Hemp: Why You Should Love It!

Hemp is a super plant! It can support your body from the inside out. You can throw hemp seeds into a salad, use hemp oil in cooking or skin care, use hemp paper for printing or even build with it for an eco-friendly, DIY project. Heck, you can even wear it. Is there anything hemp can't do?

Did you know that our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids? This is why the human body is so compatible with cannabis. When you introduce cannabionoids to your skin care, it helps propel our body's own natural healing process!

Hemp 101

Cannabis is a genus of plants in the Cannabaceae family and include three primary species: Cannabis sativaCannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.

Hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that's grown specifically for industrial uses of its derived products. It's one of the fastest growing plants & was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber!

Many people associate hemp with marijuana or assume THC (the chemical constituent that makes users feel high) is present. Although the two are derived from the same plant, they are very different. 

Hemp and marijuana are general classifications of Cannabis – they are not species or strains.

Hemp includes varieties of Cannabis that contain 0.3% or less THC content.

Marijuana includes varieties of Cannabis that contain more than 0.3% THC and can induce psychoactive effects.

Hemp oil is not the same as hemp extract (CBD). The production of CBD uses the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant whereas hemp oil comes from just the seeds.

All forms of hemp oil come from food-grade strains of hemp.

Hemp oil has been a mainstay ingredient with Eco Lips since the early 2000s. It's not only the star of our Hemp Lip Balm and our Hemp + Vitamin E Skin Care Oil, it's a highly regarded and beneficial oil that's soaring in popularity.

Check out hemp's benefits

  • Skin Health - hemp oil is said to regulate oil production, so you can nourish your skin without clogging pores.
  • Problem Skin - with its omega-6 fatty acids, hemp oil helps soothe and renew problem skin.
  • Naturally moisturizes - it's a natural humectant, which draws moisture into the skin

Hemp seed oil is very gentle and doesn't often cause side effects, but it's possible you may be sensitive to the ingredient. We encourage you to try a patch test and look out for signs of irritation or reaction: redness, itching, burning or rash. 

Choosing a product with hemp oil

  • Take a look at the ingredient listing - Some products only contains a small amount of hemp but is still marketed as a trendy "hemp" product. It doesn't need to be the first ingredient, but it definitely shouldn't be the last. 
  • Consider your skincare goals - Don't select hemp based on its popularity. Consider what the product does and if it aligns with your skin's needs.
  • Experiment - Try using hemp oil in a variety of ways - massage, body oil, DIY facial serum or as a carrier in aromatherapy

Quick Tip: Unrefined hemp seed oil is fragile and can quickly go rancid. To extend its shelf life, keep your hemp oil in the refrigerator.