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And her legacy with the medicinal cannabis movement.

Olivia Newton-john was a British – born actress, most well known as her character Sandy in the movie Grease. Sadly, her passing was announced after a long battle with breast cancer on August 8th. Her husband, John Easterling, announced the star’s social media sites, letting fans know she passed away peacefully. 

Olivia Newton-John had been battling breast cancer since her first diagnosis in 1992, followed by two more in 2013 and 2017. During this entire period, Newton-John has been a massive advocate for medicinal cannabis, which she started using after her first cancer diagnosis. She described cannabis as a ‘miracle plant’ that she used to ‘help with her symptoms.

Olivia’s Experience With medicinal Cannabis

Following her cancer diagnosis, Olivia and her husband began growing cannabis on their ranch in the US. Due to her own overwhelmingly positive experience with medical cannabis, she became an advocate for everyone suffering from pain or chronic illness to have access to the plant as a treatment. 

She used her platform to lobby governments to approve cannabis as a cancer treatment and raise awareness for other people in the same situation as her to have different, natural treatment options.

The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Center

Dedicating much of her life to raising awareness of medical cannabis as a cancer treatment, Oliva opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre. Additionally, she also founded the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund to research the benefits and treatments available through plant medicines as a cancer treatment. 

Upon opening the centre, Olivia Newton-John made a significant statement: “During the last seven years, cannabis supplements and plant medicine have made a huge difference in my recovery. I’ve been fascinated to learn that there are 100,000 species of plants in the Amazon rainforest alone. And of those 100,000 plants, only three per cent have been studied and used for their healing value. Imagine the possibilities.’

Tremendous Support Offered Throughout The Cannabis Community 

Given the significant strides Olivia made for the Cannabis community, naturally, condolences and support have been rolling in from other cannabis advocates following her death.

Ashley Kennan- a journalist for the Canada Leafly, wrote: “There’s something about a celebrity you looked up to as a kid talking about cannabis as a patient, without judgment. She didn’t just use the plant for fun—not that there’s anything wrong with that—but she found it helpful for her symptoms and was willing to share her story with the world. 

Olivia Newton-John’s Impact On The Australian Market 

Lucy Haslam, a writer for Cannabiz recounts her personal relationship with Olivia Newton-john after meeting her and her husband several years ago in Melbourne. Oliva had just recently gone public about her cannabis use – a huge moment for the medical cannabis movement here in Australia. 

United In Compassion 

photo: United in Compassion

Lucy Haslam is a retired nurse who co-founded a nursing home called United In Compassion. She made it her life’s work to help and nurture other people. The centre rapidly grew from 1 staff to over 50, including disability support workers. This centre provides beautiful services to various people, such as people with quadriplegia, acquired brain injury, physical and intellectual disabilities, frail aged and palliative care. 

Lucy’s own interest and ultimately a huge part of the reasoning behind her medical cannabis campaigning is her own son, Dan. Dan, who had stage 4 bowel cancer, found massive relief from using medical cannabis, and together they started a social media campaign to change Australia’s law on medical cannabis. Unfortunately, Dan passed away, and on his deathbed, Lucy promised to continue their campaigning and make medical cannabis accessible for Australians. 

United In Compassion was a peak part of the medical cannabis advisory, which helped bring about significant changes to Australia’s cannabis laws. ‘Dan’s Test’ is the philosophy that fuels the movement and sets about expectations for high-quality and easy-to-access medical cannabis. Lucy continues to campaign and lobby the Australian government for change. 

Olivia Newton-John and Lucy Haslam

Lucy Haslam worked alongside Olivia to boost the medical cannabis movement in Australia after Olivia found out how difficult and restricted access is to cannabis. Lucy invited Olivia to the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Conference for Nurses as part of the UIC Medicinal Cannabis Symposium, which unfortunately was delayed due to Covid. 

Lucy Haslam wrote with love and the utmost respect for Olivia on Cannabiz, stating; ‘She was a passionate, caring and generous spirit who thought of others more than herself and who did not shy away from what is possibly one of the hardest fights of all, against ignorance, stigma and bias.’ 

‘We can never replace her. But hopefully others of the high profile will feel compelled to step into the void and add their voices to the chorus which, sadly, will still be needed for a while yet.’

Are you struggling to find the perfect father’s day gift for your wonderful father? Look no further. 

Here at Margaret River Hemp Co, we have an abundance of Hemp products available to spoil your father with this Father’s Day. Get him the gift he deserves with our range of specialty formulated Hemp products with dad in mind. 

Skin And Body

Looking after your skin and body is a vital part of every person’s well-being and your father deserves the best skincare and body care he can get. That’s why Hemp skincare is so popular, it really is the best. 

Our Hemp skincare products are made with Organic Hemp Seed Oil grown here in Australia. Hemp seed oil is a non-comedogenic oil that won’t block your pores and can be suitable for all skin types. On top of that, it has anti-inflammatory benefits, is packed full of good nutrients and anti-oxidants and can help relieve skin disorders. 

Organic Men’s Massage Oil

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Margaret River Hemp Co men’s massage oil penetrates the skin and provides the ultimate hydration and nourishment for your skin, while still being a non-comedogenic product so it won’t block your pores like other oils. 

Our organic Hemp men’s oil is not only good for your skin, thanks to its special formulation this oil can be used for the best deep tissue massage of your life. Formulated with Honey Myrtle – a unique Australian oil, honey Myrtle has huge anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, and that’s not all.

This oil is also combined with Zunzea – an Aboriginal ingredient used for sore muscles and stiffness, black pepper for its powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, and Vitamin E for ultra hydration of the skin among many more ingredients. This Massage Oil is guaranteed to be a favourite for your dad this Father’s day! 

