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How to Shell Hemp Seeds

Hulled hemp seeds is a term used for hemp seeds that have had their hull removed, leaving only the creamy inner “heart” of the hemp seed. They’re also known as shelled hemp seeds, hemp hearts, hemp nuts of hemp nuggets.

Hemp seed shells are high in fibre, and a great addition to your diet but if you want to remove the hard outer shell and just enjoy the nutty creamy inner hemp hearts then there are a few ways to achieve this.

Closeup of Hemp Seeds
Whole hemp seeds, with their shells still on

How to make hulled hemp seeds at home

If you’re asking yourself the question; how do you remove the shell from hemp seeds? Then we’ve got some advice for you!

It’s fairly labour intensive to shell your own hempseeds at home, whereas you could always just buy a packet of hulled hemp seeds that have already had their shells removed. However, if you’re dead set on learning how to do this yourself then you will require a few things before you start.

What you will need:

  • Whole hemp seeds
  • A chopping board
  • A mallet (wooden or rubber will do)
  • A clean bucket or large bowl
  • A fine mesh sieve
  • Water

The Process

Step 1. Spread out your hemp seeds on a clean and dry hard surface such as your kitchen sideboard.

Step 2. Place the chopping board on top of the hemp seeds.

Step 3. Gently tap the chopping board with the mallet, working your way from one side to the other, and the entire length of the board ensuring that you tap across the entire surface area. Try not to tap too hard we’re just trying to crack the shells, keeping the soft inners of the hemp seeds intact. We’re not trying to pulverize them or press them to make hemp seed oil or hemp milk, so a little finesse is required in the technique.

Step 4. Fill your bucket with cold water and pour your hempseeds in. Next up, you’ll want to give them a good strong stir to separate the shells from the hearts. The shells will float to the surface and the hearts will sink to the bottom.

Step 5. Skim the surface of the water with your sieve to remove the hemp seed shells. In the spirit of “waste not, want not” keep the shells, dry them out and crush them into a powder using a pestle and mortar to make your own hemp flour, or sprinkle them into your morning cereal to add a little extra fibre to your diet.

Step 6. Drain your bucket of water through the sieve to catch all of the hemp hearts that were sitting at the bottom. You have now successfully separated your hemp hearts from their shells! Leave the hemp hearts out on a tray to dry, or add them straight to your next meal.

Closeup of Shelled Hemp Seeds
Shelled Hemp Seeds, otherwise known as hulled hemp seed, hemp hearts, hemp nuts or hemp nuggest

How hemp seeds are de-shelled industrially

If you’re wondering how hemp seeds are processed and de-hulled on an industrial scale such as with the shelled hemp seeds then stick around because we’re going to be delving into that subject right now. We’re going to use Hempiness shelled hemp seeds as an example to explain the process to you.

Hempiness shelled hemp seeds are grown in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and processed in Lithuania at a state-of-the-art facility with advanced technologies designed for processing hemp seeds on a huge scale. Their aim is to supply customers with 100% organic products of the very highest quality. 

Hemp seeds arrive from farms across the Baltic States and are carefully labelled so that each batch can be tested for quality and be tracked back to the original farm where it was grown.

The hemp seeds are then washed and sorted to ensure that only the finest quality seeds are used in the final product. The hemp seeds first go through a process of grading, where sieves are used to separate the smaller seeds from the larger ones. This is so that seeds can be separated off to be used in the production of other hempseed food products such as cold-pressing the seeds to make hemp seed oil, different sizes are more suitable for different uses. 

The dehulling process involves several mechanical procedures including gravity separation and lots of vibration which separates the seeds from their hulls (shells). This is all done by highly specialised machinery which has been developed specifically for this task. The processing plant is very careful not to damage the integrity of the hemp hearts, as of course they want their final product to be in pristine condition.

The hulls are sent off to become hemp seed cake, which is later turned into hemp flour and hemp protein powder. 

