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How does hand sanitizer work with Cannabidiol (CBD)?

If you’ve done any research into the never-ending world of health and wellness, there is a high possibility that the acronym CBD has come up. But what is CBD and why has Panacea paired CBD and hand sanitizer? During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 or as many have called it quaritime (quarantine and time, get it?) everyone has been looking at ways to keep themselves and their families safe. And it is likely that you have not been able to find hand sanitizer in your local grocery store — if you have, lucky you! As the stores have been emptied of these essential items there are some people looking for alternative ways to clean their hands. That is how CBD and hand sanitizer became a new research topic for us. Panacea Life Sciences has harnessed our manufacturing capacity to manufacture hand sanitizers with CBD to help with the COVID-19 crisis.  This article will explain our rationale and give you the knowledge regarding another choice in hand sanitizing products. 

CBD + Hand Sanitizer

Ok, CBD and hand sanitizer? Really? Yes! We’ve known for a while that CBD has antibacterial properties, but they are rarely mentioned along CBD’s more well-known qualities. This study concluded that CBD, in addition to other antibiotics, may help fight against some bacterial infections. Now, you are probably thinking, “okay, but COVID-19 is a virus,” and you are correct! This virus is not going away with something that can kill bacteria. However, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has stated that washing/cleansing your hand is of the utmost importance to stop its spread. COVID-19 is a virus that has an “envelope” which is just a name for the greasy layer around it and these viruses hate water and soap. Or in short, washing your hands. This is why people are buying antibacterial soap as well as hand sanitizer by the barrel. CBD has antibacterial properties on its own and then is added to alcohol to make CBD hand sanitizer! Panacea Life Sciences has created two different types of hand cleansers that contain CBD extract and ethyl alcohol. We have a hand sanitizer as well as cleansing CBD hand creme that will help moisturize and sanitize. Click here to go to our CBD topicals page.

CBD: what is it?

Before moving on to the nitty gritty of it all, let’s focus on definitions. What is CBD? CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is one of the cannabinoids of the cannabis sativa plant. There are 113 cannabinoids in the Cannabis sativa plant but only two are well known, CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). These two compounds are often mistaken for one another, but they are very different. Let’s begin with THC because that is the most well-known of the two. THC is the cannabinoid that gives a user a “high” feeling when it enters the bloodstream. Because of the psychoactive effect, THC products containing over 0.3% are not legal in all 50 of the United States. However, there are some states that have legalized the growth and use of the marijuana plant. Recreational use for those over 21 of age or medical use is legal depending on the state one lives in. CBD is the cannabinoid that is found in all types of Cannabis plants. But the hemp plant is the only form of Cannabis sativa plant that is legal to grow throughout the states. This is because of the low percentage of THC (0.3% or less). CBD has been described to give users multiple different wellness benefits. We will list them separately.

Other uses of CBD

So, CBD can be used for sanitizing purposes, cool, what else can it do? Here are some other health benefits of CBD.

First, let’s talk about the actual FDA-approved drugs. Epidiolex is one of the FDA approved medications that contains CBD. It is used for two different types of epilepsy Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. This treats seizures and is approved to be administered to children and adults two years and up. Other FDA approved CBD drugs include Marinol (dronabinol) this drug treats and prevents nausea for cancer patients, Syndros (dronabinol) is also used to prevent/treat nausea in cancer patients or it is used to help those who have AIDS and have a loss of appetite, and Cesamet (nabilone) does the same. These approved drug products are only available with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.

CBD has also been known to produce a sense of calm in those who may feel an overall sense of anxiousness. CBD users have described this sense of calm as well as pet owners who have administered CBD to their nervous pets.

Physically, CBD has been tested for multiple properties. This study tested rats who had  osteoarthritis and concluded that joint mobility was improved, therefore concluding that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties. Here at Panacea Life Sciences, we conducted a study addressing joint mobility issues, but had dog owners administer CBD to their dog. They stated that their furry friends had noticeably increased mobility. You can read more about this study here.

CBD has also been described to help improve skin health. The consistent application of a CBD topical assisted the subjects in this study. It concluded that a CBD topical improved the skin health of those with and without prior health conditions. The study includes photographic evidence.

CBD Products

Now that you know the other use of CBD, what are other available products?

  • Tinctures: a tincture is an oil-like substance that you place in your mouth (often under the tongue) and it is absorbed into the bloodstream from there. This is one of the quickest ways to get CBD into your system and reap the benefits.
  • Edibles: are a food item that contains CBD. We offer CBD gummies for a tasty way to get CBD into your daily routine. After you chew and swallow the edible, it then goes through the digestive system to end up in the stomach, where the CBD is broken down and then enters the bloodstream from the lining in your stomach.
  • Softgels: these are similar to edibles, but are swallowed like a pill then follow the same route as an edible.
  • Tablets: are administered in the mouth similar to tinctures. They dissolve in the mouth and then move forward to the bloodstream from there.
  • Topicals: other CBD topicals besides hand sanitizer include salves, creams, and lotions. This form of CBD never reaches the bloodstream, but is absorbed by the pores in the skin. The more consistent the use of a CBD topical, the better the working potential.
  • Vapes: Panacea Life Sciences does not advocate for the use of vapes. But, it is an option to get CBD into your routine. CBD vapor is inhaled and then enters the bloodstream from the lungs.

Will you try CBD hand sanitizer?

With all this information we here at Panacea Life Sciences hope that we have helped you gain the knowledge to go forward with a decision. Read on if you’d like to learn some more about the disinfectant properties of CBD. During this uncertain time we hope to give you the most up to date information possible. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Stay safe!