Hemp skincare products come in many forms, from body butter to facemasks and even lip balm. Hemp lotions are becoming increasingly popular due to their active ingredients, including essential fatty acids and varying levels of cannabinoids, which can relieve dry skin and lock in moisture, among other benefits.
Bloom and Oil Staff
Published October 23, 2020
If you’re looking for hemp lotions, you’ll come across two main types on the market: those containing hempseed oil as the active ingredient and those containing CBD oil.
Both hempseed and CBD oils are derived from varieties of the cannabis plant, but their compositions (and benefits) are different.
Hempseed oil is extracted from the plant’s seeds, which contain only trace levels of cannabinoids, but are packed with essential fatty acids and an abundance of vitamins, including vitamins A, C, and E.
CBD oil is made from the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the plant, where cannabinoids are found in higher concentrations. Depending on the hemp plant strain and extraction process, different CBD oil types are produced that contain various levels of cannabinoids and other compounds.
What Is Hemp Lotion?
Hemp lotion may contain either hempseed oil, CBD oil, or hempseed oil with added CBD extract. Like many other skincare products, you will find hemp body lotions in various formats like creams, butters, moisturizers, and even shower oils. And they can target your face, hands, feet, lips, or whole body, depending on your personal needs.
The federal government is still ironing out CBD regulations, so CBD skincare products are currently not lawfully required to have FDA approval. You should be aware that because this market is mostly unregulated, some brands will falsely claim that their products contain CBD. So, it’s important to choose products that are third-party lab tested and offer their certificate of analysis (lab results) for confirmation. CBDistillery is transparent about the quality of its CBD skincare products and provides an image of the lab testing results next to each product on the website.
What Are the Benefits of Hemp Lotion?
To recap, not all hemp-infused lotions contain CBD, so make sure to check the ingredient list on the product label for ‘cannabidiol’ if you’re looking for the added health benefits of CBD. Let´s take a closer look at five key benefits of hemp lotions.
1. Hemp Lotion Is Moisturizing
The healthy human body is equipped with an endocannabinoid system, which helps keep the body in a balanced state. This system is comprised of cannabinoid receptors all throughout the body, including the surface of the skin.
Scientists have performed preclinical studies on topically applied CBD, meaning that they have tested the effects of this type of product on skin cells (human or mice) in a laboratory, but the research has not been completed with actual human trials yet.
Keep in mind that because wound care products are applied to damaged skin, it’s essential to be selective with the ingredients you use. Myaderm is a brand focused on topical CBD products for skincare and pain relief, and they carry a calming cream with 100mg CBD (per 0.5oz) that they promote for soothing and nourishing irritated skin.
How Do I Find the Right Hemp Body Lotion?
To find a good hemp lotion, focus on finding a brand that provides details about the active ingredients. With trusted brands, you should be able to find the hemp origin, CBD potency, and lab test results that confirm the quality of the product.
Because the FDA does not yet regulate CBD, some products are incorrectly labeled and do not contain CBD at all or have a lower potency than advertised. So, be wary if the manufacturer does not or is not willing to share that information.
Additional tips when searching for a good hemp body lotion:
Watch out for any inactive ingredients such as fragrances and artificial colorants, as they may cause skin irritation.
As with any skincare product, test out a small portion on a patch of skin (like your forearm) before applying it to your entire body or the more sensitive skin areas like your face.
Finally, while more research on the efficacy of CBD-infused skincare is needed, the current scientific landscape suggests there are little to no side effects associated with applying CBD products topically. However, if you notice negative side effects, like a burning sensation or redness after application, stop using the product immediately.