Further tests are carried out in the in-house laboratories and samples are sent off to independent labs to be tested by a 3rd party. These tests ensure the nutritional quality of the hemp seeds is up to scratch, as well as their cleanliness and overall quality.

In the final step of the process, the shelled hemp seeds are dried and packaged ready for sale before being shipped off to distributors, retailers, and finally to the end customer.

If you would like to know more about shelled/hulled hemp seeds then read our recent blog “We Answer The Web’s Most Asked Questions About Hemp Hearts”.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to use your shelled hemp seeds in meal recipes then try our blog “Vegan Hemp Fritter Recipe” or “Homemade Vegan Hemp Hummus Recipe” to get started with some ideas!

10 Good Reasons To Choose Hemp Fabrics

Hemp fabrics are often applauded for being the most sustainable fabric option on the planet, but what are the practical benefits of using hemp fabric for clothing, interior design, upholstery, or any other textile uses? Today we are looking at 10 good reasons to choose hemp fabrics for your next project.

hemp fabric is thermodynamic

1. It’s Thermodynamic

Hemp has a very special characteristic that helps to keep you warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot! This is a feature boasted about in many hi-tech sports clothing items, and something that manufacturers strive for when creating activewear, but hemp does this completely naturally. Amazing!

This makes hemp fabric great for making clothing that can be worn in all seasons, and it’s why hemp t-shirts are a great choice all year round. They’re perfect as a base layer in the winter, and can also be worn during summer heatwaves.

is hemp fabric antibacterial

2. It’s Antibacterial

Hemp fabric is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial. Not many fabrics can boast that fact! This makes hemp a great choice for underwear and socks as it helps to keep you fresh all day long and helps to prevent bacterial infections. It’s also a great choice for making towels, flannels and washcloths.

is hemp fabric breathable

3. It’s Breathable

When you’re looking for natural breathable fabrics, hemp is a great choice. Breathability is important as it helps to prevent you from overheating and producing too much sweat, while allowing airflow through the fabric to keep it fresh and dry. Hemp fabric is a good choice for bedsheets, pillowcases and clothing items thanks to its good levels of breathability.

is hemp fabric durable

4. It’s Durable

Hemp fabric is highly durable. It is estimated to have 5x the tensile strength of cotton and 3x the durability. If you want your fabric to last a long time, then hemp is the choice for you. Hemp canvas was used throughout history for all kinds of heavy duty uses including making the sails on ships, making tents for soldiers, and covering the wagons of the original pioneers that forged their way west across the USA. As you can imagine, all of these uses would have sustained heavy wear and tear but hemp was always up to the job!

Just because it is durable, does not mean it cannot also be comfortable. In the modern age, we now have hemp fabrics that are just as soft as cotton and there are lots of blends available such as hemp and organic cotton, hemp and silk, or hemp and bamboo which offer superior softness alongside hemp’s legendary durability

is hemp fabric biodegradable

5. It’s Biodegradable

Hemp is a natural fibre, and therefore it is completely biodegradable! Choosing hemp fabric over a synthetic alternative means that once the fabric has reached the end of its usable life span you can rest assured that it will break down naturally and not harm the environment.

There is a huge problem with plastic microfibers from synthetic fabrics such as polyester making their way into the oceans. Each time a synthetic fabric is washed, tiny plastic fibres break away and go down the drain, eventually ending up in our waterways where they pollute the environment. They’re so small that they are ingested by fish and those fish are in turn eaten by other animals, and of course humans. Avoiding synthetics by choosing hemp instead is a surefire way to prevent further plastic pollution entering the oceans and the food chain.

hemp fabric is uv resistant

6. It’s UV Resistant

Hemp fabric has natural UV resistance, it does not fade or degrade from exposure to sunlight as fast as other materials and it helps to give you sun protection when used for clothing. Some studies have shown that hemp is 99.9% effective at blocking UVA and UVB rays, giving it a 50+ UPF factor.

