Optimising industrial hemp for skin care

Industrial hemp is a multi-purpose crop that produces:

  • a seed oil with applications in food and personal care,
  • shive which has growing markets in building materials and
  • fibre for insulation, composites and textiles.

In a collaborative venture between CNAP and Boots the Chemist the full composition of hemp oil was analysed rigorously using state-of-the-art equipment and specialised analytical techniques. The information from this analysis gave rise to a pipeline of new personal care products.

The researchers also applied molecular fast track breeding techniques which produced lines of hemp with novel oil compositions. Once fully trialled and registered, these new hemp varieties will offer a significant increase in the range of oils produced in the UK for food, personal care and other applications.

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