If you’ve waltzed through a natural or health food shop, you’ve likely seen the name ‘hemp seed oil’ sprinkled about. With the rise of CBD oil and skincare, many are wondering what’s the difference between that and hemp oil. Well, it’s quite a considerable contrast. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between the plant that’s used and how that relates to cosmetics. Read on to learn more about hemp seed oil, how it’s distinct from CBD oil, and how it can help you maintain naturally beautiful skin.
Hemp Seed Oil vs. CBD Oil
First of all, the most important thing to keep in mind is that these oils are extracted from different plants. The cannabis plant technically produces two different breeds: hemp and marijuana. Hemp has long been used to craft textiles, food, fuel, and oils for medicinal or skin care uses. Marijuana has only recently become legalized or decriminalized in some areas, although its non-psychoactive cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) is legal in many countries around the world. When it comes to skin, the main differences between hemp seed oil and CBD oil are:
Hemp Seed Oil
- Contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as gamma-linolenic acid
- Has antioxidants properties
- Doesn’t have any psychoactive properties due to its low levels of CBD and THC
CBD Oil (full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, isolate)
- Interacts with the endocannabinoid system
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Offers pain relief
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil
While CBD skincare mainly helps to treat pain and inflammation, hemp seed oil offers a host of benefits to the skin. This oil possesses antioxidant properties, which can help combat free radicals, such as stress and pollution. It also provides anti-ageing effects, helping to improve the appearance of skin and reduce fine lines. This plant-based oil may also help fight cancer, thereby making it a beneficial oil to use for after sun exposure. The fatty acids in this oil can even help the immune system, making this oil excellent to consume, as well.
Skin Conditions Hemp Seed Oil Can Help Manage
Thinking about adding hemp seed oil to your natural skincare routine? Then, you’re in luck! This potent oil can help with a variety of skin conditions, including:
- Dry Skin
- Sensitive Scalp
A scientific analysis published earlier this year concluded that this oil provided anti-inflammatory and immune support effects to the skin. A study from 2018 conducted on participants with acne found that hemp seed extract could reduce inflammation caused by acne, as well as significantly reduce microbial activity. Another study compared the benefits of olive oil versus hemp seed oil to see which worked better to relieve eczema symptoms. Participants in this study who used oil extract from hemp plants experienced a reduction in skin dryness, itchiness, and irritation.
How to Add Hemp Seed Oil to Your Beauty Regimen
There are several options for anyone who wants to add this healing natural oil to their skincare regimen. You can find yourself a natural product (using our guide for reading cosmetic labels) that meets your standards. Alternatively, you can also use pure hemp seed oil as a moisturiser, after-sun oil, or massage oil. On the other hand, if you’d like to try taking supplements to get the full benefits of this oil, you won’t have a hard time finding them online or at your nearest health food store.
*Note: Please, bear in mind, that when using a new product for the first time you should always do a patch test. While this oil has plenty of natural benefits to offer, it may not be suitable for everyone. Should you experience any redness or irritation while using this oil, stop use immediately. We recommend trying a pure cold-pressed oil first, as a cosmetic product will have more ingredients that can make it harder to pinpoint what’s causing a reaction. Furthermore, hemp seed oil should be refrigerated as it can go rancid quickly, thereby losing its effects.
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Ashuni Pérez is an American writer based in Valencia, Spain. She has a passion for natural beauty and the environment. Ashuni loves to cycle and drink smoothies in the sun. Follow her on Instagram at @ashuuuuni.