Long gone are the days when public hysteria surrounded a certain leafy plant (cannabis). Today, according to Governing.com, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form or another—mostly for medical use, but eight 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 consumer packaged goods that contain this controversial ingredient/material. For the most part, the products I’ve found contain hemp fibers, hemp oil, hempseed extract, or CBD (a non-psychoactive compound found within the cannabis plant).
Some brands are even having fun with the familiar scent of Mary Jane.
Here are my favorite hemp and marijuana-inspired products:
Myaderm CBD Blemish Control Cream ($24.95 at CBDBlemish.com)
If you’ve been curious about products with cannabis-derived ingredients, this certified organic lotion, which contains 100mg of pure cannabidiol (from the cannabis plant), is your gateway product. It’s a light moisturizer for blemish-prone skin, but for my tween daughter and I, it’s our go-to spot treatment. Me – when I break out from testing new products and her – well, she’s a tween. In all my years of testing products, I haven’t found an acne treatment that banishes blemishes as quickly, and as gently, as this one. Use code TBODGE for 10% off plus free shipping!
Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil ($21.99 at 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.
The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector ($18 at Amazon)
Fabulous for extra-dry skin, this rich and lightly scented cream hydrates, moisturizes and soothes courtesy of fair trade hemp seed oil (from plants grown in England), shea butter and vitamin E.
Gnarly Whale Natural Makeup Remover ($8 at The Gnarly Whale)
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.
Aubrey Organics Lip Balm ($4.95 at Amazon)
This extra-moist lip balm utilizes organic ingredients like hemp seed, rose hip, coconut and jojoba seed oils to nourish and soften dry lips. Buy it in a variety of yummy flavors, including vanilla and honey, peppermint and tea tree, and tangerine.
Nature’s Gate Hemp Shampoo ($14.99 at Amazon)
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.
Naturelle Hemp Firm Hold Gel ($7.49 at Drugstore.com)
Void of alcohol, this versatile hair gel contains hemp seed extract to nourish the hair as well as silicones for excellent humidity control. The formula will prevent your color-treated hair from fading and won’t result in flaking.
Blueberry Kush Dope on a Rope ($9.99 at Amazon)
Although this quirky soap looks like a novelty item, it’s actually good for your skin thanks to moisturizing hemp seed oil and shea butter. Plus, you can hang the soap by its rope, so it won’t pick up gross bacteria from the tub.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Soap ($15.99 at Amazon)
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.
Malin + Goetz Cannabis Hand & Body Wash ($22 at Barney’s New York)
If you want a product with a sexy, peppery, marijuana-esque scent, 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).
Demeter Fragrance Library Cannabis Scent ($32.95 at Amazon)
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.”
House of Marley audio items with REWIND™ fabric ($24.99 and up at HouseofMarley.com)
Now, this probably won’t surprise you, but audio brand, House of Marley, has found a way to use hemp fibers in their products. Their REWIND™ fabric is constructed from a blend of reclaimed hemp fibers, reclaimed organic cotton and recycled PET. The fabric is used in several of their products, including the Stir it Up and Riddim speakers and the Positive Vibration 2 wireless headphones and the Smile Jamaica headphones.
Some people are calling hemp the new flax. Hempseed’s oil is high in protein (second only to the soybean) and contains fiber and nine essential amino acids as well as vitamin E.
Now, don’t go running off to grow your own plants to eat—because that would be illegal—but you can find hemp food products at your grocery store or online. My latest discoveries are Hemp Milks ($7.99 at Daily Greens) and Nature’s Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola ($4.59 at Vitacost). The Hemp Milks come in three varieties (Enlighten, Symmetry and Replenish), which contain ingredients like hemp, vanilla, cocoa, blue-green algae, coconut nectar and spinach. In addition to hempseeds, the non-GMO Nature’s Path Granola contains a tasty mix of flaxseeds, oats, molasses and cane juice.
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