Interview: I Always Knew I Wanted to Work with Hemp

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Marko Sladič, founder of Hemptouch d.o.o.

Hemptouch is a Slovene independent CBD oil and skin care brand, specialized in making hemp-based therapeutic balms, wonderfully moisturizing face creams and skin-friendly shampoos and cleansers. Inspired by powerful Cannabis Sativa plant, Hemptouch’s therapeutic natural remedies soothe and calm different types of skin problems.

Hemptouch skin care products are 100% natural, free from artificial fragrances, silicones, parabens phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphate and other skin irritants, plus vegan to boot. Hemptouch CBD oil is the highest quality, CO2 extracted at low temperatures without any solvents or alcohol. Extracted from the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa) grown under strict EU regulation. Non-GMO, free from pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and parabens.

Silvija, co-founder of Hemptouch on their hemp field in a small village in Slovenia

Silvija, why did you and Marko start Hemptouch?

I always had very sensitive skin and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t find skin care products that would work for me. So I made one. It really worked so I started making skin remedies for very sensitive people, who couldn’t use conventional skin care. Marko, on the other hand had experience with industrial hemp, and it was long time ago when he planted some fields for first experimental harvests.

In 2014 we joined our two passions into one: therapeutic skin remedies based on Cannabis sativa extracts. It was around that time that first information about potential uses of CBD started trickling in and we immediately saw potential in it as a skin soother. Even more, studies showed it balanced sebum production and so products for acne and oily skin were developed.

Tell me about the beginnings …

Silvija, why did you and Marko start Hemp Touch?

I always had very sensitive skin and no matter how hary I tried I youldn’t find a skin care products that would work for me. So I made one. It really worked so I started making skin remedies for very sensitive people, who couldn’t use conventional skin care. Marko, on the other hand had experience with industrial hemp, and it was long time ago when he planted some fields for first experimental harvests.

In 2014 we joined our two passions into one: therapeutic skin remedies based on Cannabis Sativa extracts. It was around that time that first information about potential uses of CBD started trickling in and we immediately saw potential in it as a skin soother. Even more, studies showed it balanced sebum production and so products for acne and oily skin were developed.

Tell me about beginnings …

Hemptouch started with one product only: Soothing CBD Skin Balm. It was feedback from our first customers suffering from persistent skin conditions and sensitivities that helped us create the therapeutic range of skin balms and creams. They asked for new products and spread the word among their friends. Everyone has a friend or a relative with a skin problem!

We started in Slovenia, a small 2 million country at the heart of Europe. First we got approached by independent organic shops, then pharmacies, then bigger organic chains like Planet Organic in London. Now our products are available worldwide, last year we launched our products in Japan.

Tell us one fact about CBD that we didn’t know.

That’s a hard one, because so many new findings are coming in new scientific studies every month. One thing that really surprised us is that CBD oil really helps for restless legs syndrome. It reduces the twitching of your feet. That can be terribly disturbing for those who suffer from this syndrome, although it’s not life-threatening.

For skin it’s definitely the sebum-reducing property of CBD. It is such a breakthrough ingredient for oily and blemish prone skin. It doesn’t cause redness or have other severe side effects like retinoid treatments.

Tell us about your cold pressed process and why this is so integral to the products.

We cold press the hemp seeds right there at the farm, where the hemp plants are grown. Hemp oil has a very high essential fatty acids content. This makes it highly nurturing and soothing for our skin, but also very fragile. We make sure there is no heat involved in pressing of the seeds, to retain all the omegas, vitamins and amino-acids.

Furthermore, we want our skin care products to be as fresh as possible for the customers. We don’t want to laden the products with heavy preservatives – they have no place on our skin, especially if it’s sensitive. We press the hemp seeds for every new batch of skin care, to ensure the hemp oil is absolutely fresh.

Hemptouch team on their hemp field in Slovenia

Tell us more about your CBD oils and why they are so great for your health?

We all have cannabinoids in our bodies right now, called endocannabinoids and our bodies naturally produce them at any given moment! This system is called the endocannabinoid system and it regulates the body’s homeostasis the body’s natural state of balance. It impacts almost every function in our biology, such as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone regulation, and pain and immune response. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, helping it in the regulation of homeostasis. Unlike THC, CBD has no noticeable psychoactive effects.

Many studies show that CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, anxiolytic and antipsychotic agent. It is a potential medicine for the treatment of neuroinflammation, epilepsy, oxidative injury, anxiety and depression.

Skin problems is Hemptouch’s field of expertise – please explain how CBD works on skin?

Studies show that CBD Oil works as a sebum regulator which makes it a powerful alternative approach to acne-prone, blemished and oily skin. CBD’s antibacterial properties fight both causes and effects of persistent blemishes.

Hemptouch Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm is bursting with CBD and cold pressed hemp seed oil.

On the other hand, it help to soothe symptoms of eczema and dermatitis. With its powerful anti-inflammatory and autoimmune therapeutic effects it works at the root level rather than just treating the problems superficially. CBD helps the skin to become less reactive. It soothes itchy and reddened skin, prevents itch and scratch cycle.­­

What is your favorite product and why?

This would definitely be our SOS remedy called Therapeutic CBD Skin Balm. Such a wonderful all around hemp skin soother and so natural you could eat it too! Hemp seed oil and herbs promote repair, while CBD helps ease reactivity. It’s a popular hit amongst mother for their babies with skin rashes and for those with extra dry or hypersensitive skin.

What’s in store for the future of Hemptouch?

Being a start-up teaches us to be always on our toes, looking for new opportunities in unlikely places.

We’ve learned we have to keep our focus and stay true to our vision, not compromising on the quality of our products. We have integrity, passion, enthusiasm and commitment and that gives us credibility with our business partners. So the future is the world, I guess.

Learn more about Hemptouch skincare and CBD oil products on www.hemptouch.com

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