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Clearing Up Misconceptions About Cannabis & Hemp-Based Skincare

Pot, weed, broccoli, the devil’s lettuce…whatever you call it, our society’s attitudes toward marijuana are changing.


It was recently made legal for recreational use in my home state of California.



According to, it’s estimated that there was a total of between 20,000 and 28,000 cannabis businesses in 2017.


So it’s not very surprising that cannabis and hemp-based skincare products are becoming more popular.


However, things can get confusing when different terms like “marijuana,” “cannabis,” and “hemp” seem to be used interchangeably – what’s what?


Let’s get started with the facts and the skincare benefits!



Will I Get High After Using These Skincare Products?

I know you were wondering about that!


The two key cannabis components are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).


THC is the “psychoactive” aspect of smoking marijuana and is the reason why recreational use is illegal in some states.


CBD is non-psychoactive and can actually counteract the effects of THC.


Hemp is high in CBD and is primarily what’s used in skincare products.


Therefore, there are only trace amounts of THC in skincare products, so you can’t get high when using them.


(And they’re legal.)


Where Does Hemp Come From? 

Hemp and marijuana get mixed up because they both come from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa.


The difference here is the THC content again – the buds and flowers of the female plant used to make marijuana are high in THC (it’s bred this way on purpose).


This part of the plant is not used in skincare.


Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are also derived from Cannabis sativa and are popular skincare ingredients.


Hemp seed oil is pressed from the plant’s seeds, much like olive, almond, or coconut oil.


CBD oil is extracted from the plant’s flowers, leaves, and stalks.


Both are safe to be ingested and tout health benefits.


You’ve probably heard about chemotherapy patients using one of these oils as a remedy for side effects and nausea.



What Are the Skincare Benefits? 

Cannabis and hemp-based moisturizers, body lotions, balms, scrubs, and salves are available.


These skincare products are starting to be used more frequently in spa treatments, mainly for pain relief.


Other benefits include:


  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Anti-anxiety properties
  • Adds a protective layer against future breakouts
  • Healing and soothing properties


CBD oil is actually predicted to be one of the hottest skincare trends of 2018.


A massage with CBD oil can relieve sore muscles and soothe pain from migraines, fibromyalgia, or arthritis.


It also has a warming, calming sensation that heightens the skin’s sensitivity.


Hemp oil doesn’t clog pores and can:


  • Plump the skin
  • Offer long-lasting moisture
  • Balance oily skin
  • Calm irritated skin


Final Thoughts 

As marijuana becomes legalized in more states, get ready to start seeing more cannabis and hemp-based skincare products!


This may encourage people to explore the different health and skincare benefits of cannabis as there are many uses for the different components of the plant.


I hope you learned something new today!


Beauties, have you tried cannabis and hemp-based skincare products? What was your experience? Are you hesitant about trying them? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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