There are an increasing number of places around the world where it’s legal to smoke cannabis, vape it, and eat it in a cookie. However, using cannabis-derived beauty products is quite a different experience.
In fact, hemp, as it is more commonly referred to in the cosmetics industry, is a powerful ingredient and — since its levels of THC (the high-inducing constituent of cannabis) are almost non-existent — it is totally legal and safe to use. What’s more, hemp seed oil has been found to possess excellent moisturizing and healing properties, as well as high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, making it an ideal treatment for eczema and dry skin.
Several beauty brands have already launched hemp-related products:
- Hemp Hand Protector by The Body Shop. The Body Shop’s best-selling hand cream is rich and moisturizing, thanks to hemp seed oil and its nourishing concentration of polyunsaturated fats. Available for $10 at www.thebodyshop.com
- Cannabis Santal by Fresh. This scent by American brand Fresh almost definitely doesn’t smell how you’d expect a cannabis perfume to smell. Instead it is woodsy and sensual with notes of vanilla-musk and bergamot. Though it is sold as a men’s fragrance, it is equally beloved by women. Available for $50 at www.fresh.com
- Hair Pomade by Malin & Goetz. Malin & Goetz use cannabis sativa seed, meadowfoam seed and soybean in this hair pomade to provide moisture, texture and definition. Available for $22 at www.malinandgoetz.com
- Lip Tar by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Vegan brand Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics created its range of Lip Tar liquid lipsticks with hemp oil as a key ingredient. Not only are these lip colors moisturizing, they’re also highly pigmented and long-lasting. Available for $17 at www.occmakeup.com
- Hemp Green Tea Pure Castile Soap by Dr Bronner’s. Dr Bronner’s “magic” soap claims it can clean everything from your face to your dishes, and its versatility and budget-friendly price have garnered legions of loyal fans. This hemp-infused version promises to leave skin feeling clean and soft. Available for US$3.19 at shop.drbronner.com