CBD Nomad is a small Black-owned business that harnesses the power of CBD through organic skincare.

Najma Siyad co-founded CBD Nomad with her husband, Mohammed Jeylani, who’s a professional herbalist. The line includes charcoal clay, rose clay and turmeric clay masks infused with CBD.

Siyad chatted with In The Know about the importance of people of color finding their place in the hemp industry — despite the obstacles and stigma.

“My husband is an herbalist and he is actually the one who developed the CBD clay masks and the turmeric masks that I would always use for my skin,” Siyad told In The Know.

One day, Jeylani suggested they start mass producing and selling the products they had long been using and their company was born.

“Because of COVID-19, we couldn’t have a wedding,” she said. “So we took the savings we had and put it towards this business endeavor we’ve been dreaming of.”

CBD is short for cannabidiol, it’s the second most active ingredient in cannabis after THC, which is the element that gets you “high” or causes psychoactive effects. CBD, on the other hand, cannot get you high — instead, it’s commonly used for its calming properties.

The kind of CBD you purchase legally at stores is derived from hemp plants, which are in the same family as the marijuana plant. CBD is typically the major component of medical marijuana, as it has no psychoactive or addictive effects and isn’t linked to any health issues.

“CBD offers a lot of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits, which can be very beneficial in treating skin concerns like inflammation, acne and dryness,” Siyad explained.

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