It's no secret hemp gets a bad rap. While smoking cannabis is still mostly illegal, the plant itself can be used for more than a high. Hemp seed oil, which is legal, is actually a beauty superstar. Your preconceived notions about hemp might go up in smoke when you read more.
What is hemp? The hemp plant has a long-standing history in the US (George Washington actually grew hemp before he became America's first president). But somewhere along the way, cannabis turned from a dietary supplement and useful textile into a drug. Reefer madness ensued, and hemp is now used much less common in the mainstream.
The beauty benefits: Hemp seed oil is the one of the best organic moisturisers for skin and hair. It contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids in the same proportions that your skin does. That means the moisture mimics your own skin and absorbs better. Hemp also is packed with 20 amino acids, which provide protein. Another plus? Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E help stave off signs of aging.
The products: The Body Shop has an amazing selection of hemp-based products. For healthy hands, try Hemp Hand Protector ($10.95), and for intense hydration on the face, we love Hemp Face Protector ($25.95). Soon you'll be craving a cannabis fix daily — but in a totally legal way!