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The lowdown on: CBD Oil

Here at Lush, we use cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD oil, in two bath products, Botanomancy bubble bar and 4:20 PM bath bomb. We know that there is a lot of information out there, so we’ve put together some of the stuff we thought about before including CBD oil in any Lush products.

In the UK, any CBD oil products, including Lush’s Botanomancy bubble bar and 4:20PM bath bomb, are completely legal and safe to use - they are non-addictive and have no mind-altering effects. 

Take a read for more on the lowdown on CBD oil. 

Why is Lush using CBD oil in bath bombs?

At Lush, we believe in creating cosmetics that not only smell and look good, but make you feel good too. Every bath bomb, bubble bar, soap, and, well, product that we hand make is created with your mood in mind. We’ve always used essential oils to create truly unique and innovative cosmetics - blending ingredients that are good for your skin, and your mood. Want to feel relaxed? We’ve got lavender for that. Energised? Lemon oil to the rescue. 

Our choice to include CBD oil in Botanomancy bubble bar and 4:20PM bath bomb is an extension of that belief. In today’s hyper anxious society, in which millions of people are experiencing anxiety and other mental health conditions, more people than ever are looking for ways to help them unwind. While there’s no-one-stop-shop to look after your mind and your body, there’s loads of things that can help - running, yoga, food, therapy. One of the things we’ve heard a lot from our customers is that CBD helps them feel good. So it’s only natural that we’ve worked on adding CBD oil in some bath products  - if it can help someone feel a little better, and supercharge that self-care in a safe and ethical way, it’s worth a try, right? 

What is CBD oil and is it a drug? 

Right. Let’s get the elephant out of the room. CBD oil is not addictive and it is not the same as the recreational drug cannabis. CBD oil products, including Lush’s Botanomancy bubble bar and 4:20PM bath bomb, are completely legal and safe to use in the UK - they are non-addictive and have no mind-altering effects. In short, there’s nothing to worry about. 

The confusion comes from the fact that CBD is derived from the same plant.  If you want a deep-dive on the science, keep reading...

Humans have grown plants for their specific properties since day dot. Take the plant Brassica, you might not recognise the name, but it is the plant from which brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale and cabbage all originate. While brussels were grown for their buds, cauliflower and broccoli are grown for their florets, and kale for its bushy (and tasty) leaves.  

Cannabis is no different. Humans have developed different versions of the plant for different uses. The cannabis plant has many compounds - the two we’re going to be talking about are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). They’re both phytocannabinoids - but they have different effects and properties. They exist in differing levels in hemp and cannabis drug plants. 

The cannabis grown for drug use is done so for its mind-altering properties and has a high THC content. THC is a psychotropic compound - which means it has an effect on our mental state. THC is the stuff that creates what is commonly known as a high. 

Hemp, on the other hand, is grown for its therapeutic properties. It is high in CBD, a compound proven to help lessen anxiety and for having anti-inflammatory effects. While CBD oil is not psychotropic and does not induce a high, it can have a positive effect on our mood.

Hemp contains a barely traceable amount of THC (0.2% or less), while the cannabis drug has very little CBD.  Just like you wouldn't mix up a brussel and a cauliflower, hemp and the drug part of cannabis are different. CBD oil is made from hemp - so it’s high in CBD, but very, very low in THC. CBD oil is made from industrial hemp, meaning it is completely legal in the UK, as long as it meets the safety requirements set out below. 

The drug part of cannabis (also known as marijuana) is illegal in the UK because of its THC content. Only 0.01% of a finished product can legally be THC. You don’t have to be good at maths to know that that’s less than a smidgen, and certainly not enough to have any effect on humans. 

That means, in the UK, any CBD oil products, including Lush’s Botanomancy bubble bar and 4:20PM bath bomb, are completely legal and safe to use - they are non-addictive and have no mind-altering effects. 

The CBD oil that Lush sources is extracted from the grown stalks and stems of industrial hemp and tested to ensure it contains no THC at the end of every production run. We are also making clear which products we use CBD oil in (just Botanomancy and 4.20PM for now) so you can decide whether it’s for you or not. 

What are the benefits of CBD oil?

The benefits of CBD oil are still being studied. Studies have found that CBD oil applied topically as part of cosmetic products can have anti-inflammatory benefits - making it great for caring for your skin, reducing redness, and even contributing to tackling acne - all in all a great product for a bath bomb. 

Studies have also found that when CBD oil is taken orally it can help to reduce anxiety with little or no side effects. CBD oil is not a substitute for looking after your mental wellbeing - and if you’re worried about your mental health you should speak to a trusted person or medical professional like a GP. They’ll be able to help you find the best way to manage your mental wellbeing. 

Is CBD oil legal? 

There are strict regulations around CBD oil to ensure it is safe to use in products. Here at Lush, your safety is the most important thing in our cosmetic development and we would never compromise on this. Every product that Lush uses goes through rigorous internal and external animal-free testing. You can find out more about cosmetic testing here. You can find out more about CBD oil regulations here

How much CBD oil is in the products?

Both 4:20PM bath bomb and Botanomancy bubble bar use a raw material that is made of 10% CBD mixed with 90% Hemp Oil. This is a high concentration 10% CBD oil. This in turn is used in both products at a percentage that provides 25mg of CBD in each 200g item.

Is CBD oil safe for children and pregnant people?

CBD studies for use specifically in cosmetics regarding children and pregnant and breastfeeding adults are limited, therefore we recommend seeking advice from your doctor or medical expert before trying. We have plenty of other products that can be used if you are concerned here.

You can read more about the rules around CBD oil here

What if someone accidentally eats a CBD oil bath bomb?

We know they look and smell delicious, but please don’t eat any Lush products. Lush products are not edible and should not be eaten by humans or animals. If you, your child, or your pet ingest Lush products please seek medical advice. 

Why can’t it be shipped outside the UK? 

CBD oil legislation differs from region to region, currently these can be shipped to Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, UK and USA. 

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