Benefits of Hemp For Skin, Hair, & Nails

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Is hemp an all-natural cure to beautiful, radiant skin and hair? The simple answer is yes! Traditionally, hemp was used to make rope, as early as ten thousand years ago. It is probably the oldest crop used in human civilization. Later it was applied in textiles, food, and other products. Now, extensive research has been done on the benefits for hemp for skin, hair, and nails, and overall human health as well.

Benefits of Hemp for Skin, Hair, & Nails

Hemp is a species of cannabis that makes it a part of the same botanical family as weed is part of. However, it only has trace amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component found in weed, so it doesn’t give the same distinctive high commonly associated with marijuana. As marijuana legalization starts to spread, it is important for everyone to reevaluate their views on its botanical sibling, hemp, and learn more about its many positive applications on health.

Hemp leaves, hemp twine, hemp oil, and hemp protein powder on a rustic background

Hemp is a high-quality vegan protein source. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Reasons Why Hemp is Good for Skin & Hair

There are various reasons why hemp helps in improving skin and hair health, let us take a detailed look at them below.

Rich in Omega 6

Hemp seeds are packed with essential fatty acids; in fact, it has an excellent 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Fatty acids have been well-known to affect immune responses in your body. As a result, they can be used to treat various skin conditions like skin itching and dryness.

In addition, studies have shown that hemp seed oil improves the skin health of people suffering from eczema and provides relief from the different symptoms of this disease. Omega fatty acids are also important building blocks for the skin, so they can keep the skin smooth, soft, and moisturized.

Hemp oil can be easily included in your daily skin routine because it works with most skin types. Use it to balance out oily skin. If you have dry skin, you can apply it for its moisturizing effects.

Good Source of Protein

Hemp has a very high nutrition value. In addition to being rich in essential fatty acids like omega 6, it is a good source of protein. Over 25 percent of the total calorie content in hemp is derived from high-quality plant-based protein. That value is much higher than that of other nutritious seeds, like chia and flax seeds, which only offer somewhere between 16 percent to 18 percent.

Your hair and nails are composed of protein, so you also need it if you want great skin and healthy hair. Last but not the least, your body needs protein to build and repair tissues. This is why people who exercise include a good amount of protein into their diet, so they can build muscles and improve strength.

A wooden bowl filled with dried hemp seeds and scattered on a wooden table

Hemp seeds are considered one of the most valuable plant-based proteins out there. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Packed with Vitamins and Minerals

The reason why people should use hemp for skin, hair, and nails is that it is rich in vitamins C, B, A, and E. It also contains magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.

As a good source of vitamin E, hemp can give you benefits like improved immunity and healthy skin. Vitamin E is necessary for your body’s production of collagen, the protein that maintains skin elasticity. Vitamin E is also popular for being an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by free radicals. These free radicals have been linked to cell damage and aging. Vitamin E is also a good treatment for dry and cracked nails.

Final thoughts 

While you are using any CBD or hemp derived products, it is important to check your state’s laws and guidelines for the same. Hemp-derived CBD products are illegal in the US on a federal level, but still legal in many states. If you are travelling, then make sure you comply with that city/state’s laws regarding the consumption and use of CBD. Remember that most CBD products are not FDA-approved and therefore may be sold illegally or with wrong labeling. Be wary of the side effects of CBD before consuming – it can cause nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth among others. Also keep in mind that it can have serious drug interactions when taken along blood thinning medicines. Check with your doctor if you have a serious or chronic condition.

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Devin Yirka is the production assistant at Testclear, which is a drug testing advisor and online seller of home drug testing kits. He wants more and more people to know how drugs affect people and so he occasionally writes for Testclear about drug testing and other related topics.

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