Why we love hemp

Hemp is a sustainable byproduct that does wonders for your skin. 

Trusty beginnings.

Hemp has been a leading crop since before you were born – like wayyyy before. There are records of hemp cultivation that date all the way back to 8000 BC. From Mesopotamia to ancient Asia to Medieval Europe to George Washington himself, people have grown hemp to make clothes, paper, rope, and more. The ancient Chinese even discovered hemp seed to be an excellent provision for food and wellness – they stored the seeds as an affordable grain and pressed them to make oil and salves. 

The United States outlawed hemp in 1937 essentially because of propaganda from competing industries. Though it was brought back in the 1940s to support World War II efforts, the crop’s misunderstood association with marijuana kept the ban in place for years to come. Hemp was finally legalized in 2018 under the Farm Bill, and it’s been growing in popularity ever since. 

Wait... what is the deal with hemp and that groovier outlawed plant? 

Marijuana and hemp are cousins in the sense that they’re a part of the same family. But just because they both hail from house Cannabaceae does not mean that they’re the same. Comparing them is kind of like comparing a lemon to an orange – sure, they’re both citrus fruits, but they’re pretty different! So, in case you were wondering, no, hemp doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. It’s totally safe, and totally legal.

Today, hemp (especially hemp oil) is making a comeback, because it’s a super sustainable, fast growing crop that’s really good for you. 

What’s so great about hemp oil?

Hemp oil is high in protein, vitamins, and essential fatty and amino acids that can work wonders for your body and mind.

Studies have shown that hemp oil’s high fatty acid content can be helpful in enhancing your mood as well as treating symptoms of PMS, anxiety, depression, menopause, and more. It’s also an excellent immune booster, and has anti-inflammatory effects that can be helpful for people with diabetes and cancer – wahoo!

Externally, hemp oil is super beneficial for most skin types. It moisturizes your skin without stripping its natural oils or clogging pores, making it great for dryness and acne. Its Omega-6 and Omega-3 properties also help to reduce redness and irritation, soothing conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis. Lastly, the amino acids in hemp oil have anti-aging properties that can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. We’re forever in L.O.V.E.

Stellar sustainability.

Hemp is one of the fastest growing crops on the planet, growing with little use of water, and no chemicals necessary. That’s why it was so popular (and affordable) for our ancestors to cultivate it. On top of its speed, the plant is a friendly rotation crop – it returns nutrients to exhausted soil so that other plants can grow. 

Hemp oil has fatty acid nutrients that a lot of people ordinarily get from fish (i.e. fish oil supplements). Hemp makes it easy: choosing a plant-based oil over something that’s animal-based is a step towards a more sustainable, healthier lifestyle. 

When it came to creating Keeper soap, the decision was simple: we chose to use organic hemp oil in our soap because it’s a game changer for your body, and a sustainable solution for the earth.