The cannabis industry, and CBD in particular, has seen a large boom in popular demand thanks to the passing of legislation last year -making the production of hemp (containing high amounts of CBD) legal.
But the global pandemic we’re currently facing makes CBD even more valuable as it’s studied for its stress relieving, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory effects.
During this time of social distancing, most of us are spending a lot (if not all) of our time at home. Why not turn your home into a mini-sanctuary with the help of a few hemp-infused products.
CBD Infused Hand Sanitizer
With the CDC’s number one protective measure being to wash your hands frequently, or in the alternative, to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol – having an adequate hand sanitizer handy around the house is essential.
Responding to the need for a hand sanitizer that booth soothes and sanitizes, community-minded companies like Whispr are stepping up to fill in the gaps. Their hemp-infused hand sanitizer meets the FDA healthcare personnel hand wash criteria with 70% of its formula made up of ethyl alcohol. Thus their formula is going to be effective at eliminating many common germs and bacteria – and can do so in as little as 15 seconds.
Whispr’s formula also contains a 1-to-1 ratio of CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (cannabigerol) to soothe skin. Moisturizing Vitamin E (in the form of Tocopheryl Acetate) is also present to keep skin from over-drying.
If there’s ever a time to treat yourself to an elevated yet effective hand sanitizer, that time is now.
CBD tinctures generally come with measured droppers and thus allow for a very consistent dose. Because they’re taken sublingually, tinctures are also one of the most efficient ways to take CBD. Sublingually simply means you place the desired amount under your tongue and hold it there for 30-60 seconds. This will allow it to be absorbed by your sublingual gland -delivering the cannabidiol more directly into your bloodstream and helping to maintain its bioavailability. The effects of a tincture are generally felt in as little as 10 minutes to an hour. It all depends on the person and dosage.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that only 30 percent of commercially available CBD products were accurately labeled. Therefore, it’s important to know what to look for when you’re shopping for the highest quality CBD.
Some of the things to look for when deciding between different tinctures are:
- Lab reports: make sure the company you’re purchasing from makes current lab reports available to you on their website.
- Organic Hemp: Cannabis is a bio-accumulator and is affected by soil contaminants and heavy metals.
- Broad-Spectrum or Full-Spectrum Formula: meaning the extract contains a range of different phytocannabinoids producing what’s known as the entourage effect.
A tincture that checks all of these boxes is the Full Spectrum Hemp Oil by Whispr CBD. Made using hemp CBD grown in Colorado, the Whispr formula also features MCT oil, a well-known nootropic that promotes optimal mind and body function. The flavor is light, fresh, and fruity thanks to high quality plant oils (Grape, Avocado, and Hemp) and subtle flavor notes of tangerine and mint. Making it a soothing ritual at the end of a socially distant day.
CBD Bath Bomb
During these uncertain times, taking a warm bath is one of the healthiest and most satisfying ways to wind down and de-compress. It can also result in better sleep, increased blood flow and circulation, and muscle pain relief.
The health benefits of a warm bath before bed are elevated with the use of a hemp-infused bath bomb. Hemp-infused bath bombs are considered a topical application of CBD and work as a localized anti-inflammatory: penetrating the top layers of the skin to work synergistically with cannabinoid receptors. If you’ve never used a CBD bath bomb, it’s actually pretty simple. Simply place the bomb in your tub after filling it with warm water and let it work its magic.
Because the skin is the body’s largest organ, when shopping for a CBD bath bomb, you want to look for an all-natural formula. Make sure to steer clear of products that contain chemical dyes and irritants – since these are likely to do more harm than good for your skin. Transparent companies like Whispr will tell you exactly what their bath bombs are made of: I.e., full-spectrum hemp and essential oil blends that are all natural and sourced from responsible farms.
If you’re keeping up with your workout routine right now, then a topical form of CBD is another item you’ll be glad to have around the house. Similar to a CBD bath bomb, topical CBD products such as a CBD roll-on work as a localized anti-inflammatory and are absorbed through the skin.
To use a CBD roller, gentle massage the roller ball on the desired area of application and let the oil sink into your skin. One of the perks of a roll-on hemp oil is that it’s going to be less messy than using a cream or balm. For example, a roll-on hemp oil can easily be dabbed on your temples while leaving your hands clean.
The best roll-ons will have the added therapeutic benefit of peppermint essential oil or menthol to provide an instant calming and cooling sensation.
While scientists are still trying to pinpoint the effectiveness of CBD in skincare products, studies have shown it may help reduce inflammation, calm redness, and combat acne. All reasons why it has become a popular ingredient for skin care products.
The most reputable skincare companies start with a high concentration of CBD (250mg-500mg) and then add additional active ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Probiotics, Hyaluronic Acid, and even Vitamin A (which stimulates cell turnover).
Due to these powerful combinations, if you’re looking for another way to add the soothing properties of hemp into your daily routine, then a CBD skincare product is a great option.