Cannabis Root Skincare Line Opens New Possibilities

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A cannabis-infused skincare company called Empyri recently launched a line of products made from cannabis root that contains compounds that can heal damaged skin and treat conditions such as eczema.

Empyri is a cannabis-infused skincare company that launched last month with three products: a cleanser, a toner and a daily moisturizer—all infused with cannabis root. Cannabis root is among the least-used parts of the cannabis plant, and outside of ancient Chinese medicine—its beneficial properties are typically unknown.

Flaxseed oil provides benefits against the effects of eczema, thanks to an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid. But cannabis byproducts like hemp seed oil and cannabis root can also provide the benefits of flaxseed without the bitter taste. Jennifer Grant launched Empyri to take advantage of these benefits.

“I saw the potential to combine the non-regulated parts of a cannabis plant, the parts that are therapeutic, from hemp seed oil to different extracts of the plant, and learned that cannabis roots have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over a thousand years therapeutically,” Grant said. Empyri’s new products were first reported by The Growth Op.

Grant explained that cannabis roots happen to be rich in triterpenoids and monoterpenes that may provide a variety of benefits. Friedelin, for instance, is a triterpenoid that is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is found in concentrations of up to 23 percent in some samples of cannabis roots.

Carvone is one of the monoterpenes, and it is known for antiviral, decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties. Carvone is found in high concentrations, up to almost 80 percent in some cannabis roots.

“I started learning about all of these anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, therapeutic parts of the plant and incorporated them into a skincare line,” Grant said.

Grant’s business concept opens up a whole new chapter to the world of cannabis-infused skincare products. It’s also a testament to how important terpene healing properties can be.

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