going through the kit and its contents. Each one of your Plasma Wax Vape Kit is going to come in this nice box. Inside you will have your plasma GQ vape, instruction manual, USB charging cable and spare wax atomizer chamber glass. Also included are 2 isopropyl q-tips, that are meant for cleaning your glass as well as your heater. You will also get a “surgical” type of dab tool. This thing is really high-quality and precise so definitely don’t let this fall into the pile of your dab tools that you lose or throw away because it’s very useful. Then you have your wax pen, which is the plasma GQ. Wide bore mouthpiece, your glass chamber, the heating element and quartz bowl for your concentrates on the inside. This heating chamber looks a lot different from what you guys have seen.
The HoneyStick Plasma – The Ultimate Wax Concentrates Vape Pen
Today we want to review the revolutionary Wax Dab Pen that HoneyStick launched called the Plasma GQ. We’re really excited to review this wax pen because we think that it has a really unique technology that has not yet been brought to pocket-sized dab pens. We’re going to run through the unboxing and some of the technical features of what really makes this vape unique and place it at the top of our best vape pen for wax category. We want to show you guys how it works with the CBD crumbles which is a type of concentrate, a waxy form of CBDs.
Features and Functions:
The HoneyStick Plasma GQ Wax Vaporizer
Prepare yourself for the purest most flavor-filled concentrates experience that is available out of pocket-sized vape unit when you pick up a Plasma GQ by HoneyStick.
The glass ( Quartz) heater bowl is “super-heated” by Plasma innovating heating element reaching a max temperature of 850 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 5 seconds. The air inlet is located right above the bowl giving you the purest-flavor filled vape notes attainable from anything this size. This is a unit designed for the flavor chasing connoisseur in this latest launch from HoneyStick. it can be used with Waxes, dabs, crumbles, rosins, thicker slabs, even small amounts of essential oils enough for a few puffs of greatness. See what makes this vape the Best Dab Pen out there – our detailed features walkthrough.
Their evidence for those claims is anecdotal. But anecdotes are cheap, and many CBD-infused products are not. Truth is, it’s unclear exactly what effect CBD has on the body’s endocannabinoid system, which exerts some control over your immune and inflammatory systems, and also affects things like mood, pain, appetite and memory.
Promise: “Combines natural plant extracts for a soothing, cooling effect … Preclinical trials over the past four decades have found that cannabinoids, like those found in hemp extract, show potential to be a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotectant, antidepressant, and many other benefits.”
Potency: 75mg full-spectrum hemp extract
Price: $35 (1.5oz)
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She held a dose of the tincture under her tongue. And just as she finished grimacing at the taste, she opened both eyes. The pain was gone, the redness and heat of her face, too. Nothing beside the heavy-hitter drug prescribed by her doctor, and that must build up in the bloodstream before working, had ever done anything close to that to the pain.
Last year, my fiance was diagnosed with a wildly under-researched headache condition called SUNA (short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headaches). Sounds scary, right? It is. Essentially, something has pissed off her trigeminal nerve, which we all have on the sides of our faces. When you have SUNA (or one of its cousin diseases, trigeminal neuralgia and cluster headaches), those nerves are wrathful, sending burning, shooting and/or stabbing pains into your face whenever an attack occurs. My fiance is now on an anti-seizure medication, and it works, generally. But every once in a while, the nerve pain breaks through, sending her into a painful state for a few hours.
Promise: “This creamy taste of the tropics is great for smoothies, spreads, and enhancing flavorful recipes… CBD provides some of the most diverse and effective health benefits found in nature.”
Potency: 60 milligrams per five-ounce jar