Let's face it, if you're not there or haven't been there yet, one day you will be there. That's right, I am talking about skin issues. Whether you have acne, sun spots, wrinkles, eczema or psoriasis we have all dealt with some sort of misbehaving skin. By now, you may have heard about hemp and its numerous health benefits and with all the excitement over cannabis, the skincare benefits can be overlooked. However, before we jump ahead of ourselves, what exactly is hemp?
Hemp vs Cannabis
Hemp is a fibrous, non-psychoactive species of cannabis sativa and is often referred to as industrial hemp because of its versatility. Industrial hemp is grown and cultivated to manufacture fabrics, paper, biofuel and more. The hemp seed also has a variety of uses which include fuel, food, body products and cosmetics.
Unlike cannabis, the hemp plant contains lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD). Although, over 400 different compounds have been discovered in cannabis, THC and CBD happen to be the most widely known components. THC produces the psychoactive effects of euphoria and relaxation but can also cause anxiety and paranoia. Whereas, CBD is non-psychoactive and decreases or eliminates the psychoactive effects from THC. According to the national institute on drug abuse preclinical studies of CBD have found promising therapeutic benefits for treating substance abuse and have yet to identify significant side effects.
Hemp Skin Care
Researchers continue to shine a spotlight on the benefits of hemp and cannabis for our health management, maintenance and prevention. The obsession with prefect skin does not fall short on the list of hemp uses either. Hemp is becoming a widely used ingredient in many moisturizers, cosmetics, acne products, and treatments for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Here are 3 reasons why hemp is a great alternative for your skin care regimen.
- Hemp oil is rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6
Hemp is rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are categorized as essential fatty acids because the body cannot synthesize them but requires them for brain, nerve, and cell function. These polyunsaturated fatty acids provide skin protection because of the similarities in the lipids found in the skin. The omega-3 and omega-6 in hemp seed oil promote cell regeneration, skin hydration, decreased skin inflammation and increased elasticity.
- Hemp oil is rich in vitamins A & E
Hemp oil is rich in vitamins A & E. Both vitamin A & E have been widely used to reduce scars, wrinkles, and aging. The antioxidant properties in vitamin A & E moisturize, nourish, and protect skin from pollutants, sun exposure, and other skin damaging elements.
- Hemp oil is an anti-inflammatory
Hemp oil has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce pain, swelling, and redness of the skin. Hemp oil may reduce the symptoms caused from eczema, psoriasis, acne, and various skin rashes and irritations. The natural anti-inflammatory properties found in hemp oil have developed interest as a therapeutic alternative for many other inflammatory related conditions. Some of which include; arthritis, joint, body and muscle pain. These properties can often be used either internally or topically.
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