Hemp Beard and Body Bundle 

Men's Hemp Beard & Body Bundle

Love the look of our Men’s Hemp Massage Oil but feel like your dad deserves a little something extra? We have got you covered! The Hemp Men’s Beard and Body Bundle includes 3 favourites from our Men’s range! 

Organic Hemp Men’s oil

You can get the amazing hemp men’s oil as part of the bundle which is guaranteed to put a smile on dad’s face. 

Organic Hemp Beard Oil

Sick of those scratchy kisses from your dad’s beard? Our hemp beard oil softens and nourishes the beard hair while also encouraging it to grow thick and healthy. Packed full of Organic Hemp Seed Oil, vitamin E and Argan Oil, this Organic Hemp Beard Oil will be your new addiction. 

Organic Hemp Moisturiser

No one wants tired, dry and flaky skin that is left feeling weathered after a day battling the elements, which is why we have formulated the Organic Hemp Moisturiser with men in mind. Organic Hemp Seed Oil enriched with aloe and honey Myrtle, the Organic Hemp moisturizer is guaranteed to make your skin feel loved at the end of the day, and protect it from the elements and harsh pathogens facing you every day. 

Men’s Essentials Gift Box

Men's Hemp Skin Care

For the World’s best dad! 

We know it can be hard deciding between all of the amazing hemp products that your dad deserves, so we have formulated an Essentials gift box for everything your dad need’s to get started on his Hemp journey. Containing 5 essential products wrapped up in a neat little box, the Hemp Essentials Gift Box is sure to impress. 

Organic Hemp Shampoo Bar

Hemp Shampoo Bar

Not only is our Organic Hemo Shampoo bar kind to the environment with its eco-friendly zero plastic packaging, but it’s also kind to your hair. Suitable for all hair types, this shampoo bar is rich in Organic Hemp Seed Oil and Sunflower oil which leaves your hair feeling clean, healthy and moisturised. 

Organic Hemp Shaving Bar

Hemp Shaving Bar

All men like to shave, and our Organic Hemp Shaving Bar is the perfect addition to any man’s shaving routine as it helps reduce irritation and damage to the skin during the shaving process. This shaving bar is suitable for all skin types and results in a smooth, hydrated and moisturised finish.

Organic Men’s Aftershave Lotion

Australian Hemp Skincare

Skin irritation after shaving is a very common occurrence for many men and can be an annoying and itchy con. However, our Men’s Aftershave Lotion can help combat this with its nourishing and anti-inflammatory Hemp Seed Oil, all while improving skin elasticity and collagen. 

Organic Men’s Hemp Moisturiser 

This deeply hydrating and nourishing hemp moisturiser is enriched with Hemp Seed Oil, Vitamin E, and Honey Myrtle to help your skin tackle the elements every day while still feeling smooth and hydrated. 

Organic Men’s Hemp Repair Hand Cream

Australian Men's Skincare

We all know how much work and damage our hands undertake every day, so it’s easy to understand why they are left feeling dry and rough. However, the men’s hemp hand repair is here to help you restore moisture and protection to your hands. Watch as the magic of Hemp Seed Oil repairs, hydrates and softens your hand’s skin. 

Men’s Hemp Clothing

Is dad not really a skincare kind of man? Not to worry, we still have plenty more hemp options to spoil dad with this fathers day! 

Here at Margaret River Hemp Co, we have a huge range of Hemp clothing for your dad to choose from! There are so many amazing benefits to using Hemp fabric over other fabrics:

Men’s Hemp T-shirts 

Men's Classic Hemp T-Shirt The round-neck Hemp t-shirt is a Margaret River Hemp Co. original and an all-time classic. Made with a blend of high-quality Hemp (55%) and Organic Cotton (45%), this completely natural Men's Hemp tee will be a favourite for years to come.   With a range of colours to choose from, keep in mind that this Hemp t-shirt is excellent in both smart and casual settings. We suggest you have a close look and pick a colour that you could see yourself wearing on both types of occasions! 

Our Original Men’s Hemp T-shirts are made with a unique blend of Organic Hemp fabric and Organic cotton delivering a T-shirt that is not only durable but extremely soft and comfortable too. A round Vneck T-shirt is available in a wide range of colours and sizes you are guaranteed to find one your father loves! 

Afends Hemp Boxer Shorts 

Introducing the only boxers you will ever need, Afend mixes a blend of Organic Hemp and GOTS certified Organic Cotton to create a long-lasting and soft pair of boxers. Hemp’s anti-microbial properties help keep them odour-free while the organic cotton makes them ridiculously soft! 

Australian Unisex Hemp Socks 

Hemp Socks

Every dad loves socks as a fathers day gift, but nothing compares to our hemp socks. 

Thanks to Hemp’s strong anti-microbial benefits these hemp socks can keep feet healthy and odour-free, while still remaining durable and soft for your toes. 

What exactly is the hemp plant? 

The hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa) is a plant that is part of the cannabis species. Typically referred to as industrial hemp, the hemp market is growing and expanding every day as people discover the vast array of benefits hemp can provide.

Hemp, Cannabis & Marijuana

Around the world, the word “Marijuana” is being dropped (and about time) as it’s only really a slang term. It’s largely being replaced by its actual plant name, Cannabis.

What is the difference?

Hemp/Cannabis are both names given to the various breeds of Cannabis sativa plants. Despite looking and smelling the same, these plants are very different. The most significant and most known difference between these two plants is their THC production. 

Cannabis plants are a high potency THC plant, well-known for their psychoactive effects on the mind and body users experience. Marijuana is the slang name used for these high potency THC plants, and the word is believed to originate back as early as the Aztecs, but it became popular in the 1930s. 

Hemp plants, however, are low potency THC plants that contain less than 0.2%THC. They are normally used for industrial purposes such as compressing them to make Hemp Seed Oil. 

