What Is CBD Soap Good For?
Most of the focus of CBD is around its benefits for your mind and body, but it’s also a popular option for skincare and beauty. You can find CBD-infused soap, anti-aging facial products, shampoo, conditioner, and more. Here’s a look at why cannabis so popular for skincare.
Does CBD Soap Work?
CBD oil soap can be found in both bar soap and liquid body soap. It cleanses and absorbs into your skin to help you achieve a variety of skin and beauty benefits. It’s often added to natural soaps that are a combination of skin-healthy oils and butters. The cannabis it’s infused with is also an oil. It’s olive oil infused with hemp leaf and flower extracts. Both the olive oil and the hemp extract have skin and beauty benefits.
While soap is essential for cleansing, many soaps can strip your skin of its natural moisture. By turning to nature and infusing soap with nourishing and moisturizing ingredients you can achieve gentle cleansing.
- Cleansing the skin
- Reducing oxidative stress
- Anti-aging properties
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Minimizes acne
- Promotes collagen production
We’re still awaiting large-scale studies on CBD soap benefits, but there have been a few studies on topical CBD benefits. Even without research, CBD is an increasingly popular ingredient in naturally-derived in anti-aging skincare treatments.
Does CBD Soap Get You High?
CBD-infused soap is made from a strain of the cannabis plant with .3 percent or less of THC. THC is the active compound that gets you high. So, no—your soap won’t get you high.
However, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use oral or topical CBD products.
Be sure to read the label of your skincare and beauty products carefully, as some are hemp seed oil, not CBD. Hemp seed oil has always been legal and has long been used in skincare and beauty products. It is one of many natural oils that you can apply topically to your skin and hair or use to oil cleanse your face. If a product label says “hemp” but not “CBD” it’s a hemp seed oil product.
How To Choose A CBD Soap?
Choose your CBD soap bar the same way you would choose any other naturally-derived skin and beauty products. This may include ensuring the product is organic and that it doesn’t contain any synthetic dyes or fragrances.
A common question is whether lye is found in natural soaps? The answer is both yes and no.
Lye, sometimes referred to as caustic soap, is a combination of sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. Being caustic, lye can burn your skin. However, almost every bar soap contains lye as an ingredient. Why? Because it creates the lather required to qualify as a true “soap”.
However, if mixed in the right combination, a chemical process called saponification occurs. This process transforms the lye into glycerine. In other words, it turns the oils into a bar.
While some soaps advertise that they are made with glycerine instead of lye, lye is required to make glycerine.
So, all soaps that lather have lye as an ingredient, but the caustic properties are eliminated during the saponification process.
Can I Add CBD To My Skincare And Beauty Products?
Yes! While you can find countless skincare and beauty products that contain CBD, you may not want to give up your current products. For this reason, many of Holmes Organic’s clients keep a bottle of oil tincture in their bathroom to add a drop or to into their daily products.
You can also mix it into the bottle or jar, but you must ensure it mixes in evenly. Also, products in dark containers help maintain the integrity of CBD. Since many skincare products have clear containers or are too difficult to mix your CBD in, adding a drop or two to your daily portions may be easier.
Consider adding CBD to your body wash, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, facial moisturizer, or facial cleanser. You can even add a few drops of CBD oil to facial oil for oil cleansing. Since facial serums are designed to deeply penetrate the pores, it’s not ideal to mix olive oil into serums.
How To Make CBD Soap?
This CBD soap recipe is perfect for beginners. It will make 12 bars, approximately 4 ounces of each. You’ll need a soap making mold, safety goggles, mask, and gloves to protect yourself from the lye. Also, all kitchen items used for making soap should not be used for food.
You could also use a pre-made soap base to speed things up. Just chop the base, melt, and add CBD and your essential oil of choice.
- 10 ounces coconut oil
- 2-3 dropper fulls of Holmes Organics CBD
- 5 ounces cocoa butter
- 5 ounces shea butter
- 5 ounces castor oil
- 5 ounces avocado oil
- 12.25 ounces filtered water
- 4.6 ounces lye
- 1 ounce skin-safe essential oil of choice
- Line or prepare your soap making mold per its instructions.
- Add all ingredients except the water, lye, and essential oil to a stainless steel pot.
- Heat on low and stir until the oils and butters melt and blend. Turn off the heat.
- Heat the water to about 120 degrees and pour it into a small glass bowl.
- Head outside so that the lye fumes do not contaminate your indoor air. Put on lye-proof goggles, mask, and gloves.
- Carefully pour the lye into the water and mix until it’s dissolved.
- Head back inside the house.
- Take the temperature of both the oil and lye mixture. Stir them together once they are between 90 and 100 degrees. Warm the oil back up if you need to. Do reheat the lye mixture, so keep a close eye.
