According to Grandview Research, the size of the global skin care product market is projected to be worth $183 billion by 2025. Given this, it should come as no surprise that researchers and manufacturers are working at lightning pace to create the latest and greatest skin care products. The use of hemp and CBD in skin care products was inevitable and our guide to this latest trend takes a look at the pros and cons of hemp lotion.
Table of Contents
- What is Hemp Lotion?
- What Are The Benefits Of Hemp Lotion?
- Is Hemp Lotion Legal?
- Finding the Best Hemp Lotion for Your Needs
What is Hemp Lotion?
There are countless lotion products on the market, so what makes hemp lotion any different? You’ve likely figured out that the answer involves hemp, but there’s more to understanding the potential value of hemp-based lotions.
Nearly any type of lotion can be infused with hemp seed oil. This is a relatively simple process in most cases. Lotion producers typically only have one additional step in the production process when incorporating hemp seed oil. This step involves homogenizing (another word for creating a uniform mixture) hemp seed oil or CBD into the lotion.
Fortunately for producers and consumers, hemp seed oil can typically deliver the desired results in relatively small concentrations. This means that most hemp lotions will not leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy.
What are the Benefits of Hemp Lotion?
Although it may be tempting to purchase hemp lotion as an impulse buy, given its rapid rise in popularity, there are more benefits than being a user of the latest trendy skin care product.
You may be thinking, “Duh, of course a lotion product is moisturizing,” but hemp lotion packs a secret weapon in this department. Hemp seed oil is loaded with essential fatty acids (EFAs). Our bodies love EFAs and rely on outside sources to get them as we’re unable to produce them on our own.
In a study published by the Journal of Dermatological Treatment, researchers found that supplemental dietary hemp seed oil led to increased levels of EFAs. The study, which was exploring patients suffering from atopic dermatitis, reported that participants experienced an improvement in both skin dryness and itchiness.
Although this study was focused on dietary hemp seed oil, anecdotal user reports frequently laud hemp-based lotions for similar moisturizing benefits. As additional research is completed in this field, scientists will further develop their knowledge of the benefits of topical hemp lotions.
Essential fatty acids aren’t the only benefit that hemp lotion brings to the table. Hemp seed oil is a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). According to research by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, PUFAs appear to play a beneficial role in skin health by generating anti-inflammatory metabolites.
Additionally, hemp lotion made from hemp seed oil contains a litany of other beneficial compounds. Rich with healthy omega-3 and omega-6 acids, amino acids, and many other vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, your skin will thank you for incorporating hemp lotion into your daily skin care routine.
Skin Healing Features
Cuts, scrapes, blemishes, and skin conditions are all things that we could all live without. Unfortunately, these problems will always exist. Outside of trying to prevent them from happening in the first place, our next best option is to heal them as quickly as possible when they do occur.
Although we don’t recommend applying any lotion to any topical wound without first consulting with your healthcare provider, we do recommend maintaining healthy, hydrated skin. This means that when your skin has a wound, it may heal much quicker.
The Wound Source Academy states that wounds with proper moisture can heal between three to five times faster than those that are dry. Not only does a solid daily regimen with moisturizing products like hemp lotion create an optimal environment for your skin’s health, but it can also help reduce the severity of scarring, wrinkles, environmental damage, and signs of aging.
In most cases, hemp lotions will fall into both the organic and vegan categories. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but the majority of hemp lotion producers strive to ensure their products are organic at the very least.
As with most other skin care products, it is typically easy to determine if your hemp lotion meets the criteria to be considered vegan or organic by reviewing the label or packaging. If you’re still not sure, we recommend reaching out to the brand’s customer service department, who will certainly be able to answer that question and any other questions you may have about your hemp lotion.
Lower Environmental Impact
By now, you are probably well aware of the environmental benefits that manifest from hemp production. Considering the size of the skin care industry and the rapid growth of hemp-based skin care products, eco-conscious consumers can breathe a sigh of relief if they’re concerned about the environmental footprint left behind from hemp lotion.
Unlike many other synthetic and natural compounds frequently found in skin care products, the production of hemp seed oil like that used in hemp lotions renders minimal byproducts that could cause environmental damage.
Is Hemp Lotion Legal?
In nearly all cases, yes, hemp lotion is legal. Although hemp seed oil comes from the cannabis plant, which is also known for its production of the psychoactive compound THC, hemp seeds do not produce THC.
This means that hemp seed oil in your hemp lotion contains no THC, unless otherwise labeled. If you need extra assurance, most hemp lotion producers advertise THC content or lack thereof on the product’s label. This is another situation where reaching out to the brand’s customer service department can result in a quick answer to your questions.
In the event that your hemp lotion contains CBD, a non-psychoactive compound also produced by the cannabis plant, we recommend researching the legality of CBD in your state. The 2018 Farm Bill removed many of the regulatory hurdles that CBD once faced. At this time, there are only a few states that have opted to keep CBD illegal.
