Is Hemp The Secret To Happy Hair?
Is Hemp The Secret To Happy Hair?
What is Hemp Seed Oil?
Hemp seed oil derives from the small seeds of the hemp plant, which are cold-pressed to produce a highly-concentrated, thick oil. This oil has a nutrient-rich content, which includes a host of vitamins (including Vitamin B and Vitamin D), minerals, essential Omega fatty acids, (including Omega-3 and Omega-6), and antioxidants.
Hemp seed oil has been a popular product for many years in the Far East, where it was used as a core element in maintaining their beauty standards. Thanks to the legalisation of hemp-derived products in many areas of the world (including the UK and most of Europe), there is now excellent access to hemp seed oil for consumers looking to experience the potential benefits for themselves.
The Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil
Deriving from the same hemp plant, “hemp oil” is commonly used as a blanket term to refer to both hemp seed oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil. However, there are many critical differentiating factors between the two hemp-derived oils. These differences originate from where and what parts of the hemp plant are used to produce them. The use of the term “hemp oil” is unsurprisingly very confusing for consumers, making it hard to differentiate between the two. However, as both oils carry their own significant potential benefits and uses, it’s essential to know the difference to be able to select the most appropriate oil for your needs.
CBD oil is produced by extracting compounds from the stalks, leaves, and flowers of the hemp plant (also known as cannabis Sativa). The inclusion of all these compounds, such as CBD, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), terpenes, and flavonoids is classified as full-spectrum CBD oil. Full-spectrum oil produces the entourage effect, where these compounds work in a synergistic manner for a possible more significant impact. The entourage effect of full-spectrum CBD oil is purported to give rise to many potential therapeutic benefits. Commonly reported potential benefits of CBD oil include: helping to relieve symptoms of pain, inflammation, and purportedly impacting feelings of stress and anxiety to improve the overall feel of the user’s well-being.
In contrast, hemp seed oil is created from only the small seeds of the hemp plant, and contains no (or few) cannabinoids. For this reason, hemp seed oil is not believed to carry therapeutic benefits like CBD. Instead, hemp seed oil is highly-regarded in its own right for its nutrient-rich profile, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.
As a result of hemp seed oil’s content, as well as a nutritious food supplement, it is commonly used in the world of hair and skincare. In this article, we will explore hemp seed oil in greater detail, concentrating on the ways in which this hemp product may benefit your hair and scalp.
What are the Uses of Hemp Seed Oil?
Derived from the hemp plant’s seeds, rather than compounds extracted from the plant, hemp seed oil contains no THC and therefore holds no intoxicating properties. As hemp seed oil is produced using just the seeds of the plant, unlike CBD oil, hemp seed oil contains no, or minimal amounts, of CBD. The absence of cannabinoids in hemp seed oil is the main differentiating factor between itself and CBD oil, resulting in the former believed not to have the potential to deliver the same possible therapeutic benefits as CBD oil. Despite this, hemp seed oil remains popular amongst health and well-being enthusiasts for its own unique uses that stem from its rich profile of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and bioactive compounds.
Therefore, this oil is highly-regarded by health-conscious individuals for its nutritionally-balanced content, which provides the body’s ‘perfect ratio’ of Omega fatty acids for its daily requirements. For this reason, it is commonly used as a food supplement, and is often used in specialist nutritional food products like yoghurts, snack bars, and baked goods. To use hemp seed oil as a food supplement, it is crucial to consume it raw, as it has a low smoke point which makes it unsuitable for cooking and frying at high temperatures. Hemp seed oil can be drizzled over food such as a salad, or used as a nutritious dip in the same way you would use olive oil. It carries a distinctive, nutty, and earthy flavour - not too dissimilar to CBD oil.
As well as its use as a food supplement, helping to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet, hemp seed oil is now also being praised for its use in both skin and hair care. With strong anecdotal evidence to support these potential uses, hemp seed oil is beginning to make a lot of noise in both the health and beauty aisles.
Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Hair
So, with so many oils marketed for hair health and care, what makes hemp seed oil the superior option? Although there is no conclusive evidence on the impact of hemp seed oil on our hair, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence supporting its possibly unique beneficial use. With purported benefits of maintaining a hydrated and clean scalp to aid in maintaining the healthy follicles that promote the growth of strong, shiny hair, it is no wonder why this oil is taking the beauty industry by storm.
Hemp seed oil can be used as both a supplement or applied topically to purportedly help benefit your hair and scalp in various ways. So far, the research conducted (alongside anecdotal evidence) suggests these potential benefits may include:
- Moisturising the hair and scalp
- Strengthening hair
- Improving hair density
- Adding shine and elasticity to hair
- Nourishing hair
- Stimulating hair growth
- Protecting against hair breakage
- Reviving damaged hair
- Preventing some cases of hair loss
We’ll touch on many of these in more detail next, so join us whilst we take a closer look at hemp seed oil’s most commonly-reported benefits as we discuss all things hair!
Omega-Rich Content for Hair Growth and the Prevention of Hair Loss
Hemp seed oil is rich in essential Omega fatty acids, including Omega-3 and Omega-6. Such fatty acids are believed to be beneficial to hair when administered orally. As well as possibly helping to promote hair growth, there is also anecdotal evidence hemp seed oil’s Omega-rich content may even potentially help protect against hair loss.
