CBD Shampoo: Real Deal or CBD Hoax? 

Matt Weeks August 31, 2020 0 comments

You’ve heard about CBD benefits for the mind, body, and mood. But CBD shampoo for hair? Yep!

It’s easy to mock the ubiquity of CBD products. Everything from underwear to energy drinks has been suffused with CBD. Many make outlandish health claims that rely more on marketing buzzwords than scientific evidence. But, what’s behind CBD shampoo isn’t just a glitzy gimmick. There are solid reasons to consider adding a naturally strengthening and hydrating element to your hair washing routine.

CBD shampoo doesn’t get consumers high. Because it’s topically applied, it doesn’t provide much in the way of anti-anxiety benefits.

In the same ways that CBD bath bombs, CBD salt scrubs can actively benefit the skin, CBD shampoo has legitimate and verifiable health claims.

Benefits of CBD Shampoo

Shampoos are not typically designed to make hair healthier, despite what their marketing says. Because they use detergents to clean the hair and remove excess oil, shampoo can actually harm hair, especially if it’s used often.

Instead, shampoo exists to make hair look and smell better. The perennial question of “How often should I shampoo my hair?” is answered every day on health beauty blogs — and the answer is almost never “every day.”

The overuse of shampoo is one reason conditioners were invented. Just as shampoo is responsible for stripping away oils that keep the scalp and hair healthy, conditioners tout re-hydrating and nourishing abilities.

CBD shampoo, however, isn’t as damaging as its competitors. It directly benefits hair by coating the hair with its natural amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. You may already be familiar with the way the body utilizes amino acids – from helping to improve brain function to strengthening and fortifying hair. Hemp is a protein source that also contains B-complex, riboflavin, niacin, and thiamine.

But that’s not all that CBD shampoo can do.

cbd shampoo represented by dandruf on zoomed in picture of what hair folicles would lookj like

Dandruff on the surface of the scalp

CBD Helps More than Hair

Shampooing isn’t just about hair, it’s also about the skin under the hair. This skin produces a natural sebum that helps hair stay strong and vibrant, but most shampoos rip it away.

CBD shampoo, on the other hand, does just the opposite. Cannabidiol is a natural skincare powerhouse and It may help reduce skin inflammation and keep it moisturized.

Additionally, CBD has an extraordinary fatty acid profile. It gives the perfect ratio pf 1:3 for omega3:omega6. Top-functioning skin needs fatty acids like Omega 3s and Omega 6s.

CBD on Dandruff

Consumers with dandruff or dry scalps already understand how important scalp health can be, but even those with a natural oily scalp should consider switching to a less stringent and more nourishing shampoo.

As the body ages, it naturally produces less sebaceous oil on the scalp. This can lead to drier, more brittle hair. Keeping the scalp moisturized and healthy is the best way to prevent fragile hair in the future.

Hair also naturally thins as people grow older, which results in more sunlight hitting the scalp. Protecting the scalp from the sun is just as important as protecting the skin anywhere else — but because hair gets in the way, few people opt to slather their noggins with sunscreen.

CBD shampoo can be a great way to protect the head from sun exposure. Too much sun can lead to scalp inflammation, which can lead to insomnia and compound stress, according to research 1)Lavretsky, H., & Newhouse, P. A. (2012). Stress, inflammation, and aging. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry: official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry20(9), 729–733. https://doi.org/10.1097/JGP.0b013e31826573cf from the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2012).

How to Use CBD Shampoo

CBD shampoo works exactly like other kinds of hair cleaning products: Rinse, lather, repeat if desired.

The important difference is the natural scalp-moisturizing and hair-strengthening properties of hemp and CBD. So, for best results or to treat badly damaged hair, combine CBD shampoo with CBD conditioner to fully replenish and revitalize hair.

Can I Fail a Drug Test Using CBD on my Hair?

One concern some users have is whether or not CBD shampoo will show up on drug tests. Thankfully, the answer is a firm no.

Most drug screens analyze urine, but really serious tests take hair samples. Why? Because evidence of many illicit materials such as opium, LSD, and X stays in hair follicles. The same is true for cannabinoids.

The hair records a history of ingested substances. It helps scientists understand ancestral diets and the potential benefits of ancient medicine.

However, that doesn’t mean that hair washed with topical cannabinoids will turn in positive drug screen. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Analytic Toxicology (1999) showed that hair washed with CBD shampoo did not trigger alerts in follicle tests. The researchers tested pre-cut hairs washed in a lab as well as real humans who used CBD shampoo for two weeks before testing.2)Vincent Cirimele, Pascal Kintz, Carole Jamey, Bertrand Ludes. (1999). Are Cannabinoids Detected in Hair After Washing with Cannabio® Shampoo? Journal of Analytical Toxicology: Volume 23, Issue 5, September 1999, Pages 349–351, https://doi.org/10.1093/jat/23.5.349

In both cases, the tests did not come back positive for THC.

Cannabis is shampoo is safe and effective with no bad side effects. Give it a try and see the difference cannabis can make for your hair health.

References   [ + ]

1.Lavretsky, H., & Newhouse, P. A. (2012). Stress, inflammation, and aging. The American journal of geriatric psychiatry: official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry20(9), 729–733. https://doi.org/10.1097/JGP.0b013e31826573cf
2.Vincent Cirimele, Pascal Kintz, Carole Jamey, Bertrand Ludes. (1999). Are Cannabinoids Detected in Hair After Washing with Cannabio® Shampoo? Journal of Analytical Toxicology: Volume 23, Issue 5, September 1999, Pages 349–351, https://doi.org/10.1093/jat/23.5.349
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Matt Weeks

A writer living and working in Athens, GA, Matt's work has appeared in various newspapers, books, magazines and online publications over the last 15 years. When he's not writing, he hosts bar trivia, plays in local bands, and makes a mean guacamole. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master's degree in organizational theory. His favorite movie is "Fletch."

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