Hemp Oil Uses: The Complete Guide

We live in a society that is constantly reaching for the next level of peak health and appearance, using only naturally effective methods. 

No pressure, right? 

Despite this never-ending climb, one little plant is paving the way for people to reach their health and wellness goals: hemp. Hemp oil is a nutty and flavorful oil that is extracted from the stalks or seeds of the hemp plant. There are different uses for each type of hemp oil, each offering its own array of uses and unique wellness benefits.

Three powerful uses for hemp 

Hemp oil’s benefits are so bountiful and unmistakable that scientists studied it in-depth even while it was banned in most of society, including the U.S. Thankfully, the 2018 Farm Bill completely cleared the air and legitimized hemp’s legality by separating it from its notorious cousin, marijuana. Both are from the cannabis family, but hemp doesn’t get you high. 

There’s no doubt more benefits will be discovered, but for now, let’s jump into what hemp oil has already proven.

Hemp seed oil uses for cooking 

Hemp seed oil offers a healthy alternative to vegetable oil, canola oil, or butter. 

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Its delicious nutty flavor makes it perfect for sautéed vegetables or meats, salad dressings, or dipping in bread. The main reason for swapping popular oils for hemp seed oil, is because of the wellness benefits it offers. It’s very high in essential fatty acids (EFAs), with a perfect 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6. As the name suggests, EFAs are essential for human health.  

Another nutritious benefit of hemp seed oil is its content of insoluble fiber, protein, and array of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium. These nutritional benefits make hemp a great choice for anyone, including vegetarians and diabetics. Aside from being extreme healthy, hemp seed oil is a delicious and flavorful alternative to vegetable oil and butter. 

There is one catch. Using hemp seed oil to cook has some limitations. Mainly, it can smoke at low temperatures, so it should not be used for frying or deep-frying. 

The other thing to keep an eye out for with hemp seed oil, is if it is being sold as either hemp oil or CBD hemp oil. Hemp seed oil does not contain cannabidiol (CBD) like hemp oil does. Therefore, hemp seed oil is much less expensive than CBD hemp oil or commonly referred to as CBD oil. 

CBD hemp oil uses for health 

Hemp oil is a loose term often used to talk about oil from any part of the hemp plant. It’s vital to distinguish the different types, so this next one is typically called CBD hemp oil or more commonly, CBD oil. 

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Oil extracted from the mature stalks and flowers (NOT the seeds) of the hemp plant contain an incredible compound called cannabidiol, or CBD for short. CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System to support a healthy balance throughout the body. Studies have shown it has potential for concerns related to anxiety and inflammation, with virtually zero side effects

The benefits of CBD hemp oil don’t stop there. It’s also packed full of important vitamins and minerals that are important for your daily regimen. Most CBD oil supplements also feature the therapeutic benefits of plant terpenes

It’s worth noting the potential medical uses for CBD hemp oil that are being studied. CBD research topics include inflammation, anxiety, PTSD, sleep, and much more.

Popular types of CBD hemp oil products

CBD hemp oil can be added to your diet in many ways, such as edibles, pure extracts, and even flavored tinctures. Edibles are available as gummies, chocolates, and more. Pure extracts are straight CBD hemp oil with no added ingredients. Finally, tinctures are liquid extracts from the hemp plant and come in many flavors. These liquid drops are a great way to enhance your diet and supplement your nutrition. 

If you are just starting out with CBD hemp oil, our CBD Oil Buyer’s Guide is a helpful place to figure out which product type to start with. 

Hemp oil uses for skin 

Believe it or not, the benefits and uses of hemp oil are not limited to food or supplements. Hemp oil is becoming increasingly popular in cosmetics including lotions, shampoos, sunscreens, lip balms, and other skin products

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Hemp oil is rich in vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants that heal the skin. It also contains fatty acids that keep the skin hydrated, and calcium to keep it smooth. For these reasons, it’s becoming wildly popular for rashes and dry skin. We’re starting to see hemp seed oil added to products like moisturizers and lips balms as well.

However, it’s still fairly uncommon to find skin care products made with CBD hemp oil. The skincare benefits of CBD are nothing short of amazing, particularly for inflamed muscles and joints. 

With so many amazing vitamins, minerals and compounds, CBD hemp oil is a natural defense against dry, aging or sore skin.

Where does hemp oil come from?  

Hemp oil can come from the seeds, stalks, or flowers of the hemp plant. Depending on which part it’s extracted from, it creates different types of hemp oil. 

Hemp oil that comes from the seeds is rich in nutrients, vitamins, and EFAs. It does not contain cannabinoids, like CBD. 

When hemp oil comes from the stalks or flowers, it contains a blend of cannabinoids (CBD, CBDa, CBN, CBC, CBG), terpenes, and other phytonutrients.

Difference between hemp oil and CBD oil 

Sometimes there’s a major difference between hemp oil and CBD oil, and other time they mean exactly the same thing. It’s all about the context. 

Hemp oil can refer to the oil extracted from any part of the hemp plant, even though we know there’s a huge difference between them. Both are, technically, “hemp oil.” It makes sense to use this term in either situation, but then how do we know what we’re actually getting? 

