Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seeds spilling out of a wooden spoon

Due to its all-around good and beneficial composition Hemp Seed Oil comes in handy when making body care products. It is found in a wide array of cosmetic products like anti-aging creams and lotions, soaps, shampoos and conditioners. Additional products like body creams and lotions, anti-acne products, sunscreen and other sun care products, make-up, and skin cleansers. Its various health benefits include preventing heart disease and promoting heart health (due to the ideal 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids). It increases energy levels and metabolic rates, improves cardiovascular circulation and helps to lower high-blood pressure. Also, improving organ function, improving brain activity, preventing cancer, reducing symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps, reducing inflammation and arthritis symptoms and promoting faster muscle recovery after exercise are all further benefits of this oil. Hemp Seed Oil is one of the few plants that contain vitamin D which is necessary for the absorption of calcium into the body. Besides vitamin D, the oil also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, C, D and E. It has natural antioxidants, fibers, enzymes, chlorophyll, minerals such as calcium magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium and phosphorous. The oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa (Hemp) plant. It has a distinct dark green color and a pleasant nutty flavor and scent. It is rich in omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, also contains a full amino acid spectrum providing complete protein and high mineral content. The oil is edible and is used for cooking as well as for formulating natural cosmetic products

History

The history of Hemp and Hemp Seed Oil is very rich, and its discovery could date back to more than 10 000 years ago. It is unknown however, which civilization was the first to discover its value and begin using Hemp. It is safe to believe that it was used long before its uses were recorded, and that it is one of the oldest crops used for cultivation. Hemp is a multipurpose plant that provided many benefits to the early civilizations and is still providing them today (not as much due to anti-Hemp propaganda). Throughout history it was used for its fibers (to make ropes, bags, clothing, etc.) and the seeds were used for food and for extracting the magical oil because of its medical uses and narcotic properties. It was also used in medicine, body care products, biodiesel and as a form of lamp fuel. The first records of Hemp usage come from the 2727 BC Chinese pharmacopeia, a medicinal text that cites Hemp to fight malaria, rheumatism and use as a sedative. By the 15th century Hemp was spread all around The Eurasia continent. In 1492, on his first voyage, Christopher Columbus brought Hemp to the new world. All the sails and ropes on his ship were all made of Hemp. He also carried Hemp seeds on his boats in case of wreckage so they could grow crops to obtain raw materials and use the seeds as a food source. Hemp was a huge industry, perhaps one of the biggest around the world in the 18th and 19th centuries. All the ships used Hemp fiber for sails and ropes. The economy used, and depended on, thousands of different products from the Cannabis sativa plant. We came across many interesting facts when researching the history of Hemp and we see many historical figures linked to it and many historical events that are directly or indirectly linked. We could say that the history would not be the same had there be no Hemp. 18th CENTURY In the 18th century Benjamin Franklin started the first Hemp paper mill in America, which allowed the colonies to have their own supply of paper and not depend on importation from England. 1700's The first two drafts of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, and the first American constitution and the first American literature (Thomas Pain, Mark Twain), were all written on Hemp paper. Not only that, but the first American flag was also sewn from Hemp. In 1791, President George Washington made Hemp growing a duty for the farmers with the purpose of encouraging domestic industry growth. Both Washington and Thomas Jefferson also grew Hemp in their private plantations. 1800's In 1802, on behalf of the King of England, early Canadian colonists were provided with Hemp seeds to supply their home country with fiber, which was in great demand for the King’s naval forces. In the late 18th and early 19th century, Russia produced around 80% of the western world’s Hemp and its finished products became its first trading commodity. Great Britain was buying 90% or more of its Hemp from Russia. By the year 1812, the world was at war. Napoleon, who was struggling to control the European continent, invaded Russia. His plan was to force the Tsar to stop supplying Great Britain (which was blockading all the French trading and military ports) with Hemp. Great Britain at the same time was blocking American traders from trading Hemp with the Russians, that sparked a tension in the States and they decided to invade the North American British colonies (Canada), thinking the enemy was too busy fighting a war in Europe against Napoleon. Ultimately, the Russians defeated Napoleon. The USA and Great Britain signed a peace treaty, Britain agreed to never again interfere with American ships, and the USA gave up all their claims on Canada forever. 1900's Even though the war ended Hemp and Hemp Oil were still flourishing, and even more uses had been found and invented for it. In the 1910’s Henry Ford constructed an Eco-friendly car made in part from resin stiffened Hemp fiber, and fueled by ethyl alcohol, which was derived from Hemp. He, as well as many great men before him, knew that hemp would produce vast economic resources if it were purposely cultivated, and work towards providing a greener future. This triggered a conflict of interest and in 1937 the US Congress, largely influenced by the DuPont Corporation, (International business with oil and coal) passed The Marijuana Tax Act which prohibited hemp growing in the USA, resulting in the destruction of the industry. However, during World War II, the U.S. Department of Agriculture encouraged patriotic farmers to massively grow hemp for the uses of the army and the navy. The propaganda was called “Hemp for Victory” and in 1942 there were 36 000 acres of hemp seeds planted in the USA. After the war was over in 1945, growth was again made illegal and still is today. The States import most of their hemp goods from China, Canada and Hungary.

Geography

Hemp can be found on all continents and can grow in a variety of soils in tropical and mild climates with enough rainfall and humidity.

Skin & Body Care

Applied to the skin, hair or even nails it provides them with much needed nutrients and since its composition is nearly identical to our own lipids it easily penetrates our cells and lubricates the surfaces between them. Hemp Seed Oil has nourishing and moisturizing effects. It acts as a natural skin protector and is capable of detoxifying the skin and evening out the skin tone without clogging pores. Researchers at the Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Clinical Nutrition at the University of Kuopio, Finland studied the benefits of Hemp Seed Oil on patients with eczema and stated the following result: “We saw a remarkable reduction in dryness, itching and an overall improvement in symptoms.”

Hair Care

When applied to hair, Hemp Seed Oil provides nutrients not just to the hair but to the scalp as well. Because of its emollient properties, Hemp Seed Oil provides a moisturizing effect on the hair. The mixture of omega-3, -6 and -9 in the oil are great stimulants for hair growth.