Heard the hemp-hype but not entirely sure what it is? Here’s what you need to know about the plant that’s growing on us (not literally, of course!). So much so, we infused our Calm the Frizz collection with the stuff. Yep!
Now, before you start thinking we put a psychoactive in our shampoo, calm those thoughts and read on. Our friend hemp may just grow on you, too.
HEMP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hemp’s a term used to describe varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant that contain very low levels of the psychoactive component - tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the bit that gets you high. Marijuana derives from the same genus of plant, but it contains much higher levels of THC. Think of hemp as marijuana’s straight-laced cousin. And, as you can image, the two varietals serve very different purposes.
While marijuana’s used medicinally or recreationally because of the high THC levels, hemp has a much more diverse assemblage of uses. The fast-growing plant’s used industrially to make things like clothes, paper and rope. But you may have stumbled across it thanks to its dietary and beauty benefits (unless of course you’re a rope or paper enthusiast).
When deconstructed, the uses and benefits of hemp amplify. Hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and are considered by some to be a superfood. They’re high in protein, fibre, unsaturated fats and minerals. Not a bad set of accolades for such a tiny component of the hemp plant.
Hemp seed extract is the ingredient you’ll find in our Calm the Frizz collection and aside from helping to tame that mane, it also has an abundance of other beauty benefits, like moisturizing and rejuvenating skin and hair. There’s also evidence to support this idea that hemp seeds may help give your overall wellbeing a boost when added to your diet… Aussome!
IS HEMP ILLEGAL?
We’re not that cheeky! Of course, hemp’s legal to use and legal to grow provided you have a license to grow it in the UK. The same rules apply in the land down under – where we grow and extract our authentic Australian hemp.
The thing is, in the not-so-distant past, growing and selling hemp was illegal. “Why?!” we hear you ask with your newfound knowledge and love of this miracle plant. The truth is, we don’t really know. There are conspiracy theories – but we’re all about haircare here and, well, the thing that matters to us is that it’s legal and accessible – hemp, hemp hooray!
With the legalisation of hemp came the surge of hemp-based products and flurry of information about its by-products and benefits. One of those being CBD…
IS HEMP A CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the most prevalent active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). It’s a naturally occurring substance and isn’t psychoactive. So, it doesn’t get you high. It has however shown to serve as a calming relief for people who suffer from chronic pain. CBD’s the talk of the town because it’s so packed with goodness – just like hemp seed oil.
So, is hemp oil the same as CBD oil? Aaaah, not quite. While both are packed with nutrients and beauty-boosting qualities, hemp oil’s drawn from the seeds of the hemp plant, while CBD oil is extracted from a variety of parts, including the stalk and flowers. One plant – so much goodness!
You’ll find hemp seed extract in our Calm the Frizz collection.
Now you’re all hot with excitement about the potential of this wonder plant, get your hands on our hemp shampoo, infused with authentic Australian hemp seed extract. It’s seriously addictive.
This not-so-secret collection designed to treat frizzy hair in need of a ‘calm-me-down’ will turn unruly hair into luscious locks. So, say hooroo to frizzy hair days and hello to Aussie hair that’ll leave you filled with happiness.