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  • August 23, 2022 5 min read


    Hemp shampoo is based on the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family. It contains little to no THC, a psychoactive chemical. Hemp is rich in CBD, a substance that has been used to relieve several ailments. Hemp is the key ingredient, and these hair products (hemp shampoos) may contain CBD.

    It can be challenging to tell the difference and relationships between CBD, hemp, marijuana, and cannabis. Various hair products in the market are branded "hemp," while others are branded "CBD." Hemp shampoo and CBD shampoo are two different hair products. To sort you out:

    Hemp, Marijuana, and CBD

    Hemp and marijuana are members of the cannabis sativa family. These two plants are similar. However, each species has a substantial variation. The tetrahydrocannabinol component defines the difference between these two plants (hemp and marijuana). For example, hemp contains not over 0.3% THC, meaning any product that contains hemp has little to no THC, a psychoactive substance that can get a person "high, "as Jones (2008) noted

    Marijuana contains more than 0.3% THC. Therefore marijuana can get a person high and cannot be used in formulating hair products. Apart from THC, marijuana contains psychoactive cannabinoid compounds. It also contains CBD, a non-psychoactive compound.


    Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis plant. There are a hundred cannabinoid compounds. According to Manzanares et al. (2006), CBD is called "cannabinoids" since it can alter the receptors associated with several functions such as appetite, anxiety, and pain sensation

    According to Anderson et al. (2017), CBD is a perfect remedy for epilepsy. According to Sarris et al. (2020), CBD can help relieve pain, depression, and anxiety – although it's not scientifically proven. The study above also noted that CBD could be infused in oils, lotions, and creams to relieve inflammation and muscle pain.

    Marijuana with a high amount of CBD and THC has been found to help with anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and addiction, as Romero‐Sandoval et al. (2017) suggested.

    CBD Tincture

    Cannabis is soaked in alcohol when preparing tinctures. Traditional tinctures were made by marinating the leaves in alcohol for a couple of weeks. The plant materials were marinated in alcohol and water when extracting  CBD from hemp flowers. A tincture can be made by diluting hemp in a base oil.

    CBD Oil

    CBD oil is prepared by diluting CBD in a base oil. While "CBD oil" and "CBD tincture" are often used correspondently, they're different CBD products.

    CBD Isolate

    CBD isolate is a pure CBD that contains no other cannabinoids. Pure CBD is extracted through two different processes – the traditional extraction process and the refining process. All the active cannabinoid compounds are stripped away through the traditional extraction process. Phytocannabinoids such as THC is eliminated through the refining process. What remains is a pure CBD chemical compound. The end product is either a fine CBD powder or large CBD crystals.

    Broad-spectrum CBD

    Broad-spectrum is another CBD form containing three cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The broad spectrum contains each cannabinoid present in the hemp plant except tetrahydrocannabinol.

    Full-spectrum CBD

    THC is what defines the difference between broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD. The full spectrum contains THC, unlike the broad spectrum. However, these two CBD forms are more or less the same.

    What is Hemp Shampoo? Does it Contain CBD?

    Hemp shampoo is a hair product with hemp oil as the main ingredient. Hemp is a vegetable oil rich in omega 3-6 fatty acids. The hemp oil is lighter, making it easily absorbed into the scalp; hemp shampoo is the perfect solution for dry or itchy scalp, as Martini (2021) stated. The hemp oil as the main ingredient is believed to prevent hair damage and bacteria invasion onto the scalp. Many beauty professionals suggest hemp dietary supplements to support the great benefits of applying hemp shampoo to the hair.

    The hemp oil is extracted from the hemp seeds, and the plant is said to serve several purposes. Hemp is the raw material for fabrics. According to Maida & Corban (2017), hemp is used to manage malignant ulcers for medicinal purposes. Also, hemp oil is shown to have remarkable benefits to the overall body health when consumed orally or applied as creams, lotions, or soap. Gyawali & Paudel (2022) noted that hemp shampoo could easily penetrate the scalp to nourish and strengthen your hair. Unlike ordinary shampoos, which can make your hair frizzy and dry, hemp shampoo is a perfect moisturizer that doesn't need other conditioning agents. The study above also showed that applying hemp shampoo can regrow the damaged hair and maintain the scalp's health.

    Hemp is rich in cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical used to relieve nearly all ailments; since hemp oil is the key ingredient, hemp shampoo contains CBD.

    How Does CBD Affect My Health?

    CBD also has side effects, including nausea, fatigue, and irritability, as Huestis et al. (2019) stated. Additionally, those taking a high amount of CBD may show anomalies in blood tests involving the liver as CBD is believed to cause life malfunctioning. The study above revealed that CBD could affect your medical conditions, causing severe effects. Also, using CBD with alcohol can alter your brain functions, as De Ternay et al. (2019) stated. It is shown to affect the male reproductive system.

    The study above also noted that CBD plant extract might have unnoticeable side effects such as alertness, mood changes, and gastrointestinal stress.


    The legality of CBD depends on various factors, including:

    • The CBD source
    • How CBD is ingested
    • The marketing strategies regarding CBD
    • States and federal laws regarding hemp and cannabis

    The agriculture act of 2018 is the primary federal law that legalized CBD product marketing. It also allowed industrial hemp farming, which contains less than 0.3% THC. Hemp that contains over 0.3% THC is considered marijuana by the federal government.

    Hemp and marijuana both have CBD, but hemp is considered legal as per federal law. The catch is a hemp CBD is legal while marijuana CBD is illegal.

    The Bottom Line

    Hemp shampoo contains hemp oil which stimulates healthier growth. It is rich in essential vitamins and fatty acids that aid several hair-related problems. Hemp oil is the main ingredient that contains CBD. Therefore hemp shampoo contains CBD as well.


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    De Ternay, J., Naassila, M., Nourredine, M., Louvet, A., Bailly, F., Sescousse, G., ... & Rolland, B. (2019). Therapeutic prospects of cannabidiol for alcohol use disorder and alcohol-related damages to the liver and the brain. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 10, 627.

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