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10 Best Hemp Products in Time for Hemp History Week

Mary Bemis

It’s time to celebrate the seventh annual Hemp History Week, June 6th through June 12th with our round-up of good-for-you products. Eco-friendly hemp isn’t only a nutritious food, it’s also one of the best examples of sustainable agriculture (to learn more, check out Over half of all US states have lifted the ban on industrial hemp farming at the state level, but federal law still prohibits commercial industrial hemp cultivation.

“Hemp is widely recognized as a nutritious super-food, yet leading brands in the natural products industry must import their hemp to meet the growing demands of the US market,” says Eric Steenstra, executive director of the Hemp Industries Association. “Hemp History Week educates consumers nationwide about the benefits of hemp products, and the campaign has grown tremendously in the last seven years, but our ultimate goal is to legalize hemp farming at the federal level, so hemp can me grown by farmers here in the US.”

10 Healthy Hemp Products

1. Pour a Glass

One of the best milk alternatives out there, Tempt Hempmilk, is a gluten-free, non-dairy vegan drink that contains zero known allergens and is chock full of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and all 10 of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein). It’s easily digestible and comes in five flavors, including vanilla and chocolate (two of which are unsweetened).

2. Add Some Oil

Delicious and delicate in flavor, Organic Hemp Oil from Nutiva is cold-pressed and perfect in salads and smoothies. In addition to being a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, hemp—unlike flax—contains so-called “super” omega-3 (SDA) and omega-6 (GLA). What you see is what you get: There’s nothing in this bottle but raw, organic, unrefined hempseed oil. The company donates 1 percent of sales to sustainable agriculture groups and also makes a great Organic Hemp Protein

3. Enjoy a Healthy Breakfast

Nature’s Path makes it easy to eat breakfast with three hemp-rich products: Organic Instant Hot Oatmeal Hemp Plus, Organic Hemp Plus Granola, and our quick-and-easy favorite, the Sunny Hemp Chewy Granola Bar.

4. Have a Heart

Have a Heart Sprinkle hemp hearts—the tiny and most nutritious part of the hemp seed that’s uncovered upon shelling—on cereals, salads, and pretty much anything you’d like to give an extra-healthy boost. These are tasty even eaten right out of the bag.

5. Come Clean

The same essential fatty acids found in hemp seed oil that are good to eat also work wonders in your beauty routines. We’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s organic soaps for years and have recently tried and enjoyed the 4-in1- Sugar Lemongrass Lime Organic Pump Soap, not only certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program, but certified Fair Trade. This is a great multipurpose soap that counts hemp oil among its many emollient ingredients. Packaged in 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic pump bottles.

6. Hemp for Hands

Keep your hands nicely moisturized with Jason’s Hydrating Hemp Hand & Body Lotion. Sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E add extra oomph.

7. Reveal Smoother Skin

Summer time is the best time to invest in a good body scrub, and this one from Nubian Heritage is sugar-based and has a nice scent, thanks to the inclusion of vetiver. Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver Bath & Body Scrub also counts organic shea butter and hemp seed oil among its hydrating ingredients.

8. Lather, Rinse, Repeat

Hemp shampoo and conditioner from Nature’s Gate help smooth dry hair and nourish hair and scalp. Also included in the mix are jojoba oil, soy proteins, milk thistle, elderflower, and allspice.

9. Light a Candle

Nicole Streeter, owner of Herbology Organics and Vintage Finds, hand pours each of the Organic Hemp Healing Massage candles in her line. Crafted from 100 percent certified organic soy protein, hemp oil, and essential oils, the candles come in an attractive recycled glass apothecary-style jar with a hemp wick. They burn nice and slowly, and the warm “wax” may be used as a natural massage lotion, as well as applied to insect bites. Available in a variety of aromatic formulas.

10. A Natural Fit

Stewart + Brown, leaders in the eco-fashion world, use hemp jersey in many of their designs. “It has an elegant and flattering drape that holds color extremely well,” notes co-founder Howard Brown. Bonus: It’s easy to wear, easy to care for, and is derived from a 100 percent sustainable, natural resource.



Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis

Mary Bemis is editorial director of She is an award-winning spa journalist, honored with Folio's Top Women in Media Award, and the distinguished ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award. In 1997, she launched American Spa magazine, and in 2007, Mary co-founded Organic Spa magazine. A pioneer in the sustainable spa and beauty worlds, Mary is co-curator of Cosmoprof North America's Discover Green Pavilion. She sits on the board of Wellness Warrior, is a Global Wellness Day Advisor and a co-founder of the Washington Spa Alliance.