Look Your Best: The Benefits of Hemp Cosmetics

There are a lot of ways to use the cannabis plant, and a lot of products that can be made. Whether a person wants to smoke flower, vape a concentrate, eat an edible, inhale via a nasal spray, get it through a patch, or rub it all over their skin, each of these methods allows a person to ingest compounds, or use the plant in some way. In the case of cosmetics, the goal isn’t to get high, the goal is to look good. So here are some basics of the benefits of hemp cosmetics.

The benefits of hemp cosmetics are substantial compared to standard petroleum-based cosmetics, and this is good for personal health, and the environment. Cannabis is great in that way, offering tons of positive medical and recreational attributes from smoking up, to getting ready for a night out. Plus, with the new and wide-ranging cannabinoids market, not only can products be bought outside of regulation, but there are tons of new offerings including delta-8 THC, THCV, and HHC among others. Check out all our current deals and find the products perfect for you.


What are hemp cosmetics?

As always, before getting into the benefits of hemp cosmetics, its best to first describe what we’re talking about. Most people probably have a working definition of cosmetics in their head. Nonetheless, for anyone that needs a formal definition, cosmetics are “relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion.” With a second definition defining that this is “done or made for the sake of appearance.”

In other words, makeup, and skin care items. Whether you’re moisturizing your skin to get that awesome healthy glow, rubbing rouge on your cheeks, covering up those blemishes, or putting thickening cream in your hair, these are all examples of products used to improve appearance, and they all fit under the title of ‘cosmetics’.

Cosmetics are far and away mainly female bought items. In very few societies today is it standard for men to wear makeup, though this certainly doesn’t preclude them from doing so. Especially when it comes to things like covering blemishes, or hair care (including shaving), men do take part in the market as well.

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Hemp cosmetics are cosmetics that incorporate hemp into their ingredients list, many using hemp oil as the base for the product. With tons of medical properties, there are many benefits to the user for using of hemp cosmetics. This isn’t simply because hemp can offer so much, but also as an alternative to the often-not-safe chemicals used in standard cosmetics today.

Today’s cosmetic industry

The actual history of cosmetics in the US is generally not written about well. In fact, over the years I’ve watched basic historical information disappear from the internet, seemingly as a form of censorship. Which actually makes sense in this situation, as the real story of cosmetics and big oil is a rather seedy one. It’s also likely the reason there is virtually no regulation in cosmetics (apart from chemicals used for coloring), since regulation would end the ability to use petroleum byproducts in products.

In short, “In the 1950s, government subsidies incentivized companies to process oil byproducts into synthetic chemicals and resins. Capitalizing on these generous subsidies, the cosmetic industry hired chemical engineers to design their products, with the resulting synthetic substances sold as body and skin ‘care’ products.  The cosmetic industry created the misconception that the skin is impervious, and regulations misleadingly classify oil cosmetics as ‘external’ products –  ignoring the effects of dermal chemical absorption.”

Not only was a weird idea developed that the skin actually acts as a barrier to the chemicals put on it (we know now that is highly and dangerously untrue), but without instituting regulation, it allowed for these chemicals to be used for decades of time despite continuous information to the contrary being put out about their safety.

I expect this is precisely why no regulation measure exists. The government supports big oil, and supported oil byproducts being used in cosmetics. If you’re going to promote an industry to use bad chemicals, and you want to get away with it, you have to forego all regulation to ensure those bad chemicals aren’t ruled out.

More recently, adding onto the petroleum problem, a new oil is now being used for cosmetics, complete with its own issues. Palm oil. Though palm oil provides a safer ingredient than petroleum byproducts, it comes with a massive environmental toll in the form of deforestation (reportedly, 8% of the world’s forests were destroyed for palm oil production between 1990 and 2008.) This is also related to peatlands becoming flammable when drained to grow palm, resulting in fires that cause more carbon emissions, and effect the health of those who breathe in the smoke.

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According to Greenpeace, “more than 900,000 people in Indonesia have suffered acute respiratory infections due to the smoke from fires in 2019, and nearly 10 million children are at risk of lifelong physical and cognitive damages due to air pollution.” In fact, “In the first 10 months of 2019, these fires released an amount of CO2 close to the UK’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions.” Palm is used because it’s a cheap oil, for which production has massively increased in the last several decades.

What are the benefits of hemp cosmetics vs standard?

