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CBD oil shampoos explained: What does CBD do in shampoo?

Multiple medical studies suggest that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp or cannabis, promotes hair growth and improves scalp and skin health. Incorporating cannabinoids into shampoos promises numerous benefits.

Not only gentle on the skin, cannabidiol also delivers omega-3 fatty acids, helps prevent free radical damage, and exhibits anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anxiolytic properties.

CBD shampoos will not aggravate or cause psoriasis, dermatitis, or other ailments that may result from irritation or washing. Studies suggest that cannabidiol can help prevent and treat said conditions. Additionally, CBD shampoos can help improve scalp sensitivity.

Below is everything you need to know about CBD shampoos.

CBD oil shampoos: What does cannabidiol do in a shampoo.

  • THC and CBD modulate the endocannabinoid system. Studies suggest that the ECS plays a major role in healthy and diseased skin. Consequently, CBD has the potential to prevent or treat numerous conditions. 
  • CBD oil shampoo may lower the risk of multiple ailments, including dermatitis, scalp dryness, and hair follicle clogging. 
  • If you have an oily scalp or apply product daily, shampoo every other day to prevent buildup and damage. 

Understanding CBD shampoos: What does CBD oil do to your scalp and hair?

The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal for persons in the US to possess hemp extracts. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that contains little to no THC. Consequently, the hair care industry has seen an explosion in CBD products, each promising different benefits. 

Under the Farm Bill, products that contain above 0.3% THC constitute marijuana. Because of that, you are unlikely to face legal problems for possessing CBD products.

Legally, what you need to remember is:

  • You may travel with CBD cosmetics within North America. Traveling with cannabis products to countries beyond North America may lead to legal issues.
  • You do not need a medical marijuana card to purchase or use hemp cosmetics. 

Why use CBD oil on your scalp and hair?

A study published in the National Library of Medicine found that CBD oil when applied to skin and scalp, can help cause hair growth.  According to the study’s findings, the effects may be dose-dependent.  

What we do know is:

  • According to the FDA, pure CBD oil is well tolerated and thus unlikely to cause allergic reactions, irritation, or damage.
  • Cannabidiol is a “light oil,” meaning there is little to no risk of clogging.
  • When applied to the skin, CBD can help regulate sebum production.

What is CBD oil shampoo, and how does it benefit scalp health? 

CBD shampoos are shampoos made of CBD extracted from hemp or cannabis. Depending on the formulation, variants may contain other oils and artificial or natural ingredients.

Full-spectrum CBD shampoos contain multiple cannabinoids, including THC, CBG, and the over 100 compounds, terpenes, and cannabinoids present in both plants. 

The benefits of CBD for hair and scalp health

From a health perspective, CBD oil shampoos promise:

An all-in-one solution for multiple scalp issues.

  • The delivery of fatty acids including omega-3 fatty acids. When applied to the skin, omega-3 acids help regulate sebum production and distribution. Additionally, omega 3 strengthens hair strands, reduces flakiness, helps moisturize hair, and prevents or treats lesions on the skin and scalp.
  • Little to no negative side effects. As mentioned, CBD is gentle on the skin. Additionally, when applied or massaged, it helps improve blood flow to the scalp, calms muscles -fostering stress relief and is medicinal. 
  • Natural ingredients. The formulations in our shop do not contain harsh chemicals or industrial irritants. Some contain coconut oil that may cause mild irritation, allergic reaction, or worsen eczema. If you are allergic to coconut oil, we recommend investing in pure CBD versions or adding a few drops of CBD to a shampoo of your choice. 
  • CBD shampoos promise the basics, including hydration, frizz control, and much more. 

CBD oil shampoos help keep hair follicles clean and the scalp fresh

We use shampoos to clean the hair and scalp. But the benefits of shampooing go beyond cleaning, especially when using CBD shampoos.

Daily, your scalp is exposed to pollution, smoke, hair products, heat, sweat, and sebum. Additionally, scratching, rubbing, and clothing can cause irritation.

Without frequent cleaning, these factors add up, causing multiple health and aesthetic issues.

