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Hemp Oil Skin Benefits for Your Valentine’s Date

Stacey Wellington

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Valentine’s Day is in the air. For women, one of the things that they often prepare is their looks in one of the awaited dates of the year. Among the things they need to add to their beauty kit, especially for this special day, are cosmetic products containing cannabis, particularly CBD and hemp oil.

The recent boom in cannabis-infused products has taken the health industry by storm, and many people started to believe in the potency of medical weed. Noted celebrities including Dakota Johnson, Mandy Moore, Whoopi Goldberg are just few who endorse the use of marijuana for medicinal and beauty purposes. Goldberg even launched her topicals including cannabidiol (CBD) cream for pain, relaxation, and healthier skin. These Hollywood stars are just some of the people who are convinced by cannabis’ health benefits. But while these celebrities are not yet promoting cannabis-derived beauty products, it won’t take long before they become avid endorsers, especially now that the federal government legalizes hemp.

Hemp Oil Benefits

The recent signing of 2018 Farm Bill decriminalized the use of hemp and the derived substances from it, including hemp oil and CBD oil. Before the passage of this piece of legislation, hemp is classified as an illicit plant together with marijuana. Now that it is decriminalized, experts expect the boom in demand for hemp oil and seeds as supplement and medication.

Hemp seeds, where the oil comes from, are considered a superfood. It is packed with many health benefits such as:

  • Rich nutritional content – Hemp seed is rich in nutrients. It contains antioxidants like vitamin E, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, and chlorophyll. These substances protect the cells in the body from oxidative stress, which can lead to cancer and other diseases. Hemp seed is also abundant in minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, and phosphorus. It also contains an abundant supply of essential fatty acids.
  • Healthy heart and blood circulation – Hemp oil contains the ideal balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids that improve cardiovascular health. These healthy fats also reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Moreover, it contains powerful antioxidants, substances that are linked to a lowered risk of developing heart disease.
  • Enhanced immunity against infection – The essential fatty acids from hemp oil promote healthy bacteria in the gut. They also support and enhance the immune system response.
  • Balanced hormones – Hemp seed is an excellent source of gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), an omega six fatty acid. According to several studies, GLA is potent to help balance the hormones in the body. This healthy fat is particularly helpful to women in easing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome such as the reduction of cramping and pain during menstruation.

Aside from these benefits, CBD from hemp oil can also provide many medicinal wonders which include relief for chronic pain, stress, and anxiety.

Hemp Oil for Healthy Skin

One of hemp oil’s benefits is by nurturing the skin with nutrients and substances to make it supple and healthy. Your skin can benefit from a regular application of CBD hemp oil.

  • Contains moisturizing properties

Hemp oil is commonly used as an ingredient in lotions, soaps, shampoos, and other beauty or cosmetic products because of its ability to moisturize the skin. It also contains GLA which gives relief to people with eczema and psoriasis.

  • Controls oil production

This substance is perfect for virtually all skin types as it can moisturize without blocking your pores. It is also composed of compounds that can to balance out oil production in the skin and by hydrating it. This oil can also prevent skin dryness which can lead to overproduce oil, which can stimulate acne and other skin irritations. It can also help reduce acne resulting from excess oil. Also, the CBD from the hemp oil can interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a vital role in maintaining the homeostasis in the body as well as the skin’s oil balance.

  • Anti-aging properties

Aside from moisturizing and softening the skin by hydration, hemp oil also has anti-aging properties. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as prevent signs of skin aging from occurring. The body cannot produce the linoleic acid and oleic acid found in this product on its own, and it can be crucial in promoting skin health and anti-aging. It also prevents hair breakage and hair fall.

  • Nourishes hair

This substance helps enhance the growth of hair on the scalp in many ways. One of them is through its Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 fatty acids, which are essential in stimulating growth. Hemp oil can also provide keratin, a type of protein that makes up 90% of hair. Hemp oil can provide this protein, especially when included in a diet.  Moreover, the oil also enhances blood circulation on the scalp, making sure that hair follicles are well-nourished to sustain hair growth.

  • Fights anti-inflammatory and autoimmune skin conditions

Many doctors, researchers, and cannabis experts are optimistic about hemp oil’s capacity to fight skin problems arising from inflammation and autoimmune skin problems like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and eczema. While still in the experimental stage, many health experts believe CBD from the oil can interact with the ECS to regulate the immune system.

  • Helps promote a healthy lifestyle

Glowing, supple and soft skin is a result of a healthy lifestyle. Stressed, anxious and sleep-deprived people are often the ones with skin problems. CBD can help provide stress relief which can promote nightly quality sleep. By supplementing CBD hemp oil, you can have a potent stress reliever that you can take any time for your beauty sleep.

Ways to Consume Hemp Oil

You can find many hemp oils and CBD products in dispensaries and online stores. These products are usually taken orally in the form of edibles and tinctures. You can also buy CBD balms, ointments, and lotions that you can apply on your skin regularly.

Beauty emanates from a glowing, healthy skin. By using products with CBD and hemp oil, you can make your skin gorgeous and irresistible for your date this Valentine’s Day.

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Demetrix Gains $50m in Series A Funding, Aims to Brew Cannabis

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Demetrix Funds to Brew Cannabis

Demetrix Inc. recently announced its successful foray into the Series A funding round. Following this, the company garnered $50 million, which the business states will be used for researching and producing synthetic cannabinoids in the market.

The Series A funding round was led by Tuatara Capital, a New York-based investment group, together with Horizon Ventures, a Hong Kong-based firm. Based on the press release by the cannabis firm, Horizon Ventures also participated in the Series Seed round, contributing $11 million to the business.

