Today we’re talking about a subject that may be a little more taboo for some, that is, the use of hemp oil to treat the stretch marks that are affecting your skin. Now, in this article, I’ll be explaining why hemp is supposed to be good for the skin and if and how you could possibly use it to get rid of those pesky tiger stripes.
First of all, let’s take a moment to address the elephant in the room.
Hemp Vs. Cannabis: Which Is Which? And What Does This Mean for Stretch Marks?
Many people get horrified when they hear that others use hemp to treat their stretch marks. They accuse them of bringing weed near a baby (since many stretch marks are pregnancy-related), but the fact is… it’s not the same thing at all.
You see, cannabis CBD contains a lot of the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) compound, which is responsible for getting you feeling “high.” On the other hand, Hemp CBD contains a minuscule amount of THC, which is approved by the FDA and will not have hallucinogenic effects on users.
In other words, no, hemp oil will not get you high, no matter how you use it. It simply doesn’t contain the necessary compounds to do that.
Now, CBD and hemp seed oil are two terms often used interchangeably by marketers, but again, they are not the same thing.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the cannabis plant, while hemp seed oil is extracted from the hemp seed itself.
While there are some chemical differences, the one you need to know about lies in the price tag. CBD is harder to obtain than hemp seed oil, and as such, it’s a lot more expensive, while providing few added benefits to make up for the extra money.
What are the Benefits of Hemp Oil for Skin?
First and foremost, hempseed oil is known as a potent moisturizer in the skincare world. Hemp oil is rich in an omega-6 fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This oil penetrates the skin and encourages the regeneration of cells. This is one-way hemp oil may be beneficial for stretch marks because it encourages the skin to rebuild itself faster.
The high GLA content also accounts for hemp’s anti-inflammatory properties. Hemp gently sits on the skin and protects it from various external irritants, which is good news for your sensitive, fresh stretch marks.
Hemp has also been shown to promote collagen production, which makes your skin feel bouncy. In this way, hemp helps your body create new healthy skin cells and strengthens it and prevents the appearance of new stretch marks.
Lastly, hemp and hemp-derived products provide the body with linoleic and oleic acids, both of which are not typically produced inside the human body. But these two oils help to fill in fine lines and smooth out wrinkles that aren’t too deep. This is why hemp is a popular ingredient in anti-aging products and a good agent against stretch marks, which can also appear as fine lines.
Are Hemp Seed Oil (And Other Derivatives) Safe for Use While Pregnant?
Safety is a concern that many people have, once again, rushing to the cannabis association we mentioned earlier. According to the FDA, hemp products do not contain a high enough amount of THC to pose a threat to the mother’s health or that of the baby. The FDA has officially ruled that hemp products are safe for use while pregnant and also while breastfeeding.
So for all of you expecting mothers who wanted to try hemp lotion for stretch marks, now’s the time!
What Are Some of The Best Hemp Products for Stretch Marks?
Well, there are lots of hemp-derived products on the market today, but we’ll only look at some of the best-rated ones in this article. First of all, you need to decide whether you want to go with natural, cold-pressed hemp seed oil, or if you’d instead use a moisturizer that contains hemp.
There are some excellent and budget-friendly hemp oils, like the Nutiva Organic Unrefined Hemp Oil, which has gotten some pretty rave reviews in online communities to treat and prevent stretch marks. It seems that this oil also helps take away the skin’s redness, which is why it’s also really good for acne, but also for fading new, “angry” stretch marks, which can cause embarrassment.
Then, there are other alternatives, like the Sky Organics Hemp Seed Oil, a tad pricier, but also comes with many devoted users. What many people note about this one is that it doesn’t leave behind a greasy feel, as is the case with other natural oils used for stretch marks.
Tip: if you’re worried about hemp seed oil clogging your pores, know that it’s officially recognized as non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t!
And if you don’t like the feel of oil on your skin, don’t worry. There are plenty of creams and lotions that contain hemp seed oil, like the Hempz Original Body Moisturizer. While this is not as concentrated as the raw oil, it does have one huge benefit: it also squeezes in other healthy ingredients, such as shea butter and various vitamins, which are all great for fading stretch marks.
Are There Any Risks to Using Seed Oil On Stretch Marks?
A few people experience a mild irritation, so always make sure to do a patch test first.
Verdict: Is Hemp Seed Oil Good for Stretch Marks?
Yes, from what I’ve seen and read, it does seem like hemp seed oil is a natural, healthy and safe skincare ingredient, whether used raw or in combination with other ingredients. It seems to moisturize and boost the skin’s appearance, which is why I think it may be an excellent option for treating stretch marks.