If you buy a “hemp oil” salve with the hope it’s going to soothe sore muscles, fingers crossed it contains CBD or the benefits probably won’t meet your expectations. Find out how many milligrams of CBD or “hemp extract” are in it before buying. 

Full Spectrum Hemp Oil vs CBD Isolate 

Hemp oil can be considered “full spectrum” or sometimes called “broad spectrum” when it contains not only CBD, but also all the other plant parts in hemp.

CBD isolate is what you get when all plant matter and “full spectrum” characteristics are stripped away, leaving only CBD. CBD isolate should not be considered hemp oil, though it may be derived from hemp because it is only CBD and does not contain the other plant nutrients.  

Make sure you do your research on the product to verify if it is in fact CBD oil or hemp seed oil. If you’re looking for a CBD oil salve, it’s a good idea to ask the manufacturer for lab test results to verify how much CBD is in it. 

Hemp oil benefits 

Hemp oil is considered a superfood thanks to its wide scope of nutritional and health benefits. Keeping in our important theme of separating the two types of hemp oil, let’s look at the benefits of each separately. 

First up is hemp oil from the stalks of the plant, which contains several uniquely powerful compounds. 

This type of hemp oil offers the benefits of cannabinoids. A wide range of cannabinoids can be present in hemp oil, like CBD, CBDa, CBC, CBG, CBN. By a long-shot, however, CBD is the most abundant of the group. Cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system to support important functions in the brain, central and peripheral nervous system. This system aims to keep us in homeostasis, so it must have a tight hold on inflammation, anxiety, and stress. 

Another benefit of hemp oil comes from the terpenes. While that may be an unfamiliar word, you’re most likely already familiar with their benefits. Terpenes are found in all plants, they are the reason for the benefits popularly associated with essential oils, like peppermint oil (terpene = mentha piperita). 

Not only do terpenes attribute to the plant’s aroma and flavor, the therapeutic properties play a major role in the benefits of hemp oil. When cannabinoids and terpenes are working together, they enhance the benefits in what’s known as the entourage effect.

Bottom Line 

Hemp oil is a natural product that offers a multitude of uses to support health and wellness. This versatile oil can be used in cooking, supplements, or skincare and provides a multitude of added nutrition. With so many different options for use, hemp oil can easily become part of a nutritional program that can help users improve and maintain their overall health. 

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, Isolate, and PCR: Decoding the Difference

The potential benefits of CBD are a prominent topic of research and discussion. As we explain the effects of CBD, it is important to discuss the different types of extracts. Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the hemp plant in a variety of forms. The type of extract used in a product is shown to impact the effect CBD has on the body, and it’s important for every CBD user to understand the differences between them.

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Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate, and PCR Oil are four common forms of CBD extract. They vary in the type of cannabinoids and synergistic plant extracts they contain. To help you find and choose the right product for your needs, we’ll look closely at each type of extract, understand the differences between them and discover how these differences influence the intake of CBD.

CBD Isolate

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CBD isolate is cannabidiol in its purest form. To produce this extract, CBD is isolated and then refined to strip out any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant components found in the hemp plant. The final product is a fine white powder that contains around 99% cannabidiol.

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Isolates contain only one cannabinoid: CBD. This means that CBD isolate does not contain any THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for getting you “high”, making CBD isolate a perfect option for those who seek a THC-free product.

Isolate has no taste or odor and can be used to formulate many varieties of CBD products, such as edibles and topicals. Since CBD isolate is around 99% pure, you have control over exactly how much is added to a product (a milligram of CBD isolate equates to about a milligram of CBD).

When it comes to products like vape juice or tinctures, it’s easy to recognize them as made with CBD isolate if the color is very clear. Although, other ingredients can be added that darken the liquid.

PCR – Phytocannabinoid Rich

Phytocannabinoid Rich or PCR is a term that’s most often used to describe hemp oil containing a wide array of different cannabinoids and zero THC. In other words, PCR is a common alternative term for broad spectrum hemp oil. However, it’s important to note that PCR is often used loosely and could refer to a full spectrum product, which contains up to 0.3% THC.

Full Spectrum or Whole Plant Hemp Extract

Full Spectrum or whole plant hemp extract keeps the full properties of the hemp plant intact. In addition to CBD, this extract includes terpenes, cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and any other materials that are extracted from the hemp plant. The hemp plant naturally contains over 100 cannabinoids that, similar to CBD, provide their own unique benefit.

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The full spectrum extract contains all of the available benefits within the hemp material. By keeping all of the plant components, whole plant hemp extract benefits from the synergistic properties between the components. Scientists have found that plant components interact with one another to create an enhanced effect (compared to the component alone).

According to a theory known as the entourage effect, CBD and other components of hemp work together to improve absorption and effect in the body. These compounds influence each other’s function for a sum greater than its parts.

Since the natural cannabinoids remain intact, whole plant hemp extract contains small levels of THC. However, in order to be considered hemp, whole plant hemp extract must have less than 0.3% THC. This is a trace amount that does not create a high.

