Silly Americans, come on, hemp lotion isn’t a newcomer to the topical scene. Hippie-chic and savvy skin care aficionados have been using it to moisturize and lather their skin with nutrients for many thousands of moons.
In 2015, it’s estimated over $100 million was spent on hemp skin care products but public awareness is still rather low. So with that said, this article’s about enlightening you to three insider secrets when it comes to this stuff. Enjoy!
Secret #1: There’s Really Two Kinds of Hemp Lotion
Okay, so you’ve got your hemp lotion that’s infused with hemp seed oil alone and then those that contain extracts from both seed and stalk/stem. Once stem extracts get involved the quality of the lotion substantially increases because these parts of the plant contain higher concentrations of beneficial compounds that are produced within its life cycle.
Is hemp skin lotion with only seed oil beneficial?
Absolutely! Hemp seed oil is brimming over with amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other micro-nutrients which is why hemp seed-based protein powders, flours, and toasted hemp seeds themselves are also gaining in popularity once again.
Most hemp lotion comes with other plant ingredients and essential oils though because natural hemp doesn’t smell so great by itself.
Example of a Popular Hemp Seed-Based Lotion
The Hempz brand has come a long way in the states over the last couple years and they’re hemp lotion line is awesome. Let’s look at their Original that’s floral and banana scented. As you can see in the ingredients list below the image there’s no mention of stalk extract.
Full Ingredients List
Feel free to glaze over what follows, just trying to make a little point here.
“Water/Aqua/Eau, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Fragrance/Parfum, henoxyethanol, Polysorbate 40, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Amyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Eugenol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate.”
Makes you wonder how much actual hemp seed oil is in there. You can get a 170z bottle on Amazon for $10.00 on sale.. A good deal no doubt. Now let’s talk about a hemp lotion upgrade.
Example of Popular European Hemp Lotion with Stalk Extract
The Cannabios line from Cannacura contains stem extract derived from organically and sustainably grown hemp plants in the Czech Republic. Together with the seed oil and other essential oils, they’ve created quite a powerhouse.
- Organic full spectrum hemp complex (stem extract)
- Organic hemp seed oil
- Organic olive oil
- Organic rosemary oil
- Organic lavender oil
- Organic lemon peel oil
- Organic mint oil
Everything is certified organic and Cannacura has an impressive footprint in the European environmental movement when it comes to hemp farming. You can get a 250ml bottle of Cannabios hemp skin lotion for $21.00, but you honestly shouldn’t use it as often as the cheaper hemp seed-based options. European women seem to love using it as a non-toxic makeup remover.
Secret #2: Hemp Lotion Tends to Be Cleaner & Safer
Hemp is a king in the plant world because it’s evolved ways over millions of years to keep its own skin near impervious to sun radiation and most types of fungus/pests… while growing like a weed and producing profound plant compounds!
It also naturally cleanses and revitalizes the soil it grows in. This is why hemp plants require very little to no conventional petrol chemical-based herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers.
So, obviously it’s FAR easier to grow organically. Then it comes down to processing and both Hempz and Cannabios are quality lines. With some cheaper or less vetted options out there, you run the risk of getting a hemp lotion with crude leftover plant material after hemp is used to make textiles, clothes, hempcrete, bioplastics, etc.
Secret #3: It’s The Most Environmentally Conscious Option
It’s worth mentioning that when you buy hemp lotion, or really any hemp product, you’re supporting a complete socioeconomic paradigm shift. That’s no joke. It’s not commercialized drivel. Over the next five years as America rebuilds its domestic industrial hemp supply, these realities will become quite self-evident to everyone.
- We can easily eradicate hunger in America by switching from GMO corn and soy crops primarily fed to animals, to industrial hemp crops that produce gargantuan yields of hemp seed for protein, flour, bread, butter, milk, better animal feed, and on and on.
- We can revolutionize western medicine by harnessing and unleashing Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and cannabinoid-based science and research.
- We can make all our clothes and paper products out of hemp (with superior quality) instead of petro-chemical laden cotton, synthetic plastics and timber.
So enjoy and understand the difference between hemp seed-based topicals and those like the Cannabios hemp lotion that incorporates stalk extract as well. Cheers!