Posted on 18th December 2018
At SkinPro, we take pride in staying on top of the latest trends in the anti aging skin care industry. Whether than means making peptide-rich creams based on laboratory tested ingredients from our research partners, going the organic route, or diving into the cannabis skin care product market, we’re always here to produce effective products for our loyal customers.
With the passing of the 2018 US Farm Bill, hemp was essentially given life what I call “Legal Life.”
Andre Bourque wrote in this Forbes Magazine column that
“hemp and the farm bill may change life as you know it.”
That’s a powerful statement from a highly credible source, and as someone who has always stayed on the cutting edge of industry trends, I’m awfully excited about this new opportunity for SkinPro and the anti aging market in general.
What is Hemp?
Hemp encompasses all of the varieties of the Cannabis genus that have only trace amounts of THC, which is essentially what “gets you high” since it makes marijuana psychoactive. There are many breeds of Cannabis, but most people only think of it as marijuana. There is a huge confusion in our society between the term hemp, and the word marijuana. Hemp is a non-drug variant that is produced at an industrial level and used for it’s seeds, hurd, and fiber.
There are many uses for hemp. You’ll find that the seeds are often used in dietary products. Most recently, I see them showing up at raw juice boutiques and even in protein powders. The hemp seed can also be pressed and used as oils. My first foray into hemp oil was when we made the Hemp Intensive Pain Reliever with Emu Oil, which is a more natural way to relieve pain in comparison to taking Advil or worse – prescription pain medicine. As someone who is active, I get my fair share of bumps and bruises, and I personally use this product to alleviate pain and swelling. Another product I use on a daily basis is the Hemp Oil Eye Cream. This firming cream goes on under the eyes and works to plump and soften the skin.
I’m a supporter of any ingredient, natural or manufactured, that can assist with longevity. Hemp has gotten a black eye over time because people in higher places formulated an opinion that the plant that it comes from has a “scorned cousin” (aptly named by Bourque in the aforementioned Forbes article) named marijuana. For years, the prohibition of hemp in the United States has held back the potential for more jobs for farmers, personal care products for consumers like you, and natural relief for people suffering from various ailments.
The reality is that hemp can’t get you high.
The Ministry of Hemp has the best explanation of what marijuana and hemp are both capable of doing. Follow this link for an incredible breakdown.
Enter the 2018 Farm Bill
So how did we get to this recent Farm Bill, which essentially advanced us to the time where hemp is going to be completely legal and widely accepted?
Possession of cannabis and hemp was outlawed way back in 1937, after an act was passed. Mind you, the British were growing hemp for hundreds of years since colonization!
The late 1960’s showed a sign of hope, with the repealing of that law, but cannabis was labeled as a Schedule 1 drug, which essentially puts it in the class of heroin, if you can imagine that!
The Farm Bill of 2018 is a step towards normalcy because it reclassifies hemp for commercial uses and removes hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Since hemp does not have much THC, (again, the part that produces a high), it moves it off of the DEA’s radar and onto the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s.
Hemp Pilot Programs are now in place. These programs encourage a framework for legal cultivation without permits from the DEA. So far, the pilot programs in place have been a success for farmers and consumers, according to Forbes.
It’s an exciting time for consumers because there are numerous advantages of hemp and cannabis. We’re proud to be on the forefront of the industry producing products that have quickly become top sellers in their respective categories.
Why is Cannabis Good for Your Skin?
Before cannabis was prohibited, there was a cannabis elixir on every shelf because it reduces inflammation and pain like very few ingredients can. At the root of so many skin conditions, inflammation is no joke. Maintaining anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, cannabinoids have the ability to reduce swelling, soreness, and puffiness. It’s literally the biggest buzz word in the skin care and beauty industry, but it should have been something mainstream in our lives, but thanks to prohibition, it hasn’t resurfaced until now.
Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 States. It’s a great time to be alive!
Look for more news about our full line of CBD skin care products in the very near future.