Before I go any further, let me get one thing straight: hemp and marijuana are not the same. Okay, technically they are both “Cannabis Sativa”, but there is one significant difference between the two: the potency of hemp is far less than marijuana (0.3% vs. 15%), so it has no mind-bending properties. In other words, it won't get you high, dude. Hemp is grown mostly for use in textiles, paper, body care products, and building materials, not for smoking. Got it? Now that we have that straight, you can not accuse me of being a hippy-dippy pothead with dreadlocks and a closet full of tie-dye. I will admit to wearing Birkenstocks and having a penchant for the yin-yang symbol, but my interest in and knowledge of hemp is purely medicinal. I swear, officer.
29 February 2012
Hemp seed oil is a very useful oil extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Like many of the ingredients we use, this one has been around for centuries and is a highly regarded alternative medicine. In skin care products, this oil provides moisturizing and anti-aging benefits because of its high concentration of essential fatty acids (80%). It also contains vitamin E and antioxidants which are great for stimulating skin cell growth and repair. If you have a skin disorder (psoriasis, eczema, acne), hemp seed oil's anti-inflammatory properties and ability to absorb into the skin easily will help ease your symptoms. Some people use this oil in cooking too as it provides nutritional and health benefits when consumed. It can also help you lose weight, because unlike its more powerful cousin, it won't give you the munchies!
We love what hemp seed oil has to offer, so we put it in some of our products. Our Carefree Shampoo and Body Bar, and Slip and Glide Shave Bar both have it. Another thing we like about the oil is the fact that hemp farming and production is an important Canadian industry and we like to support products and services from our own neck of the woods.
Hemp seed oil does not come with an incense burner and a headband. Using it won't make your hair grow long or give you to urge to buy all of the Grateful Dead's CD's. Your minivan won't be replaced with a VW bus and ladies, you can keep your bras on. Using the oil, however, might bring you peace and harmony or make you say “far out” when you see how good it is. Do you dig it? Groovy.