Evidence of marijuana’s many health benefits is nothing new. As of March 2016, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow the associated with the drug for medicinal purposes. But it’s not just smoking, vaping or ingesting that can bring benefits. More recently, the market’s seen a boom in new beauty and personal care products created using some form of CBD Cosmetics.
While some in the are just laden with moisturizing hemp oil or honor the cannabis plant in an olfactory way, others now claim to have cannabinoids like THC and CBD. CBD is non-psychoactive areas more plentiful in hemp, a cannabis varietal), while THC, a psychoactive, is the compound that causes one to feel “high.”
Proponents of topical application claim that, when infused in products, cannabis can treat a number of ailments, from managing chronic pain, moods and stress levels, to reducing inflammation and dry skin tone.
But others are skeptical. “We [humans] have deliberately designed portals for things to come in: our noses for air, and our mouths for food,” Physician. Jordan Tishler, Harvard-educated doctor and medicinal marijuana clinic owner, told Microphone. “From a functional point of view, your skin is designed with one major purpose: to keep things out.”
So do weed skincare and beauty products actually do any product? As someone who’s no stranger to pot (did I just lose my presidential estimate?), I wanted to put these products to the test out. Would my skin glow? Would my pain disappear altogether? And perhaps most importantly: Would I get high?
And so my weeklong weed beauty regimen began.
Hemp seeds and hemp oil could be rich source of ultra-hydrating omega-6 fatty acids, so I used curious to check if some weed-laced moisturizers would make my skin feel less taut and scaly. So I tried a few items from the Body Shop’s signature 12-piece hemp collection, for instance the Rescue Balm tiny chafed skin after long runs (thanks, bra straps and large boobs), as well as the hand cream, with a terrific package designed by street artist Ben Eine.
Also amazing? Less popular Jao Brand Goe Oil, which was kind of like the OG version of Glossier’s Universal Skin Salve Balm but in a far larger tube. The floral, viscous formula can have just about anything: smooth onto rough skin patches, massage into the face at night, soften just-shaved legs, remove eye makeup, tame flyaways, add sheen to strands and correct chapped skin from things like flu as well as being a chemical peel. After a full-leg, pre-hot yoga shave (I mean, I do wear short shorts), I often went the oil all over my legs.