Why CBD Is a Great Ingredient in Hand Sanitizer
by Lexa W. Lee
No doubt you’ve noticed that hand sanitizers are in great demand these days. Many manufacturers have been working around the clock to produce hand sanitizers to meet increased concerns about disease transmission by infectious bacteria and viruses. Though making a basic hand sanitizer only requires a few ingredients and isn’t an altogether complicated process, the addition of other bioactive ingredients can give a sanitizer a wider range of benefits. As a healthcare professional, it’s imperative to protect your immune system against infectious agents — ideally, one that offers more than just basic protection. Read on to learn how Curatio Nano CBG:CBD Hand Sanitizer is an excellent example of a product that not only kills 99.9% of germs, but comes with healing/soothing, protective, anti-inflammatory and even mentally relaxing benefits.
Hand Sanitizer Facts
The single most essential ingredient in a hand sanitizer is alcohol. The CDC recommends using a hand sanitizer “if soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty.” Although hand sanitizers might include other ingredients, such as moisturizers, essential oils, colors, and fragrance, an effective product must contain at least 60% alcohol to kill viruses that have an envelope such as HIV and the common cold. The higher the alcohol percentage the faster it will kill viruses and bacteria. 70% alcohol concentration has enough water to bond with and dissolve the cell membrane, enter the cell, denature their proteins, and kill the virus or bacteria. The CDC does not recommend an alcohol potency over 70%. Contrary to what you might think, an even stronger alcohol solution is not as effective, since it evaporates too quickly to have much effect.
Curatio Nano Hand Sanitizer Benefits
Curatio Nano CBG:CBD Hand Sanitizer, sold as a pump in a compact two ounce bottle, contains 70% isopropyl alcohol. This provides immune support by killing most if not all bacteria and viruses. Curatio’s hand sanitizer includes additional ingredients that boost its sanitizing ability, while also providing other benefits. The product contains 100 milligrams of medical grade CBD and CBG in a 1:1 ratio. Cannabinoids are known to act in synergy, resulting in an even stronger effect. CBD and CBG are both antibacterial and antiviral agents. The cannabinoids not only add a long lasting protective layer, it also soothes and helps heal the hands from the dryness from the alcohol. Since Curatio’s product harnesses the advantages of nanotechnology, the CBG and CBD are able to penetrate the skin barrier and absorb deep. By doing so it saturates all layers of the skin and also reaches deep into the joints and soft tissue.
Among the additional ingredients in Curatio’s product are eucalyptus and tea tree oil, which are scientifically shown to have anti-viral activity in addition to lending the product a refreshing natural fragrance. Aloe vera is also present. This evergreen perennial plant, when matched with MCT Oil, Apple Fruit Extract, and Vegetable Glycerin provide a long lasting moisturizing effect that help counter the drying properties of the alcohol. These ingredients soothe, moisturize and protect your skin. CBD and CBG are anti-inflammatory, and contain vitamins A and E, which help maintain skin health and are important in repairing damage to skin cells. Vitamin A improves skin firmness, while vitamin E helps repair the skin. CBD and CBG also contain essential fatty acids, which protect the skin’s natural oil barrier, helping it retain moisture and stay hydrated.
Although consumers don’t typically use a hand sanitizer for stress reduction, CBD and CBG also have stress-reducing properties. The use of nanotechnology to reduce droplet size, and the incorporation of tea tree and eucalyptus as essential oils, which are both fat and water soluble, increase skin absorption by ten times.
While the best way to clean your hands is still to wash them with soap and water, a hand sanitizer can be an effective backup when hand washing is not available. As a healthcare professional, why not carry a small bottle in your car, and another in your purse or pocket when you’re away from home or at work to ensure maximum protection?
Lexa W. Lee is a former family physician, research fellow in immunology, lecturer and medical journalist. She also writes about consumer health issues.