Hemp has long been a coveted restorative and healing resource for many cultures near and far, however, it wasn’t until quite recently that the plant made its way into the mainstream health and wellness scene.
As more and more states legalize the sale, purchase, and use of cannabis, hemp-based products seem to be popping up all over the place.
Take hemp lotion, for example. The topical cream has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years—but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know what to look out for and which products to buy.
But, before we get into all that—and we will—let’s start at square one and break down why hemp lotion is so good for you in the first place.
An all-natural, pure, and non-toxic moisturizer, hemp lotion provides a ton of health benefits for your skin and your body.
Its key ingredient is hempseed oil, and similarly to coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil, it’s packed with essential fatty acids (EFAs), which contain anti-inflammatory properties and help soothe and hydrate dry, dull skin.
Hempseed oil has a 3 to 1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 EFAs, which is the ideal balance for our skin. Because of this, hemp lotions are comedogenic, meaning they have a fast absorption rate and can moisturize our skin without leaving our pores clogged.
Hemp-infused skincare products also contain an abundance of vitamins high in antioxidants—such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E—which are known to fight aging, prevent wrinkles, and protect our skin from harmful UV rays and other environmental stressors.
According to Dr. Erica Steele, a board certified naturopathic doctor with the Holistic Family Practice & Detoxification Center, hempseed oil is not only excellent for nourishing our skin, but that magical mix of fatty acids can help relieve certain skin conditions as well.
“A balanced intake of essential fatty acids is vital to the skin’s health, and hemp oil’s positive unsaturated essential fatty acids are helpful in alleviating dryness as well as signs of aging,” Steele explained. “Our diet of Omega-6 fatty acids has doubled while the Omega-3 have reached an all-time low creating imbalances such as dry skin, dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis inflammatory skin responses.”
In other words, hemp lotion’s got what it takes to build strong, healthy skin.
You’ve probably heard a friend or a coworker talk about their love for CBD—it’s the new buzzword floating around the cannabis industry right now. And while it’s not in all hemp lotions, it can be found in many of them.
CBD, short for is cannabidoil, is a non-psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant that has anti-inflammatory and pain-cessation properties.
Studies have shown that hemp-derived CBD soothes sore muscles, alleviates stress, reduces insomnia, and clears up acne. Additionally, many CBD creams have been cited to help ease certain skin conditions, like allergic dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema.
Essentially, when CBD is added, the lotion not only moisturizes the skin, but also helps out with inflammation and pain.
Hemp lotions with CBD tend to be bit more expensive, but according to some health experts, lotions with CBD can do more for your health, so the added cost is well worth it.
This is one of the biggest myths out there. Despite the fact that hemp is derived from the cannabis plant, hemp seed oil and hemp lotion absolutely cannot get you high. Neither can CBD oil.
Standard hemp lotions do not contain THC, the mind-altering component of cannabis. Throughout the manufacturing process, most if not all of the THC is cleared out of the hempseed oil.
Like any product, consumers need to read the labels and know what type of hemp lotion they’re getting. The key is to find a product that is 100 percent domestic, organically sourced, pure food grade, and non-GMO.
When artificial additives creep into the mix, the healing powers of hemp can become diluted. Be on the lookout for inactive ingredients – such as dyes and other oils—and try to avoid them, as they don’t do anything for our skin.
Always do your research. When in doubt, give the company a call or go online and look for their certificate of analysis—a document that verifies and guarantees what’s in the product—especially if you’re searching for a hemp lotion with CBD.
“I don’t think I would buy any topical hemp product online that didn’t have some sort of guarantee behind it,” Jeff Gallagher, the founder and CEO of Made By Hemp, said. “These products can be expensive and consumers should have some sort of guarantee that they will do what they say.”
According to Gallagher, topical CBD lotions can range from 100 to 2,000 milligrams of CBD. The higher concentration is oftentimes used for severe joint point. A good rule of thumb, he says, is to start with a small amount and experiment until you find a level of relief that feels good for you.
Unlike petroleum and mineral-based oils that many lotions and balms use, hemp is a very renewable and sustainable resource. It grows naturally and it’s ubiquitous.
We don’t have to drill deep into the ground to get ahold of it and extracting the oil from the hemp seeds doesn’t suck up too much energy.
“Once the crop is grown, the steps to obtain something like hemp oil, are three fold—cleaning the seeds, cold-pressing the seeds, then refining the oil via filtration,” Annie Rouse, co-founder of Anavii Market, said. “Beyond farming inputs, no additional inputs are necessary to obtain the finished product.”
The hemp plant is extremely resistant, meaning it doesn’t need loads of pesticides. It doesn’t need to be washed with chlorine or harmful chemicals in the ways that wood and cotton do. Not to mention the rest of the plant doesn’t go to waste.
“After harvest, the remaining biomass can be ground back into the soils as compost, which provides tremendous support for healthy soils and in return a reduced carbon footprint,” Rouse added.
Still, more studies are needed for us to fully understand the wide range of benefits that hemp lotion provides and how, specifically, it could treat certain conditions.
Until then, though, it’s safe to say that hemp lotion is a powerful moisturizer that can rejuvenate and protect your skin. So, lather up. Your skin—and the environment—will thank you.
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