Hemp Lotion

Hemp lotion as a health body product seems as if it will fight for positive recognition for many years to come as the negative label in the narcotics world will surely be hugely difficult to overcome. It is only really due to misuse as a narcotic over these past generations, that hemp has developed such a negative connotation. However, use of hemp lotion body care products has reported many wonderful softer, healthier skin results as well as remedying dry skin conditions such as eczema.

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hempNatural Cannabis sativa plant used in lotions

Hemp lotion is a very natural skin and body care product, utilising the beneficial properties of hemp oil that includes such qualities as:

  • Anti-inflammatory. Repeated use can even assist in healing of dry skin conditions, including eczema. Reduction of inflammation is done through the omega 3 & 6, both of which it contains in unusually high amounts. Omega-3s are thought to play an important role in reducing inflammation throughout the body
  • Hydrating. These gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) oils, also known as Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), help prevent moisture loss in the skin and may play a regenerative role in the skin ageing process. The hempseed oil contains 57% Linoleic and 19% linolenic acid, which has been noted to be the exact ratio that a human body requires - a one to three ratio. These oils are called essential fatty acids because humans cannot manufacture them ourselves and they must be gained from an outside source. Applying them to your skin in a hemp lotion, will naturally supplement your body's own protective moisture barrier
  • Healing. If you suffer from Psoriasis, Skin cracking, Eczema, Scaling or Sagging, Chapped lips, or Dry hair, you will find hemp lotion can benefit them all

Hemp Lotion production

HempseedsHemp seeds from which hemp oil is extracted

The Hempseed oil used in Hemp Lotions is cold pressed from varieties of Cannabis sativa seeds, which are more commonly referred to as marijuana or just cannabis. Although known as a narcotic, the seeds of the plant do not actually contain any tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive compound. This is only found in any significant amounts in the flowers or leaves of a mature female plant. Thus the oil will contain minuscule amounts, if any, of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The seed is cleaned - to 99.99% levels - before cold pressing the oil. As an example, regular accredited sampling of THC in Canadian hemp seed oil shows THC levels usually below a detection limit of 4ppm (parts per million, or 4mg/kg). There is actually a legal limit for THC content in foodstuffs in Canada of 10ppm. Some European countries can have limits of just 5pp.

Hemp cream and lotion availability

Hemp skin and body care products are to be found readily in a wide variety of retailers, including health food outlets as well as online. This includes hemp tanning lotions, lip balms, facial moisturisers and hemp aloe vera gels. The hydrating effect of the hemp products and the ability of hemp lotion to protect the skin from moisture loss is usually advertised as the main benefit. Another aspect widely claimed is that hemp products can help reduce ageing effects such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Safe and non-toxic for external use, it is also advocated for internal digestion. However, hemp seeds themselves are not that available in most countries unless they have been sterilised to prevent germination! This makes hemp seed oil and hemp creams and lotions and such, perfectly legal as an option.

Hemp creams and drug tests

As hemp skin care products, manufactured from Hempseed oil, contain extremely low amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) if anything at all, they are unlikely to have any effect on any drug tests. However, if you plan to have a drug test soon, or regularly have one, I would suggest not using a hemp lotion too liberally on a daily basis. After all, our skin being our largest organ where topical applications are totally absorbed, any THC present at all will end up in your bloodstream.

Hemp Tanning lotions

Hemp seems to be quite a popular ingredient when it comes to indoor tanning lotions. The smell seems to attract many favourable comments as well as the effectiveness - often reporting soft golden colours after only 20 minutes or so. The other key aspect is of course the softness of skin after a tanning session - all those essential fatty acids doing their thing! Because the hydration is relatively good, it seems the tan lasts that much longer too.

One of the things I like the most about hemp skin care products is that they use hemp oil, which is wonderfully naturally derived and I always choose to wear a lotion where I know that the major ingredients are natural. Although tanning my skin is effectively going to dry it out, it always seems to look and feel much healthier after the sun has touched it, especially when wearing any quality oil based lotion.

References

            Hemp skin care products becoming increasingly popular
            Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fact Sheet


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