Finding the Best Hemp Lotion for Your Needs
With all of the options available, choosing a hemp lotion can be an intimidating task. We recommend approaching this as you would any other skin care product. First, you should identify why you want to use a hemp lotion. Do you want to add moisture? Are you trying to clear up a skin condition? Ask yourself what results you want from the product.
After you know the goal, then the remaining effort comes down to trial and error in most cases. From here, we recommend making a list of your top five options and checking the ingredient lists for anything that you know you want to avoid or may be allergic to. Once you’ve narrowed this list down, the remaining step is trying each option one by one to see which works best for your needs.
Remember, improving your skin’s health isn’t an overnight goal. Make sure you give each hemp lotion a few weeks of consistent use before deciding if it works for you or not.
As with most new trends, scientific research data is limited in the early days. In the next year or two, we expect the amount of published research around all hemp products will grow exponentially.
That said, early evidence of hemp lotion’s benefits in skin care is nothing short of promising.
Until then, we recommend signing up for our free newsletter. This is an excellent source for the latest hemp news, research data, and product reviews.
State Agriculture Regulators Support Raising Federal THC Ceiling for Hemp
On Thursday, a group of state agricultural regulators swiftly voted in favor of supporting an amendment to the “federal definition of hemp to increase the total THC concentration to 1% or less,” a major proposed shift. Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) met this week to discuss a number of […]
On Thursday, a group of state agricultural regulators swiftly voted in favor of supporting an amendment to the “federal definition of hemp to increase the total THC concentration to 1% or less,” a major proposed shift.
Members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) met this week to discuss a number of policy amendments, including COVID-19 responses and racial equity, workplace safety, and hemp. Should the powerful group’s push to increase the THC limit succeed, it would reshape the US hemp landscape. The 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp in the United States, currently defines hemp as cannabis with .3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Bill Richmond, the head of the US Department of Agriculture’s Domestic Hemp Production Program, spoke on Wednesday at the start of the Plant Agriculture & Pesticide Regulation Committee meeting, during which the hemp proposal was put forth and passed for a full Association vote Thursday.
Richmond leads the team in charge of rule making, public education, and outreach efforts with state agriculture departments and Indian tribes.
Shortly after the 2018 Farm Bill passed, Richmond said that his team “jumped right into developing” rules. In January, the USDA released its final rule for the regulation of hemp. After the interim final rule was released in 2019, more than 6,000 comments poured in during the open public comment period. NASDA is among the individuals and entities that have called for fixes to the rule, and, among their suggestions was that the “negligence threshold” for THC be raised to 1%.
Richmond thanked NASDA members for the time they spent on thoughtful comments that the USDA used in their rule making on hemp.
“I know it’s an incredible lift for folks to give us those documents, to give us that data, and just know that we appreciate it so much,” Richmond said. The final rule is a result of those thousands of comments, he added.
“Your industry is loud and clear that a lot of the requirements and regulations of the interim document were difficult to meet or expensive to meet or cumbersome. And so we really tried hard to loosen some of the requirements around growing hemp,” Richmond said.
Richmond said that his team at the USDA spent the most time on sampling and testing requirements. Another change between the interim rule and the final rule is around the timeframe allowed between hemp harvest and required sampling.
“We said that that time period can only be 15 days,” in the interim rule, which led to “almost universal opposition to that requirement. We heard you loud and clear until that time window is now doubled to 30 days,” Richmond said.
In the interim final rule, one area that was met with opposition from hemp industry stakeholders involved the requirement that labs have to be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“We learned very quickly that there was nowhere near enough labs out there to be able to conduct testing. DEA allowed us to relax that requirement. And in the final rule, essentially, we were not able to completely remove the requirement that labs have to register with the DEA. But we were able to extend the deadline until the end of 2022. This will hopefully give us, and the testing community, more time to be able to make sure that we have as many labs as we need to get these tests done,” Richmond said.
There’s also the issue of “hot hemp,” or cannabis that comes in too high in THC to meet the legal definition of hemp. Richmond said that the USDA changed the requirements around “negligence,” in part because hemp can be a difficult crop to grow. The USDA doubled the threshold for negligence from .5% THC to 1%.
“We are trying really hard to provide flexibility as best we can to new growers as they learn how to grow compliant hemp. And so this negligence [limit] was included to basically say, ‘OK, if you make a mistake and you grow hot hemp, you aren’t going to be in trouble with law enforcement. You get a couple of chances to learn how to grow compliant hemp,’” Richmond said.
In the interim final rule, growers of hot hemp would have had to work with law enforcement or the DEA to destroy the hemp “the same way that we would destroy marijuana,” Richmond said.
