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“Hemp seed oil is oil extracted from the hemp plant,” explains Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Hemp seed oil is an outstanding natural oil for the skin,” Zeichner adds, which is precisely what makes it such a powerful skin care ingredient.

With the recent passing of the Farm Bill, which legalized the production of industrial hemp, more products will flood the market, making it more difficult to weed out the highs from the lows. And, you might be teeming with Qs: Will slathering it on give me the munchies? Is it even legal in all 50 states? What’s the best way to add hemp-oil into your skin regimen? Quick answers: No, yes, and glad you asked.

So. what is Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil?

There are buzzy skin-care ingredients (turmeric! probiotics!). And then there are skin-care ingredients with buzz. In the beautysphere right now, there’s nothing buzzier than hemp-derived ingredients, such as cannabis sativa seed oil. This type of oil is loaded with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory, next-level skin moisturizers.

We know, the science surrounding Cannabis in all of its many forms can get confusing. Here are the basics: There are more than 80 different cannabinoid compounds that can be extracted from the cannabis sativa plant (otherwise known as weed). Of these, the two compounds that are the most well-known are CBD and THC—the latter being the one that produces a high when you eat or smoke it (a.k.a. it makes you stoned). Although Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is derived from the hemp plant—hemp oil comes from the seeds, while CBD is derived from the leaves—it doesn't contain any CBD or THC compounds, but it is naturally rich in many skin-smoothing, calming, and moisturizing properties.

How does it work?

It's no surprise, then, that skin-care brands are betting big on ingredients from the hemp plant. Case in point: The new Green Releaf collection from Peter Thomas Roth, which includes the Therapeutic Sleep Cream and Calming Face Oil, both of which are infused with hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil.

Size(s): 113 g (4 oz)

Relieve dry, stressed out skin with our calming blend of Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil & vitamin-rich Black Cumin Seed Oil. Infused with soothing Oatmeal and shea butter, this hypoallergenic crème helps promote healthy hydration for well balanced, healthy-looking skin with pampered comfort.

Water (Aqua), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (1) , Glyceryl Stearate SE, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (1) , Cetyl Alcohol, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (1) , C10-18 Triglycerides, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil(1), Oryza Sativa (Rice) BranOil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Thuja Occidentalis (Cedarleaf) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Jui(1), Cannabis Sativa Seed Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Allantoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

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Hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil are also often confused with one another. Although they are obtained from the same plant, hemp oil and CBD oil are very different.

Hemp oil is incorporated in many cosmetic products, from soaps, lotions, balms and salves, facial products, and bath products.

Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil

Hemp seed oil won’t get you high. It is legal to be used and sold in skincare products.

Hemp seed oil has no side effects on its own, although it’s possible you may be sensitive to the ingredient.

This, however, is under some scrutiny as some studies have shown that certain hemp seed oils may have detectable levels of THC. This could be the result of the oil becoming contaminated with other parts of the hemp plant during production.