Just a couple of days ago, the popular (and trusted) organic skincare line, Wash with Water, announced the release of their CBD Hemp Oil Collection for both moms AND babies. The collection includes cleanser, diaper protection cream, care and repair balm, and lotion that all include the magic ingredient: CBD hemp extract. There’s been lots of buzz about CBD oil recently, but the mention of use for babies is new. We dropped everything at the news to learn more about what has so far been a mysterious ingredient to us. What exactly is CBD hemp oil? What does it do (ahem… does it make people feel high)? Is it really safe to use on babies? To answer our bevy of questions we tapped Wash with Water’s medical advisor Dr. Nihar Patel, a Board Certified Internal Medicine with Focused Practice Hospital Medicine. Here’s what he had to say:

Let’s start with the basics. What is CBD? CBD is short for (cannabidiol) or commonly known as hemp oil and is one of over 80 compounds called cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis sativa plant.  Cannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds produced by the cannabis plant and have been patented by the US Department of Health and Human Services as “antioxidants and neuroprotectants.” We are really excited about this promising ingredient because it is a naturally rich source of anti-inflammation properties, vitamins A, D, and E, and essential fatty acids.

To this point, “babies” and “CBD Oil” weren’t necessarily something we would pair together. What makes CBD Oil a safe and effective ingredient for baby skincare products? Hemp oils contains more than 75 identifiable cannabinoids.  Of them, CBD is the most widely accepted to have health benefits.  CBD Isolates contain only one cannabinoid, CBD, without any of the other whole plant ingredients and has “0”% THC. For those not familiar with CBD, it’s really important to stress this is not marijuana.

I can only speak about the specific safety and efficacy measures that Wash with Water took to create this line. The hemp used to create the premium CBD Hemp Oil in Wash with Water’s personal care products has been carefully sourced, processed, and tested for purity, safety, and consistency. Furthermore only USA farms utilizing sustainable farming practices and zero pesticides meet FDA’s strict manufacturing standards.

What safety concerns surround CBD Oil use on babies and what precautions/guidelines were taken with the creation of the new collection? At Wash with Water, all of the CBD hemp oil products are small-batch crafted within a FDA/USDA/CGMP registered laboratory. The specific extraction process for the CBD hemp oil uses zero chemicals in the process ensuring the most potent and pure CBD on the market. From there, the manufacturing and testing processes are second to none. Each batch of our CBD hemp oil goes through stringent ISO-certified 3rd party testing to ensure consistency, and purity.

In general, with any topical product, ingestion is not recommended but can occur with babies and young children. The concentration of any of the thoughtfully selected ingredients within these products should not cause any harm if swallowed in small amounts accidentally. Of course, as with any topical products, if ingestion occurs please consult with your own physician for further recommendations.

What kind of testing was done to ensure these products are safe for babies? Is this FDA approved? Currently studies are underway and some have been published in various respected medical journals showing the various modalities of CBD use and its positive effects with virtually no significant side effects.

Hemp plants used in Wash with Water products are grown using proprietary hemp cultivars, grown and processed in the USA. Wash with Water does not use Chinese, European nor Canadian hemp. Plus all of our hemp extract is manufactured in an FDA certified manufacturing facility.

We know this product was developed to help with common skin concerns, but we’ve heard CBD oil can help with countless other ailments.  Have there been shown to be any secondary benefits to these products?
When a child or parent suffers from any delicate skin condition from eczema to acne, finding a solution can be life-changing. For over 6 years, Wash with Water has developed a global reputation for significantly improving lives with our results-driven skincare and this newest collection will offer multi-spectrum solutions for flawless, healthy skin.

Are there any possible side effects? To my knowledge, no cases of significant side effects have been reported topically. As always noted, a person can have an adverse reaction to any new topical product, therefore I would suggest testing a small size on the skin if there is any concern.

Wash with Water’s products are meant to be used on baby and mom, and we’ve read that CBD oil can help combat the signs of aging.  Would the concentration of CBD in these products be enough to show anti-aging results in moms? What about hormonal acne? Yes, this has always been Wash with Water’s unique reputation as the first skincare ever crafted with both baby and mama in mind. The focus for us is to craft hair and skincare gentle enough for a newborn with the added benefit of powerful antioxidant ingredients to maintain mama’s healthy glow. We are excited about current studies that have shown affecting the endocannabinoid system — like with CBD — can help the skin look more radiant and youthful, with one study even suggesting that CBD could slow down the visible signs of aging in mice.  Our newest CBD Hemp Oil Collection is our greatest accomplishment to date in terms of continuing our mission to revolutionize plant-powered skincare for baby and mama (and let’s not forget dads).

The use of CBD oil on babies is certainly a new idea, and could come with a stigma attached.  Is there anything else you’d like to add to dispel some of the misinformation or negative associations a person might have with CBD Oil? Wash with Water’s CBD Hemp Oil products are always clean and free from anything harmful. We believe in ingredient transparency so you can be confident each and every ingredient used is clearly listed on our labels. Perfectly, small-batched crafted to ensure that our products are ultra-gentle, hypoallergenic with superior results for every stage of your family’s life.  And because our CBD Hemp Oil products are crafted in our FDA and USDA approved facility means every Wash with Water product is safe, stable, and superior in quality. We are setting the bar for the beauty and personal care industry. We guarantee all of our formulas undergo thorough testing by both our in-house testing facility, as well as a third-party independent laboratory to ensure accurate results.

Current literature is showing no significant side effects of highly ingested CBD orally and used chronically. Therefore, one can support the argument that a topical application would have even less side effects since not internally absorbed even in the littlest bodies.  Personally, I use these products on my own children and have seen first-hand the tremendous opportunity for this line to positively change lives especially for those with specific skin concerns like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.

Thanks, Dr. Patel!