This resistance to sunlight makes it a great choice for any upholstery or interior design uses that will be exposed to lots of sunlight. We’re thinking about curtains here especially, the one piece of fabric in your home that is exposed to near constant sunlight. Of course, modern windows block a lot of UV light from entering our home but they still let UV-A light through, which over time can make your curtains or upholstery fade

is hemp fabric absorbent

7. It’s Highly Absorbent

Hemp’s hollow fibres make it highly absorbent, perfect for making towels, flannels, nappies or sanitary products. If you choose a hemp towelling fabric such as French Terry Jersey, then you’ve got the perfect material for making a super absorbent and eco-friendly product.

The high absorbency of hemp fabric also means that it takes dye very well, and we just love to dye it using fibre reactive dyes that bond permanently with the hemp fibres to give a rich and long-lasting colour.

is hemp fabric insulating

8. It’s Insulating

The hollow fibres of the hemp plant are perfect for adding insulation. Hemp fabric has a high thermal mass and low conductivity. Much like the hollow fur of the polar bear, hemp fibres work to create an insulating barrier between you and the outside world. The air in the hemp fibres is warmed by your body heat and trapped inside the fibres with nowhere to go, it stays warm for longer than other natural fibres such as cotton. Hemp clothing makes a great base layer throughout the colder months of the year, as well as for your bedsheets, duvet covers and curtains.

hemp fabric swatches

9. It’s Versatile

Hemp fabric is highly versatile, and when blended with other natural fibres there is almost no end to the possibilities! It can be everything from a hard wearing, rugged and rigid canvas to a lightweight delicate silk material, and everything in between.

Hemp can be used to create t-shirt jersey material, towelling, denim, corduroy or lightweight linen-like fabrics. It can be used to make cloth, muslin, herringbone or luxury silks. The end-uses of these fabrics number in their thousands, from industrial filters to clothing, from upholstery to luggage and so much more! Order a few fabric swatches from our huge range on offer and your mind will soon be filled with ideas.

is hemp fabric eco friendly

10. It’s Environmentally Friendly

Last but definitely not least, our absolute favourite thing about hemp is that it has the ability to heal our planet! From the air to the soil, hemp is kind to mother nature at every step of its life and that’s why we love it here at the hemp shop. We’ve talked endlessly about the environmental benefits of the hemp plant in other blogs and all across our website, so we won’t go into too much detail here, but if you’re interested then try reading these articles:

So there you have it, 10 good reasons to choose hemp fabric for your next project. Here at the hemp shop we just happen to be the UK’s oldest and largest supplier of pure hemp fabrics and hemp blends. Head over to the fabrics section of our website to discover our huge range of hemp fabrics.

What Makes a T-shirt Sustainable?

It is more apparent than ever that we must all do our bit in the fight against climate change and that means becoming more conscious of the impact of our daily decisions, including what we wear. As people wake up to sustainability in every aspect of our lives we are seeing ever increasing claims of sustainable clothing from brands, but what exactly makes a t-shirt sustainable? We’re going to investigate this issue today.

What Makes a T-shirt Sustainable?

To make a t-shirt sustainable, the manufacturing process must be carbon neutral, any carbon emissions from the cultivation, harvesting, manufacturing and supply chains needs to be offset to achieve a carbon neutral status. The process must not pollute or otherwise cause harm to the environment, and the human impact must also be considered (workers rights and ethical working standards). Quite simply, sustainable means that you could keep on creating that item into infinity without a detrimental impact.

To make a sustainable t-shirt you must first find a sustainable material to make the fabric from, and when it comes to sustainability in fashion hemp could be our saviour! We’re going to take a look at three popular organic fabric options and reveal some things that you may not have considered before.

Hemp in a Field

Is Hemp Fabric Sustainable?

Hemp fabric is the most sustainable type of fabric on the planet! For starters hemp plants are natures greatest carbon sink, meaning that they absorb more CO2 than any other plant. In a single year, one hectare of industrial hemp plants can absorb up to 15 tonnes of CO2, and hemp can even keep absorbing CO2 after it has been harvested and processed into materials such as hempcrete (a natural concrete substance for the building trade). This ability to absorb so much CO2 sets hemp off to a great start to being carbon neutral, it offsets any emissions caused in the process of turning hemp into a fabric.

