When you first hear the term “hemp oil,” you’re not wrong to think of marijuana. It’s from the same plant.
The difference is that for ages, people and businesses used hemp industrially. It’s like a forgotten industry in the shadow of its controversial cousin. But, thanks to the renewed conversation about marijuana, hemp is finally getting some limelight.
What is Hemp & Why Is It Important?
It was about 10,000 years ago when hemp was spun into a fiber. Back then, people used this variety of Cannabis Sativa for rope and textiles. But there’s more to it than that.
As it does come from the same plant as the drug, the difference is that hemp contains less Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis. Hemp contains more Cannabidiol, CBD, which can treat a variety of ailments. In fact, CBD is about 40% of the plant’s extract.
Dravet syndrome is a form of childhood epilepsy, where sufferers can experience hundreds of seizures in a month. The disease is resistant to many of the epilepsy drugs on the market, but there’s one controversial solution.
Cannabidiol has been shown to significantly reduce seizures of patients suffering from this disease. In April 2018, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration granted approval of an oral CBD drug for the treatment of such seizures.
In addition to being a useful drug, there’s a study investigating CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties, which is where skin care comes into play.
So, to recap, CBD:
- is free of psychoactive side effects
- is a viable and acceptable treatment for seizures from a rare form of epilepsy
- may have anti-inflammatory and possibly antioxidant properties.
What is Hemp Oil?
The hemp seed is 73% polyunsaturated fatty acid and is used in a variety of foods. It can be ground into meal or eaten raw in salads. It’s a healthy source of vitamin B (all except B12), manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.
The seeds are cold-pressed to produce hemp (seed) oil, a key ingredient in granola. When directly applied, hemp oil acts as a moisturizer for dry, cracked skin. It also increases blood circulation.
In addition to Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, it’s got:
- Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which keeps moisture locked in the skin while keeping toxins out
- Oleic acid, an antioxidant that keeps skin soft and supple
- Stearidonic acid, an anti-inflammatory
Additionally, hemp oil reduces the symptoms of psoriasis as well as other skin conditions. With all of this and other potentially undiscovered benefits, hemp oil is a skin care industry best kept open secret!
Here are some useful hemp oil products to consider:
This is a body butter that melts at body temperature and softens and moisturizes for up to 24 hours. It’s saves hands from cracks and smooths callouses. This moisture protector is a must-have for people who wash their hands frequently or those who live in colder climates.
Rich, thick, but not greasy, you don’t feel like you’re losing grip whenever you’re touching something else. Men love it not just because it’s helps their hands but because it’s not ‘perfume-y’!
This hydrating foaming gel has a spicy cannabis scent. It doesn’t leave hands with residue so it’s comfortable. Some state it does smell like cannabis but it’s not overpowering, especially for men.
Because hemp has many essential fatty acids and vitamins, it’s a great facial oil for oily skin types. In addition to hemp seed extract, this facial oil has goji berry extract (anti-aging protection), argan oil (hydration & softening), broccoli extract (great source of antioxidant vitamins A & C) and so much more.
Customers love the scent and one who used it on her hands to help her dermatitis. Some used it at night to boost their moisturizing routine.
Made with Ginseng Shea butter, hemp extract, vitamin E and cucumber extract, some love that it helps with skin damage. It doesn’t have an oily residue, which many users appreciate. A few said they thought it smelled like bubblegum. Turns out it’s a combination of natural ingredients that produces that scent. For one lady, she indicated that her children liked the smell and used the lotion too.
AND There’s Hemp Perfume!
This unisex fragrance has notes of Brazillian Orange, Black Plum Heart, Chocolate, Vetiver and more in addition to cannabis.
The renaissance of hemp will see more products like these in the mainstream. Keep your eyes and mind open!
If you’ve never tried hemp seeds, check out these products and tell me what you think, if you try them.
Devinsky, Orrin, et al. “Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome | NEJM.” New England Journal of Medicine, www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1611618.
“Hemp Oil: Benefits, Nutrition, Side Effects, and Facts.” Hemp Oil: Benefits, Nutrition, Side Effects and Facts, Seed Guides, www.seedguides.info/hemp-oil/.