Essential Oils in CBD Products

Do you love essential oils? The use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes is on the rise. People love diffusing them, using them to clean, in skincare, and even ingesting them in order to relish in the benefits. People add drops to their water or under their tongue and claim they lift the mood or relieve a migraine.  In turn, it has become commonplace for CBD companies to include essential oils in their products. It is done to promote the company’s use of “natural” flavoring.

Essential oils without additives are natural but, are they safe to use in ingestible CBD products? How is shelf life affected by their tendency to oxidize over time? The answer is that it depends on the method in which they are used. 

Applying diluted, correctly dosed essential oils to the skin is generally viewed as safe. Many CBD products sold for topical use also contain essential oils. Products like these can be used safely if they are used correctly in the product’s formula. 

What about ingesting essential oils? Is that safe? As we said above, many CBD companies include essential oils in their products, including edible ones like oils and tinctures. 

According to some studies, the ingestion of essential oils is “not safe to consume and can cause significant poisoning even if small amounts are ingested.” 

Many network marketers or essential oil brands refute that essential oil ingestion is unsafe by claiming their oil is the “purest” on the market and therefore safe to ingest. They’ll also use terms like “certified therapeutic grade”, which by the way, isn’t a real thing. The term is actually tradmarked by the company who uses it on their packaging. That’s why CBD companies have picked up on using them in their products.

Additionally, it isn’t a matter of the oil being impure or not, or “certified” or not, that prevents safe ingestion, but rather that essential oils are incredibly concentrated plant matter. All essential oils (the good brands at least) are only comprised of plant material. There are no additional ingredients. 

Children are particularly susceptible [to poisoning from ingestion]. As little as 2mL (less than half a teaspoon) of eucalyptus oil can cause significant poisoning in an infant. Symptoms of toxicity include drowsiness, slow/shallow breathing, coma (after large ingestion), seizures, persistent cough, gagging/choking, shortness of breath, wheezing, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, skin irritation (skin exposure), eye redness, irritation or pain (eye exposures). This is also the reason why caution needs to be exercised when diffusing, as the body still uses the essential oils internally and too much can begin to cause issues.

A simple Google search of “essential oils in CBD” will pull up dozens of articles teaching people how to ingest essential oils alongside CBD to naturally heighten their experience, as well as CBD companies who use the oils in their products regardless if it’s safe or not. 

Hempnotize does not use any essential oils in our products. We are aware of the damage that the ingestion of essential oils can do.

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