It’s no secret that the medical wonderments of cannabis have been discovered, and are still being discovered, as the plant becomes more legalized.
But a new aspect that’s really taken off has been infusing cannabis into beauty products.
Soaps, lotions, shampoos, perfumes, and makeup are all made with oils already. So why not make them from CBD or THC oil and get the benefits of cannabis along with it?
But while some products may fill you with canna-goodness, others aren’t going to provide much benefit.
Many companies simply use the leaf on the label to jack up the price, rather then add any actual value to the product. Here’s the top three beauty products to try out, and three you should skip.
1. MCG Derma CBD Hyaluronic & Peptides Day Cream – $104
This British facial cream relies on the healing and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabidiol to create an anti-aging moisturizer that lives up to its name. It’s also full of hyaluronic acid for hydration and minimizing wrinkles, as well as peptides to restore elasticity.
2. Leef Organics Nooks + Crannies CBD Soap – $22
Charcoal, clay, and whole flower CBD extracts are the keys to this soothing, sensitive skin soap. As an added bonus, the packaging is plantable. So you can plant organic, non-GMO tomatoes, then clean up after with a soap that will moisturize, relieve skin irritations, and wash away the dirt.
3. CBD for Life Lavender Rub – $25
It doesn’t get any more natural than this vegan GMOs, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and artificial coloring free balm. It’s packed with moisturizing ingredients like eucalyptus, lemon balm, and coconut oil, and it contains 120mg of CBD. Use it to restore dry skin, massage into muscle aches, or rub a little on your temples to treat migraines.
1. Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara – $24
$24 certainly isn’t unreasonable for a premium mascara, and this one’s vegan friendly if that’s something you’re looking for. But the use of cannabinoid oil here feels much more like a gimmick than a legitimate benefit.
Obviously, there’s no physiological benefit to putting CBD on your eyelashes.
Milk claims that they chose cannabinoid oil because it makes a superior vegan mascara, but it that’s actually the case they probably wouldn’t be rated consistently lower than other vegan mascaras.
2. Xyrena Reefer Madness Extrait de Parfum Collection – $74
Cannabis is known for having a multitude of marvelous properties, but its smell is certainly not one of them. But hey, if you’d like to smell like “blueberry and skunk” all the more power to you.
3. Malin + Goetz Hair Pomade – $24
No amount of cannabis rubbed into the dead skin cells of your hair is going to have a medicinal effect. Cannabis oil might “nourish and hydrate” your air, as the product listing claims, but so would a litany of less expensive oils.
As you can see, cannabis infusions in the health and wellness sphere is one that’s ripe with excellent products and, and also CBD snake oil. While the industry is still settling in, it’s important to know what to ask your budtenders, and also a checklist of things to keep in mind for new consumers.