8 CBD Topicals That Help Seniors Feel Good In Their Skin
Regardless of how they feel about cannabis, older adults tend to be enthusiastic about CBD. Non-intoxicating, natural and increasingly accessible, CBD products promise to remedy a host of ailments that plague the 50+ crowd. And the CBD products of preference for this formidable demographic, according to cannabis market research firm, the Brightfield Group, are topicals.
CBD creams, lotions and salves fall under the industry designation of “cosmeceuticals,” for skin products with purported medicinal benefits. Cosmeceutical is not a classification recognized by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, nor is CBD acknowledged by the FDA for medicinal purposes beyond two severe forms of pediatric epilepsy. Yet in the current regulatory gray area, CBD companies are flooding the market with new topical products, while carefully moderating their claims of health benefits to avoid rousing the ire of the FDA.
Achy joints and wrinkles
Seniors typically buy CBD topicals to alleviate muscle and joint pain. But now CBD is also being added to skin care products that claim to arrest or reverse the effects of aging on their skin. But whether for achy joints or wrinkles, these products base their claims on CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Dr. Jules Lipoff, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine is non-committal about the efficacy of CBD products for older adults
There are any number of inflammatory skin conditions that occur in an aging population, including rosacea and atopic dermatitis. It remains yet unclear if CBD products have efficacy and safety in treating these conditions.”
But Dr. Joseph Morgan, an expert in cannabinoid medicine and consultant on topical formulations with CBD, explains that the skin is rich in cannabinoid receptors, so using CBD can impact many different conditions of the skin. He also explains that the compounds added to a CBD product can enhance or deter its outcome, and recommends that if one product doesn’t work, to try another
The CBD Test
With little to lose and the chance to save at least my own face, I conducted my own investigation on a tiny sampling of what, at this point, must be hundreds, if not thousands of CBD topical products on the market. It is important to remember that some people feel the results of certain products immediately, while others can only be detected after consistent use over time. This made other parameters, such as CBD origin and content, overall product characteristics and packaging, more salient. Furthermore, in a market awash with improperly labeled and downright counterfeit ingredients, the CBD in all of the products listed below is third-party lab tested.
Veritas Farms Salve – 400 mg full spectrum hemp oil in 2 oz. – $39.99; and Orange Creme Lip Balm 25 mg of full spectrum hemp oil in .15 oz. $3.99. Available online and at CVS Pharmacy, Kroger Family of Stores and other retail outlets.When choosing a CBD product, the origin of the CBD matters. Consumer Reports actually recommends looking for CBD products containing hemp grown in Colorado because of the state’s stringent testing program for THC content and contaminants. Veritas Farms takes advantage of the state’s Rocky Mountain terroir to grow non-GMO hemp plants without fertilizers or pesticides on its own 140-acre farm. A vertically-integrated agribusiness, Veritas Farm also controls the extraction process to obtain full-spectrum CBD oil with a rich cannabinoid and terpene profile. Their salve has an extra-virgin coconut oil and beeswax base that smooths easily into the skin. An eighty-year old friend with an aching hip from cerebral palsy used the salve and is hoping to feel some relief.
Is it my imagination, or are my sixty-year-old lips softer and fuller now that I am using the Veritas Farm CBD Lip Balm?
PurWell Salve: 400 mg Full spectrum hemp oil in 2 oz. $39.99. Available online and through select physicians and pharmacies.
Also from Colorado, PurWell’s CBD salve uses a generous 400 mg of full-spectrum hemp oil extracted from hemp organically grown and harvested in the Rocky Mountain state. I gave the salve to a friend: a contractor and martial arts practitioner in his 60s whose body sustains serious wear and tear. He rubbed it into an aching shoulder before going to bed and woke up feeling great.
High Falls Hemp New York’s CBD Lotion – 500 mg hemp-derived CBD isolate in 2 oz tube. $49.95. Available online and in selected retail outlets in New York and other states.
On the East Coast, in recent years, upstate New York has become a hotbed for hemp growing, and High Falls Hemp NY is helping put the state on the map for its locally sourced, quality CBD. Started by baby boomers who repurposed their farm in the Hudson Valley to grow hemp, the company produces a CBD lotion that is unscented, not greasy and packs a generous 250 mg of CBD isolate per oz. I gave this cream to my 87 year old mother who is using it on her easily-bruising skin, and we are waiting to see what happens.
Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Joint & Muscle Relief Salve – 150 mg. CBD in 1.66 oz. – $47.99. Available online and at Lily’s Farm.We love our locally sourced, organic products, and how much nicer it is to know the individual who is actually behind them! Lily Morgan is a Baby Boomer who has been producing impeccable organic skin care products out of her Colorado farm since 1986. She recently began growing organic hemp, a crop both her father and grandfather raised during WWII. After experiencing the beneficial effects of CBD, Lily developed and has just introduced a CBD-enriched salve – the first offering of a planned complete line of CBD facial and body-care products. If you are traveling in Colorado, Lily extends a warm invitation to come by the farm’s visitor’s center, check out the plants and see how they make the products.
Pure Hermosa Pure 13 Skin Repair Cream –20 mg CBD in 1 oz. $43; CBD Revive Skin Serum + Collagen Retinol – 20 mg CBD in .5 oz. $43. Available online and in selected retail outletsPure Hermosa is distinguished by the creative mixtures of active ingredients intended to enhance the effects of CBD in their products. And when it comes to wrinkles and age spots, Pure Hermosa brings in the big guns, with collagen, retinol and an entire lineup of essential oils and extracts that purport to remedy those as well. The Pure 13 Skin Repair Cream counts CBD and a whole bouquet of essential oils among the lucky number of ingredients in a proprietary blend designed to address sensitive skin, irritations, age spots and blemishes. The CBD Revive Skin Serum promises to smooth fine lines, correct age spots and correct wrinkles. I saved these products for myself, and am watching carefully for results. If nothing else, they fill the bill as a pleasant and effective moisturizer, with no unwanted side-effects.
Taylor & Tess – The Nightcap Facial Moisturizer – CBD from hemp extract, quantity unspecified. $38. Available online, on Amazon and in selected retail outlets
Taylor & Tess’ skin-care products also feature CBD along with an impressive supporting cast of active ingredients, in this case the antioxidants in vitamins C and E, as well as blueberry, raspberry and cranberry extracts. For older skin, vitamin C is supposed to increase the production of collagen, which slows with age, and rosehip seed oil, touted as “nature’s retinol” may smooth fine lines. The Nightcap is a “feel-good” product – not only because it feels and smells so pleasant, but because of a lineup of natural ingredients that are above reproach, and packaging that is entirely sustainable.
Differentiate to survive?
CBD product manufacturers are advised to differentiate their products if they hope to survive in this hyper-crowded market. Interestingly, almost none of the CBD topicals I tried – or have encountered in my searches – are overtly targeted to older adults. Perhaps that has something to do with the negative stigma attached with aging. Or simply that word of mouth and the general nature of a CBD product’s branding are sufficient to drive older adults to try them.
Yet, as the Taylor and Tess product copy states: “we don’t market to race, gender, or sexual orientation. we market to the largest organ of the human body: your skin.” Along with race and gender, they could have also added age. Because it seems to me that, regardless of who, and how old we are, the desire to feel good in our skin is the ultimate common denominator.