Hand sanitizer is by far the most popular and sought after product during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the spread of the virus, people began paying more attention to their hygiene and health. This is the reason hand sanitizers became so popular and basically became a necessity to have during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The majority of people carry a hand sanitizer with them as a precautionary step from contracting the Coronavirus. The main function of hand sanitizers’ is to kill germs. To perform this function, hand sanitizers mainly contain alcohol such as ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. These alcohol compounds in sanitizers cause the skin to dry up resulting in skin irritations and rashes when used for long periods. This is why most hand sanitizer manufacturers add extracts such as aloe-vera to increase hydration to the skin. Instead of the above extracts, one of the best extracts to lock in moisture and protect the skin barrier with omega fatty acids is CBD extracted from Hemp.
What exactly is Hemp
Hemp is a product derived from the Cannabis plant. YES, you read that correctly “Cannabis”!. Hemp, (Cannabis sativa), also called industrial hemp, is cultivated for its fiber (bast fiber) or its edible seeds. Hemp is sometimes confused with the cannabis plants that serve as sources of the drug marijuana and the drug preparation hashish.
The main difference between hemp and cannabis products marijuana and hashish depends on the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) level. THC is the compound responsible for producing psychoactive effects in humans.
Several hemp-based products will soon be introduced to the masses throughout several industries. Since it belongs to the Cannabis family, there is a major misconception as most people think that cannabis is a plant that has no other users, other than getting people high. This magical product has proved to do wonders within several categories of industries. This article explains how very soon hemp-based batteries will replace the conventional lithium ion batteries in the future.
Hemp based hand sanitizer benefits
CBD extracts from Hemp have proven to be one of the most ideal components for a hand sanitizer. This is because research from the University of Queensland shows CBD may actually be an effective fighter against bacterial infections. Investigations have revealed that the CBD extract from hemp which possesses cannabinoids to has the ability to break down the membranes of bacteria. One of the main findings from this research is that CBD extract from hemp has the ability to stand up a strong strain of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that causes skin infections. This makes hemp an ideal component required for hand sanitizers.
Studies have shown that CBD potentiates the effect of bacitracin (BAC) against Gram-positive bacteria (Staphylococcus species, Listeria monocytogenes, and Enterococcus faecalis) but appears ineffective against Gram-negative bacteria.
CBD extracts and alcohol: Best of both Worlds for hand sanitizer
CBD is an ideal compound that can be and should be used with alcohol based sanitizers. The ability of CBD extracted from Hemp to kill gram positive bacteria together with its moisturizing abilities and protecting the skin barrier with omega fatty acids is the perfect compound to be added to a hand sanitizer.
Instead of using other extracts such as aloevera in sanitizers, the CBD extracted from hemp will be the ideal compound to replace such extracts. With the demand rising for hand sanitizers due to the current pandemic, its high time hemp based hand sanitizers began entering the market.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN HEMP-INFUSED SANITIZER
Even though hand sanitizer doesn’t require too many ingredients and is convenient, nothing beats a proper hand washing. It is important to constantly wash your hands with soap to prevent the virus from spreading.
To make your own CBD hand sanitizer, you need:
- 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (tea tree oil is a perfect ingredient to help your skin gain moisture)
- 1 ½ teaspoon of natural CBD oil.
- ¾ cup of rubbing alcohol (99% alcohol volume)
It’s important to maintain a 2:1 ration of alcohol to aloe vera, since a hand sanitizer must have above 60% alcohol to kill germs. To begin with the process, pour all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and use a spoon to mix them together. After a couple of minutes, use a whisk to make the mixture reach a gel-like consistency. Once it is ready, pour into an empty bottle and you are ready to go!