It’s very easy to confuse these two plants since they look, smell and grow pretty much the same. People often speculate that Hemp Plants are male-bred plants, but that is not completely true. A female plant loses a huge amount of its cannabinoids, and the energy is put into producing seeds instead which are used for making Hemp Seed Oil. Typically, hemp plants are pollinated cannabis plants, which produce a much lower concentration of THC. 

What is THC?

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a psychoactive property that the cannabis plant has, and is responsible for the head & body high that users experience when they use THC. 

Cannabis plants can produce large amounts of THC which is a compound that is illegal in many countries around the world. In comparison, industrial hemp plants contain no more than 0.2 % THC, making it a legal plant across many countries for a wide range of things.

Are All Hemp Plants Industrial Hemp? 

All Hemp Plants that are legally allowed to be grown come from the family of Cannabis Sativa L plants, which are industrial Hemp Plants. Industrial Hemp Plants contain less than 0.2% THC, which is generally considered the maximum THC permitted around the world. 

Is Hemp Legal? 

Most countries around the world allow the growth, production and use of hemp plants for their multi-functional properties. Here in Australia, Hemp is a legal plant that people are allowed use! 

Can I Grow A Hemp Plant? 

The legalities around growing hemp plants vary depending on the country’s laws. Generally speaking, in countries where hemp is legal the plants can be grown. In Australia, in order to grow a hemp plant, you must get a special license from the Australian government. 

Growing Hemp Plants in Australia

The growth of Hemp Plants in Australia is a relatively new prospect, but Hemp farms are becomingly increasingly popular throughout the country and across the world. As mentioned earlier, everyone who wishes to grow Hemp Plants or start a Hemp Farm is Australia will need to get a special license issued by the Australian Government. Read below to find out the specific requirements on a state-by-state basis.  

Queensland

3 different types of Hemp licenses can be issued in Queensland for growing hemp, which concerns your purpose for growing hemp. The 3 categories are ‘Grower’, ‘researcher’ and ‘seed handler’. 

Applicants are also required to not have been declared bankrupt or convicted of a serious offence within the last 10 years. 

New South Wales

New South Wales does allow the growth of hemp plants for the purpose of commercial, manufacturing or scientific purposes. There are certain conditions the applicant must be able to meet such as completing an application form, describing the purpose, defining the use and final destination, providing details of any drug-related offence you may have, describing and planning for the land, and providing identification and documentation for the plants. 

South Australia

Hemp licenses in South Australia are issued under 3 categories: a possession licese, cultivation license or processing license. South Australia requires that independent tests be done on crops, as they cannot come from plants that contain more than 0.5% THC. 

Victoria

Victoria allows residents to apply for a license for growing hemp as long as the applicant can complete the following steps: The seeds must be from a plant containing less than 0.35% THC, and applicants need to provide a national police background check, credit report, and a business or research plan. 

Tasmania

Tasmania provides a range of different licenses which can be applied to grow hemp such as cultivation, manufacturing, supply or research purposes, or any mix of the aforementioned purposes. Applicants will also have to undergo a background check for themselves and all partners and provide information regarding the land. 

Western Australia

Applying for a hemp license in Western Australia is also permitted, and plants cannot contain more than 1% THC. To acquire a hemp license in Western Australia, applicants need to be over the age of 18, be a ‘fit and proper person of good character and repute’, hold the required qualifications and have the required resources.

What About Medicinal Cannabis in Australia? 

Australia made headlines around the world in 2016 when it legalized cannabis for medical purposes. Although federally legal, acquiring medical cannabis in Australia is not an easy fret. Currently, there are 2 products on the market – Sativex and Epidyolex. The requirements for obtaining medical cannabis vary from state to state. 

New South Wales: The NSW government permits the use of medicinal cannabis to treat debilitating or terminal diseases. 

Victoria: The first state to legalize medicinal cannabis, Victoria allows doctors to prescribe medical cannabis if they believe it is clinically appropriate, and approval is required from Commonwealth or state first. 

Queensland: Medicinal cannabis is more regularly prescribed in Queensland, and doctors are allowed to prescribe medicinal cannabis as they see fit, without needing approval first. 

South Australia: South Australia’s guidelines follow closely to Queensland, allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis where they believe it is clinically appropriate, although approval is often needed from the state except in the case of elderly or terminally ill patients. 

Western Australia: Western Australia also allows doctors to prescribe cannabis as they see fit, but approval is needed in all cases. 

Tasmania: Obtaining medical cannabis in Tasmania is probably the hardest state. Patients must be referred by their doctor to a specialist, and specialists can then provide medical cannabis as long as other conventional treatments have been proven to not work. 

It is important to note that Australia does not currently provide subsidies for medical cannabis, so it must be paid for out of pocket. 

What Is Hemp Used For? 

The Hemp Plant has been becoming an increasingly popular news topic around the world for many years thanks to its multi-functional properties. Hemp plants are very eco-friendly plants that grow without the need for any herbicides or pesticides and have lower carbon emissions than other plants. 

Most popular uses of industrial hemp

Hemp seeds

Are There Benefits to Taking Hemp Seed Oil? 

The hemp plant has so many wonderful benefits, with new ones being discovered all the time. The most common use of Hemp Seed Oil is people taking it for its array of health benefits. Read on below to see why you can benefit from taking Hemp Seed Oil!

Discover more of the Hemp Plant’s benefits on WebMD – https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-hemp-seed-oil

Hemp Fabric- The History

Hemp fabric is one of the oldest forms of fabric that was used, dating back as far as 29000 years ago, the rise of hemp fabric is not a new trend. 

First accounts of hemp fabric date back to The Gravettian people (Spain and Russia), who used hemp fabric to make tarps and nets.

In Ancient Mesopotamia, evidence of hemp fabrics was found which dated back to 8000 BCE. 

During the 18th century, Russia had a booming hemp fabric economy and it was mostly used to make clothes, sails for ships and strong ropes. 

