Ignorance, Greed and Corruption - A Journey into Hemp Skin Care

Posted by Kevin Kenneth Konczal on 2/14/2021 to Skin Care News
Ignorance, Greed and Corruption - A Journey into Hemp Skin Care

Ten years ago, following a bout of skin cancer, we set out on a journey to provide men with the best, most natural skin care on the planet.  In our research, we found the amazing benefits of hemp seed oil in promoting healthy, vibrant looking skin.  But the journey was a difficult one with obstacle based on ignorance, greed and corruption which made procuring, selling and advertising hemp products in the U.S. nearly impossible. This is the story of hemp and about not letting anything get in the way of one's ambitions....healthy skin.

In the beginning - God created hemp and then came greed 
When the word hemp is mentioned, it usually coincides with the word "illegal" even though hemp itself, is not an illegal substance. But understanding the history behind one of the most versatile and nutritious plants for skin care today, may help you to better understand the benefits of this wonder plant and why these benefits are not more widely promoted. 

Recently, the use of hemp in skin care has been growing steadily. Although it will be some time before it rivals the level of other ingredients used in skin care, nonetheless, consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of hemp then they were a few years ago. 

In that time, there has been numerous fad products and ingredients that have come, made a splash in the industry, and faded away faster than the wrinkles they promised to diminish. While hemp has been around literally since the beginning of time, it is only now starting to become more widely accepted, gaining a greater foothold in skin care. 

Enlightenment through education 
As a former police officer, special agent and commissioner, the word “hemp” was no different to us then its illegal cousin marijuana and using it, writing about and promoting its benefits was not something that many former law enforcement officials usually do as we swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution - which had its first drafts written by Thomas Jefferson on hemp paper. 

The more I learned about hemp’s benefits, studied the origins of hemp and why “they” wanted to keep it out of the American mainstream, the more I realized that like many things the government says are bad for us (but a personal agenda many politicians seem to have), hemp is actually very beneficial for skin care and a host of other applications. 

The word “hemp” is used to describe several varieties of the cannabis plant, particularly varieties such as industrial hemp and feral ditchweed that were bred over time for industrial and home uses, such as fuel, fiber, paper, seed, food, medicine, and oil. 

Hemp's threat to empires 
In 1930's, in one of the big scams perpetrated on the American people (like alcohol prohibition), hemp was made virtually illegal through the enactment of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Industrialists like Randolph Hearst and Andrew Mellon made sure it was so heavily taxed by the government that it would be too costly to use in industry and medicine. 

Randolph Hearst owned several newspapers and lumber companies that made the paper for his media empire (his newspapers invented the term “reefer madness”) and hemp was a threat to his lumber holdings. Hearst knew that four times as much paper can be grown from an acre of hemp than from an acre of trees at 1/4 the cost, and 1/5 of the pollution. It's no wonder Hearst wanted it banned. 

Another influential person, Andrew Mellon, feared that it would replace oil as a fuel along with it threatening his investment in DuPont's new product, nylon. Mellon also owned Gulf Oil and was Secretary of the Treasury at the same time – no conflict of interest there. 

These men and others like them, led to hemp being so heavily taxed it was thought to be illegal. Mellon even appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs - a new position for all those out of work federal agents after prohibition was repealed – to further Mellon's battle against hemp. 

Absent the cronyism of Mellon, DuPont and Hearst then and today the influence from law enforcement, lumber, alcohol and the medical special interests has on government policies, hemp would have been legal to grow decades earlier. If the truth about hemp and the small amount of THC (0.5-1%) in hemp (the active ingredient in marijuana that gets a person “high”) makes it virtually useless to smoke and not the scourge on America as purported by the U.S. Government and the anti-hemp proponents, this would have been a non-issue like it is in many parts for the world. 

In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court in Leary v. United States, held that the marijuana tax law was unconstitutional because it violated (of all things) the 5th Amendment of self-incrimination. In 1970, Congress was quick to act and repealed The Marijuana Tax Act and passed the Controlled Substance Act making it (both hemp and marijuana) “officially” illegal and law enforcement still had its money and power to continue its war on marijuana. When California reduced it to a simple misdemeanor in the 70's it saved the state $10's of millions of dollars in law enforcement costs and a lot of people being torn away from their loved one’s and sent to prison. 

Finally, wisdom overcomes ignorance, greed and corruption
In the late 1990s, Canadian officials became wise to this long-standing misinformation campaign and realized the amazing benefits of this weed and approved it for production and industrial usage (that is how many U.S. businesses were able to sell hemp goods). China, our number #1 economic competitor, also understands the advantages of hemp (and the profits associated with it) and is the #1 supplier of it to the world. 

Finally, in 2018 Rep. James Comer (R-KY-1) introduced a bill to amend the Agricultural Marking Act of 1946 to provide for State and Tribal the regulation of hemp production, thus named the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. After passing in the House, it made its way to the Senate and was passed 86-11 and was signed into law by President Trump that same year. 

Hemp's skin benefits 
Enough of the politics and history of hemp and let us discuss the merits of hemp and whether putting hemp on your skin will cause you to get high, arrested, or carded at bars because you look so young. 

First, the oil used in cosmetics and skin care products does not contain the psychoactive THC ingredient and is therefore not subject to any legal restriction. So, you don't have to worry about being arrest or shut down by the government for selling hemp products. 

The seeds from hemp (which beneficial skin care oils are derived from) contain important essential fatty acids (EFAs). These naturally heal and soothe the skin and are becoming widely accepted for its benefits in skin care. 

The type of the essential fatty acids found in hemp closely resembles the skin's natural lipids, off-sets the effects of dehydration and help fight dry skin. 

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) are classified in two basic categories: 
1. Omega-6 oils, which include Linolenic and gamma-linolenic acid, an essential skin lipid that promotes regeneration at the cellular level, a process that slows down with age; 
2. Omega-3, alpha linolenic acid, which moisturizes and heals skin irritations and wounds. Along with being excellent moisturizers, hemp also has these additional therapeutic benefits: 
  • Anti-aging 
  • Balances dry skin 
  • Heals skin lesions 
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Powerful Anti-oxidant 
  • Rejuvenates and moisturizes skin 
  • Fights skin inflammations 
  • Softens skin 
  • Beneficial vitamins and minerals 
Hemp Seed Oil is indicated for the following skin conditions: 
  • Eczema 
  • Psoriasis 
  • Acne 
  • Dry skin 
 Hemp's role in overall health Taking Hemp seed oil internally can also improve energy levels, blood pressure, regularity, cholesterol levels, hair, fingernails, and help ease joint and arthritic pains. Recent studies have shown that EFA’s can help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and relieves symptoms of chronic illness in both humans and pets. 

Of course, hemp seed oil will not cause you to get high or fail a drug test. However, if you do fail a drug test, feel free to use hemp as an excuse if it helps. 

Stay Healthy My Friends!

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