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Hemp Seed Oil

all about hemp seed oil

Here at CannaSmack, our products are proudly infused with Hemp Seed Oil.

Over the years, we’ve noticed that there’s a lot of confusion about what Hemp Seed Oil is, where it comes from, how its produced, and the properties it has, so we created this resource to aid in better understanding!

Before we jump into Hemp Seed Oil, we’ll cover some Cannabis Basics, just to make sure we’re on the same page.

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is the mother genome

  • Sub-Species: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Ruderalis
  • A tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs.
  • Contains the most complete cannabinoid profile currently found in nature.

What is the difference between Hemp & “Marijuana”?

  • Hemp

    • A variety of cannabis (Cannabis Sativa L.)
    • Very low levels of THC
    • High levels of CBD
    • A sustainable resource that adds immense value to many industries.
  • Marijuana

    • A variety of cannabis (Cannabis Sativa Forma Indica)
    • High levels of THC
    • Mostly used for medicinal and recreational applications.

How are Hemp & “Marijuana” similar?

  • They both reign from the same plant genome, Cannabis.  
  • Visually, their appearances are quite similar, though there are distinguishing attributes to each variety.
  • They contain similar cannabinoids, phytonutrients & phytocompounds including chlorophyll, flavonoids, and terpenes.

About: Hemp Seed Oil  (HSO)

Where does HSO come from?

  • Hemp Seed Oil is the Oil within the seeds of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant (also known as Hemp.)

How does Hemp Seed Oil get produced?

  • Harvesting Hemp

    • ➤  CannaSmack sources Hemp Seed Oil that has been harvested and processed in Oregon.
  • Processing Hemp – Retrieving Hemp Seeds

    • The plant components (buds, stalks, seeds) are sorted.
  • Cleaning the Hemp Seeds

    • Seeds are cleaned to ensure that there is no leaf matter or contaminants such as dirt.
  • Processing Hemp Seeds

    • They are then cold-pressed in an extractor and filtered to remove any suspended solids from the oil.
  •  Hemp Seed Oil

    • Producing a high-grade, clear, nutrient-rich oil.
  • Lab Testing

    • CannaSmack’s Hemp Seed Oil is third-party lab tested for quality control purposes to ensure the lack of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.

Is Hemp Seed Oil in any way intoxicating or psychoactive?

  • Non-Intoxicating

    • CannaSmack’s hemp-infused products will NOT make you feel ‘high’
  • Non-Psychoactive

    • CannaSmack’s hemp-infused products do NOT affect the mind.
  • Contains ZERO detectable amounts of THC or CBD

    • ➤  With our professional experience in processing and testing, we can confidently say the oil produced from our hemp seeds does not contain THC, CBD.

Is Hemp Seed Oil Legal?

  • United States

    • ➤  Hemp Seed Oil is a federally legal ingredient within the United States.  
  • International

    • Laws may vary. You are responsible for checking local ordinances.

Hemp Seed Oil Benefits

*Please note that certain mentioned benefits are dependent upon the method in which Hemp Seed Oil is being used, (topically, oral ingestion, digestion).  

*Look for this ( ➤ ), to signify benefits that directly apply to Hemp Seed Oil being applied topically; these things relate to the Hemp Infused products we offer here at CannaSmack.

  • Rich in Nutrients

    • ➤  Vitamins A, B, D, E
      • Vitamin A

        • ➤ Essential for retention and the production of collagen and elastin.
      • Vitamin B12

        • ➤  Regulates the production of pigment in the skin
          • Prevention of dark spots and over pigmentation.
        • Assists the body with the metabolism of protein
        • ➤ Promotes the growth of healthy skin cells and helps repair damaged skin.  
        • Folic Acid (B12 vitamin)
          • Helps the body produce and maintain new cells in addition to preventing changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.
      • Vitamin D

        • Optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging.
        • ➤ Boosting elasticity and preventing aging
        • Vitamin D allows the absorption of Calcium contributing to soft, smooth skin
        • ➤ Contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism.
      • Vitamin E

        • ➤ Promotes Hydrated Skin
        • ➤ Soothes Burns
        • ➤ Diminishes the appearance of Stretch Marks and Scars
        • ➤ Powerful Antioxidant
        • ➤ Effective at reducing UV damage

  • ➤ Minerals

    • Potassium

      • Contributes to the regulation of water content.
        • A lack of potassium leads to dry skin.
    • Magnesium

      • ➤ Helps to improve skin’s overall appearance, reducing acne and other skin disorders.
        • When ingested orally this takes place by lowering cortisol levels, stabilizing hormonal imbalances, and improving cellular processes.
      • Amongst a long list of benefits relieves muscle aches and spasms.
    • Iron