What happens if you do not shampoo your hair is:

  • Buildup, bacteria, and sweat will cause odor. 
  • Increased occurrence of ingrown hair. Washing hair helps to prevent clogging and sebum accumulation on the scalp. That lowers the risk of ingrown hairs that can cause infection and pain. If you have ingrown hair, CBD shampoos can help fight/prevent infection and manage inflammation. 
  • Slowed hair growth. Buildup can disrupt the hair growth cycle, resulting in slowed growth. Supporting healthy hair growth entails a mix of stress management, good nutrition, hair care, and maintaining overall health. Genetics may play a role, but as mentioned, regular application of CBD can help improve growth.

Why not use soap instead of CBD shampoos?

Soaps can be mildly irritating and carry a higher risk of leaving residue/scum on the scalp, increasing the risk of clogging. 

If you decide to use soap, especially solid soaps, we recommend thorough rinsing. 

Using soap to wash hair: what you need to know.

  • Soaps are not formulated for hair and scalp and may thus disrupt your scalp’s PH balance, leading to disrupted growth. Scalp PH disruption will leave hair looking and feeling dry, frizzy, and dull. 

Is hemp oil shampoo the same as CBD oil shampoo?

Hemp shampoos are different from CBD shampoos in that hemp oil is made of extracts from the seeds, stalks, leaves, and flowers of hemp. CBD oil can be extracted from hemp or cannabis plants. However, the benefits are similar.

In short, you want to avoid washing hair and scalp with soap because it will lead to dry hair, scalp, and residue.

How CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to improve scalp and hair health

The endocannabinoid system is a system made up of endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters, and receptors distributed throughout the body. The system serves functions that include pain management, immune response, appetite regulation, and sleep regulation.

Recent studies have established a link between the endocannabinoid system and multiple inflammatory ailments of the scalp and skin. We know that there is a link between the system, and acne, pigmentation disorders, psoriasis, dermatitis, melanoma, and wound healing. 

According to one study, CBD can inhibit endocannabinoid signaling. The benefit of modulating the endocannabinoid system include:

  • When applied to the skin, CBD oil may help hasten wound healing, pain perception, and inflammation. Making it useful in the treatment and management of multiple inflammatory ailments.
  • CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a system that regulates numerous bodily functions, and can thus go beyond treating skin ailments.
  • By lowering blood pressure and relieving stress through interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBD encourages healthy hair growth. Stress can hinder the hair growth cycle.

CBD shampoos and the endocannabinoid system: what to remember.

  • The ECS plays a major role in follicle cell growth and thermal regulation. Through modulation with CBD, one may improve follicle cell function.

CBD shampoos and hair growth: How to stimulate the scalp for stronger fuller hair

Depending on hair type, it is necessary to shampoo hair up to 3 times a week. If you have dark skin or curly or wavy hair, experts recommend shampooing once a week, because overwashing will likely cause damage.

If you have oily hair or apply product daily, you should wash your hair every other or once every two days to prevent buildup.

How do you use CBD oil shampoos?

You may invest in CBD shampoos, or add a few drops of CBD oil to a shampoo of choice. The factors to consider are:

  • The ingredients. You want to avoid shampoos that contain irritants or drying substances including sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate/sodium laureth sulfate), phthalates, hexachlorophene, and parabens. Check the product description and do your research. We recommend shampoos that contain natural, safe ingredients, including CBD oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, plant oils, and so on. 

Scalp health, skin type, and shampoo formulation should also be considered.  

CBD oil shampoo: A natural solution for common hair and scalp issues

CBD shampoos in our catalog feature plant-based ingredients that are gentle on the skin and are free of irritants and drying agents, including sulfates and parabens. 

When massaged or applied to the scalp, CBD shampoos support healthy hair growth and can prevent or treat multiple ailments.

You may invest in CBD shampoos or add a few drops of CBD oil to a shampoo of your choice. Additionally, consider consulting a dermatologist if a scalp condition persists despite using CBD oil shampoos or other medicinal shampoos.