Hemp plants improve the quality of soil in which they are grown. Topsoil is a delicate thing, upsetting the balance of the topsoil can have devastating effects on ecosystems for years.  In order for plants to grow strong and healthy they need to have adequate nutrients. Intensive farming of the land depletes the nutrients in the soil, this is why farmers often have a fallow year during their crop rotations where they do not plant any crops, allowing nutrients to build up in the soil before they plant crops again the following year. Hemp plants have a deep tap root system. For every inch we can see above the ground, there is the same distance of roots below the surface. These roots penetrate deep into the soil, pulling up nutrients that are out of reach of other plants and drawing them up towards the surface. If the farmer leaves around a foot of stalk in the ground after harvesting, then huge amounts of nutrients are returned to the soil, improving the quality for any crops that come afterwards.

Hemp grows organically in almost any environment on the planet. It is a very hardy plant with few pests and diseases to threaten it. No chemicals are required in the cultivation of hemp, so there are no pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilisers or defoliants to pollute the soil. The fact that no pesticides are used also allows for more insects to live in the soil, which is a key aspect of soil health. Hemp also requires less water than some other plants (around 4x less than cotton), meaning that any nutrients in the soil are not so easily dissolved or washed away as they might be with other crops that require more water. It also requires less land than other crops, requiring only around half the space compared to cotton to produce 1kg of fabric.

The processing of hemp plants into fabric is considered less intensive than that of cotton or bamboo. With cotton production, chemical defoliants are used to separate the cotton from the plants and then several more chemicals are used throughout the cleaning, weaving and spinning processes. Hemp has a much more natural story, the stalks are harvested and left in the fields where the fibres will naturally separate from the stalks in a process known as “retting”. The fibres are then spun into yarns using mechanical processes, rather than chemical ones.

It is quite rare to find a 100% hemp t-shirt, most often you will find blends of 55% Hemp 45% Organic Cotton. This is generally agreed to provide the best balance of durability and sustainability alongside comfort levels that are closest to the pure cotton t-shirts that the majority of us are used to. The other reason for hemp/cotton blends being much more common is that it keeps the costs lower for the customer. Processing technologies for hemp are not so heavily invested in, and therefore it is a more specialist procedure to create pure hemp fabrics, dirving costs up. There is a lot more competition for cotton processing, and therefore prices are lower as the manufacturers all jostle to obtain business for their mills. The good news is that just substituting a portion of the fibres in our clothing for hemp has the potential to make huge environmental gains.

Bamboo forest

Is Bamboo Fabric Sustainable?

You may have seen a lot of buzz around bamboo fabrics as a sustainable option in recent years, but we have some bad news for you. They’re not as sustainable as some may claim. Yes, bamboo grows very quickly without the use of chemicals, is great at absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and when harvested the bottom part of the plant can be left in the soil regrowing just as quickly as before, meaning that soil is left undisturbed which is great for soil health. However, most bamboo fabric is made by using intensive chemical processing to turn the cellulose within the bamboo into a fibre suitable for making clothing. The process is known as a “viscose” process and requires highly intensive use of chemicals to make the bamboo into the soft and luxurious fibre that is most commonly used to make underwear, bedsheets and clothing. This heavy use of chemicals in the processing stage of bamboo clothing production means that any sustainability gains from the growing process are negatively offset somewhat by the manufacturing process. Also, as it is only the cellulose component of the plant that is used and only 20% by weight of the fibre, the resulting fabric looses all of the benefits you get from the natural ‘bast’ fibre.

There is a more natural form of bamboo fabric available, usually referred to as “bamboo linen”. This type of fabric is more difficult to make, more expensive and results in a rougher fabric with a coarse texture as opposed to the bamboo viscose fabric which is luxuriously soft, but comes with a higher cost for the environment.