In 2015, a study was conducted investigating the impact of Omega fatty acids on participants’ hair. The findings showed improvement in hair density and diameter in participants who orally consumed Omega-3 and Omega-6 supplements. Furthermore, researchers also documented that participants who consumed Omega-3 and Omega-6 combined with antioxidants helped prevent hair loss. As hemp seed oil contains both Omega-3 and Omega-6, as well as antioxidants, we can conclude the potential benefits upon hair would mirror those demonstrated in the study.
The reason antioxidants found in hemp seed oil may help to prevent hair loss is that antioxidants may help to protect the body’s cells from damage, and impact the effects of oxidative stress and free radicals. It is also purported that hemp seed oil helps to stimulate hair growth by potentially improving the circulation of blood in the scalp.
As the body doesn’t naturally produce these nutrients, consuming them through hemp seed oil is the perfect way to supplement them into your diet. For the best chances of receiving these potential benefits whilst adding moisture and shine, it is recommended to run the oil directly through the hair strands.
Nourishing Vitamins and Minerals for your Hair
The vitamins and minerals found in hemp seed oil are also believed to potentially protect hair from damage and help prevent hair loss.
Hemp seed oil contains various vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, including:
- Gamma-linolenic acid
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
These are believed to significantly contribute to the host of potential benefits attributed to hemp seed oil consumption. For example, they are purported to stimulate hair growth, provide nourishment and moisturisation, promote stronger, thicker, healthier hair, improve thinning hair, as well as helping to prevent hair loss.
Furthermore, the inclusion of Vitamin E may help to protect the hair from external elements and potentially lessens damage, resulting in greater hair elasticity and shine. Plus, as hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, it is ideal for those with coarse and curly hair. This is because of fatty acid’s hydrophilic end that promotes moisture retention, and hydrophobic end that helps boost hair’s shine.
The bonus is that these nutrients are all great for our overall health, so we can improve our well-being from the inside out!
Hemp Seed Oil May Help to Prevent Hair Damage
One of the key reasons for oil’s success with hair is its protective qualities. When applied directly, it helps prevent substances, including too much water from entering the hair shaft.
This is mainly a problem for hair that is very porous - which is often the case with chemically damaged hair or hair that has been over-styled. When hair is wet, it is more susceptible to breakage, making oil an essential step in lubricating the hair shaft to reduce force from brushing and combing wet hair, helping to minimise the damage done to your hair.
On the other hand, when hair is dry, it loses moisture resulting in more significant breakage. To prevent the breakage of hair, hemp seed oil may help to prevent water loss and deliver moisture to the hair and scalp. Hemp seed oil is, therefore, a valuable product for those in drier climates, where hair loses moisture quickly.
In general, hemp seed oil is believed to help strengthen brittle hair, thereby potentially preventing future damage of dry and split ends, whilst promoting hair thickness and strength.
Hemp Seed Oil for Scalp Health
Hemp seed oil is believed to help treat acne and atopic dermatitis symptoms, including dry and itchy skin, by delivering hydration and regulating the skin’s natural production of oil, called sebum. These possible benefits to the skin are also said to include the scalp, thanks to its potential anti-inflammatory properties.
Common inflammatory scalp conditions that cause symptoms of irritation include Eczema, psoriasis, and folliculitis, which can affect hair growth and can even lead to premature baldness in the most severe cases.
The components of hemp seed oil, namely Omega-3 and Omega-6, are believed to possibly help lower skin inflammation and reduce irritation. These potentially anti-inflammatory properties are believed to help reduce symptoms of inflammation on the scalp, helping to prevent hair loss. Furthermore, it is thought full-spectrum hemp seed oil, which includes terpenes and flavonoids, may further help to reduce symptoms of inflammation.
How to Use Hemp Seed Oil
To explore whether the purported benefits of hemp seed oil could be true for you, you can consume hemp seed oil in a many different ways that can seamlessly fit into your daily routine.
Daily Oral Supplement
Firstly, hemp seed oil’s content makes it ideal to be used as a daily nutritional supplement. This will help you to add nutrition through vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants to your diet. Aside from helping to add essential nutrients into our diet, hemp seed oil consumed as a daily supplement is also believed to promote the thickness and density of hair and help prevent and manage hair loss.
Capsules are a stress-free way of consuming a controlled amount of hemp seed oil in line with your requirements that can seamlessly fit into your daily routine. Here at CBII, our range of the highest-quality hemp seed capsules provides you with the tools to guide you through achieving a more holistic lifestyle supported with all-natural botanicals. To optimise your daily dose, we have carefully selected complementary vitamins and minerals to accompany each of our hemp seed oil capsules, packing them full of nutrients tailored to your needs.
Our range of hemp seed oil capsules include:
- Wellness Pure Hemp Seed Capsules - Includes essential fatty acids and Vitamin D to invigorate your energy levels.
- Glow Hemp Seed Capsules with Vitamin E & B & C + Zinc - Omega-rich capsules created to revitalise your body and deliver your skin with radiance and nourishment.
