If you think it’s high time to make ethically and consciously produced cosmetics readily available, you’re in for a treat. Riding the “green rush” waves are cosmetics and skincare products made from cannabis, hemp, or its derivatives.
If you’re ready to take your skincare regimen to new heights, read on and get the deets on the latest skincare stars.
The Root of the Matter
You see and hear it everywhere -- from websites to social media to the nearest dispensary near you. From gummies to lip balms, serums to shampoos, and other beauty basics, Cannabis in skincare is making its presence known.
So where exactly did this wonder weed come from?
Some studies say it came from Central Asia, while other research results trace back its roots to South Asia. A 2019 study points its fingers to the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. While experts are splitting hairs on exactly where Cannabis originated, the fact remains that this plant is seriously making waves around the world today.
Coming from the family of flowering plants called Cannabaceae, Cannabis has three generally recognized subspecies -- Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, and Cannabis Ruderalis.
Of the three, Cannabis Sativa is the most popular variety. Both hemp and marijuana come from the Cannabis Sativa species. Each plant’s biological structure is different; however, the two have very distinct characteristics.
Clearing the Smoke
Decades of misconceptions, racial undertones, and poor understanding of Cannabis led to prohibitions and the stigma that shadows it. When somebody mentions Cannabis, people usually jump to conclude that it’s marijuana, the variety that makes people high. However, not all cannabis varieties are created equal.
The 411 on the famed 4:20 weed is that marijuana contains higher levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Other cannabinoids found in Cannabis varieties are cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp oil. CBD may contain traces of THC, but it’s so negligible that it won’t intoxicate users. The same goes for hemp, which has 0.3% or less THC by dry weight.
If you want to steer clear from anything intoxicating, go for Cannabis Sativa Seed or Hemp Seed Oil. This oil is different from hemp oil since it comes from the plants’ seeds and not the plant itself. So, if you’re planning to buy a skincare product, better check the label. If the ingredients say Cannabis Sativa seed or hemp seed oil, there’s no need to fret. This kind of cannabis cannot make you high.
Cannabis in Cosmetics
Thanks to recent developments, cannabis is slowly shedding its checkered past. Those with little to no THC are getting rave reviews for its therapeutic properties, high fatty acids - omega 3 & 6 . For one, Cannabis sativa seed oil (hemp) is a common ingredient in cosmetics, especially since it does not have psychoactive effects and adheres to a different regulatory body.
Topicals with other Canabinoids including CBD & THC have their own set of benefits to them including pain relief and relaxation offered by CBD as it naturally interacts with your bodies camabinoid receptors. In Canada CBD products must be sold through licensed dispensaries, where as in the USA they can be distributed widely with few restrictions when adhering to the regulations under the Farm Bill. Where as topicals consisting of over 0.3% THC offer psychedelic reactions and are sold as a controlled substance in licensed dispensaries only.
At Evio, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil is used for its skincare line as it allows for better ingredient transparency and assisted in the formulation process to eliminate bees wax for the line to be 100% vegan.
Which products, you ask? Here, have a look.
$18 CAD (30PC)
1. Evio Skin Cleansing Wipes. It combines the biodegradable hemp fibers’ strength with Cannabis Sativa seed oil’s gentle touch to effectively cleanse your skin. Packed with antioxidants and vitamins A and E, it wipes away waterproof make-up without drying your skin. This handy helper is great to carry around while you travel or stash it in your shower as an antibacterial, anti-fatigue, and pre-soaped washcloth.
2. Evio Skin Rejuvenating Mask. When dry or irritated skin brings you down, this mask will undoubtedly lift you up. Your skin will relish its deep hydration and nourishing properties with essential fatty acids, vitamins, and our hero ingredient -- Cannabis Sativa seed oil.
3. Evio Skin Revitalizing Oil Serum. If you want to combat accelerated aging signs, face it with a bottle full of Omega 3, 6, and 9. Having this in your beauty arsenal will surely erase fine lines wrinkles. Add to that the strengthening ability of linoleic acid, and your skin will lock moisture while keeping irritants out.
To get all the benefits of these skin-tastic Cannabis Sativa seed oil potions, it’s best if you can snatch yourself a whole set. Start loving your skin with the R + R Set that includes the Revitalizing Serum and Rejuvenating Mask combo for a Sunday (or any day) self-care ritual that we’ve all been practicing since the start of the lockdown.
There’s also the convenient 3-Step Skin Set for indulging in a sensuous skin routine. I personally love combining all three and putting a bit more of the serum on the high points of my face as it acts as a natural highlighter too. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone.
Seeds of Beauty
Long recognized as an ingredient for food and beauty products, Cannabis Sativa Seed or Hemp seed oil continues to rise in popularity. New findings make it easier for cosmetics companies to create accessible, affordable, and available products while still sticking to ethical and sustainable practices.
If you want to envelope yourself with all-natural, Earth-friendly goodness, stash your skin shelf with plant-based skincare products. Shower extra attention to products made from Cannabis Sativa seed or hemp seed oil, and you can expect dewy and healthy skin inside and out. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
And to answer the question posed in the title - no, it can’t and won’t make you high (just high in all-natural skin goodness. And I don’t know about you, but that’s my kind of high.)