the high guide to cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil
What is Hemp Seed Oil & how does it help my skin?
High's founder and formulator Melissa Jochim created High Beauty as an entire skincare line using the revolutionary ingredient Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil for good reason. While this ingredient has been widely accessible and legal for years, Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil is often recognized solely as a source of dietary nutrition. And while this is true, it just so happens to be incredibly effective at supporting skin health, too. Here’s all you need to know about using hempseed oil for your skin:
when applied to the skin, Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil:
- Helps calm inflammation
- Balances all skin types with adaptogenic action
- Protects with potent antioxidants
- Hydrates & Replenishes
what exactly is Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil?
Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil is the nutrient-dense oil that comes from the seeds of the low-producing THC variety of the Cannabis sativa plant, which is more commonly known as hemp. Cannabis sativa seed oil is the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) name for hempseed oil.
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 Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil come from?
Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil is extracted from the seeds of legal Cannabis sativa (hemp) plants that produce less than 0.3% THC. Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil is extracted by cold pressing the seeds to separate the seed's oil from the seed's 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 (hemp) seed oil & other extracts?
Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil is an entirely different substance than CBD oil, cannabis oil, hemp oil and any other extracts derived from the stalks, leaves and/or flowers of Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plants. Those parts of the plant contain cannabinoids like CBD and THC, whereas the seeds do not have naturally-occurring CBD or THC.
How exactly does Cannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil benefit skin health?
Cannabis sativa (hemp) 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. Hemp 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 (hemp) 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 (hemp) 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, help protect skin and delay the aging process.
Now that you know more aboutCannabis sativa (hemp) seed oil and it's scientifically-proven 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Plus, check out more articles like this one on the High Beauty blog, or visit our FAQ page.