Now that Alexander Wang and Rihanna have shown that displaying one’s penchant for pot is OK, cool even, we’re all finding out that the cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD oil) makes a great beauty ingredient and weed-based beauty products are suddenly chic. Moisturizers, lip balms, candles and even fancy serums spiked with cannabidiol oil—one of the primary natural compounds found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant—and other derivatives of the plant are popping up in beauty lines all over, and you don’t have to be legal weed buying age to partake. Why? Because cannabidiol oil can’t get you high, especially when you apply it on your lips or drop it into the bathtub—it’s just awesome hydration from a natural source. Cannabis-based beauty products have shed their un-chic Haight Ashbury image thanks to some aesthetically pleasing, high-end product lines that incorporate the plant.
CBD oil might also be effective at helping skin retain moisture. The oil helps lips rebuild their natural oil barrier, but it does help that ladies are trying and loving CBD lip balms. CBD for Life Pure CBD Lip Balm ($9) is tinted just enough to be pretty, but it’s formulated to enhance skin elasticity. The Herb Essentials lip balm ($12) adds soothing peppermint, beeswax, and honey. Mota CBD lip balm is a steal ($6.50) and contains organic ingredients and 25mg of cannabidiol per stick.
3. Hand Protector
Cannabis oil is rich in fatty acids, which fill the cracks between skin like mortar to bricks. It’s moisturizing and skin soothing properties make it useful in treating dry skin and rashes like eczema. The Body Shop has made hemp hand protector ($10) for years, but it has never been as popular as it is now.
Fresh’s Cannabis Rose Eau de Parfum ($90) is a sultry and sensual spring fragrance. Bulgarian rose, bergamot and cannabis accord can be applied anywhere you like to wear fragrance for an earthy and delicate scent that smells nothing at all like a dispensary—in fact, you only have to go to Sephora . Malin + Goetz make a unisex cannabis perfume oil that evokes the cannabis plant with notes of fig, pepper, orange, lemon, sandalwood, and patchouli.
Cannabis seed oil helps to stimulate your skin’s natural oil production to keep skin firm. The Herb Essentials moisturizer ($60) with the bonus of preventing clogged pores.
FORIA’s Pleasure and Explore formulas ($76-140) blend cannabis extract with non-GMO liquid coconut oil for even more decadent sexual pleasure. You can get it in Canada if you are a Tweed Main Street Customer.
Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.