Broad Spectrum

Broad Spectrum CBD is basically full spectrum CBD, containing an array of cannabinoids and terpenes, except it doesn’t contain THC. It’s a great option if you want to maximize the benefits of CBD isolate but without the risk of failing a drug test. Broad Spectrum CBD is created by putting products through an additional process to isolate and eliminate traces of THC while still preserving the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes. Because multiple cannabinoids and other compounds are preserved in Broad Spectrum CBD, it can provide the enhanced benefits of the entourage effect, without the psychoactive effects of THC.

An example of this is the Hemp Oil Care tincture, which is full-spectrum but is THC-free. Let us explain the process of manufacturing this product.

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The Hemp Oil Care tincture starts as a full-spectrum oil. There are various methods of extracting full-spectrum hemp oil from the hemp plant. While CO2 extraction is deemed the cleanest method, other methods, such as solvent extraction, may be utilized. However extracted, the final product will be an oil with varying amounts of THC no greater than 0.3%.

At this point, most manufacturers would combine this oil with several other ingredients or use as is. Using technology called centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC), the manufacturer of the Hemp Oil Care tincture takes an additional step.

CPC is a tool for purifying cannabis extracts. CPC technology separates each compound to remove unwanted compounds, such as THC.

During CPC, raw oil is run through a centrifuge. The oil is pushed through a series of cells that contain a mixture of liquids such as water, methanol, or heptane. Each compound diffuses into one of the liquids depending on their affinity to it; the compounds separate into different cells along the way. The compact CPC unit uses over one thousand extraction cells in a high-speed spinning disk pack to separate and purify the desired compound. Each cell increases the purity of the desired compound until a high purity product is created.

Additional CBD isolate is added to the final product to increase the potency.

THC or no THC?

If CPC technology is available, you may be wondering why all products are not THC-free. THC, the intoxicating compound of the cannabis plant, raises concern for those who do not wish to experience the intoxicating effects of marijuana or must partake in routine drug testing.

While beneficial for these reasons, THC is also being studied for its interaction with CBD in what we have referred to as the entourage effect.

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A Note About Broad Spectrum CBD or THC-Free Full-Spectrum Products

Please note not all products with a label saying full-spectrum or THC-free will be manufactured in this manner. We suggest you be wary of products that claim to be full-spectrum and THC-free. Many times, a THC-free “full-spectrum” product contains only CBD isolate. When in doubt, reference the manufacturer’s COA to determine the levels of cannabinoids in the product.

Conclusion

With CBD isolates, you receive the sole benefits of cannabidiol. In comparison, full spectrum or whole plant hemp extract provides the synergistic benefits of the whole hemp plant, while PCR and broad spectrum CBD allows you to enjoy the health benefits of cannabinoids without the psychoactive effects of THC. Whether you choose CBD isolate, PCR, full spectrum or broad spectrum is dependent upon your health goals. All have proven benefit in certain instances.

As the scientific community learns more about CBD, we are beginning to understand how CBD interacts with the body along with other plant components. Do you have additional questions about using whole plant hemp extract versus CBD isolate? Leave a comment below!
This article first appeared on MadeByHemp.com

How to Take Hemp Oil Orally

One of the most common ways to get CBD into your system is oral consumption. It is a familiar method that is quick and efficient. There are a few different ways on how to take hemp oil orally, such as tinctures, edibles, or capsules. Understanding how to use each is simple but pivotal to the product’s effectiveness.

What Are my Options?

Tincture

A tincture is a liquid supplement that is taken sublingually (under the tongue). Typically, tinctures have a dropper top that is used for administration. In addition to hemp oil, these drops often include a base oil such as grapeseed oil or coconut oil and flavoring. They are flavored to make the hemp taste slightly more palatable. However, some prefer the taste of hemp and there are natural varieties available.

To use a tincture: first, shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Often times, the ingredients separate; shaking the product ensures a consistent serving. With the dropper top, fill the pipette with oil and then dispense the oil under the tongue. The amount of oil will depend on your specific serving size (see How Much Do I Take?below). Hold the serving under the tongue for 60-90 seconds. Swallow the remaining product, followed by your choice of liquid if desired. While this process is recommended 1-2 times daily, your frequency of use may vary.

Pure Extract

Pure hemp extracts are extracted right from the hemp plant and contain no additives. They have a much thicker consistency than tinctures and are dispensed out of an oral syringe. The color and consistency will vary depending on the variety you choose. This product is unflavored and may contain whole plant material, again, depending on the variety you choose.

To use a pure hemp extract, remove the cap from the end of the syringe. Dispense a rice-sized drop onto a spoon or directly into your mouth by pushing the end of the syringe. If you haven’t done so already, place the extract under your tongue. Hold it in your mouth for 60-90 seconds and then swallow the remaining product. Due to the hemp flavor, we recommend washing the product down with water or juice.

Edibles

Your option for edibles includes chocolates, chews, and lozenges. This variety of options allows many people to find something that will suit their taste. This type of oral supplement is particularly discreet in it looks just like candies or cough drops, so people won’t know that you are taking a dietary supplement. This allows you to take this supplement orally on the go or in the comfort of your own home.

Capsules

If you are already taking other supplements orally, adding another one might be a particularly easy way of adding it to your diet. These capsule supplements are taken the same way orally as any other capsule with water. These capsules come in different concentrations and are very easy to use when trying to find your perfect serving. When taking CBD hemp orally via capsule, you can be sure about exact servings due to the perfectly portioned oils and gel caps.

