It's no surprise, then, that skin-care brands are betting big on ingredients from the hemp plant. Case in point: The new Green Releaf collection from Peter Thomas Roth, which includes the Therapeutic Sleep Cream and Calming Face Oil, both of which are infused with hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil.
“Hemp seed oil is oil extracted from the hemp plant,” explains Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Hemp seed oil is an outstanding natural oil for the skin,” Zeichner adds, which is precisely what makes it such a powerful skin care ingredient.
There are buzzy skin-care ingredients (turmeric! probiotics!). And then there are skin-care ingredients with buzz. In the beautysphere right now, there’s nothing buzzier than hemp-derived ingredients, such as cannabis sativa seed oil. This type of oil is loaded with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory, next-level skin moisturizers.
With the recent passing of the Farm Bill, which legalized the production of industrial hemp, more products will flood the market, making it more difficult to weed out the highs from the lows. And, you might be teeming with Qs: Will slathering it on give me the munchies? Is it even legal in all 50 states? What’s the best way to add hemp-oil into your skin regimen? Quick answers: No, yes, and glad you asked.
How does it work?
Topical hemp seed oil has no known side effects.
Hemp seed oil—not to be confused with hemp oil, which is a blanket term for all oils that come from hemp and can include cannabidiol (CBD) oil—is made out of purely hemp seeds. CBD oil, in turn, is made from leaves, stalks, and flowers of hemp (and sometimes seeds as well). “Hempseed Oil is the oil derived from the seeds of the hemp plant which is a cannabis plant cultivated for non-drug use. The oil is legally and used in large quantity for cosmetics, nutritional supplementation and skin oils. It can be legally used when it has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of less than 0.3%,” Dr. Schep tells us.
Who should use it: In general, people with acneic or combination skin.
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin
An example? Well, if you wear nail polish, you know that one downside to loving it is that sometimes it might cause nails to grow weaker and slower. Lisa Bronner, author of the blog Going Green with a Bronner Mom, wrote for the Huffington Post that because hemp oil contains amino acids for protein building, it’s great for strengthening nails and healing cuticles. She suggests applying the oil directly to them and massaging it in.
Cannabis sativa seed oil is particularly great in masks, this one from Origins being one of the most popular items to utilize it as an ingredient. Its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties mean it makes quick work of plumping your skin and getting rid of any redness. It’s perfect for a night out.
Don’t use with: Hemp seed oil can be used universally.
Fender is also a huge fan of incorporating hemp seed oil into your diet because its nutrients are so good for your body. “I especially like to use raw hemp seeds in cooking, because they are in their natural state, so the body can absorb all the nutrients they offer most easily,” she says. “Hemp seeds are great in salads, granolas, smoothies, and mixed in with grains, deliciously delivering vitamins A and E, but also essential trace minerals and a wealth of antioxidants.”
THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, is a cannabinoid and the primary psychoactive component found in Marijuana. Marijuana typically averages 10% THC—well above the amount found in Hemp.
Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from Hemp and used in skincare formulas to provide essential moisture and nourishment while helping strengthen skin’s barrier. Since it is derived from the stalks and seeds of the plant, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil contains less than 0.3% THC making it non-psychoactive.
The Cannabis sativa plant is a unique herb used in everything from textiles to food to skincare. Cannabis sativa contains about 80 cannabinoids which are active compounds that are generally concentrated in the plant’s leaves. Hemp and Marijuana are from the Cannabis sativa species but are genetically different and are used for different purposes.
In addition to THC, CBD—or Cannabidiol—is a non-psychoactive compound found in Cannabis sativa. While CBD generally has low levels of THC, they are higher than the amount found in Hemp.
In keeping with our apothecary heritage, Kiehl’s chemists gained inspiration from the traditional and medicinal applications of Hemp-Derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil. Our 100% naturally derived* concentrate has been carefully formulated with 60% Hemp-Derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil and helps visibly reduce redness, relieve the feeling of discomfort and calm stressed skin. Non-acnegenic, our Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate is uniquely formulated for problem skin types—including oily, sensitive and blemish-prone.
Cultivated for use in everything from agriculture to food to skincare, Hemp is a multi-purpose ingredient with a range of benefits. Hemp is a well-known fiber used in clothing, textiles, and paper. Hemp oil and seeds also find their way into foods like granola and salad dressing. A rich source of omega fatty acids and essential nutrients, this highly effective herb is used in a wide variety of products.
Cannabinoids are active compounds produced in the Cannabis sativa plant and are generally concentrated in the plant’s leaves. Two of the most well-known Cannabinoids are THC and CBD.