- Mix in your essential oil of choice.
- Pour the mixture into your soap making mold using a rubber spatula.
- Cover with a towel and let sit somewhere room temperature for 24 hours.
- Put rubber or disposable gloves on. At this stage, gloves are not for skin safety, but to ensure you don’t scratch the bars.
- Release from the soap making mold and cut.
- Let cure for 4 to 6 weeks.
- Give as a gift to friends or sell for a bit of extra cash.
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Why We Don’t Make Cannabis Soap
Recreational cannabis just became legal in Canada, and it has been legal in Oregon and California (our two home states) for some time. Currently, topical formulations containing cannabis are hugely popular. Such products, especially those containing CBD, have been shown to soothe arthritis symptoms and chronic pain, and they may help improve a variety of skin conditions.
So why don’t we make cannabis soap? For one, it seems like a waste of good cannabis! When you use soap, the lather only sits on your skin for a few moments before it is washed off, so there isn’t a lot of time for the active ingredients to work. A topical product that remains on your skin, such as a lotion, balm, or infused oil, would be a lot more effective. For another, there is still a lot of legal gray area surrounding products containing THC and CBD, and we don’t really want to deal with the hassle of figuring out which states we can ship to, and whether or not we may be breaking any laws. And finally, for a small manufacturer, it is simply more effective to concentrate on a few products that we do well rather than trying to capitalize on every trend.
That said, cannabis soap is still an interesting topic, and I’m going to explore a few of the questions people are asking about it on the Internet.
How do you use cannabis soap?
You use cannabis soap just like regular soap. Rub it on your body. Lather. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.
Does cannabis soap get you high?
No. A lot of research and personal accounts say that even lotions and creams containing THC don’t get you high. The substance acts on the cannabaniod receptors in the skin or near where it is applied, but it probably doesn’t make it as far as the brain, which is why you won’t feel any psychoactive effects. That, and as already mentioned, the lather only sits on your skin for a minute or two, so you probably don’t absorb much of the THC or CBD.
What does cannabis soap do?
Cannabis soap cleans you just like regular old soap. It may be a bit more soothing to people with severe skin conditions or illnesses that make them extremely sensitive to synthetic compounds. I have to point out here, that another prominent article on cannabis soap states that the lye in the soap is what breaks down the dirt and oils on your skin. No. No. No. No. If that were the case, it would break down your skin as well. If you make soap properly, no lye remains in the finished bar. You start with lye and oil, and they undergo a chemical reaction that makes glycerol and fatty acid salt, aka “soap.”
What is cannabis soap good for?
Cannabis topicals, in general, are good for pain, such as muscle aches and arthritis, inflammation, and skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. Cannabis soap, in particular, good for people that love cannabis so much they want to rub it on their bodies at every possible opportunity. Listen, I’m not judging here. This is largely the reason we made a coffee soap once upon a time. And finally, I think a good case could be made for a cannabis shaving soap. Shaving soap tends to sit on your skin a bit longer than non-shaving soap, so it seems like you’d get the chance to absorb more THC or CBD. The process of shaving, by its nature, also produces irritation, which the cannabis would presumably soothe.
Is cannabis soap legal?
This is a complicated question. If you live in a state (or country!) where medical and/or recreational cannabis is legal, then yes, of course it is as per the specific regulations, such as the amount you possess and whether or not you need a medical card. If cannabis is not yet legal in your particular location, and if your soap contains THC, then it is probably not legal. CBD soap may also be illegal in these locations, and it may also be illegal to ship across state lines. Some people in the CBD industry claim that the 2014 Farm Bill legalized CBD products, and there is also the belief that CBD is legal if it comes from industrial hemp production. However, at the time of writing this article, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency still lists CBD as illegal. So we recommend doing research for your particular locality or waiting to see how this issue is decided in the near future.
How do you make cannabis soap?
Making cannabis soap is a lot like making non-cannabis soap. If you have no soapmaking experience, there are melt-and-pour soapmaking kits that are pretty fool-proof. If you were using one of these, you would just add some cannabis oil into the mix. If you want a more technical challenge, I can talk about how we “would” make cannabis soap. Sort of like when O.J. Simpson came out with the book “if” he did it. Kidding. First you can check out the article I wrote describing our soapmaking process in detail. So, we would follow basically the same procedure, except near the end we would add a THC/CBD extract, at the same time we would be adding the fragrance. In this way, a minimal amount of the active cannabis ingredients would be destroyed in the chemical reaction between the lye and the oil. We would also have to account for the extract as part of the total oil content and adjust our recipe accordingly.
So would we make a cannabis soap.
I can say, at this point, it’s not totally out of the question. Currently, we have a bunch of other projects to get to first, and we would probably start with a salve of some kind. But, you know, never say never.