How Much Do I Take?

With hemp oil, there is not a one-size-fits-all serving size. What works for some may not work for others. The best practice is to start with the serving size on the package. If after a week you are not seeing the results you are looking for, increase the serving size for another week. Continue this method until your desired results are achieved.

Want to Learn More?

If you are curious about the different ways to take hemp orally, contact Made by Hemp today. One of their enthusiastic employees will be ready to help you find the perfect CBD hemp oil supplement for you and your lifestyle.

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

2 Types of Hemp Oil for Skin (Which is Best?)

The first thing that comes to mind when you think of “cannabis” might not be delightfully radiant skin, but just wait. Little did the world know until recently, it’s a complete game changer for anyone who gives a rip about their skin’s health and appearance.

Before we dive into all the benefits of hemp oil for skin, let’s address the elephant in the room. Cannabis doesn’t necessarily mean marijuana; it’s a whole species of plants. Hemp is included in that species, and it’s not about to get you “stoned.”  

Hemp is natural, safe, effective, and non-intoxicating for your skin.

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2 Types of Hemp Oil for Skin

Hemp is greater than the sum of its parts. The oil extracted from the seeds is vastly different than from the stalk. Neither should be overlooked, but you’ll overpay or underachieve if you get them mixed up.

Hemp Seed Oil: Benefits for Skin

Let’s chat about the benefit of hemp seed oil when it comes to kick-butt skin care. This rich oil is derived from —you guessed it— hemp seeds. It’s nourishing and replenishes important vitamins and minerals that benefit dry or aging skin.

Just about any grocery store will carry hemp seed oil, perhaps in the cooking section. It can be directly applied to the skin or added to your own skincare concoctions to spruce up the efficacy.

Unlike the next type of hemp oil we’ll discuss, hemp seed oil is a trending ingredient in skin care products. Almost anywhere, you can find lotions, lip balms, sunscreens, and shampoos with hemp seed oil sitting pretty in the ingredient list.

Nourishing Lipids

Hemp seed oil has a lot of helpful properties that can soothe the skin in many ways. The lipids found in hemp seed oil are very similar to the lipids that naturally occur in the skin, making it naturally effective for repairing moisture. By replacing lost lipids in the skin, you can help strengthen and rebuild elasticity, while adding in moisture that the skin needs to be healthy.

Omega Fatty Acids for Great Skin

Let’s not forget about hemp seed oil’s highly praised “perfect 3:1 ratio” of the essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6. These EFAs are valuable and extremely rare to find in this natural balance.  

Here are some ways research shows omegas are important for skin:

  • Promote smooth skin surface
    • Lock in hydration without feeling heavy or sticky
    • Calm down redness
    • Reduce the occurrence of flaky skin
    • Deliver antioxidants (anti-aging)

No CBD in Hemp Seed Oil

Buyer beware, there’s no CBD (a compound we’ll talk about next) in hemp seeds or the oil extracted from it. Too often, we see skincare products labeled as something like, “hemp oil moisturizer.” That gives the impression that it’s CBD hemp oil, even though it’s usually hemp seed oil.

Sometimes the ambiguous term “hemp oil” is used genuinely to refer to a hemp seed oil product, while other times it may be a sketchy attempt to over-price a product by making the hemp seed oil sound like CBD hemp oil.

Whenever you’re shopping for CBD hemp oil skincare products, we suggest requesting a certificate of analysis (COA) from the company to prove it contains the advertised CBD.

CBD Hemp Oil: Benefits for Skin

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We just touched on this a little, but the second type of hemp oil is extracted from the mature stalks or flowers of the plant. It’s typically referred to as “CBD hemp oil” or “CBD oil”, because it’s rich in the CBD compound.

Finding CBD oil in a skin care product is rare, because it’s still a hidden gem.

That shouldn’t discourage anyone, since there’s a large amount of research on CBD. In particular, it has shown amazing potential towards inflammation, which can mean irritated or sore skin. Even if your skin is healthy, adding CBD to your routine is a natural way to keep things calm and radiant for the long-run.

CBD-rich hemp oil is used in products for regular maintenance such as daily moisturizing, as well as a remedy for some skin conditions that result in dry or sore skin. While we cannot guarantee that CBD hemp oil will assist with conditions such as psoriasis or atopic dermatitis, it may improve comfort by reducing dryness and penetrating the deeper layers of skin to condition and balance oil production.

Dry or Sore Skin Relief

According to studies, here are some proposed benefits:

  • Reduce inflammation
    • Antioxidant
    • Antibacterial
    • Reduce anxiety
    • Calming

Pretty incredible, right? This is a tiny list of things CBD has shown a lot of promise for, but they’re the big ones relating to skin care.

Choose CBD hemp oil if you relate to any of the following concerns:

  • Skin irritation
    • Muscle or joint soreness
    • Redness
    • Stress
    • Dry skin

Where to Buy CBD Hemp Oil for Skin

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You’re here because you want to give the best, natural care possible for your skin. While you might be lucky enough to live near one of the sparse hemp shops, most likely you’ll need to buy CBD skin care products online. On the bright side, this gives you the freedom to find a reputable brand with the perfect ingredients for your skin.