In the late 1900s, global illegalization dramatically changed the production of hemp fabrics around the world. Huge taxes were imposed on anyone who grew the plant, which led to a global decline of hemp fabric. 

Now, hemp is making head waves around the world as a reliable and economically sustainable fabric choice, and the hemp market is on its incline once again. 

If I Take Hemp Will it Show Up On A Drug Test? 

Routine drug tests such as in work or for driving will not screen for Hemp, rather they are screening for THC. Evidence supports the fact that using standard hemp products such as hemp seed oil, hemp seeds and hemp skincare products will not give you a positive THC result on a routine drug test. 

And we couldn’t agree more!

Fremantle is a port city in Western Australia and has made headlines this month thanks to a Times article naming it as one of the 50 world’s greatest places. After nearly 700 days of lockdown, thanks to the global covid pandemic, Fremantle’s city centre Walyalup centre is now undergoing a $270 million renewal project.

Fremantle’s Colourful History

Alan Bond introduced the world to the cheeky battler spirit of the land down under when he went to Newport to contest yachting’s greatest prize, writes Jennifer Hewett.

So where did Fremantle begin? 

The city of Fremantle was originally laid out in 1829 by the English naval officer Captain Sir Charles Fremantle who took possession of the river to stop the French or Americans from taking over there. Thanks to Fremantle’s lack of fog, storms and or strong tides, the port quickly became a major whaling centre. 

During the late 19th century Fremantle’s port continued to grow as a serving port for CoolgardieKalgoorlie goldfield. In 1901 the port of Fremantle underwent significant harbour improvements and quickly surpassed the port of Albany. 

During world war 2, Fremantle port was used as a principal allied submarine base for the Southern Hemisphere. Established as a city in 1929, Fremantle is now home to a major industrial centre that manufacturers fertilizers, refined sugar, and leather among many more products, generating huge revenue for the city. 

But, perhaps what put Fremantle’s name out to the world was in 1983 when Alan Bond’s syndicate yacht called the Australia II won the Americas Cup Race Series. This resulted in its defence being sailed off the waters in Fremantle in 1987, and generated huge interest in the city all around the world, resulting in huge reconstruction of things like hotels and shopping centres, turning Fremantle into the busy port side city it is today! 

What Makes Fremantle So Great? 

Fremantle Town Hall

Fremantle’s quirky and artistic vibes are what make this city so popular among travellers and backpackers. Famous for its Unesco-listed streets thanks to its interesting convict past, funky street art and al fresco-style cafes, Fremantle has a mix of all things creative and historical, so it is no surprise it made this list! 

What Is There To Do In Fremantle?

FOMO’s Hawker Style Food Stalls 

Hawker style food stalls
Image Source: Scoop.com.au

Inspired by South East Asia’s hawker-style street food markets, FOMO’s market has an array of street food on offer throughout King’s Square, Fremantle. Sink your teeth into pho, ramen, kebabs, burgers, or fried ice cream while walking through this market. 

Read more about hawker markets here…

The Old Courthouse

Where history and the modern world meet, this 19th-century courthouse has been transformed into a busy little pub where visitors can go to have a malt whiskey and spend their afternoon chilling out. 

Check out more about The Old Courthouse…

Fun Lab

Fremantle Funlab

Aptly named, the fun lab offers a whole host of super fun activities to keep you busy. Fun Lab offers plenty of fun from bowling to mini-golf or arcade games. Don’t forget to get a tasty cocktail to go along!

Read more about Fremantle’s Fun Lab here…

Gage Roads

This 1500-person capacity brewery was named after the shipping channel between the city and Rottnest Island and is set up in a 100-year-old warehouse! Portside seating is available right outside where you can watch the ships coming in. 

Check out more about Gage Roads…

Margaret River Hemp Co. Shop

We might be biased on this one, but surely a visit to Fremantle would be wasted without a trip to our store. Down on Cantonment St, sits the Margaret River Hemp Co store where visitors can shop for all their favourite hemp goodies, from skincare to hemp clothing, Margaret Hemp Co. has all of your hemp essentials waiting inside! 

Learn more here.

Hemp seed oil is often referred to as hemp oil and is a cannabis-based product. It is produced by cold pressing hemp seeds which are found on the cannabis and hemp plants. It can be found in 2 formats: Refined and unrefined. 

Hemp oil is often unrefined and tends to be a light green colour, with a nutty aroma, and its use in skincare is no new trend. Refined hemp oil is also available, and comes as a clear, odourless oil. Refined Hemp Oil is not as good for skin as unrefined.

The Skin is the biggest organ in the body and is constantly absorbing toxins from the everyday world. Skin disorders and issues are highly common, with conventional medicines often coming with a huge range of side effects. 

More and more people are looking for alternative natural treatments that are safe and effective. Hemp Oil is becoming that treatment for many people. 

Is Hemp Oil Non-Comedogenic? 

Yes! Hemp oil is a non-comedogenic oil, making it suitable for all skin types! Hemp Oil has a comedogenic rating of 0, making it one of the few oils that is suitable for all skin types! 

What is a Comedogenic Oil?

A comedogenic oil is any oil that is too heavy for a person’s skin, effectively blocking your pores and being unsuitable for the vast majority of skin types. Comedones clogged pores causes blackheads and whiteheads, which can lead to acne. Many standard skincare products used comedogenic oils, which may be the root cause of your skin issues. 

 All oils that are used in skincare will have a comedogenic rating between 0 and 5, with 0 being the best. 

Benefits of using Noncomedogenic Oils

What Oils are Noncomedogenic?

Hemp oil has a comedogenic rating of zero, making it the perfect addition to any person’s skincare routine without the stress of wondering will this oil leave your pores clogged!

