Way back in 1961, the UN Convention of Narcotic Drugs recognized the difference between industrial grade hemp and marijuana. So what exactly is the difference? If you look at the Latin name, both plants are known as Cannabis sativa, the difference would be in the hybridization of the plant.
The industrial grade hemp plant has been hybridized to drastically decrease or remove the active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which renders it incapable of providing the ‘high’ that comes from the unaltered plant. So the products for sale are made from industrial grade hemp, are completely legal, and pose no danger.
So why do we care about hemp? The hemp plant and its’ various products are extemely useful. Hemp can be used to make paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, construction materials, body products, health food and bio-fuel.
BumbleBee Lane SoapWorks is interested in hemp for its’ amazing oil, produced by cold pressing the seeds. Hemp seed oil is high in Omega Fatty Acids, which makes it a very nourishing oil for our skin. It also is a light, dry feeling oil, which makes it perfect for summer body butters and lotions, such as our bare legs whipped body butter. It has a slightly nutty, earthy aroma, which blends well with various essential oils, giving depth to the fragrance.
So, next time you see a product made with hemp oil…give it a try!