Walk into a CVS, a Macys, or a Sephora. No matter where you go, people find themselves surrounded by “beauty” ads promising eternal youth. Mascara ads where the model is wearing fake lashes; moisturizer ads where the drops are photoshopped. Shampoo ads where the hair is a wig or is modified in editing. Why? Because the companies know themselves that the product doesn’t work as well as they advertise. People waste thousands on products, made from a concoction of chemicals, that don’t ever end up actually helping. And with the abundance of fast food restaurants and processed ingredients in our everyday diets, its growing harder and harder to maintain that flawless, glow that everyone wants so desperately to achieve. But there is a reason why vegans are so skinny, why organic supermarkets are surpassing grocery stores, and why juice cleanses are more popular than diet pills. They all use natural ingredients. Organic is in, and naturally-infused products are taking advantage of that.
Take marijuana for example. The drug is on the yellow-brick road to full legalization and is scientifically proven to be more beneficial than harmful (unless smoked). However, the plant lacks the sex appeal that is found in the Beauty Industry. Most people don’t associate a smelly drug with Eau de parfum. Yet, more and more cannabis-infused soaps, lotions, shampoos, mascaras, pomades, and masks are popping up around stores globally, and at a much more affordable price.
Just to clear up what many people might be thinking; cannabis-infused products do not get you high or make you test positive on a drug test. Cannabis infused lotions or potions are non-psychoactive, and absorb directly into the skin, and not the bloodstream. The cannabis oil binds to the CB2 receptors that are needed to produce a therapeutic effect, but don’t enter the bloodstream. For a lotion, the body can simply soak up the vitamins A, C, and E as antioxidants, providing an end result that’s way better than anything chemicals can produce. Plus, the antioxidants help slow down the damage to skin cells, which prevents aging. Cannabis is rich in potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc to help against rashes, acne, and redness.
These health benefits make cannabis-infused beauty products healthier, more cost efficient and better than any other beauty product on the market, no matter the price, size, or “brand name”. And who cares if marijuana isn’t sexy; use their products and you just might be. Here are 8 cannabis products that are breaking the barrier, fighting the stigma around marijuana as well as pimples.
Apothecanna Cherry Balm, $18
Apothecanna’s all natural Cherry Balm is packed with 20mg of CBD along with cherry, mango, peppermint and ylang-ylang extracts. This all natural lip treatment is great for lowering stress and anxiety levels, while also keeping lips healthy and well hydrated. Plus, it also acts as a spot treatment for irritated skin. Who doesn’t love a 2 in one product!
Dr. Bronner’s Shaving Soap, $9
By using Dr. Bronner’s signature coconut-olive-hemp Castile base with an 18-in-1 soap, this shaving soap works absolute wonders on legs, underarms, and the face. The soap features a tea tree formula a shikakai powder (used in India on the hair and body), along with trade and organic sugar from Paraguay, that soothes and heals the skin naturally to protect from ingrown hairs and razor burns. Practically every moisture superhero-packed with the health benefits of cannabis into one shaving soap. Get ready for the softest legs on the planet.
SheaMoisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Porosity Moisture Seal Co-Wash, $12
For extra dry hair, pass on costly salon shampoos or stripping washes for this gentle and detangling co-wash, which moisturizes and replenishes over processed hair. The co-wash has shea butter, mongongo seeds and hemp seed oils to smooth cuticles, while also featuring vitamin-rich baobab protein and fortifying Apple Cider vinegar to strengthen hair. It leaves all hair, no matter the texture, moisture-nourished, smooth and shiny, and frizz-free. This is one of an entire Mongongo & Hemp Seed line that can be purchased at any drug store.
Whoopi & Maya Soak, $15
Celebrity weed enthusiast Whoopi Goldberg has teamed up to create a medical marijuana company focused on menstrual pain relief. This THC infused bath soak, which is available in lavender, rose, and unscented, focuses on combatting cramps and relieving pain. Although it is currently only on sale in California dispensaries, Whoopi and Maya are working on branching out to more markets in the future.
Kush Creams Aloe Based Face and Eye Cream, $40
Cannabis provides lots of anti-inflammatory benefits on the skin, helping to heal acne and reduce wrinkles. Kush’s rich, aloe based cream works best under makeup or at night in order to sooth for baby soft skin. It contains premium organic cannabis-infused emu oil to work with your natural pH. The cream is fragrance free and hypoallergenic so it can be used even on the most sensitive of skin-types. Apply the formula around the eye, face, and neck area to hydrate and nourish your skin.
Hempz Zuzu & Starfruit Daily Herbal Moisturizing Dry Oil Body Spray, $20
Hempz is known for their lotions and creams, but recently has come out with a new summer SPF spray, thats infused with 100 percent pure natural hemp seed oil in order to ensure moisture. The formula contains a fruit complex, and is in a lightly scented, weightless package to protect against damaging UVA/UVB rays with SPF 30. The best part? Its paragon free, gluten free, THC free, and 100% vegan.
Malin + Goetz Cannabis Candle, $35
Malin + Goetz created a candle that “intoxicates your senses”. With hints of herbs, tobacco, musk, and fresh green Neroli, this candle creates the perfect balance with 60 hours of burn time. Top Notes: Orange & Lemon. Middle Notes: Fig & Pepper. Base Notes: Sandalwood & Patchouli. Paired with Green Neroli. Perfect for a relaxing bath.
Maui Wowie Dope on a Rope Soap, $7.99
This product is just a bonus considering it looks amazing. Maui Wowie is just one of tons of flavors made by Dope on a Rope Soap. These super cute, stem shaped soaps last for months, and contain coconut oil, palm oil, safflower oil in addition to hemp see oil. The company prides themselves on saying “Don’t smoke it… soak it,” proving just how therapeutic and natural marijuana can be when infused.
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