Made by Hemp offers a whole line of facial skin care, body care and special salves made with CBD hemp oil. For every day moisture and glowing skin, try a serum or moisturizer. For sore joints and muscles, grab a CBD salve to soothe pain and aches.

If you choose one of our favorite CBD skincare products below, get 10% off with code: HEALTHYSKIN.

Whether you decide to go for hemp seed oil or CBD hemp oil, your skin is going to look radiantly healthy. Just keep in mind when shopping, that the generic term “hemp oil” can refer to either of those oils. Make sure you’re getting what you need to achieve your skin care goals.

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

Hemp Skin Care: The Natural Remedy for Dry Skin

Dry skin is more than just an inconvenience that comes with these cold winter months. For some of us, it’s the unpleasant reality of everyday life.

There are many paths to take in combatting the woes of dry skin, but after exhausting those options or noticing the harsh ingredients in even the highest praised products…it can be a little disheartening.

That’s where hemp swoops in to put your worries to rest.

What can CBD hemp skincare do for me?

Believed to be one of the very first plants ever cultivated, hemp is now used to make thousands of products; from clothing to skin care creams, and everything in-between. Hemp is part of the cannabis family but don’t run away just yet! It’s considered a cousin to marijuana and falls under different rules. Hemp is completely, utterly, totally non-psychotropic. When sourced properly, it can be used in supplements and skin care products without any legality issues.

Now, it’s important to understand that there are two types of hemp oil, and sometimes they are not very clearly distinguished in products.

The first is hemp seed oil.

As you can probably deduce, it’s an oil pressed from hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil and hemp seeds themselves are commonly found in the grocery store. What do you get from hemp seed oil? Amazing nutrition values, including omega-3, omega-6, trace minerals, and vitamins. In short, it’s very healthy for the body on the inside and out.

Next, let’s delve into hemp extract.

This oil is extracted from the whole hemp plant, EXCEPT the seeds. The whole plant extract does not contain omegas as hemp seed oil does, but it holds incredible values all on its own. The rare compounds found in hemp extract are cannabinoids and include Cannabidiol (CBD). Simply put, you will not find anything like CBD hemp extract in mainstream products. A lot of time and care goes into properly (and legally) sourcing this oil.

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What’s in hemp extract oil that makes it such a great natural dry skin remedy? It contains a natural blend of compounds known as phytocannabinoids and terpenes. If you research those compounds, you’ll be met with incredible research and anecdotes. We don’t make medical claims, so if you’re interested in reading about that aspect, you’ll have to research it on your own. But it’s no secret; the information is at your fingertips.

Why choose CBD hemp as your natural remedy for dry skin?

Using a hemp oil product in your skin care routine is a natural way to improve your skin. No more worrying if the ingredients are counter-productively bad for your skin…mother nature knows what she’s doing. The terpenes in hemp extract are often used in aromatherapy, so even the smell of these products is good for your wellbeing.

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Nothing compares to the robust hydrating and nutritional properties of hemp seed oil and hemp extract. If you’re looking to turn to a natural skin care route, hemp is the way to go. There’s bold scientific and anecdotal proof.

What is the best hemp oil for dry skin?

Facial skincare: achieve the dewy makeup look

Does your skin look dry and flaky when you put on foundation? Then you know it’s embarrassing at times and makes getting ready in the morning take a little longer.

Let us introduce you to the Hemp Face Serum. It has a nice, thick texture that provides your skin with all-day hydration. The oily texture is amazing when used as a base under makeup. A must-have for anyone dealing with dry skin types.

“My makeup looks amazing over-top this product….it’s just magic in a bottle.”

Eliana Jalali, Professional Makeup Artist and Youtuber

Other facial skin care products which go very well in combination with this Serum are the Face Cleanser and Face Toner.

Hand and body hemp care

For smooth, hydrated hands and body, we recommend the powerful Hemp Moisturizer. The pump top makes it so easy to use and leaves no mess. Where most hemp lotions leave a persistently oily residue, our Hemp Moisturizer quickly absorbs into the skin leaving behind smooth, silky skin.

 

This article originally appeared on MadeByHemp.com

 

Should Hemp be Certified Organic?

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The organic certification of hemp has been a confusing and sometimes controversial topic. Certification of hemp is relatively new in the United States and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has changed their stance on hemp certification many times. The ambiguity of organic hemp has perplexed both hemp farmers and consumers for the past few years.
As a consumer of hemp-derived CBD, you may be wondering: should hemp be certified organic? Let’s discuss the timeline of hemp certification and the controversy surrounding organic hemp.

Can Hemp be Certified Organic?

Under the 2014 Farm Bill, institutions of higher education and state departments of agriculture are authorized to establish industrial hemp research pilot programs in states where the production of industrial hemp is legal. The Farm Bill allowed for these pilot programs to exist but did not provide implementation details for agencies such as the USDA. This gave agencies like the USDA room for interpretation.
This may be cleared up by the 2018 Farm Bill, but that is currently unclear.
At first, a directive from the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) staff allowed hemp to be certified organic by third-party agents. Once a third-party agent is accredited, it has the authority to approve or deny applications for organic certification. Then, in February 2016, the USDA reversed their decision. At the time, a handful of hemp farms had secured or were in the process of securing, certifications from accredited third-parties.