Shaping the Future

Demetrix’s press release revealed that the global market for cannabinoids are slated to reach $100 billion comes 2029. Alongside the boom of this industry, Demetrix intends to “help the world benefit from nature’s rarest ingredients.”

Besides brewing, the startup is also looking to isolate the cannabinoids. The firm also looks to expand the business and commercialize its products in the future. With more than 100 cannabinoids being explored by the California-based startup, it believes that it can cater to different consumer product companies, including the pharmaceutical and supplement sector.

To achieve their goals, the California-based company reportedly intends to use baker’s yeast to yield a larger volume of cannabinoids. Through the company’s “industry-leading fermentation technology that accelerates the production of cannabinoid,” it hopes to shape the future of the field.

Continued Show of Support

Both Tuatara Capital and Horizon Ventures released statements revealing their promising futures by working with the cannabis firm. In the press release, Tuatara Capital partner, Marc Riiska shares that they believe Demetrix has what it takes to “consistently produce high purity, single cannabinoids in a process that easily scales to meet demands.”

Meanwhile, Patrick Zhang of Horizon Ventures state that “Demetrix is uniquely positioned to bring these compounds to market in a cost-efficient way.”

Industry Background

Demetrix chief executive officer Jeff Ubersax is planning to use technologies surrounding yeast genetics and biochemistry and applying this to cannabis. Although the business employs the same method of brewing beer, the fermentation process using the marijuana plant will produce synthetic cannabinoids instead.

While the company’s approach to making a larger volume of cannabinoids sounds promising, Tech Crunch notes the startup “has a long way to go before it becomes competitive with extracts from the marijuana plant.”

As of writing, the company has successfully raised a total of $61 million.

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Research Found Recreational Marijuana Users End Up Consuming the Plant as Medicine

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Many cannabis users who buy in Colorado adult-use cannabis dispensaries use the product as a medicine, a study revealed.

The study found that people who purchase items that are supposedly for fun have used them to treat specific health issues, like chronic pain and sleep disorders. The researchers led by Marcus Bachhuber of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York said customers of adult-use cannabis usually end up consuming it for symptom relief.

The combined research team from the New York-based college and the University of Miami polled 1,000 customers in two Colorado dispensaries between August 2016 and October 2016. Around 65% of the respondents said they used marijuana for pain relief, while 74% reported using the plant to promote sleep.

The study was recently published in the “Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.”

Potent Prescription Medicine Alternative

The respondents ended up using cannabis for medical reasons because of its potency. Many of the respondents who use marijuana for health reasons said that using the plant helped them to reduce the use of other medicines. More than two-thirds (82%) reported cutting or stopping their prescription medications.

Nearly 90% of those who purchased cannabis for pain relief said they had reduced or stopped taking opioid pain relievers. Meanwhile, 87% of users who use marijuana as a sleeping aid reported they minimized or halted their use of over-the-counter taking aids. Moreover, 83% of those taking medicine sleeping pills said cannabis helped cut down or stopped their use of these medications.

While the study has somehow shown the potency of cannabis for medical use, it has some limitations. Of the 1,000 study respondents, 90% were below the age of 50. Less than half (42%) of them were women while a little more than half (66%) were white.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) deputy director Paul Armentano backed the findings of the study. In a press release, he said that the study proved the therapeutic efficacy of marijuana. He also acknowledged its possibility as an alternative medication to prescription medications, particularly opioids.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the U.S. die following an opioid overdose. The agency admitted that the abuse and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids is a national crisis. Prescription opioid misuse costs the U.S. $78.5 billion a year and affects not only public health, but also impacts social and economic welfare.

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Minnesota Approved Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s

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Minnesotta OK'd Medical Cannabis for Alzheimers

Starting July 1, all registered patients with Alzheimer’s disease can begin registering for Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. This will enable them to purchase medical marijuana from the state’s two manufacturers starting August 1, the High Times reported.

The recent approval marked Alzheimer’s disease addition to the 14 conditions that qualify patients for medical marijuana in Minnesota. This includes cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette Syndrome, ALS, seizures (e.g. epilepsy), severe and persistent muscle spasms (e.g. multiple sclerosis), inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease), terminal illness, intractable pain, PTSD, Autism, and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Alzheimer’s disease is the only qualifying condition approved by Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm among the seven new conditions proposed by a citizen’s review panel. Conditions that didn’t make the cut includes hepatitis C, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, panic disorder, psoriasis, and traumatic brain injury.

“Any policy decisions about cannabis are difficult due to the relative lack of published scientific evidence,” said Health Commissioner Malcolm. “However, there is some evidence for potential benefits of medical cannabis to improve the mood, sleep, and behavior of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.”

Currently, there are more than 94, 000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s living in Minnesota, and 254, 000 people providing care for loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

For the next 30 days, the Minnesota Department of Health is expected to be working in registering Alzheimer’s patients to the state’s medical marijuana program. Among the requirements included for a patient to obtain medical cannabis is for a licensed health care practitioner to certify that the patient indeed has the disease.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that happens when plaques containing beta-amyloid develop in the brain. This leads to cognitive impairments, such as problems with one’s memory, thinking, and behaviour. As of today, there is still no available cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, various studies show that cannabis helps improve symptoms or slow the rate of decline in Alzheimer’s patients.

The recent move by Minnesota marked its entrance into the twelve U.S. states that have included Alzheimer’s disease in the list of their qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.

“I believe that advanced dementia patients with tremendous anxiety, restlessness, and pain will benefit,” wrote Dr. William Orr, a Minneapolis-based geriatric psychiatrist who supported the petition.

“Such patients are episodically distraught and become quickly angered and paranoid of staff trying to help them due to their confusion and inability to understand their circumstances,” he added.

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