Melissa Jochim, founder of High Beauty formulated an entire skincare line using the revolutionary ingredient Cannabis sativa seed oil – and for good reason. Although it has been widely accessible and legal for years, most of its value has been as a source of dietary nutrition. It just so happens to be incredibly beneficial for skin health, too. Here’s all you need to know….
when applied to the skin:
- Helps calm inflammation
- Balances all skin types with adaptogens
- Protects with potent antioxidants
- Hydrates & Replenishes
what exactly is it?
Cannabis sativa seed oil is oil that comes from the seed of the low product THC variety of Cannabis sativa which is also more commonly known as hemp. Cannabis sativa seed oil is the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) name for the low-THC producing variety of Cannabis sativa.
INCI is a system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals, and other ingredients used to formulate cosmetic products based on scientific names and Latin species naming.
where does it come from?
Cannabis sativa seed oil is extracted from the seeds of legal Cannabis sativa plants that produce less than 0.3% THC by cold pressing the seeds to separate seed oil from the seed protein. Cold pressing is a safe extraction method that doesn’t involve chemicals and preserves the nutrient content of the seed.
What’s the difference between cannabis sativa seed oil & other cannabis extracts?
Cannabis sativa seed oil is an entirely different substance than CBD oil, cannabis oil, hemp oil and any other cannabis extracts which are derived from the stalks, leaves and/or flowers of Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plants. These parts of the plant contain cannabinoids like CBD and THC whereas the seeds do not have naturally-occurring CBD or THC.
What are the details on it’s benefits for skin?
Cannabis sativa seeds contain powerful levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-6, omega-3, omega-9, and even alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and stearidonic acid (SDA) which are rarely found in natural oils. Cannabis sativa seed oil also has a rare, perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-6 (linoleic acid) to omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) which are essential fatty acids (EFAs) which allow for instant absorption into the skin, in addition to hydrating and replenishing the skin’s natural barrier.
Topically applied EFAs have been scientifically shown to reduce trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) which can help prevent fine lines, wrinkles and acne. The reduction of TEWL has been found to strengthen the skin’s barrier which can help prevent the accumulation of bacteria on the skin.
High concentrations of 80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) within Cannabis sativa seed oil helps to calm inflammation. It’s ability neutralize the skin’s inflammatory responses restoring the body’s natural ability to resist and repair damage.
Finally, cannabis sativa seeds are a complete protein source with all twenty amino acids in combination with vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, E and arginine. These essential compounds prevent free radical damage, protect skin and delay the aging process.
Now that you know more about cannabis sativa seed oil and it’s benefits to the skin, try it out for yourself! If you have any questions that were unanswered in this blog post, we would love to answer them for you at email@example.com