“Organic certification of industrial hemp production at this time is premature and could be misleading to certified organic operations,” read a USDA statement. “The legality of the various uses of this product has not yet been determined. Until USDA guidance regarding industrial hemp production under the Farm Bill is completed, NOP-accredited certifying agents may not certify the domestic production of industrial hemp.”

New Rules

This change left farms that secured the certification in a state of uncertainty. It also delegitimatized the legality of hemp, which goes against the 2014 Farm Bill.
To clarify their stance, the USDA, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), released a Statement of Principles on Industrial Hemp in August 2016. Under this statement, industrial hemp produced in the United States may be certified as organic if produced in accordance with USDA organic regulations.
Confusing, right?
It appears the Statement of Principles currently allows the certification of organic hemp. However, organic hemp certification is a bit more complicated than it appears on paper. There is also a possible bias as it is not clear if the USDA is adhering to the 2014 Farm Bill or is influenced by the DEA, which tries to regulate some constituents of industrial hemp as it does marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Additionally, the barriers surrounding organic certification are high. With USDA organic certification for industrial hemp, there are opportunities, challenges, and rigorous requirements. It can take years for a farm to receive organic certification and costs to go through the certification process range in the thousands.

So, Should Hemp be Organic?

At this time, not necessarily. An organic certification is not the only indication of quality grown hemp products.
We know it is possible for hemp to be grown at a high standard without having an organic certification because European farms have been growing high-quality hemp for many years without such. Hemp farmers without organic certification can still grow under high standards and without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals.

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When researching the quality of a hemp product, it is most important to inquire about farming practices and extraction methods. In the future, hemp certification may be a major indicator of quality, but for now, we should focus on other indicators of quality. A certificate of analysis (COA), which confirms the cannabinoid levels of a CBD product, is an accessible way for consumers to confirm a product’s label is accurate.

What the Future Holds

It is our hope that the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, will clarify any legal “grey area” surrounding hemp. With the passing of this bill, agencies like the USDA and DEA will have no room for interpretation of the law. If passed, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 will clarify the absolute legality of hemp.
We can aid in the passing of legislation such as the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 by voting in local and state elections. Additionally, with the following link, you can contact your senators and congresspersons and urge them to support the Hemp Farming Act of 2018.

Does CBD Help with Anxiety? Five Fascinating Benefits of CBD for Anxiety

Unless you have the patience of a saint, it is likely that at one point or another you have felt like tearing your hair out due to a bout of stress. The pace of modern life can be far too hectic for us to deal with at times, but we seem to just bury our heads in the sand and carry on through the mental storm to get things done. Just like post-traumatic stress or a panic disorder, anxiety is a hideously unpredictable condition to have to deal with and a panic attack can arise out of the blue at any time—yet so many people in the world choose to ignore their body’s messages begging them to slow down and relax. If you find yourself nodding with familiarity, then it could be time to start looking into better coping mechanisms to help you control your episodes of stress and anxiety.

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How Is Anxiety Treated?

Here’s the thing: one of the main reasons that people tend to just put up with feeling anxious as opposed to taking steps to overcome their suffocating emotions, is because they are just too busy to devote hours to changing their lifestyle to reduce stress levels. And the only quick fix for anxiety disorder that is traditionally prescribed by a physician is a benzodiazepine like Valium or Xanax. While it is true that these pharmaceuticals do provide almost instant relief from feelings of panic and stress, they are accompanied by harsh withdrawal symptoms and have a high addiction rate.

Fortunately, as medical advances and becomes more open to holistic remedies for health and wellness, natural supplements like cannabidiol oil, more commonly known as CBD oil, and gummies which derive from the cannabis plant are becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages to help manage symptoms of anxiety and stress. In fact, it appears that CBD and anxiety go hand in hand.

Does CBD Help with Anxiety?

Anecdotal testimonies and some scientific research already suggest that the effects of CBD can help overcome feelings of anxiety and restore your emotional balance, as well as help alleviate chronic pain. Though more clinical trials need to be carried out, the signs are looking good. Many people who are already on the CBD oil bandwagon have had excellent results with daily use, especially when it comes to dealing with issues like insomnia which can be linked to an anxiety disorder.

As studies are still lacking on CBD oil for medicinal purposes, however, there is a long way to go in order to pinpoint:

  • How long it takes to combat anxiety and depression
  • If it definitely works
  • Precise dosage
  • Success rates

That said, it has already been proven that CBD oil for anxiety can safely be used as a supplement alongside the majority of traditional medications and any potential side effects are minimal.

There are so many benefits that CBD products bring to the table when it comes to the seemingly never-ending battle with anxiety and here are the most fascinating ones.

CBD Can Eliminate the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

What many people don’t realize is that anxiety isn’t just an emotional condition—it can also have physical side effects. Have you ever noticed that during times of stress you get physically ill? Or you suddenly seem to be getting migraines and joint pain? This is because everything that is happening inside your mind is manifesting itself in your body so you will take notice that something is up. There are existing studies that demonstrate how CBD and other products derived from the cannabis plant like CBD gummies can positively affect the physical symptoms of anxiety and existing users have reported that not only do they feel calmer within themselves—they feel more energized, muscular pain goes away and they no longer feel the need to binge on junk food and caffeine to get them through the day.

