What is Hemp? | Why We Use 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 is nonpsychoactive because it has negligible amounts of THC (psychoactive) and high amounts of CBD (nonpsychoactive). Marijuana, on the other hand, has higher amounts of THC and fewer quantities of CBD.
Reminder: CBD and THC are cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are ingredients in cannabis plants.
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.
Health benefits of Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds have 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 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.
Feed your skin hemp
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.
Feed your body hemp
Hemp seeds aren't only nutritious for your skin, but also when they're eaten. With a makeup of 30% "good fat", hemp seeds have more high-quality protein than chia or flax seeds. Remember all those vitamins we mentioned above? Your inside organs love those too.
Here are a few more health benefits of hemp seeds:
- Hemp seeds may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Hemp seeds may reduce symptoms of menopause and PMS.
- Because hemp is rich in amino acids and Omega-3 fatty acids, which form building blocks of fertility hormones, hemp may increase fertility.
Even More Health Benefits of Hemp
The list goes on!
CBD can be harvested from the hemp flower.
CBD is an amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, it’s anti-cancerous, and it’s an anti-depressant. CBD from hemp is pro-health! Here are more reasons we love CBD.
By the way, CBD that is derived from hemp can be sold in all 50 states. (Unlike THC.)
What is hemp?
So now, when posing the questions, What is hemp?, you now know that hemp is all about health over the high. Hemp is cannabis, but not all cannabis is hemp. Hemp is an under-rated plant that’s extremely healthy for us and our skin.