Other popular noncomedogenic oils are sweet almond oil (2), grapeseed oil (1) and sunflower oil (0-2).

What Oils to avoid? 

Any oil with a comedogenic rating higher than 2 is best to avoid to keep skin acne free and pores unclogged. Some popular oils used in common skincare products have a higher comedogenic rating, such as lanolin (2-3), coconut oil (4) and cocoa butter (4). 

Hemp seed oil is one of the very few oils that have a comedogenic rating of zero, making it the obvious addition for skin care products to get the best results! 

Benefits Of Using Hemp Oil For The Skin

Acne

Acne is a skin disorder most people are familiar with, and it tends to flare up at any point in life. Multiple reasons can cause acne, but one of the more common and treatable causes is excess sebum production 

When considering using hemp oil for treating acne, it’s a hugely beneficial oil thanks to it being full of rich, fatty acids, which can help prevent inflammation and help balance the skin, both of which are contributing factors to Acne. 
Hemp is undergoing huge studies now for its skin benefits, with one study from the Journal of Clinical Investigation showing that hemp oil can help reduce sebum production, which is a huge part of why some people suffer from acne.

Before Vs after using our Naural Glow hemp skincare bundle 

Eczema

Eczema is a group of skin disorders that causes painful, red, itchy skin, that turns dry and flaky. Eczema is also quite common, affecting between 10 – 20 % of infants. 

Hemp oil can be hugely beneficial for treating skin disorders such as eczema thanks to its many wonderful properties such as its anti-inflammatory compounds, antioxidants, and its huge amount of fatty acids.

The combination of all of these compounds can help reduce skin itchiness, dryness and pain, without clogging pores! 

A study done in 2014 by Pub MD and published in the National Library of Medicine concluded that Hemp Oil may be a suitable treatment for all types of eczema, alongside other skin disorders.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that affects the skin and damages epidermal propagation. It causes patches of red inflamed skin, accompanied by silver dry flakes, and can be extremely painful. 

Hemp Oil is full of omega fatty acids, containing more than 75% omega 3 and omega 6. In addition to that, Hemp Oil also contains gamma-linolenic acid, which means it is higher in nutrients than other seed oils and even fish oil!

Several studies have been done to show the benefits of having plenty of omegas in a body as a way of helping treat Psoriasis. 

What Products Should I Use? 

We understand that starting your Hemp skincare journey can be overwhelming with so many amazing products available, so we have compiled a list of our top recommendations for all skin types!

Hemp natural glow gift box 

Our Hemp Natural Glow Box contains all the essentials you need to kickstart your Hemp skincare journey! All of the products inside the gift box are made from 100% organic hemp, grown right here in Australia. 

You can rest assured that all of our skincare products at Margaret Hemp are not only cruelty-free to animals but also cruelty-free for your skin since they contain no SLS, Parabens or any other nasty ingredients you don’t want on your skin! 

This amazing gift box contains hempful’s of goodies that normally cost $124.80, but you can get it in a package gift box for just $109.00

Organic Hemp Cleanser

Anyone who has used a standard cleanser knows how drying it can be on the face. That’s why our Organic Hemp Cleanser is anything but standard. A thin, milky, non-foaming cleanser glides over the skin, leaving your face feeling clean and refreshed, yet still hydrated. 

The Organic Hemp Cleanser costs $24.95, but buy it today for 30% off! For best results follow up with our Organic Hemp Face Scrub. 

Organic Hemp Face Cleanser

Use code: NATURALGLOW30 at checkout for 30% off our range of face products (including our men’s range!)

Organic Hemp Face Scrub

The Organic Hemp Face Scrub is any skincare enthusiastic exfoliator of dreams! Wash away impurities and dead skin cells in minutes with or face scrub infused with Hemp oil and volcanic pumice. 

Get our Organic Hemp Face Scrub 30% off its normal $24.95 price today. For best results, follow up with our Organic Hemp Face Serum. 

Organic Hemp Face Scrub - Australian Made Skincare

Organic Hemp Face Serum

Introducing our Organic Hemp Face Serum, rich in GLA and LA which provides anti-inflammatory benefits as well as nourishing, replenishing, and revitalizing your skin! Our serum can be used day and night before applying moisturizer. 

Organic Hemp Face Serum is now 30% off its standard retail price of $34.95. Use before Organic Hemp Moisturiser for best results. 

Organic Hemp Face Moisturiser 

Our Organic Hemp Moisturiser comes with all 3 skin types in mind! Normal skin, oily skin, and dry skin moisturizers are all available to cater to your skin type. Hemp Seed oil is so rich in natural moisturizing properties makes Hemp Moisturiser the best choice for any skincare routine. 

Get your normal skin, dry skin or oily skin Hemp Face Moisturiser 30% off its standard $39.95 price today! 

Organic Hemp Face Moisturiser (normal skin)

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Conclusion

With so many studies currently being done on the benefits of Hemp Oil, the list of its uses will only continue to grow. With the research currently available, adding Hemp Oil to any person’s skin care is not only safe but is also highly recommended too!

Health benefits of Hemp seed oil

Lowering cholesterol & high B.P

In addition to its nutritional value, hemp seed oil has demonstrated a number of positive health benefits,
including lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. Hemp seed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty
acids, which help lower blood pressure.

Research suggests that using hemp seed oil with blood pressure medication helps properly
regulate it. Maintaining optimal blood pressure levels helps to reduce the risk of heart failure.

Useful for humans and pets

Humans and their pets alike can use hemp seed oil orally or topically. It can be added to food, feed, or applied directly to the skin. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that leads to inflammation of the joints. A study in 2014 revealed that hemp seed oil might have anti-rheumatic effects on the human body.

Another study in 2018 confirmed the effectiveness of hemp seed oil in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Pets like dogs and cats can also benefit from adding hemp seed oil as a supplement to their feed.