CBD Is Believed to Heal Phobias

According to the British Pharmacological Society, CBD is thought to contribute to the reduction of learned fear responses and phobias, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other illnesses connected to mental health. When your endocannabinoid system is triggered by CBD, it will kick in to send signals that work to balance out anxiety and help you react to stressful situations in a calmer, clearer manner. If you have a phobia of snakes, this does not mean that you will be cuddling up with a six-foot Python anytime soon. However, it does mean that your panicked response to the sight of a snake will be greatly reduced and you will be able to process the experience in a more rational manner. Certain strains of CBD also work to boost confidence. Therefore, if public speaking is one of your phobias or you are a bit of a wallflower, a good quality CBD tincture will ease your symptoms and allow you to expose yourself to certain situations without having a panic attack.

Your Mood Will Greatly Improve

One of the primary reasons that we love CBD for anxiety is because it not only alleviates immediate symptoms of panic and anxiety, it also triggers receptors in your brain that will kick out more serotonin and hence improve your overall mood. Current CBD fans swear by their chosen elixir to enhance their mood and give them a more positive outlook, which ultimately results in beneficial outcomes in all areas of life.

Say Goodbye to Panic Attacks

Did you know that, in extreme cases, a panic attack could actually cause you to have a nervous breakdown—especially if you are experiencing them frequently? CBD levels out your automatic nervous system and reduces anxiety and if you take CBD just before or after a disturbing or traumatic event it can actually completely reset your nervous system. The existing tension you are experiencing will be relieved and your body will start to respond accordingly and regulate your emotions, restoring them to a healthy balance.

A New Outlook on Life

While it does sound a little cheesy, it seems that CBD use can result in a better quality of life overall. People who previously struggled with feeling depressed and not wanting to leave the house have found themselves feeling full of energy and much more motivated to get healthy and those who loathe going to the gym have discovered that they feel inspired to try a different kind of exercise.

There is no concrete evidence that your life will be better if you take CBD, but there sure is a lack of people talking about how their lives became worse after taking it. Almost every single report we have read or heard about in present times focuses on the fact that the entourage effect when taking CBD is strong and it positively influences a range of aspects of emotional, mental, and physical health. If we combine this with the fact that it’s an all-natural supplement with virtually non-existent harmful side effects, what’s not to love?

This article by Madeleine Taylor is originally published at SundayScaries.

 

2018 Farm Bill: Hemp and CBD Prohibition Ends!

This Article First appeared on MadeByHemp.com

 

On December 20th, 2018, President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, not a new piece of legislature, but an important one for multiple industries. Most important: the hemp industry. For decades, hemp (and CBD oil) have been listed as a Controlled Substance, lumping it alongside marijuana and other intoxicating substances. However, moving forward, hemp will be placed under the supervision of the Department of Agriculture and thus will now be an agricultural commodity moving forward.

This change will revolutionize the hemp industry, including CBD products, which had been living in a legal gray area for decades. Some regulations were eased with the 2014 Farm Bill, but it was still very difficult for CBD companies like us to follow the guidelines, as many were left up to interpretation.

With the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp farmers are going to have the ability to participate in USDA programs for certifications for competitive grants, therefore, will also be able to have certifications such as “organic” with the new law. This is something our industry truly needs as we have seen a flood of bad products entering the market in recent months.

The History of Hemp Prohibition

Hemp prohibition dates back to 1906, where many believe newspaper publisher William Randolph Hurst started the smear campaign against hemp. People believe that Hearst felt this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings, and thus his newspaper was used to share false facts around hemp. This helped lead to the misunderstanding that hemp and marijuana are the same, which they are not.

Ultimately, the charge for hemp and cannabis prohibition was led by Harry Anslinger, a government official who served as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He was a supporter of prohibition and the criminalization of drugs and played a pivotal role in cannabis prohibition.

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The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was one of the first steps America made in the crackdown on hemp plants. The Tax Act of 1937 was eventually repealed by Leary v. United States in 1969.

In the next year, the Controlled Substances Act was passed, which the new 2018 Farm Bill successfully overrules. This was a replacement for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 and placed hemp as a controlled substance.

CBD Oil and the 2018 Farm Bill

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is considered an agricultural product and will thus open the floodgates for research and development, not only with hemp but derivatives such as CBD and other cannabinoids. CBD oil will be studied now like never before. We are so excited to follow the latest research and bring that information to you as we get it.

At Made By Hemp, they will also be participating in their own research and development with CBD oil and hemp as bringing you the highest quality hemp oil products is the most important thing to them.

Highlights of The 2018 Farm Bill

If you would like to read the entire 807 page report, otherwise, below are the main points highlighted by attorney Jonathan Miller from Frost Brown Todd LLC:

“The era of hemp prohibition is over.  Hemp is now permanently removed from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  It is forever deemed an agricultural commodity, no longer mistaken as a controlled substance, like marijuana.

