Hemp candles are great for any situation where you’d like a peaceful and soft light. You can use them to enhance your time spent reading late at night, meditating, and hanging out with your family. These organic candles continue the tradition of aromatherapy and can boost your mood.
What is a hemp candle?
To answer this question, we need to take a look at aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the ancient practice of healing the mind and spirit through natural fragrances. The term was coined in the mid-1900s. However, people in ancient Chinese and Egyptian cultures used the technique for hundreds of years.
People use essential oils in aromatherapy either by inhaling their aromas or applying them to the skin. Hemp candles are often fragranced with natural oils such as lemon or eucalyptus to provide a relaxing experience.
How do people make them?
People make these organic candles in a variety of ways. Many use soy wax as the base and infuse that with hemp oil. Some people use cotton for the wick, while others use hemp. Also, hemp candles don’t have to smell like cannabis, but some do. That depends on the presence of terpenes from the plant. Terpenes are also responsible for many other essential oil scents.
The candles don’t include THC so they do not have the effects that marijuana offers for users. The candle is safe to use around children and is non-psychoactive.
Hemp candles are non-toxic and friendly to the environment. The hemp seed oil in the candle makes them burn for longer, which means you can save money.
How to make hemp candles yourself
You can make hemp candles at home following a simple recipe. For your ingredients, you’ll need a mason jar, hemp oil, one pound of soy wax, hemp wick, card stock, a food thermometer, and a double boiler.
First, put the soy wax in your double boiler on a low temperature. While that’s going, use the glue gun to glue a long piece of hemp wick to the bottom of your mason jar.
Next, use the card stock to hold the wick straight. To do this, start with a circle that’s bigger than the mason jar top. Cut a small hole to pass the wick through. Also cut a portion of the card stock away so that you can pour the wax in.
What are the benefits of hemp candles?
The benefits of hemp are well known and people have used the plant for industrial and medicinal uses for thousands of years. Hemp candles offer an environmentally friendly and non-toxic alternative to traditional candles.
Using candles, in general, is healthy on your eyes at night. Blue light from TVs and phone screens can keep us awake at night. Instead, reading by candlelight is a great way to get your mind ready for bed.
The candles are made using soy and are natural. The use of hemp means that the ingredients are sustainable and ethically sourced and are non-toxic.
Burning hemp candles can also help you to relax. Whether you get a cannabis-scented candle or a lavender-sage one, you’ll feel at peace. Other aromas you can get include honeysuckle, blood orange, patchouli, lemongrass, jasmine, and basil. Really any essential oil can work well in a hemp candle.
Another awesome thing is that this candle incorporates eco-friendly ingredients. Hemp is a carbon-negative crop and is great for the environment. You can feel good that the materials are sourced from a plant that is fair trade and sustainable.
Why should I use a hemp candle?
You can use hemp candles if you love to support eco-friendly products or if you’re looking for a non-toxic alternative to traditional candles.
There’s one thing that you can be sure of. With hemp candles, you’ll avoid all the artificial dyes and chemicals that you can find in traditional candles. Traditional candles can even have toxins in their ingredients—which can be bad for your health.
Where can I get them?
Local market vendors in your area may have hemp candles. If you can’t find any in your area, you can purchase some from Hempy’s or Kushed Candles. Remember, there’s no THC or CBD in these candles so you don’t have to worry about any legal issues in your state.
Last updated: May 10, 2020 Posted in: Home & Garden
Hemp candles made with hemp wick and hemp oil continue the tradition of aromatherapy and are an eco-friendly option for any room in the house.
You Can Now Buy CBD Oil-Infused Candles
It’s self-care on a whole new level.
If it seems like people are putting CBD oil in everything these days, you’re right. And you can add one more item to the list: Yield’s new line of candles is infused with the stuff—150 milligrams per 3.5-inch-tall candle, to be exact.
Short for Cannabidiol—which, yes, is found in marijuana, but on its own, will not get you high—CBD has been snowballing in popularity over the past few years. It’s been touted as a way to reduce seizures, treat chronic pain, and relieve insomnia and anxiety, making it seem like a miracle oil for all that ails you. While studies support some of those claims (namely, seizures), more research is needed overall. Still, that hasn’t stopped people’s interest in dabbling with it, with searches skyrocketing since August 2016, particularly in Indiana, Vermont, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. To meet that need, plenty of companies have started experimenting with ways to use the oil in their products.
Candles make perfect sense: They’re often used to set a relaxing mood, so why not infuse them with something linked to reducing anxiety, with the hopes of furthering that effect? (In the promising-but-needs-more-research category, a 2017 study found that people who smelled CBD-infused essential oils experienced decreased blood pressure and said they felt calmer and more energized. The study only featured five people though, so don’t consider it gospel.)
Yield makes no claims that its candles will relieve your pain or help you sleep better at night, though they are designed to promote “clean, balanced living.” Each one’s made with sustainably sourced ingredients, featuring coconut wax and cotton wicks, and comes in soothing scents, like eucalyptus, ambrosia, and palo santo.
It Sounds Cool, But Do CBD Oil Candles Work?
Given all the hype, we asked two editors to try the candles for themselves for a few weeks. Both reported feeling more relaxed after lighting them, though admittedly, they also acknowledged that could be due to the ritual of lighting a candle and taking a moment for themselves. Our verdict: With so much research TBD on CBD, choose a candle based on its aesthetics and scent. If it has CBD oil and that seems to help you relax more, great. Don’t expect it to, though.
Oh, and about that scent: Yield’s CBD candles don’t give off even a whiff of hemp (in fact, a third editor took one home, not realizing it was CBD-infused at all). All of the scents were pretty mellow—more earthy than fruity or floral—and editors liked that the double-walled glass jar could be washed and used as a drinking glass long after the candle’s 40- to 45-hour burn time.
As Yield launches a line of candles featuring CBD oil, we take a look at the trend and the research behind it, as well as review the new candles.