Now that we’ve gone through how the standard (generally corporate) cosmetics industry is a rather dirty place, this leads us to the benefits that can be gained by using hemp-based cosmetics instead. We already know that hemp offers massive health and environmental benefits (or less detractions) than standard materials in many industries, and for many products. Whether it’s building materials like cement, or leather, paint and finishing products, plastics, or even batteries, hemp offers a safer alternative. And this can be seen for cosmetics as well.

When used in cosmetics, what we’re talking about isn’t hemp flowers, but hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is “extracted by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hemp oil is rich in properties that makes it a very effective moisturizer functioning as an emollient to soften and smoothen the skin. Hemp seed oil is high in essential fatty acids (omegas 3 and 6), polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and other nutrients that keep the skin in a good condition.”

As hemp is natural, recyclable, non-toxic, and biodegradable, it makes the far better option for what to put on your skin, than something toxic that will go directly to your bloodstream. Think about all those oil derivatives, and what that means to your body to be ingesting them.

If you’re wondering if chemical absorption into the bloodstream through the skin is really an issue, (as it is often touted as a non-issue), it’s best to remember that things like birth control patches, nicotine patches, and fentanyl patches are all used for a reason. And understanding that on the one hand, should allow the logic in, that the skin absorbs what’s put on it. This might not go for everything (often an argument to back up using such chemicals), but it’ll go for most things.

According to a Huffington Post article which references Environmental Working Group research, “In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns.”

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What were they? “Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects. These toxins included mercury, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated and polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBCD/F and PBDD/F), perflorinated chemicals (PFCs), organochlorine pesticides like DDT and chlordane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and many others. These study results have been largely ignored by the media.” While not all of this relates to cosmetics, many of these chemicals can indeed be found in skincare products.

More specific benefits of hemp cosmetics

We’ve gone over that hemp is safer than petroleum-based cosmetics, but what can it actually do for a person? Here are some basics of the benefits of using hemp cosmetics. When referring to ‘hemp oil’ it means oil derived from the hemp plant, and this implies the presence of CBD. Sometimes CBD oils – which are hemp oils – are sold in concentrated form, but there should always be CBD in hemp oil, unless its specifically taken out to meet a regulation. Even in these cases, there is likely to be a trace amount.

According to Dr. Tina Alster, clinical professor of dermatology at Washington DC’s Georgetown University Medical Center, “CBD may have a positive impact on a variety of health concerns and conditions including chronic pain, joint Inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, memory, nausea, neurological disorders, skin disorders and more.”

In terms of specifically offering benefits to the skin, Dr. Alster related that “CBD oil has an anti-inflammatory property, which can benefit the skin, and it can also reduce oil production, provide moisture and relieve pain and itching.”

The doctor states, “Topical CBD is safe and works effectively for all skin types. The products are easy to administer. Sufferers of serious medical skin conditions and those who are seeking innovative skincare options can benefit from topical CBD use… Anti-inflammatory properties associated with CBD are beneficial in treating such dermatologic conditions as acne, psoriasis and eczema due to reduction of dryness, irritation and redness. CBD-containing creams, oils, gels and serums not only moisturize and soothe the skin but are also showing encouraging results in relieving pain caused by certain skin disorders.”

Conclusion

Hemp oil offers two basic things for the cosmetics industry. First, it offers a non-toxic base oil to work with which isn’t associated with massive environmental or medical damage. It’s not a byproduct of the oil industry, or a reason for mass deforestation. It’s plant material, and that beats out any synthetic or petroleum-based material out there.

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Second, it’s actually good for the skin. It promotes skin health, by offering it the vitamins and minerals that it needs to be functioning at its best. While much in the cosmetics world is meant to cover up imperfections, hemp oil cosmetic products can do the same and more, offering a way to look better, which actually helps eliminate issues by promoting healthier skin function.

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Granny’s Getting High: Cannabis and Seniors – Best Products to Buy

Cannabis – both medical and recreational – are certainly on the rise. We know the kids are doing it, and we know adults are too. But what about our grandparents? These days, cannabis and seniors go together like… seniors and bingo!

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A little about the senior population of America

We don’t usually think of the geriatrics of America as being cool, or a part of pop culture. Though we conceptually understand that these older wrinkled people used to be young and beautiful – just like us – it’s hard to imagine a guy now taking baby steps with a walker, as the hard-bodied kid doing the jitterbug in the 50’s and 60’s. These days, once a person gets old and gray, it’s like they’re invalidated from present culture, often stuck in a home with other old folks to talk about their glory days. In some ways, we forget that they’re thinking, vibrant people. Until we become them.

