HEMP SEED OIL (Cannabis Sativa) is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. It has a nutty aroma and is dark to light green in color. It’s a natural humectant preserving the upper layer of the skin’s moisture. Hemp Seed Oil contains Vitamins A, B, B1, C and E, iron, proteins, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, calcium, iodine, beta carotene, phlorotannins and essential amino acids. Hempseed oil, in particular, is known to not clog pores, be anti-inflammatory, and provide superior moisturization to keep the skin looking and feeling supple. It can be used within a product or even just on the skin as a face oil.
Hemp seed oil has been around for decades and sold at health food stores for both cooking and skincare. It should not be confused with CBD oil. Cannabis (often referred to as marijuana) and hemp are two varieties of the same plant species, cannabis sativa. Hemp seed oil will be listed as cannabis sativa seed oil. CBD will be listed as cannabidiol, full-spectrum hemp, hemp oil, PCR (phytocannabinoid rich) or PCR hemp extracts. However, when CBD and hempseed oil are put side by side, a lot of misleading labeling happens.
In 2018, a farm bill passed making industrial hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) legal nationwide. Because of this, there’s been a “green rush” of cannabis-inspired products flooding the market — including beauty products. Since they share the same species name, they’re often lumped into one big family and there seems to be a lot of confusion around their difference. See the chart below.
Hemp seeds (cannabis sativa seed oil)
produces tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at 20%+ levels (the psychoactive compound that makes a person feel “high.”)
has to be less than 0.3% THC to be sold legally
0% THC, trace amounts of CBD
produces CBD at 10%+ levels
produces CBD at 20%+
used as food such as hempseed milk, granola, and more
medicinal and therapeutic uses for chronic pain, mental health, and illnesses
stalks of the hemp plant can produce clothing, rope, paper, fuel, home insulation... (the list goes on and on)
cold-pressed for oil production that can be used in cooking, beauty products, and even in paint