So in conclusion, most bamboo t-shirts are not as sustainable as you may be led to believe. If you’re looking for a truly sustainable t-shirt then hemp is a much more eco-friendly option.

Cotton field

Is Cotton Fabric Sustainable?

Organic cotton fabrics where the cotton plant is grown and processed using no chemicals is more eco-friendly than the non-organic version, but when we compare organic cotton to hemp then we can see some major advantages to simply replacing most of our cotton with hemp.

Cotton (the non-organic kind) is responsible for 25% of ALL agricultural chemicals used worldwide. Think about that for a second, there are hundreds of different crops being planted and harvested every day for all kinds of uses from food to fabric and industrial purposes, and then understand that cotton is responsible for a quarter of all of the chemicals being used on our planet. That tells you just how much of an impact cotton production has on our ecosystems. An easy way to understand just how much chemical input there is in your cotton garment – if your garment weighs 500grams, then it has had at least 500grams of chemicals used during its journey to you.

Chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and defoliants all work their way into the soil, waterways and downstream into the oceans, polluting everything that they pass. That is just from the cultivation process, there are yet more chemicals used in the processing of the cotton into yarns and the bleaching of the fabrics. These chemicals not only have an environmental impact, but also an impact on human health. Workers in cotton production are exposed to chemicals that have serious adverse effects on their health, and can even lead to death in some cases.

Cotton production requires huge amounts of water, and organic cotton production requires even greater amounts. This water contributes to soil erosion, and can deplete nutrients in the soil by diluting and washing them away. Over time, this can lead to severely decreased soil health in cotton fields.

The carbon footprint of cotton is high, estimated at 2-4 tonnes per hectare per year, with global estimates of 220 million tonnes of CO2 produced by the cotton industry every year. Compare this to hemp, where every hectare absorbs up to 15 tonnes of CO2 and you can see why hemp is the much more sustainable choice.

Mens and womens hemp and organic cotton t-shirts

Why Choose a Hemp T-shirt?

The best way to cut down on carbon emissions is to not produce any new items, but rather keep using the ones we already have. To reduce the impact of each new t-shirt, we need to keep using them for longer. The good news is that hemp is highly durable, your hemp and cotton blend t-shirt is likely to last at least 3x longer than a pure cotton alternative thanks to the incredible strength and durability of the hemp plant.

Investing in a good quality hemp t-shirt is a great idea for the planet, as well as your health. Hemp fabric is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial so it’s great for keeping you fresh while contributing to improved skin health overall. The fabric is thermodynamic, meaning it’s good at keeping you cool when it’s hot, and warm when it’s not. It’s naturally moisture-wicking, meaning it is efficient at removing sweat from the surface of the skin so that you can stay dry and comfortable. 

With all of these benefits along with the increased durability and the environmental benefits, it’s clear to see that buying one good quality hemp t-shirt that you can potentially keep wearing for decades (with the right care) is much better than buying new cotton or bamboo t-shirts every couple of years.

Organic Vegan Spaghetti Meal Idea with 3 Hemp Ingredients

If you’re looking for a quick and easy organic vegan-friendly meal that only takes 10 minutes to prepare and uses 3 kinds of hemp products then this is one for you. It’s high in protein, and packed with nutritional value!

How to make it…

  1. Grab a chopping board and slice up the Wheaty Spacebar into small circular slices.
  2. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add a handful of hemp spaghetti. Simmer for 6-9 minutes, until the spaghetti has softened to your preferred texture.
  3. Drain the water away and add the spaghetti to a large bowl.
  4. Throw in the sliced wheaty spacebar pieces around a quarter to a half a jar of pesto per person and mix it all together.
  5. You’re done! Your hemp spaghetti pesto meal is now ready to eat.

About the ingredients…

Organic Sundried Tomato & Chilli Hempseed Oil Pesto

This nutritious organic pesto is made using hemp hearts and germinated hemp seeds. It includes chilli oil, sunflower seeds and sundried tomatoes. It is high in protein and packed with essential fatty acids including omega 3, 6 and 9!