In the 2010 US census bureau report, there were just over 40 million Americans living over the age of 65, approximately 13% of the population. This was up from 1985, when those over 65 took up 11% of the population. By July 1st, 2019, the number of those over 65 reached 54 million. It is expected by the year 2030, that citizens 65 years and older will account for an entire 20% of the population. Another publication puts the number at 95 million seniors by the year 2060, up to 23%. That’s now nearly a quarter of the population that is grandparent age.

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But wait, living to 65 is hardly a big deal these days. A pretty large percentage of the population gets way past their mid-60s, and this population is growing at a staggering rate as well. In the year 1900, as few as 100,000 people lived to 85 or above. 110 years later, that number was up to 5.5 million in the 2010 census report. It is estimated that by the year 2050, senior citizens 85 and above will account for 5% of the country’s total population, 24% of the entire population of senior citizens, and reach approximately 19 million in numbers.

There was a huge uptick in nursing home entries between the years 1992-2009, with admissions increasing by three times. It went from 28 out of 10,000 who receive Medicare, to 80 out of 10,000. As of 2012, 1.3 million seniors were living in nursing homes, which given the trajectory just stated, implies a much bigger number here in 2021. According to Nursing Home Abuse Center, 16.5% of the current 1.4 million in nursing homes are 65-74 years of age. 26.4% are 75-84, 33.8% are 85-94 years of age. And 7.8% are 95 and above. Approximately 15.5% are under the age of 65.

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Health issues for older adults

There are plenty of debates about if and why people live longer today. Most research will not actually back up that this is due to the large array of available medications. More research points to simply having a larger percentage of people making it past childhood, with an emphasis that life expectancy hasn’t changed quite as much as modern thought tends to imply. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a difference, and we know this because our older populations are growing. While medications might not be the complete answer, medical interventions (breathing machines, feeding tubes, arthroscopic surgery etc.) certainly have made a difference, often being used on patients who would prefer not to continue trying to live.

According to the Institute on Aging, when looking at populations above 65 years of age, chronic illnesses, over acute illnesses, prevail. This implies sicknesses that don’t go away, and remain as every day issues to deal with. Acute implies a more ‘right now’ issue, that can be healed in time. All of this does imply a population on medication maintenance. An interesting way of looking at this is through deaths related to heart disease.

From 1981-2009 deaths attributed to heart attacks and strokes went down by more than 50%, however there has been no indication that these health issues have actually decreased themselves, meaning that seniors are now able to continue living – or at least surviving – with the medical issues associated with cardiovascular disease. Considering these issues tend to kill people, the idea of simply ‘surviving’ with it, doesn’t say much good for quality of life.

In terms of diabetes, from 1997-1998, approximately 13% of those 65 and older reported the condition. By 2009-2010, nearly 21% reported the condition. In the 65 and older category, the measured prevalence of diabetes went up by over 50% between 1997-2006. And for weight management, back in 1988-1994, about 22% of those over 65 were considered obese (this does not include those simply deemed ‘overweight’). When looking at 2009-2010, that number increased to 38%. Back in 1984, a little over 80% of the population over 65 had 1+ chronic health condition. This was increased to 91% by 2005.

Cannabis and seniors – what’s going on

Before getting into the best cannabis products for seniors, let’s take a look at who’s already using it in our aging community. In 2020, a study came out called Trends in Cannabis Use Among Older Adults in the United States, 2015-2018. In the study, it was reported that cannabis use in adults 65 and above, has gone from .4% back in 2006-2007, to 2.9% in 2015-2016. From 2015-2018 it went from 2.4% to 4.2%. The study comes from data compiled for the 2015-2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This survey only accounts for non-institutionalized people, meaning the almost 1.5 million sitting in nursing homes wouldn’t be included.

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The groups that saw the biggest increase in cannabis use, were those coming from racial or ethnic minorities, women, people receiving help for mental issues, richer adults, and diabetics.

In another study from 2020 called Cannabis: An Emerging Treatment for Common Symptoms in Older Adults, conducted at the University of California San Diego, found that older adults tend to use cannabis more for medical problems. The conditions for which cannabis was more frequently used, were: anxiety and depression (among other psychological conditions), as well as pain management, and for sleep. According to Christopher Kaufmann – co-investigator on the study:

“Pain, insomnia and anxiety were the most common reasons for cannabis use and, for the most part, patients reported that cannabis was helping to address these issues, especially with insomnia and pain.”

