Cannabis is becoming more and more widely accepted as people are becoming aware of the benefits that it has to offer. States are legalizing marijuana, more companies are offering cannabis products and medical research on marijuana has increased heavily.

But even with increased acceptance, there's still a lot of misinformation surrounding the controversial plant. So today we wanted to clear the air on some of that misinformation and talk about why you might want to start using cannabis in your beauty routine.

It's commonly believed that marijuana and hemp are one and the same but they're actually two different species of the cannabis plant that offer different benefits to the user. Unlike marijuana, hemp doesn't get you high because it has extremely low levels of THC which is the chemical that actually creates the high effect. So marijuana is primarily used for recreational and medicinal purposes whereas hemp has more industrial and beauty benefits to offer than its sister species. And while marijuana is still working its way to full legality in the United States, hemp has actually been more legally accessible in the country for quite some time. Thanks to that fact, it's easier to take advantage of all the hair and beauty benefits that hemp has to offer.

Hemp is rich in Omegas 3 and 6 as well as vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Oil extracted from the plant can help to hydrate, nourish, and protect the skin. On top of that, the cannabinoids or CBDs in hemp are also anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and are easily absorbed into the skin. If You can get the benefits by including hemp in your diet but applying it straight on the skin through cannabis-infused products also works.

These benefits can also apply to your hair and scalp. Hemp oil can work to moisturize your scalp and when you have a healthy, hydrated scalp, your hair will also become healthier and more moisturized. And because it's so easily absorbed, you won't be left with a sticky or gooey residue after using it.

 

Hemp can promote hair growth by strengthening and moisturizing your hair which will prevent hair fallout and breakage. Gamma-linoleic acid, which is present in hemp, contributes to keratin formation and retention which is the primary protein of hair. The fatty acids or lipids in hemp oil also provide additional moisture and shine to the hair and can add thickness and volume.

 

Hemp has been cultivated for hundreds of years and now you can probably see why. Its sister species may be best known for its recreational fun but now you know that hemp means some serious business.

For another power plant with tons of health and beauty benefits, read all about barley.