Long gone are the days when public hysteria surrounded a certain leafy plant (cannabis). According to Governing.com, many states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form or another—mostly for medical use, but 11 states, plus DC, have given the green light for recreational use. The times, they are most definitely a-changin’.
We all know about “wacky tobaccy,” but what’s the difference between marijuana, hemp, and cannabis? Marijuana (bred to be wacky) and hemp (not wacky) are forms of the cannabis plant, which, it turns out, has many health and beauty benefits. Not too shockingly, there’s been an influx of products that contain this controversial ingredient/material. For the most part, the products I’ve found contain hemp fibers, hemp oil, hemp seed extract, or CBD (a non-psychoactive compound found within the cannabis plant).
aethera Everyday Botanical Brightening Concentrate
If your skin is feeling parched or looking dull, this creamy serum will perk it right up! The hemp seed, papaya seed, and coconut oils will soften and nourish and the Acerola Cherry will help to brighten dullness. Get it here for $45 on Amazon.
This hemp seed oil will provide moisture and nourish the face, hair and body, but what I really like about it is that it can be used on oily skin and, unlike many other oils, will not clog pores.
If you’re been on the hunt for a natural makeup remover, this is the one. It’s handmade, vegan and contains just eight ingredients, including hemp, jojoba, olive, and coconut oils, which gently dissolve makeup while also moisturizing the skin.
This creamy shampoo is an excellent cleanser for dry or frizzy hair. The combination of hemp seed oil, panthenol, soy protein and milk thistle will leave locks gently cleansed and soft and smooth. There’s also an accompanying conditioner that’s very nice as well.
If you struggle with dry lips, this one’s for you. Infused with 100% pure, natural hemp seed oil, it will resolve your chapped lips in no time.
Ultra-rich for very dry hands, this hand cream has a light, sexy/earthy scent with heavy-duty efficacy.
This super-concentrated wash contains hemp extract along with jojoba, coconut and Castile oils. You can use it on everything from your face to your scalp. Because the formula is certified organic, it’s great for camping trips that require bathing in the wild. Several fragrances are available, including peppermint, lavender, organic rose and “mild” (for babies). You can also grab the formula in bar form.
This wash is a must-try. It contains amino acid–based agents to thoroughly cleanse the skin without drying, stripping or irritating. The fragrance is smoky, sultry and not remotely hippie at all. And if you want to fill your home with this awesome scent, grab a candle ($52 at Barney’s New York).
Let your cannabis flag fly! At first spritz, this scent really does smell like the “finest green,” but in a few minutes, it dries down to a subtle earthy and spicy floral reminiscent of the cannabis flower—not the dried green stuff that one smokes. The Demeter credo? “Smell it. Don’t smoke it.”
LEEF Organics Soap ($22 and up)
Did you know that clothing and footwear can be made with hemp? Made with 77% hemp, these unisex and supremely comfortable shoes are my go-to’s for a light hike or walks around the city. Hemp is a great material for shoes because it’s highly breathable and naturally antimicrobial! Available in three colors.
Want more? Check out my post on CBD-infused beauty and wellness products, like gummies, tinctures and face creams.
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