What is Hemp?
What is hemp?
Hemp is a plant!
It belongs to the cannabis family of plants. Specifically, it is a variety of the “Cannabis sativa” family of plants.
You’re probably familiar with hemp’s cousin, marijuana, which is also part of the cannabis family of plants.
Although hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, they are actually quite different. The main difference? Hemp can’t be abused because it has negligible amounts of THC (psychoactive) and high amounts non-psychoactive ingredients. Marijuana, on the other hand, has higher amounts of psychoactive qualities.
Read more about the difference between hemp and marijuana here.
Okay, back to hemp.
Hemp has been grown for tens of thousands of years, mainly for industrial purposes. It grows fast, and it can be made into just about anything. Clothing, food, paper, jewelry, rope, biodegradable plastics…to name a few.
We crush the most on hemp seed oil, made from crushed up hemp, because we can put it in Pure Hemp Supply products, slather it on our skin, and reap the benefits.
Why do we use hemp in our products?
Lots of reasons!
Like we talked about, CBD can be harvested from hemp. What’s the BFD about CBD?
CBD is an amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, it’s anti-cancerous, and it’s an anti-depressant. CBD from hemp is pro-health! Here is a more about the uses and benefits of CBD.
By the way — CBD that is derived from hemp can be sold in all 50 states. (Unlike that other cannabinoid, THC.)
Another reason? Hemp has fats and lipids just like the ones found in your skin, so it’s a great moisturizer, protects skin, and heals and alleviates dry and cracked skin.
Roughly 75-80% of hemp seed oil is made up of these healthy fats, called polyunsaturated fatty acids. Hemp has one of the highest percentages of fatty acids found in the plant kingdom. Of these fatty acids is the perfect balance of omega-6 to omega-3, this ratio is 3:1.
Psoriasis and eczema are caused when your skin is lacking omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Therefore, hemp oil can be used as a natural remedy.
Along those same lines, your skin loves vitamins. Hemp seed oil packs them in. It has vitamins A, vitamin E, vitamin D, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, phosphorous. The whole load! Giving your skin the ingredients and nutrients it craves means more youthful skin, more blood flow to your skin, and slower anti-aging.
Think of it like this: When you feed your body junk food, it doesn’t do a whole lot for your health. Same goes for skin health. If you’re using harsh chemicals and fragrances, you’re not taking care of it. It’s important to remember, your skin is your largest organ. It needs to be fed proper ingredients too.
So now, when posing the questions, What is hemp?, you know that hemp is all about the health over the high. Hemp is cannabis, but not all cannabis is hemp. And hemp is an under-rated plant that’s extremely healthy for us and our skin.