Pet anxiety, pain, and inflammation can be properly managed with hemp seed oil.

Skin

The hemp oil contains g-linolenic acid, an ingredient for light body oils and lipid-enriched creams, known for their high penetration into the skin. One study found that oral use of hemp seed oil helps fight atopic dermatitis. 

Individuals with skin conditions like acne and psoriasis can also benefit from hemp seed oil. One study reveals that dietary deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids may precipitate acne. Additionally, it improves skin strength, turgor, and the ability to resist infection.

Natural antioxidants 

In similarity to synthetic compounds, enzymatic food protein-derived peptides are supposed to be safer natural antioxidants that can be used as protecting agents to help the human body reduce oxidative damage and associated diseases. 

The hemp seed oil has protective effects on the brain. Therefore, it helps manage conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, neuropathic pain, and childhood seizure disorders.

Cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and diabetes mellitus 

Hemp seed oil contains fatty acids, oleic acid, linoleic acid, and alpha-linolenic acid. These fatty acids have been extensively researched for their protective effects against obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes mellitus. In addition, Dietary omega-3 PUFA helps to enhance general metabolic rates and promote the burning of fat. 

Omega-3 fatty acids optimise heart health and significantly reduce the risk of arrhythmias and other heart diseases. Hemp seed oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, it is an excellent choice for a daily supplement.  

Additionally, hemp seeds contain arginine, which the body converts to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide plays a role in artery and vein dilation to keep the blood flowing properly to all body organs. 

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Anti-inflammatory

The hemp seed oil has a balanced ratio of omega 3 to omega 6, making it great for alleviating inflammation. In regards to the ratio (3:1), Hempseed oil has been recommended to be perfectly balanced of the two important (linolenic acids and linoleic) as its major omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA).

They are also an excellent source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it helps manage inflammatory conditions like metabolic syndrome and arthritis. 

Protects digestive health

Omega-3 fatty acids support the digestive system’s natural flora. In addition, it supports the natural flora of the gut. Hemp seed oil is high in fibre, promoting bowel movement and reducing cholesterol. 

Additionally, hemp seed oil reduces inflammation, a symptom of inflammatory bowel disorder.  

Hair health

Hemp seed oil is fortified to boost hair health. It is enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, making hair thicker, stronger, and shinier. Study shows that hemp seed oil encourages hair growth. 

Individuals with dandruff and dryness can also benefit from using hemp seed oil as a moisturiser. Additionally, it has soothing properties that protect the scalp. 

Conclusion

Hemp seed oil includes protein 20–25%, carbohydrates 20–30%, oil 25–35% and insoluble fibre and a rich array of minerals 10–15%. 

It has numerous benefits, many of these are due to omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that give hemp seed oil its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-thrombotic properties. 

In November 2017, hemp was finally legalised as a food in Australia.

Acknowledged by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as a highly nutritious food, we can now all enjoy one of the healthiest and most versatile foods available.

Cannabis is taking the world by storm, and Asia is also beginning to embrace it. Thailand is at the forefront of cannabis evolution in Asia as the first country to allow individuals to grow the plant at home. Thailand’s government announced in January 2022 that they are removing cannabis from the controlled substance list. 

The decriminalization of cannabis in Thailand is a significant shift that will optimize tourism and the economy. This new development is coming after two years of becoming the first country to legalize medical marijuana. In addition, 4,000 prisoners convicted for cannabis-related crimes will be acquitted. As a result, these individuals will no longer have a criminal record, and rightly so. 

Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister of Thailand

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Anutin Charnvirakul, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister of Thailand has been at the forefront of what seemed like an unwinnable battle just a few years ago – Finally, something good has come from “The New Normal”…

In addition to helping secure, this landmark decision, he has also promised 1 million cannabis plants to the public. According to Charnvirakul, “It is an opportunity for the people and the state to earn income from marijuana and hemp.”

With demand for cannabis products in established markets skyrocketing (USA/Canada) due to the mountains of red taping weighing down production. Couple this with Thailand’s rich farming culture and dependence on exporting products. Thailand stands primed to take advantage of this cash crop and in a twist of fate nobody could’ve seen coming less than a decade ago; Thailand is now poised to lead the whole Australiasian region for cannabis.

Announcing the new cannabis policy in 2021, Charnvirakul stated that families could grow about six pots of cannabis plants to supply research facilities, hospitals, or use in cosmetics or food. The law also mandates that all cannabis extracts must have less than 0.2% THC (the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana). However, companies intending to grow cannabis on a large scale may need to obtain a special permit from the government.

Mr. Anutin further stated in a Facebook post that the focus of the new policy was health and medicine instead of entertainment. He firmly believes that cannabis has better effects “if used wisely” than cigarettes and alcohol, both of which are legal. Therefore, reforming the law is not a license for intoxication.

Nevertheless, creating a “public nuisance” on the recreational use of cannabis can warrant a fine of up to 35,000 baht or three months of jail time.

The Thailand Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted a license to grow cannabis on about 800 hectares of land. Certified cannabis health professionals and traditional doctors can prescribe cannabis treatment to clients. In addition, the FDA has registered about a thousand cannabis-related products such as cosmetics and food. 

Furthermore, the FDA has a license and registration scheme for regulating and monitoring the cannabis industry. However, Anutin indicated that a new bill on cannabis would be submitted to the parliament to define the exact framework regulating its manufacturing and sales within the country. 

The ministry of public health announced on the 9th of June 2022: that “only cannabis extract with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) of more than 0.2% by weight will be considered a narcotic.” This implies that anyone can grow, sell, or purchase cannabis and its derivatives in Thailand.  In addition, you do not require special licenses to grow, manufacture, and distribute cannabis and its products. 

