The seeds of the hemp plant produce a rich, pure oil that is perfectly suited for skin care. It combines the benefits of both edible vegetable oils and marine fish oils. The oil constitutes 40% of the seed.
Hemp oil is one of the few oils that is rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Essential Fatty Acids are fats that the body requires for healthy cells but cannot manufacture by itself. EFAs include Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs), Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9, Linoleic Acid and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
Although it is very important in skin care and maintenance, GLAs are rarely found in natural oils. Some excellent sources are from the seeds of evening primrose, borage and hemp.
In cosmetic testing, EFAs have been shown to play a preventive role in the skin aging process. The outflow of moisture from the body is regulated by a barrier which the skin forms to protect itself from the external environment. EFAs, particularly Omega-6 and GLA, preserve the "barrier function" of cell membranes. Skin which is deficient in these nutrients allows more moisture loss and can show dryness and loss of elasticity. PUFAs have also been shown to prevent skin dryness and to help restore damaged skin to normal.
Due to its rich content of Essential Fatty Acids, hemp seed oil is a perfect choice for skin, hair & lip care.
Using hemp seed oil cosmetics will not trigger a failed drug test. There simply is not enough THC in the oil to produce a positive result when applied topically. Additionally, the minimal amounts of THC in hemp oil cannot be absorbed through the skin. Repeated use of hemp oil body care products will only result in softer, healthier skin and hair.
About the hemp plant...
Hemp (cannabis sativa) is not, as so many people assume, the same plant as marijuana. It is a non-narcotic variety that is amazingly versatile, nutritional and environmentally sound. It grows rapidly, is adaptable to most climates and improves soil fertility. Hemp can be processed with little water, fertilizers or pesticides into textiles, rope, building materials, paper, food, solvents, lubricants, fuels and cosmetics.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) considers cannabis sativa to be an illegal substance. This broad definition includes both industrial hemp and marijuana. It creates a paradox that allows the importation of hemp and hemp products, but not U.S. production of industrial hemp. Large-scale production is currently prohibited in the United States.
Industrial hemp was grown in this country in its colonial days until the 1950s when the DEA defined it as marijuana. Industrial products made from U.S. hemp, particularly fiber and oil products, played a major role in World War II.
Twenty-nine countries, including the major industrialized nations, are hemp producers. However, American farmers are now becoming interested in hemp as an important rotational crop and a new source of income.
Many states have industrial hemp initiatives in progress. You can help by contacting your lawmakers and letting them know your views. In addition, your purchase of hemp goods supports the hemp industry.
Portions of this article were excerpted from "Hemp Seed Oil, Natural and Functional Cosmetic Ingredient" by E.M. Morsy, M.S.Written by: Diane Jones
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