The survey encompassed 568 respondents, 15% of which claimed to have used cannabis within the last three years. Of those respondents, half reported using it on a regular basis, with medical issues being the primary reason. The study took place over a ten week period, and it was found that a staggering 61% of patients had never used cannabis until after turning 60. This is could be related to the idea that when this population was younger, cannabis was still very much demonized, making the current time period a more realistic one to start using it. According to another co-investigator Kevin Yang:

“These individuals were a unique group compared to those who used cannabis in the past. New users were more likely to use cannabis for medical reasons than for recreation… The route of cannabis use also differed with new users more likely to use it topically as a lotion rather than by smoking or ingesting as edibles. Also, they were more likely to inform their doctor about their cannabis use, which reflects that cannabis use is no longer as stigmatized as it was previously.”

Best cannabis products for seniors

While it doesn’t come up as a disease that people die from, arthritis sure runs rampant in the older community, with 49.6% of adults 65 and above reporting a diagnosed case of arthritis between the years 2013-2015. This is one of the optimal uses of cannabis for seniors.

With a recommendation from the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network, Spruce Natural Labs’ Spruce Deep Chill CBD Lotion is a great answer for that ongoing joint pain. This full spectrum CBD cream can be applied directly to joints, and is 100% all natural and pesticide free. The cream contains a mix of CBD, along with other natural ingredients like menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, rosemary and Aloe vera. Each container of this high potency cream contains 3.4oz, has 2,000mg of CBD, and costs $169 ($143.65 with subscription).

Cheaper options do exist. Like Naternal’s Rescue CBD Muscle Cream. Combined with menthol, camphor, eucalyptus, and arnica to help promote anti-inflammation, this cream is intended for daily use to restore muscles to a better state. Each container of 3.5oz of cream comes with 1,000mg of CBD, and costs $40.

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Another rampant issue among the older community are neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. According to Alz.org, approximately 6.2 million US residents above the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s disease as of 2021, 72% of which are 75+. One in nine seniors over 65 has Alzheimer’s, and cannabis has been shown to be useful for aiding with neurodegenerative diseases.

For seniors looking to preserve, or improve, their mental function, Spruce 750mg Lab Grade CBD Oil is a great option. Each dropper of the vegan and gluten free oil contains 25mg of full spectrum CBD, which is artificial flavor, preservative, and sweetener free. This oil uses organic hemp seed oil, is 3rd party tested, and will not produce a psychoactive high, making it a great choice for senior citizens. Each dropper bottle of one fluid ounce costs $89 ($75.65 with subscription).

We also know seniors tend to get stressed out and don’t sleep well. Whereas insomnia is seen in 12-20% of younger populations, its seen in 30-48% of elderly populations.

Fairwinds had this in mind when it created its Deep Sleep Tincture, and Deeper Sleep Capsules. The deep sleep tincture was created to sooth both the body and the mind, without producing a groggy feeling the next day. With the inclusion of lavender, chamomile, passion flower and peppermint – among other herbal ingredients, each package contains 250mg of the cannabinoid CBN, along with 250mg of CBD, and 50mg of THC. Each serving contains 10mg, 10mg, and 2mg respectively. This tincture supports rest, as well as neuroprotection, and a balanced nervous system. All great for senior citizens.

The Deeper Sleep Capsules are an even more powerful sleep remedy, containing terpenes like myrcene and linalool – both associated with relaxation. It also contains peony root extract with a standardized percentage of the compound paeoniflorin. Each package contains 75mg of THC and 45mg of CBD, making for doses containing 5mg of THC and 3mg of CBD.

Conclusion

Some seniors want to treat a medical problem. Some just want their golden years to feel more golden – and it seems CBD has been found to do just this. Whatever reasons that have spurred so much growth in the seniors and cannabis scene, the one thing certain is that with a hugely growing part of our population over the age of 65, the seniors of America might soon be the biggest cannabis buying population.

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Resources

CBD Improves Overall Quality of Life For Seniors, Study Finds
Cannabis And The Elderly: A Neurophysiological And Pharmacological Review The Delta 8 Weekly Newsletter (All you need to know about Delta 8 thc), the Best Delta 8 THC Deals and the Best Delta-10 THC deals Ben Gurion University: CBD & Cannabis ‘Highly Effective’ For Treating The Elderly
Ask A Doctor – CBD For The Elderly Gallup Poll Finds Americans Use CBD Mostly For Pain Management
Is Cannabis Good for Young Brains?

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