Why Are CBD Skin Care Labels So Confusing?

With CBD having its moment, if you want to try a topical CBD solution, such as creams or lotion, you have plenty of options. As you scan your drugstore’s skin care aisle, you’ll see rows of products with colorful packaging and labels noting their ingredients and effectiveness. With words like “terpenes” and “cannabinoids,” it’s easy to get confused. Why is this? Well, it comes down to marketing, hype, and every brand’s never-ending fight for your attention. Let’s take a look at what you need to know when you compare CBD skin care products with one another.

resize-4All CBD Is Not the Same

When you pick up a bottle of CBD lotion or cream, on the label you’ll likely see the ingredient CBD described with one of three phrases: hemp oil, CBD isolate, or full-spectrum CBD oil. Are they all the same thing? CBD comes from hemp, so it’s easy to assume that hemp oil, CBD oil, and CBD isolate are the same. Alas, they aren’t, and understanding the distinction can help you make an informed purchase.

Hemp oil comes from cold-pressed hemp seeds. Although the oil is full of omegas, there aren’t any cannabinoids, either THC or CBD, present in hemp oil. CBD is the cannabinoid that you’re paying a premium for, but there are two types that you should know about. One is full-spectrum CBD oil. Many brands will hype their products for having full- or broad-spectrum CBD oil, and to the uninformed, it may sound a lot better than CBD isolate. They’re also likely to tout the “entourage effect” to make it seem like you’re getting more value for your money.

In actuality, when buying a CBD lotion or creams it’s best to seek out one with CBD isolate. CBD isolate is typically an odorless, white powder that is just pure CBD from the plant without dilution from flavonoids, terpenes or plant matter. It allows producers to have exact control over the percentage of CBD in their products, so you know exactly what you’re getting.

What’s Hype and What’s Important?

You might hear about the entourage effect when researching CBD. Some companies will brag that their CBD products are superior to all others due to this popularly referenced but still unproven theory. The concept of entourage effect describes the idea that the cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and the hundreds of other components naturally found in cannabis are most effective when they are consumed together. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the research which yielded the idea of entourage effect was focused exclusively on smoked or ingested THC from marijuana, not CBD from hemp.

The thing is, when it comes to topical CBD products, you are not eating (or smoking) the cannabinoids, so the entourage effect doesn’t apply. Remember, all the other stuff—like terpenes and flavonoids—found in full-spectrum CBD oils are responsible for colors, smells, and flavors of the product. So, unless you want to smell like cannabis, chances are you’d prefer your CBD cream to be unscented, which is only possible if the topical is made with CBD isolate.

So, what should you look for when reading a label? Look for a trusted brand that follows industry standard third-party testing. Look for the topical CBD solution to contain CBD isolate and a high concentration of it (125 milligrams per ounce is a good number to aim for). Finally, look for high-quality products that leverage other botanical ingredients for an effective, nourishing skin-loving formula.

About ShiKai

Since 1970, ShiKai has offered quality, botanical-based skin and hair care solutions that people across the country use and love daily. Founded by Dr. Dennis Sepp, ShiKai is still family-owned and operated to this day, with its offices and manufacturing plant located in Santa Rosa, California. They produce products with a purpose, and every ingredient in every solution, like the borage oil in their Borage Therapy collection, benefits you. Their latest line combines the power of their existing formulas with the benefits of CBD for a skin care experience like no other. Whether you need hair care products, CBD creams, or other topical solutions, choose ShiKai.

Shop all of ShiKai’s skin-loving products at Shikai.com

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