  • By redefining hemp to include its “extracts, cannabinoids and derivatives,” Congress explicitly has removed popular hemp products — such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) — from the purview of the CSA. Accordingly, the Drug Enforcement Administration no longer has any possible claim to interfere with the interstate commerce of hemp products. This should give comfort to federally regulated institutions — banks, merchant services, credit card companies, e-commerce sites, and advertising platforms — to conduct commerce with the hemp and hemp product industry.
  • Hemp farmers now may finally access needed crop insurance and can fully participate in USDA programs for certification and competitive grants.
  • State and Tribal governments may impose separate restrictions or requirements on hemp growth and the sale of hemp products – however, they cannot interfere with the interstate transport of hemp or hemp products. We are hopeful that local and state officials will follow Congress’ lead, as well as the statements and resolutions of the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that declare, after intense scientific scrutiny, that CBD is safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive.
  • The FDA continues to exercise jurisdiction over the regulation of ingestible and topical hemp products.  We applaud the agency’s continued efforts to crack down on bad actors who undermine the industry through misguided marketing claims.  And while we are concerned about non-binding statements made by the FDA that have led some state and local officials to question the legality of the retail sale of hemp-derived CBD, we are hopeful that we can work with the agency to clarify that CBD – which their own scientists concluded has no abuse potential and does not pose a risk to public health – should not be withheld from Americans who count on it for their health and wellness.

SECTION BY SECTION

  • Section 7129 (p. 313): Includes hemp in USDA’s supplemental and alternative crops programs. Section 7501 (p. 338): Includes hemp in USDA’s critical agricultural materials programs.
  • Section 7605 (p. 347): Orders the USDA Secretary to prepare a report on the 2014 Farm Bill pilot program, and then repeals that program one year after the new permanent hemp program is created. Section 10113 (p. 429): The guts of the new permanent legalization regime:
  • Section 297A (p. 429) Defines hemp as all parts of the plant less than 0.3% THC, including “derivatives,” “extracts” and “cannabinoids.”
  • Section 297B (p. 429) Empowers states and Tribes to submit plans to USDA to implement a permanent hemp growing program.  Requires information gathering, testing, and inspection procedures. The USDA Secretary must sign off on, or reject, the plan within 60 days, and consult with the Attorney General.  The Secretary can later audit state programs and work with the states to develop corrective action plans where there is noncompliance.
  • Section 297B(e)(p. 431): Orders states and Tribes to develop procedures to address violations, including corrective action in the case of negligence.
  • Section 297B(e)(3)(B) (p. 432): Individuals who commit drug felonies cannot participate in state or Tribal growth programs for 10 years following the date of their conviction.  However, participants in the 2014 Farm Bill pilot programs are grandfathered in to participate in permanent programs despite any prior felony committed.
  • Section 297C (p. 432): States and Tribes are required to maintain information on lands where hemp is grown and testing, enforcement and inspection procedures.  The USDA Secretary must collect such information to be accessible in real time to local, state and federal law enforcement.
  • Section 297D (p. 434): The USDA Secretary is required to submit an annual report to Congress on the program’s implementation.
  • Section 297D(c)(p. 434): Nothing in the new law affects the FDA’s authority under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or the Public Health Service Act.
  • Section 10114 (p. 435): Nothing in the act prohibits the interstate commerce of hemp, nor can States or Tribes prohibit the transportation of hemp or hemp products through their territory.
  • Title XI (p. 439):  Hemp farmers are made eligible for crop insurance, and marketability requirements for the crop insurance program can be waived.
  • Section 12619 (p. 540): Hemp is removed from the definition of “marihuana,” and THC found in hemp is excluded from the definition of a controlled substance.”

 

3 Easy Superfood Smoothies To Get Your Daily Dose Of Hemp Oil

This Article first appeared on MadeByHemp.com

 

A new way to take your CBD…

Smoothies are a great way to start your day off on the right foot. These recipes are packed with clean, healthy ingredients as well as some of our favorite superfoods. Read on for some simple recipes to jump start your day!

 

Green Machine

 

greem cbd smoothies

Ingredients:

1/2 dropper Spearmint flavored Tasty Drops (depending on serving size)

1 frozen banana

1/2 avocado

1/4-1/2 cup ice

1 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk

1-2 handfuls of spinach

1-2 tsp agave, maple syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener (optional)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a blender.

 

Strawberry Dream

 

Strawberry CBD smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 dropper Berry flavored Tasty Drops (depending on serving size)

1 frozen banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup almond, soy, or coconut milk

1/4 cup ice

1 Tbsp almond butter

1 Tbsp ground flax seeds

2 tsp vanilla

1-2 tsp agave, maple syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener (optional)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a blender.

 

Cacao Maca

 

Cacao cbd smoothie

 

Ingredients:

1/2 dropper Vanilla flavored Tasty Drops

1 frozen banana

2 Tbsp cacao powder

1 tsp maca powder

1 Tbsp almond butter

1/4-1/2 cup ice

1-2 tsp agave, maple syrup, honey, or other natural sweetener (optional)

Directions:

Blend all ingredients together in a blender.

 

Have fun trying these recipes! By the way, Made by Hemp has a special for March Madness, code MADNESS, 25% off selected products.

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