Hemp cream, along with other hemp and CBD products, is purported to have benefits for your skin. If you’re looking for a potential topical supplement for relieving pain and skin discomfort, you may want to consider adding hemp cream to your skincare regimen.
However, with hemp products becoming increasingly popular in recent years, their market has been flooded with an incredible variety of different options. With all of the options available to you, it’s easy to get lost in all the different terminologies and find the right product for you. So, to help you figure out the right product for your needs, let’s talk about the different terms you’ll often hear first, and then dive right into how you can be sure you’re buying the right hemp cream.
Hemp vs. Marijuana
Often, people have the mistaken idea that hemp and marijuana are two different plant species. The truth is hemp and marijuana are just two different subtypes of the same plant species: cannabis.
Science does not distinguish between the two, only the law does, and the difference depends on the plants tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. THC is the psychoactive component of cannabis that can result in changes in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, or behavior.
Hemp is a subspecies of the cannabis plant that contains 0.3% or less THC by dry weight. The figure was determined in the Agricultural Act of 2018 as well as by other laws in the United States. In other words, hemp does not have psychoactive effects, and it cannot get you high.
Marijuana, on the other hand, can give you a high as it contains a higher percentage of THC.
The 2018 Farm Bill makes it legally possible to grow hemp, which makes hemp-derived CBD products legal throughout the United States.
So, What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid—a type of chemical compound—found in cannabis plants. Because CBD can be found in varying amounts in all cannabis plants, CBD can be derived from both hemp and marijuana.
CBD allegedly has numerous health benefits, which is why CBD cream or oil products are very popular and why you may consider giving CBD products a try.
Hemp CBD products have CBD derived from hemp strains. You’ll find there are Hemp CBD cream, hemp cream, and CBD cream products being sold in the market.
Hemp Cream vs. CBD Cream
The main difference between hemp cream and CBD cream is that hemp cream is generally derived from the entirety of a hemp plant, while CBD cream is derived from a specific part of a hemp plant.
The same can be said for oils, but take note that hemp seed oil is different from hemp oil. Hemp seed oil is extracted from the seed of a hemp plant, while hemp oil is extracted from the flower.
Ready to buy your hemp cream yet?
Before You Buy
The most important thing you can do is a little research on the product you’re eyeing. Check the label and take note of the following:
Broad Spectrum CBD vs. Full Spectrum CBD
Broad-spectrum CBD contains some cannabinoids but without THC, while the full-spectrum variant has all cannabinoids, including THC.
In full-spectrum CBD, compounds like flavonoids, amino acids, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, glycerides, and over a hundred different cannabinoids work synergistically to give you the full benefits of the product. This is called the “entourage effect.” Broad-spectrum CBD has a similar effect, but the entourage effect is not as potent in broad-spectrum as it is in full-spectrum.
· Extraction Process
How the cannabinoids are extracted is important because it affects the final product. Buy hemp cream extracted from hemp using the supercritical CO2 extraction process. Supercritical CO2 extraction does not use butane, and thus there is no risk that this harsh solvent has come in contact with the product and diluted the final composition of the end product.
· Pesticides and Herbicides
Make sure the hemp used in your hemp products is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. If you can’t find this information on the label, try checking the manufacturer’s website and find out if their hemp cream is organic and eco-farmed.
Third-Party Lab Test Results
Look for hemp cream with third-party lab test results. Finding a brand that has undergone disinterested third-party lab testing that shows you exactly the contents of the product is your best bet to finding the best hemp cream.
If the manufacturer does not do third-party lab testing on their products, that’s a red flag and you should instead find products from one that does.
Does the company selling the hemp cream you’re considering follow government regulations? Make sure they are compliant with laws such as the 2018 US Farm Bill by checking their websites. Regulations are put in place for your safety—take advantage of them.
Does the company offer money-back guarantees? If the company is offering money-back guarantees, it means they stand behind the quality and safety of their product.
So, when you’re looking for hemp cream, look for those that offer this—not just because it’s the smart move money-wise, but also because it tells you how that the brand believes in their product.
Finally, when buying hemp products, choose a company you can trust. Read reviews about the company and check how long they have been in the business. Generally speaking, those who have been in the business tend to be more reliable.
Hemp creams are potentially beneficial topical products for pain and skin problems.
Since the use of hemp plants became legal, hemp creams and other hemp products have become very popular—you can even buy some from the supermarket. But because they are now popular, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with too many choices, get confused with the terminologies, and end up buying a low-quality product.
Fortunately, there are markers of a good hemp cream, and the government has set regulations to help consumers find the right one.
So, when you’re buying hemp creams, don’t forget to look at the label and do a little research. Check out the brand’s websites and check that the brand has most, if not all, of the points discussed here. Good luck!