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It’s been a long, strange trip but the pot our hippie forbearers fought to smoke has become mainstream—and part of a growing personal-care scene—but not without confusion. For starters, hemp and marijuana are both variations of the cannabis plant. Hemp-based hair- and skincare products are nothing new, as hemp oil has been used to soothe skin for centuries. (For the record, industrial hemp grown for oil contains no psychoactive compounds.)
But skincare with CBD—a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant—is a relative newcomer, and it’s been touted for its positive effects on acne, irritation, psoriasis and more (without getting you stoned). To make this brave new beauty world more confusing, there are also skincare preparations that contain THC (the cannabis compound that does get you high), but slathering it on your skin doesn’t have as profound an effect as smoking. Products with CBD can be purchased legally in all 50 states, but if you want a cream with THC, you’ll have to go to a state where marijuana laws are more lenient.
This segment of the beauty biz is just beginning to bloom, but here are a few ways to get your topical cannabis fix right now…
Vertly Lip Butters (starting at $18)
Want a lip balm that gives you a buzz? Look no further than Vertly. This range includes three hydrating lip balms made with hemp seed oil, coconut oil and shea butter—and three levels of potency. If you’re in California, the “Cannabis Infused” balm provides a hint of the relaxation pot-smokers have come to know, while the available-everywhere “Hemp Infused” version contains CBD for non-trippy anxiety-, pain- and stress-reducing benefits. And because peer pressure is never cool, Vertly also offers the basic cannabis-free moisturizing balm that works wonders on dry, chapped lips.
Apothecanna Stimulating Creme ($40)
Formulated with invigorating extracts of ginger, capsaicin, grapefruit, and calendula —and infused with anti-inflammatory CBD oil—this body moisturizer provides a warming effect that wakes up muscles in the morning or before a workout. For an even bigger hit of soreness-soothing CBD, layer with the Stimulating Body Oil that you’ll definitely want for your next massage.
CBD Care Garden Face Karma Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($95)
As it would have it, CBD is high in antioxidants, too, making it a great way to ward off the damage that leads to visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. This all-natural hydrator is also laced with Swiss apple stem cells, peptides, hyaluronic acid and more to create a comprehensive rejuvenating treatment that also helps restore your skin’s glow.
Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics Sleep Stick ($34)
Maybe you don’t need that Ambien after all—at least if you have this easy-to-apply THC- and CBD-infused stick (and you live in California). Simply glide over your neck, temples and forehead for an instant cooling sensation and let the cannabis and calming aromatherapy (courtesy of lavender, mandarin and verbena) pave the way to dreamland.
The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope ($12)
If you’re not down with dope (no judgment) but you still want to hop on the hemp train, this soap is the way to go. Featuring a hemp rope (natch) and infused with hydrating hemp oil, you can lather up without any worry of getting a contact high.
NOTE: All products were purchased or sampled in store. Opinions are my own.