Hempiness Organic Hemp Spaghetti Pasta

This hemp spaghetti is a great source of fibre and protein, made using durum wheat and hemp flour. It’s rich in antioxidants and has a really interesting texture that’s slightly different to other pastas that you might have tried.

Wheaty Spacebar – Vegan Smoky Sausage

This is one of our favourite hemp foods at the moment, it’s a vegan smoky sausage made using seitan (wheat protein), hemp seeds with some onion, spices and natural beech wood smoke. This is another high protein ingredient, with 35g of protein in every 100g of this organic vegan sausage. Try it today and we’re sure you will be back for more!

The Skincare Benefits of CBD Creams, Balms and Lotions

There has been a lot of talk recently about using CBD face cream, moisturisers, balms, lotions and day creams as part of a healthy skincare routine, but what are the real benefits of using cosmetics with CBD in them? We’ll delve into the subject in today’s blog.

When it comes to skin care, here at the hemp shop we know that hemp holds the key to nourished and healthy skin. Long before CBD became popular, for thousands of years in fact, another part of the hemp plant has been helping people in their skincare routines. Hemp seed oil has long been used as a skincare treatment that soothes inflammation, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while moisturising the skin. The Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids are proven to help to hydrate dry skin, leaving it feeling softer and less sensitive. Vitamin E contained in hemp seed oil is a powerful antioxidant which has been shown in studies to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as reducing scarring, making it a great choice for tattoo aftercare. It’s incredibly powerful for dealing with dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis and is used in the best eczema treatment balm that we know of; Balmonds Skin Salvation. We have plenty of hemp seed oil beauty care products that contain no CBD. Hemp is a truly versatile and useful plant for humanity, and so it comes as no surprise that with CBD we have found yet another element of the hemp plant that works wonders on our skin.

CBD Oils and Skincare

What exactly is CBD?

If you’re new to CBD then you might find yourself asking just what exactly is CBD, and why does everyone seem to be talking about it? 

CBD otherwise known as Cannabidiol is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. Alongside THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) it is one of the most abundant active ingredients in the plant. CBD is usually extracted from industrial hemp plants, which must contain less than 0.2% THC to comply with EU law. CBD is non-psychoactive and is not associated with the ‘high’ feeling of THC. CBD is 100% legal to buy in the UK, Europe, the USA, Canada and many other countries around the world. The global CBD industry is growing at an astonishing rate as more people are switched on to the benefits that it can have for our health and wellbeing.

People around the world are using CBD to treat a wide range of ailments including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, arthritis, insomnia, epilepsy, they’re using it to quit smoking, to deal with substance abuse issues and tentative early studies show that it may help to combat cognitive decline. People are using CBD for a huge number of reasons and with varying results. As it is still a relatively new compound in popular use and the fact that people are using it for such a wide range of reasons, there is not a huge abundance of peer reviewed scientific studies on all of the effects of CBD, but there are some studies available which show promising results in a number of areas. With increasing use around the world we hope to see more studies being conducted on the benefits of CBD in the coming years.

Hemp Leaves

How does CBD work?

Our bodies contain something called the endocannabinoid system. This is a system of receptors that runs throughout our bodies from our skin to our nervous system, gastrointestinal system, bones, organs and brain. The endocannabinoid system is hugely complicated, and researchers have not yet understood the full extent of its influence on the body, but what we can say is that it appears to be absolutely integral to the normal running of our bodies (otherwise known as homeostasis).

The ECS is linked to appetite, stress, skin and nerve function, liver function, the reproductive system, mood, memory, learning, metabolism, chronic pain, inflammation, sleep, motor control, the cardiovascular system, bone growth, muscle formation and more!

CBD binds to receptors in our endocannabinoid system, having an influence over the above mentioned functions. It is not yet fully understood how CBD works with the endocannabinoid system, but some believe that it prevents endocannabinoids from being broken down, allowing them to remain active longer and have more of an effect on our bodies.

CBD for acne

What does CBD do for skin?