The global legal cannabis market’s worth is speculated to rise to about $175.5 billion by 2028. As a result, the government of Thailand is interested in promoting marijuana as a cash crop. In addition, cannabis is encouraged in cooking and traditional medicine. Therefore, the use of cannabis for recreational purposes is still unclear.

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Benefits to the people

Thailand was not the only Asian country to ban the cultivation, possession, and use of cannabis. Irrespective of the ban, many countries use marijuana for cooking and medicinal purposes.

Thailand took the bold step to offer its people the miracle plant without the usual stress in 2018. The government described the legalization of medical marijuana as a “New Year’s gift” to her people. 

Furthermore, the government hopes that farmers will optimize this opportunity to be part of one of the biggest growing industries in the decade. 

Thailand’s government also approved cannabis to treat conditions like anxiety, cancer, and epilepsy. Then, in 2020, the first cannabis clinic in Bangkok was opened by the government to improve the health of the people. 

Ms. Kuttanam, a single mother combating breast cancer, was very happy with the decriminalization of cannabis. She grows her marijuana as a source of painkillers instead of taking the “conventional pain-relief therapy.” She admits that marijuana helps her deal with sleep, optimizes her appetite, and improves sleep quality. In addition, she thinks the government should do more to educate the public about marijuana.

Five years ago, in Thailand and other parts of Asia, talking about cannabis was forbidden. Therefore, the importance of educating the public is essential. They should understand the potential benefits, side effects, and dosing that could potentially put them in harm’s way. After all, they say, “Knowledge is Power.”

Conclusion

This new law in Thailand is undoubtedly an opportunity for advancement and investment. Individuals with capital can optimize this opportunity to diversify their investment portfolio. A Poll from March 2022 indicates that 76% of Thailand citizens knew about commercial cannabis products. in addition, more than half of the citizens have used a product containing cannabis within two years. 

Some individuals are worried that the government involves polities in the issue of cannabis. The new policy is not the end of a government but the dawn of a new era. I hope the citizens of Thailand love it!! 

The reality is that hemp plastic is not a new idea. Tom Ford, in 1940, created a car from hemp plastic, which also ran on biofuel. It doesn’t take a genius to see the problems caused by traditional plastics derived from petroleum.

While it may be true that plastic is everywhere and highly useful, it also poses a threat to our planet. Plastic is non-biodegradable, which is the problem with it. It causes land, air, and water pollution.

What if we could still enjoy using plastic without its devastating effect on the planet? Allow me to introduce the solution: HEMP PLASTIC!!!

What is hemp plastic?

Hemp plastic is a sustainable option. It is made from cellulose, which is a biodegradable material. The hemp plant has a high cellulose constituent, making it the ideal alternative for bioplastics. 

The plastic we are all familiar which is made from petroleum. Hemp bio-plastics, on the other hand, utilize by-products such as the leaves, stem, and seed husks to manufacture hemp plastics. 

Although hemp plastic is made from 100% plant, it is still stronger and more flexible than plastic made from petroleum. 

How is hemp plastic made?

The process of making hemp plastic varies depending on the company producing it. However, the most significant step is the extraction of cellulose from the plant. Getting cellulose from the hemp plant involves pulping it with heat, pressure, acid solutions, or water. 

Here are the various types of bio-plastic you can make from the extracted cellulose: 

Hemp cellulose: is an organic polymer that is majorly used for producing papers and a wide variety of other plastics.

Nanocellulose: it has a form between liquid and gel-like. They have diverse use and can be employed to remove oil spills. In addition, they can be used in making sanitary products.

Cellophane: They are used to manufacture cellophane films, typically used to cover leftover food. 

Cellulose nanocrystals: has numerous application, such as barrier films, nanopaper, and more.

Rayon: This is useful in making various fabrics such as curtains, gowns, shorts, etc.

Composite hemp plastics: they can be incorporated into the making of car panels, building materials, boats, etc

Why should we choose hemp plastic?

Reduces carbon in the atmosphere

One of the first reasons to choose hemp plastic is carbon sequestration, which captures and stores atmospheric carbon dioxide in the soil. Humans need oxygen while plants require carbon dioxide. Planting hemp fixes more carbon dioxide to the soil than any other plant. Therefore, planting more hemp plants helps to combat global warming.

One hectare of hemp can offset accumulated carbon from two cars over two years. Remember that hemp takes only about three to four months to reach maturity.

Biodegradable plastics

Plastic from petroleum continues to wreak havoc on the planet for about 500 years after disposal. About 79% of plastics are used in landfills. Hemp plastic, on the other hand, decomposes within 3 to 6 months after disposal. Therefore, with regard to the health of our environment, hemp plastic is a good alternative. 

Hemp is a renewable resource

A renewable source is a natural source that will replenish the used portion. The world uses the earth’s petroleum, which can run out at any time. Hemp grows quickly on the farm or indoors in a controlled environment. It improves the soil texture and composition. In addition, it is a natural weed and pest repellent. Hemp plants are ideal to be included in a crop rotation farming system.

Hemp plastics are not toxic

Extracting petroleum and processing it to become plastic is not an environmentally friendly process. Plastics from petroleum usually contain numerous chemicals such as BPA. In addition, producing one ounce of PET (polyethylene) also makes one ounce of carbon dioxide, according to EPA.

On the other hand, hemp plastics are free from any toxins or pesticides. 

Hemp is easy to recycle 

Another significant environmental reason for choosing hemp is its easy recycling. Petroleum-based plastics can remain unchanged for 20 to 500 years in the environment. Hemp plastic is sustainable, which makes it an ideal choice for recycling.

Hemp plastic is more durable

Hemp plastics are lightweight. However, they are about 3.5 times more durable than regular plastics. In addition, they have incredible density, flexibility, and resistance to wear and tear. 

Hemp plastic has excellent thermal stability

Hemp plastic has excellent UV, thermal, and dimensional stability. The majority of hemp plastics have excellent heat-resistant properties. In addition, they are about 2.5 stronger than plastics made from polypropylene. 