“This is another requirement that we quickly learned that was cumbersome, difficult to meet,” Richmond said, adding that the DEA allowed for this rule to be relaxed enough to allow for on farm disposal, for example, or for growers to turn a hot hemp crop over and bury it without cops getting involved.
Richmond pointed out that the USDA final rule on hemp could still be subject to a reopened comment period, a request for additional input, or a reissue of a revised final rule “sometime down the road.” Or, the new administration could “push” the effective date out, from one or two months to longer.
During a brief question and answer session, Richmond fielded inquiries from state agricultural regulators. Doug Miyamoto from Wyoming asked if the USDA noticed any trends from the thousands of comments that the Department received.
“Almost a blanket opposition to the .3% threshold. Same with the DEA lab registration,” Richmond said.
Anson Tebbetts, Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets who submitted the hemp policy amendment, said that he believes that “hemp does have a future in agriculture.” Tebbetts added that there are many farmers in Vermont who are “excited about hemp,” but need “more tools to grow the industry.”
Tebbets spoke in favor of NASDA’s policy amendment to support a change in the federal definition of hemp to allow for more THC.
“Increasing the total THC concentration to 1% would allow for use of available seed varieties, would provide greater assurance to the producers that they have a viable crop, and still places those limits on the THC concentration,” Tebbets said.
Steve Silverman of the Colorado Department of Agriculture added that, based on research, raising the threshold from .3% to 1% “would not have any concern in terms of public health or drug policy.”
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried said that the state already has close to 30,000 acres of hemp growing.
“In our climate and everybody growing outside, being able to allow the plants to get to 1% will certainly help our farmers here in the state,” Fried said, adding that the .3% threshold was a “complete arbitrary number when it was first created. So 1% is very doable on our end and we would again support this tenfold.”
This Morning in Metals: February US auto sales forecast to rise 3.3%
This morning in metals news: J.D. Power and LMC Automotive released their joint forecast on February US auto sales; meanwhile, US steel imports fell by 23% in January; and, lastly, Ford’s CEO…
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This morning in metals news: J.D. Power and LMC Automotive released their joint forecast on February US auto sales; meanwhile, US steel imports fell by 23% in January; and, lastly, Ford’s CEO urged the US government to support the implementation of electric vehicle applications.
February US auto sales forecast to rise
New-vehicle retail sales in February are forecast to rise by 3.3% when adjusted for selling days, LMC Automotive and J.D. Power said.
“Despite challenges posed by inclement weather in most of the country, retail sales demand continues to be strong with the industry posting a second consecutive month of year-over-year gains,” said Thomas King, president of the data and analytics division at J.D. Power.
Meanwhile, the average manufacturer incentive is down. According to J.D. Power and LMC Automotive, the average incentive is on pace to be $3,562 per vehicle, or down $614 from a year ago.
Furthermore, as incentives decline, average transaction prices are going up. Per the report, the forecast calls for the average transaction price to rise 9.8% to $37,524, a February record.
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Steel imports drop 23%
US steel imports dropped 23% in January on a year-over-year basis, the American Iron and Steel Institute reported.
January imports totaled 2.42 million net tons. However, January imports jumped 62.2% from the previous month.
In addition, steel import market share reached an estimated 15% in January, the AISI added.
Ford CEO urges government to step in on EVs
Ford CEO Jim Farley on Wednesday urged the US government to step in and promote battery production and EV charging infrastructure, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden signed an executive order aimed at securing several critical supply chains. Among the critical products targeted are semiconductors, which have automotive applications.
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Member News: Peper Harow launch new Striped Organic Sport Socks
Peper Harow, a British sock brand based in West Sussex, is proud to launch their new Striped Organic Sport Socks. Their new sport socks are made in their factory in the South of England to the same high standards of quality and comfort as their current men’s and women’s fashion ranges. The socks feature a…
Peper Harow, a British sock brand based in West Sussex, is proud to launch their new Striped Organic Sport Socks.
Their new sport socks are made in their factory in the South of England to the same high standards of quality and comfort as their current men’s and women’s fashion ranges.
The socks feature a thick, soft cushioned sole, ribbed arch bands and a seamless toe.
Made from the finest Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton, the sports socks not only offer impeccable comfort and support but a high level of ethical sustainability.
Made to last wash after wash, run after run.
Why organic cotton sport socks?
Peper Harow is committed to being a sustainable fashion brand.
The yarn used in Peper Harow organic cotton socks is GOTS certified. The farmers growing the cotton must pass strict standards, ensuring that no artificial pesticides, herbicides or genetic modification are used.
The farmers also use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats. In addition, GOTS certification ensures that the cotton producers and textile workers are paid fairly and work under fair and safe conditions.
This translates perfectly to the feel of the yarn, being noticeably soft and extremely durable.
Peper Harow is proud to continue supplying ethical, sustainable, impeccable quality British made socks whether it’s casual, formal, or sport.
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