The major benefits that CBD has for skin are that it is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-ageing compound that helps to soothe, hydrate and nourish skin.

A 2019 study found that CBD topical cream improved skin hydration and increased elasticity in patients with dry skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and scarring.

CBD could also help with oily skin conditions such as acne. One study discovered that CBD has sebum reducing abilities that inhibit the production of oil. Excessive amounts of sebum production is a leading cause of acne, so CBD may be a useful treatment for acne prone skin.

CBD aids healing of skin and reduces swelling thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties in the compound. This makes it great for treating wounds, rashes and irritated skin. Treating inflammation allows skin to heal more quickly, and reduces the chances of further irritating the wound by scratching it in a futile attempt to temporarily relieve irritation.

CBD helps to fight signs of ageing. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and sebum producing qualities all work together to reduce stress and damage to the skin, which are major contributors to signs of ageing.

Hemp CBD Day Cream

Can CBD absorb through skin?

CBD is absorbed through the skin and binds with receptors in the endocannabinoid system that are close to the surface of the skin. With topical application on the skin, it does not enter the bloodstream unlike with CBD oils that you ingest or consume sublingually which do enter the bloodstream. Our skin is designed to repel outside invaders, and our immune systems work to keep any nasties from entering our bodies through the skin, but studies suggest that CBD is powerful enough to overcome these barriers and is able to be absorbed effectively through our pores.

CBD tattoo care

Which CBD skincare product should I use?

CBD for dry skin

If you’re looking for a CBD moisturiser for dry skin then try something like the Phytalize Moisturising and Soothing CBD Skin Care Lotion. The 200ml bottle contains CBD and hemp seed oil alongside other natural plant oils to provide all the benefits of the natural world in a formulation that has been specifically created to help with dry skin conditions. Great for dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

CBD for acne prone or oily skin

If you want a CBD acne treatment then we recommend Cibdol Aczedol CBD Acne Salve. This CBD cream is particularly good for acne prone skin. Aczedol is formulated differently than other kinds of CBD salves. Containing active ingredients CBD, Ursolic Acid, Myricetin, Panthenol and Tetrahydrocurcumin – a spice derived from turmeric – this formula is applied to the face as a cleansing water-based cream that encourages anti-inflammatory responses.

CBD as part of your daily skincare routine

For maintaining healthy skin, while reducing wrinkles and signs of ageing, we recommend the Hemptouch CBD face creams. There are two types available, “Hemptouch Balancing Face Cream” and “Hemptouch Nurturing Face Cream”. The “nurturing” face cream is more suited to dry skin, whereas the “balancing” face cream is more suited to oily skin.

CBD to combat signs of ageing

If you’re looking for a CBD product to combat signs of ageing then you may want to consider something like this CBD Day and Night Cream from Phytalize. It is formulated with a long list of natural plant oils, along with hemp seed oil and CBD to provide your skin with nourishment and high levels of antioxidants which help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

CBD for sore muscles or joint pain

For sore muscles or joint pain you’re going to want to try a CBD balm. Rub it into your skin after a workout, or when experiencing muscular pain to soothe the area. Something like this Provacan CBD Balm or CBD massage oil would be ideal for using to help with muscle recovery, and if you want a real boost to the anti-inflammatory effects then you can always combine it with ingesting some CBD oil. Many athletes and sports people are using CBD products after intense workouts, and strong links are starting to appear between the CBD and sports industries. Athletes says that using CBD helps them to relax post-workout and aids muscle recovery so that recovery times are faster.

CBD for wound healing or tattoo aftercare

If you want a healing balm to treat wounds, scarring, irritation or rashes then take a look at this Phytalize CBD Care Balm with Hempseed Oil and Calendula. It combines CBD, hemp seed oil and calendula oil, alongside other natural plants oils for a powerful boost to skin healing. This anti-inflammatory and antibacterial skin balm soothes, protects and regenerates skin. Another alternative is this Hemptouch Therapeutic CBD Gentle Skin Balm which is brilliant at soothing and healing skin after tattooing.