Fresh Ink Relief
by Tyler Miller
Cannabidiol continues to impact new industries each week, and inking its way into the tattoo industry is just the latest trend. For an industry on the rise, there is no time better than now to burst onto the tattoo scene.
From pain-relieving patches to soothing balms and lotions, CBD is quickly becoming the topical ingredient of choice. The tattoo industry has exploded in recent years with about 3 out 10 Americans sporting some sort of ink; that number jumps to nearly half among millenials. According to research firm IBISWorld, the U.S. tattoo market is worth nearly $2 billion every year. And according to London-based CBD CEO Tony Calamita, “I thought for sure there would be a big market here for putting CBD into standard tattoo formulation. But in the U.K., there were no CBD-based recovery creams. Nothing.” Both international and domestic markets are simply calling for CBD change in the tattoo world.
CBD already has known anti-inflammatory properties with one study determining that, “Cannabinoids suppress inflammatory response and subsequently attenuate disease symptoms.” According to San Diego area dermatologist Dr. Jeanette Jacknin, “CBD knocks out a lot of the inflammatory cells.” Jacknin recently gave a speech to members of the American Academy of Dermatology on topical cannabinoid solutions. Aside from its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, it’s surprising that it took this long for CBD to find its way into the tattoo parlor. The reason being that most tattoo-care products are made from alcohol and petroleum, ingredients that dry out skin as opposed to hemp oils moisturizing ability. One CBD purveyor, Colleen Kibler, said, “I immediately recognized that CBD is perfect for tattoos. Most tattoo aftercare is not actually made for open wounds.”
And if that wasn’t enough, the sales incentives to bring CBD into the tattoo parlor are pretty much already in place. Unlike the white-washed halls of hospitals and medical offices, tattoo parlors are filled with crowds of a different color. Most tattoo aficionados can be seemingly labeled as ”open-minded” and are perhaps a bit more willing to listen to the potential benefits of stigmatized CBD products as opposed to the lab-coat sporting medical professionals. By allowing CBD products to sell in parlors as opposed to just dispensaries, there is more potential exposure. Everyone that walks into a dispensary may not have a tattoo, but everyone going into a tattoo parlor is definitely interested in tattoo care products.
Especially ones that break the mainstream mindset and can help alleviate pain while reducing recovery time when it comes to fresh ink.