- Vitality Hemp Seed Capsules with Vitamin B & C - Created to support a hectic lifestyle, these capsules aim to raise your energy levels while potentially supporting adrenal health.
Another great way of using hemp seed oil to benefit your hair and scalp directly is to apply the oil directly. For example, you may run the oil through the strands of your hair to potentially impact breakage and add shine.
Those who suffer from scalp issues will find the most possible benefit from applying hemp seed oil directly. To do this, simply massage a few drops of hemp seed oil into your scalp. By applying directly, anecdotal evidence shows that it can potentially help reduce symptoms caused by scalp issues, including itchiness and dryness by adding moisture and potentially acting as an anti-inflammatory.
Hemp Seed Oil Hair Mask
To deliver more intensive relief, you can make your own DIY hair mask using hemp seed oil in combination with other beneficial fats, including coconut oil and avocado oil. By leaving the hair mask containing hemp seed oil on overnight, before rinsing out with shampoo in the morning, it is believed that the amino acids present in hemp seed oil may help to balance the scalp through the regulation of the production of the body’s natural oil, sebum. This makes it an excellent option for those with either dry or oily scalps.
As topical application of hemp seed oil is thought to possibly strengthen skin, hemp seed oil is suggested to help promote a hydrated and cleansed scalp. Doing so creates a healthy environment for hair follicles, promoting the growth of healthy, shiny hair.
Combining Oral and Topical Application of Hemp Seed Oil
For optimal effects, you may wish to combine the methods of both orally consuming hemp seed oil as a daily supplement, as well as using topical application. By optimising how you consume hemp seed oil, you will elevate your chances of benefiting holistically by both maintaining a nutritious diet and promoting the growth and maintenance of healthy hair and scalp.
Are Hemp Products Legal?
Because of the inclusion of intoxicating chemical compound THC present in the hemp plant, products that are derived from the plant have been off-limits to consumers for many years. However, since 2015, hemp-based supplements and skincare were made available to be sold and bought legally in the UK, as long as they comply with the strict laws and regulations surrounding their THC content.
Legal requirements state THC levels in hemp products must be below 1 mg total and be extracted from hemp plants with a THC content under 0.2%, in order to be legal in the UK and most of Europe. The ability to selectively remove compounds from the hemp plant means it is possible to create products with low or no THC levels, including CBD and hemp seed oil, which are non-intoxicating and safe for consumption.
CBD and hemp seed oil’s legalisation has helped to lose the stigma of being associated with intoxicating products born from the cannabis plant. As knowledge and understanding of products (including hemp seed oil) continues to increase, it has allowed hemp seed oil products to become an accepted and popular food supplement. The current trajectory of non-intoxicating hemp products, with their long list of purported benefits, forecasts hemp seed oil to become one of the most popular oils on the market, and is highly sought after by the health and wellness community.
The Importance of Selecting High-Quality Hemp Seed Oil
As the consumer demand for hemp products rapidly increases, so too does the supply, with greater access than ever before to hemp-derived goods including hemp seed oil. However, this has raised concerns in the industry for the possible introduction of low-quality, poorly manufactured hemp seed oil products into the broader consumer market.
Low-quality hemp-derived products have been shown to increase the risk of exposing consumers to inaccurately labelled contents of cannabinoids, including THC, which can be intoxicating in high amounts.
As hemp seed oil only uses the seeds of the hemp plant, it should contain no THC. However, low-quality hemp seed oil increases the risk of contamination of chemical compounds, including THC. In fact, a 2017 study discovered some commercial brands of food-grade hemp seeds had THC concentrations up to 1,250 percent higher than the legal amount. This highlights the discrepancies amongst the quality of manufacturers extraction methods, leading to the need for consumers to be mindful of purchasing their hemp seed oil from trusted sources.
Transparent, Traceable, Truthful
At CBII, the safety of our consumers is our number one priority. That is why we ensure all our products are third-party tested and carry a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to report the exact quantities of compounds present, including the cannabinoid content, terpene profile, heavy metal content, and pesticide content. Holding ourselves to the highest standards, we have partnered with the industry’s experts to continue our research and carry out our patented extraction methods. This ensures all our products are transparent, traceable, and truthful, giving consumers access to the highest-quality hemp seed oil on the market.
A Final Thought
Research into the purported benefits of hemp seed oil remains in its infancy due to the more recent advances in hemp products’ legalisation and regulation. Nevertheless, the anecdotal evidence for hemp seed oil’s ability to not only support a nutritious diet, but also to soothe the skin, scalp, and the maintenance of robust, healthy hair, provides great promise for its use.
Hemp seed oil is therefore being proven to be a viable and natural alternative to many hair and scalp care products, which often include long lists of chemicals. However, we know everyone’s hair is different; therefore, the only way to truly witness the potential benefits hemp seed oil could have on your hair and scalp is to give it a try! Whether you choose to consume hemp seed oil as a nutritious addition to your diet, or opt for a more convenient method with CBII Hemp Seed Oil Capsules, or even decide to apply the oil topically. We’d love to hear what difference you feel hemp makes to your hair and scalp health!