      • Essential in the health of our circulatory system.
      • Increases blood flow
      • Allowing oxygen and nutrients to be more efficiently distributed through our body, including skin.
      • Speeding up the process of wound healing by the formation of red blood cells, the most essential constituent of hemoglobin.
      • Fights hair loss, improves hair texture, adds shine.
    • Zinc

      • Boosts immune function
      • ➤ Anti-inflammatory
        • ➤ Beneficial for acne-related scarring
    • Calcium

      • It Plays a major role in providing firmness and elasticity for the skin
    • Phosphorous

      • Facilitates general teeth and bone health.
      • Cell Repairing Mechanism
        • Cellular health is affected by things such as environmental damage and bad eating habits.
        • Phosphorus is a mineral that helps the body repair itself on a cellular level.
        • It helps to create the required forms of protein for cell repair.
        • Reduces the effects of free radicals.

  • Fatty Acids

    • Contains a perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids
    • ➤ Together they moderate sebum production and decrease signs of aging.
    • Omega 3 (Alpha-Linoleic Acid)

      • ➤ Plays an important role in helping combat wrinkles, fine lines, and other skin problems including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
      • ➤  High Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
      • Playing a role in brain function, aiding in preventing cardiovascular disease.
    • Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid)

      • ➤ Supports Skin Health
        • Playing a role in promoting heart health by way of balancing cholesterol levels and improving immune function.

  • Amino Acids

    • Contains all 21 known amino acids.  
    • All contributing factors help promote skin health.

  • Anti-Inflammatory

    • ➤  Reduces Acne
    • ➤ Soothes Irritated Skin
      • ➤ Some skin rashes are caused by a lack of Omega-6 fatty acid; HSO is rich Omega-6 fatty acids.
        • ➤ High levels of Omega 3’s reduce redness & prevent future breakouts.
        • ➤ HSO offers hydration to dry and itchy skin.
        • ➤ High levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids help target eczema.

  • Replenishes Antioxidants

    • ➤ Protects the body from damage-causing free radicals.
    • ➤ May reduce signs of aging.

  • Non-Comedogenic

      • HSO will not clog pores!
      • Comedogenic rating of 0 out of 5.

  • Moisturizer

      • Fats in HSO are similar to those found in the skin.
      • Provides great protection, increases elasticity; a great supplement to tired or dehydrated skin.

  • Absorption

    • HSO is easily absorbed into the body via the skin, allowing its nutrients to renew and protect damaged skin cells.

  • Undetectable levels of THC or CBD

    • After processing, Hemp Seed Oil does not contain CBD and will not interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
    • Non-Intoxicating & Non-Psychoactive

Still feeling a bit confused?

There are a lot of products on the market that technically fall into the same product category, but are not the same. Each of the following has their unique benefits and legalities.

In an effort to provide further clarity, we’ve briefly outlined a few things that



  • Made from the WHOLE hemp plant.
    • Varieties of Cannabis Sativa L., AKA Industrial Hemp
    • Stalks, Leaves & Buds contain Cannabidiol (CBD)
      • This is called “Whole Plant” or “Full Spectrum” CBD Extract
      • “Entourage Effect”
    • CBD stimulates the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
      • Noted benefits via various consumption methods
      • Minute Trace Amounts of THC
        • Levels are less than .3% THC per volume


  • Similar benefits as Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil, but with an isolated CBD molecule.
  • This is lacking any naturally present phytonutrients & phytocompounds, including chlorophyll, flavonoids, and terpenes.


  • Most products in the market today, use hemp seed oil as a carrier oil for CBD Isolate.

How HSO compares to other commonly used skincare ingredients:

  • Retinol

    • Sourced from Vitamin A and is often animal-derived.
    • Despite its known benefits in treating acne, fine lines, and discoloration, its use can be accompanied by some side effects such as photosensitivity, peeling, itching, and skin irritation, especially among those with sensitive skin.
    • Paired with all of its additional benefits, Hemp Seed Oil is rich in vitamin A, offering a gentle and vegan alternative.
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    • Known as a great moisturizer.
    • It can be sourced both biologically and synthetically. It has not been found to have strong side effects and is not likely to promote allergic reactions.
    • Hemp Seed Oil is a rich deep moisturizer providing a natural source of added hydration for our skin.
    • Unlike hyaluronic acid, Hemp Seed Oil is loaded with additional nutritional benefits.

The Hemp Seed Oil Obstacle:

We are proud to be part of the educational aspect of the cannabis movement, although our ongoing quest for scientific data surrounding the benefits of solely hemp seed oil has been mildly frustrating.  Most scientific studies mentioning hemp seed oil are misleading, as further description of the oil in mention often declares the oil contains THC and other cannabinoid profiles. We’ve noticed irregularities across the board which we attribute to slight misunderstanding and misuse of vocabulary words.


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If there is any scientific data you have come across and wish to share with our team, we would absolutely love to review it.

Updated April 16th, 2021

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