Conservation of wildlife

When dumped into aquatic bodies, petroleum-based plastic can cause pollution and the death of wildlife. In the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, about 13% of all fish have been contaminated with plastic. In addition, about 80% of contaminants in the reef are plastic.

When petroleum-based plastics are exposed to sunlight, they break down into tiny pieces that may be eaten by animals, which may cause their death. Alternatively, we can choose hemp plastic and save the planet.

Conclusion: The future of hemp plastics

The use of plastics is inevitable but is it worth destroying the planet? I think many people will agree that it is not worth it. Hemp plastics are an alternative that governments and industries need to embrace. 

Boyan Slat created the Ocean Cleanup Project, which is intended to remove plastic from the Great Pacific. So are we just going to keep adding to the problem instead of finding ways to make our planet more habitable? 

 The world needs to become aware that there is another option, which is easily recycled and bio-based. However, this solution needs to be on a global scale to tip the dynamics of pollution and contamination. Therefore, we need to change our focus to eliminating pollution and recycling. 

There are very few agricultural products that have made a significant increase in productivity of up to 455% since 2018. One at the top of this list is industrial hemp which has recorded massive gains since it became legal across the country.

Researchers predict the hemp industry will continue to grow as more states continue to benefit from its use, creating more job opportunities for hemp farmers and the industry’s overall growth. 

A driving force behind the growth in the Australian Industrial Hemp industry is the AIHA (Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance), a not-for-profit Association. The purpose of the Alliance is to represent businesses and organisations involved in industrial hemp and associated products at a national level, in order to develop and grow the Australian industry.

Head over to their website for some great resources on the industry.

What is industrial hemp? 

Industrial hemp is a plant that belongs to the Cannabis sativa species, known for its use in the provision of industrial and consumer products. Hemp is cultivated in over 30 countries and is an essential source of raw material for many primary industries including food, agriculture & construction.

Hemp vs. Marijuana 

Many people tend to confuse industrial hemp and “marijuana” based on their visual similarities (and years of conditioning from propaganda campaigns). By distinction, industrial hemp contains more fibre and is very low in active tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana and other cannabis varieties.

Marijuana, on the other hand, contains up to 15% to 40% of tetrahydrocannabinol, which makes it a highly intoxicating substance. Industrial hemp also has a higher percentage of CBD, making it a better alternative for industrial uses than marijuana.

Hemp plants grow typically in close proximity to each other- as little as 4 inches apart, whereas marijuana plants require up to six feet from each other for proper growth. The growth rate of these two also differs, considering marijuana takes about 60 to 90 days to grow, while hemp requires up to 108 to 12o days to grow. 

Find out all about the differences in our original blog here.

Economic benefits of industrial hemp

Industrial hemp provides the sustainability and durability that make it stands out from its competitors. Almost every part of the hemp- its fibres, oils, leaves, and seeds provide its own economic benefits to man, some of which include the following: 

  1. Clothing and textile – industrial hemp is more cost-efficient and approximately 10 times more efficient than cotton. In addition, cotton growth will require the use of pesticides, which also has its side effects on the environment. Other benefits of hemp fibres include the production of nets, carpets, industrial textiles, shoes, etc. 
  2. Construction– hemp-based material makes a better alternative to wood as it is lighter, stronger, and more durable. 
  3. Protein and food supplement– Hemp oil is rich in protein and has high essential fatty acid content with very low saturated fats compared to soy products. Hemp oil can be used to make a variety of food and products. It is also less expensive to extract its protein than soybeans. 
  4. Low-cost fuel– non-renewable energy sources can be substituted with renewable sources like hemp that could be beneficial to man both environmentally and economically. 
  5. Larger profits for the hemp industry in the coming years- The US CBD market grew to $202 million in 2017 and is projected to become a billion-dollar market in the future. CBD is known for its therapeutic and health benefits for humans and animals. Hemp plants have fast growth and regenerative biology, which makes them effective in keeping up with the ever-increasing demand in the industry.  We can’t wait to see it’s potential unlocked in Australia
  6. Great productivity/opportunity for small farmers- hemp can be cultivated in most states (more details here), and the dense nature of its growth makes farmers produce more hemp per acre of farmland. It also saves the cost of production for farmers as there is little or no space for weed growth, reducing the effort and resources to get rid of weeds. In addition, hemp farming is an excellent alternative for farmers who want to move away from tobacco farming, especially in states that depend more on agriculture. 

Hemp production 

Hemp grows best in well-drained soil with a pH in the range of 6.0 to 7.0. Hemp will hardly grow on clay soil or soils with high moisture content, given its high sensitivity to crusting and compaction.

Hemp is regarded as a short-day plant; maturity starts when the day length is below 12 hours of sunlight. 

Hemp seed is ready for harvest when the seeds begin to break, though the plants remain green. At this stage, 70% of the seeds are set for harvesting, and their moisture content is about 25%. Delayed harvest may result in grain losses due to grain quality, bird damage, or excessive shattering of seeds. 

Hemp fibre is typically harvested when the plants are anywhere between early bloom and seed set. After the cutting, a process known as retting is used to break the bonds between the outer long fibres and the inner long fibres.

The most common retting method involves leaving the crop to dry up in the fields for as long as five weeks for field decomposition. The dried crops are then bundled into a storage facility where they are further processed into finished products.

Final considerations 

Industrial hemp is a game-changer that has the potential to shape the future of agriculture in generations to come. The plant also plays a vital role on the global stage in helping impoverished communities both in economic and nutritional areas.

However, it is important that any farmer who will grow hemp must have the legal approval of the law. Industrial hemp producers should be able to identify the sales channel available for their products before they start production and ensure they have all the required permits in accordance with the law.

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