I’m sure many people, on hearing the word ‘hemp’, think of wacky backy/marijuana…or any of the other colloquial names for the beautiful green-leafed plant. Hemp seed oil does, in fact, come from the tall varieties of the cannabis plant. However, it does not contain the psychoactive compound called THC. Hemp seed oil and marijuana are two very different things!
Why? Why would you put hemp in soap?!
Excellent question. Well, you need some form of oil or fat to make soap. This just happens to be a very beneficial one. Hemp seed oil is said to do the following:
Possesses powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties
Aids in the healing of skin conditions
Deeply moisturises without making skin feel greasy
Has a light consistency, and is said to be helpful for acne-prone skin
Helps to soothe and calm irritated skin
The fatty acid profile of hemp seed oil mimics that of our own skin, making it great for all skin types
Finally, it’s a great conversation starter! You won’t find hemp soap in the supermarket…