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The main active ingredient in our products is hemp. Industrial hemp is characterized as being low in THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and high in CBD (Cannabidiol). The ratio of CBD to THC is greater than one. Cannabis and hemp both come from the same plant, Cannabis sativa L., but from different varieties. Cannabis is the flowering tops and leaves of psychoactive varieties of Cannabis sativa L. Hemp is the low-THC oilseed and fiber variety of Cannabis sativa L.

While cannabis is illegal at a federal level in the United States, it is not illegal to grow hemp. However, it is illegal to grow hemp in the United States without a special Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permit being issued. In Canada and in Europe, the legal level of THC for cultivation is 0.3%. More information about hemp and its legality can be found on the Vote Hemp website at http://www.votehemp.com/faqs.html

Dr. Andrew Weil is a proponent of hemp for therapeutic purposes. He maintains hemp oil contains 57% linoleic (LA) and 19% linolenic (LNA) acids, in the three-to-one ratio that matches our nutritional needs. These are the essential fatty acids (EFAs), which cannot be made by our bodies and must come from external sources. They are the building blocks of longer chain fats, such as eicosapentaeonic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) that occur naturally in the fat of cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, and herring.

Products containing hemp can stimulate the growth of hair and nails, improves the health of skin, and can reduce inflammation. With regular use, these products can slow down the effects of skin aging and leave the skin soft and moisturized. They also increase the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture.

Along with hemp, there are other important ingredients in Phytiva products. In particular, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera contain superior benefits for skin.

Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is diverse and beneficial for many areas of the body. It can be used for anything from treating diabetes to high blood pressure. It can be used to lessen the harmful effects of medical treatments such as dialysis and radiation. In addition, it supports the body in improving physical endurance, increasing energy, and reducing muscle damage after exercise. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, which is important in slowing down processes that damage cells, especially as we age.

In terms of skin, vitamin E prevents the formation of wrinkles and heals scars by blocking free radical damage. Vitamin E is also beneficial in clearing brown spots and treating dry, cracked cuticles.

Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera comes from the Aloe plant, native to Africa. It has been used for centuries for healing. It is well known for its soothing and healing of blistered, sunburned skin. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, supports skin cell regeneration, and can even decrease pain when used in significant quantities. It contains 19 of the 20 amino acids required by the body for good health. It can moisturize dry, flaky skin, and some evidence shows it can treat more serious conditions such as genital herpes, dandruff, psoriasis, canker sores, skin ulcers, and more.