high guide to cannabis sativa seed

high guide to cannabis sativa seed

December 15, 2019

Cannabis sativa seed oil is the best thing to your skincare routine. Not because it’s trendy, and definitely not because some people still consider Cannabis taboo. Cannabis sativa is revolutionary because it has one of the most incredible nutrient profiles of any natural plant when it comes to skin health.

When applied to the skin, Cannabis sativa seed oil acts to:

  • Neutralize inflammation
  • Repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier
  • Diminish and prevent signs of aging
  • Balance hydration and moisture levels
  • Support the skin’s natural regenerative processes
  • Prevent free-radical damage

What exactly is it?

Cannabis sativa is the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) name for hemp, therefore Cannabis sativa seed oil is also the INCI name for hempseed oil. Cannabis is the genus name, and sativa is the species name.

INCI is a system of names for waxes, oils, pigments, chemicals, and other ingredients used to formulate beauty products based on scientific names and Latin species naming. It is legally required for beauty companies to list ingredients on a product’s ingredients list by these names.

Where does it come from?

Cannabis sativa seed oil is extracted specifically from the seeds of legal Cannabis sativa plants. The seeds are cold pressed to separate oil from protein which preserves the nutrient content. Cold-pressing is a safe extraction method that doesn’t involve chemicals. It is 100% legal and free from THC, CBD and any psychoactive compounds.

It is an entirely different substance than CBD oil, Cannabis oil, Hemp oil and any other Cannabis extracts. These are all extracted from either the stalks, leaves and/or flowers of Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plants. The leaves, stalks and flowers of Cannabis plants contain cannabinoids like CBD and THC whereas the seeds do not.

What are the other major differences between Cannabis sativa seed oil & CBD oil?

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are chemical compounds, not oils or extracts – which is an important distinction when it comes to skincare and beauty.

Cannabinoids only exist in the leaves, stalks and/or flowers of the Cannabis plant, meaning they exist in both Cannabis sativa (hemp) and Cannabis indica (marijuana) varieties.They attach to existing cannabinoid receptors in our bodies (part of the endocannabinoid system) and in doing so cause different effects. THC, for example, is known to cause euphoria whereas CBD is known for relaxation without the ‘high’.

The seeds do not contain any naturally-occurring cannabinoids, which means you won’t experience an altered state of any kind. Many cultures throughout history have relied on Cannabis sativa seeds and their oil as an important source of nutrition, but the lesser-known benefits are those relating to topical application to the skin.

What are the other major differences between Cannabis sativa seed oil & CBD oil?

Cannabis sativa seed oil has a rare, perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-6 (linoleic acid) to omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) EFAs which allow for instant absorption, in addition to balancing and repairing the skin’s natural barrier.

Topically applied essential fatty acids have shown to reduce Transepidermal water loss and reduces skin scaliness in two weeks. The essential fatty acids were also absorbed into the systemic circulation (blood stream) and help reduce biochemical abnormalities of essential fatty acid deficiency

Cannabis sativa seeds contain powerful levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega-6, omega-3, omega-9, linoleic acid, and even gamma linoleic acids (GLA’s) rarely found in natural oils. The metabolism of PUFAs are highly active in the epidermis. The metabolic mechanism of PUFAs is related to the generation of anit-inflammtory molecules. Additionally, an Italian study shows that due to the unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA – polyunsaturated fatty acids, which include essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) content in Hemp seed oil it showed to alleviate skin problems such as dryness and those related to the aging process

High concentrations of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), and stearidonic acid (SDA) within cannabis sativa seed oil neutralize inflammatory responses and restore the body’s natural ability to resist and repair damage.

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.

Scientific evidence shows it is an effective treatment for eczema and inflammatory skin disorders because it is made up of 80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

“After topical application, vitamin E accumulates not only in cell membranes but also in the extracellular lipid matrix of the stratum corneum, where vitamin E contributes to antioxidant defenses.”

Phospholipids are known to help reduce TEWL (Transepidermal water loss) which can help prevent fine lines, wrinkles. The Reduction of TEWL strenghens the skin’s barrier which can help prevent the accumulation of bacteria on the skin.