It turns out cannabis isn’t just for smoking.  Or eating. Or drinking. It’s for wearing too.  Cannabis has been a featured ingredient in cosmetic beauty products for as long as humans have cultivated the plant, but in the last decade, the plant’s political status as a federally illegal substance well on its way to becoming legal in all 50 states has galvanized beauty entrepreneurs to cash in on its therapeutic attributes.

The presence of cannabinoids and terpenes equip the plant with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties.  These attributes make cannabis an excellent ingredient in beauty products, and as this positive information about cannabis becomes more accessible and prevalent, consumers might find themselves adding cannabis to their skin and hair care routines.

Cannabis Beauty Products

Some of these products are available in states without legalization legislation because most beauty products use hemp, the Cannabis sativa plant with a negligible amount of THC. Although the cultivation of hemp is still illegal in many states, its commercial use is permitted. So if you see one of the following products on the shelves of your local health and wellness store, or if you’d rather take the e-commerce route, try it out. It might be the best hit you’ve had without taking one.

Fragrance  

Fresh’s Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfum, $50

Along with bergamot, Brazilian orange, black plum, and vanilla musk, this fragrance features “cannabis accord”, a combination of scents meant to evoke the woodsy scent of the cannabis plant.

Laboratorio Olfattivo Cozumel Eau de Parfum, $47.03-$115.22

Self-described as wild and narcissistic, this masculine fragrance features the scents of bergamot, Vietnamese basil, clary sage, Indian hemp, blonde tobacco, and cedar wood.

Cannabis Body and Hand Wash

Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Castile Soaps, $17.99

A family business with the world in mind, the spirit of Dr. Bronner’s products is captured in the brand’s slogan, “All-One!” Dr. Bronner’s soaps contain a ratio of coconut, olive, hemp, and jojoba oils that mimic cannabis beauty productsthe skin’s sebum for a cleansing and moisturizing effect.

Malin+Goetz Cannabis Hand + Body Wash, $22

If you really love the smell of cannabis, this hand and body wash might be for you.  Malin+Goetz feature amino acids to clean the skin without drying it and cannabis fragrance because, after all, it is a flower.

The Body Shop Hemp Soap on a Rope, $12

Comical and practical, this soap is shaped like a cannabis leaf for your viewing pleasure, enriched with hemp for soft skin, and attached to a rope for hang-drying.  Honestly, all bar soap should be sold on a rope because placing the substance you use to cleanse your body on a slimy heap of soap scum is tragic.

Cannabis Hair Products

Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner, 13.99

With a combination of honey, hemp, silk protein, and aloe vera gel, this conditioner promises to leave your hair—regardless of its texture—detangled, strengthened, and moisturized.  With a paraben-free, easy to read ingredient list, this product lets nature, not synthetic ingredients we can barely pronounce, take the spotlight.

Lush Cosmetics’ Henna Fluff-Eaze, $26.95

As its name suggests, this product is made for dry, damaged, or frizzy hair. It features organic hemp, extra virgin coconut oil, and Brazil nut for hydration and curl definition and red henna for a finish that shines. Most of the ingredients can be found in nature. However, it is not paraben-free, and parabens are associated with adverse health conditions.

Nature’s Gate Hemp + Argan Oil Haircare, $20

Free of parabens, gluten, soy, sulfates, phthalates, butylene glyvol, and artificial colors, this brand goes far to live up to its name. This conditioner is formulated with nourishing oils including Cannabis sativa seed oil, jojoba oil, Borago officinalis seed oil, and other conditioning botanicals.  The combination leaves hair feeling nourished and moisturized and smelling like a flower garden.

Cannabis Skin Treatments

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizers, $20-$25

Coming in flavors including pomegranate, vanillCANNABIS BEAUTY PRODUCTS, CANNABIS INFUSED BEAUTY PRODUCTSa plum, Tahitian vanilla and ginger, these paraben-free, gluten-free, THC-free lotions are enriched with hemp seed oil, shea butter, ginseng, and Vitamins A, C, and E to nourish, moisturize, and protect the skin.

Lord Jones Body Lotion, $60

Unlike most of the products on this list, this lotion contains CBD and THC, cannabinoids present in the potent, federally illegal versions of Cannabis sativa. Although these cannabinoids are subject to federal prosecution, they contain powerful therapeutic properties including pain relief. Lord Jones body lotion harnesses the power of CBD and THC to deliver relief from sore muscles and joints and skin conditions.

Hemp Hemp Hooray Natural Acne Care Pack, $84.90

This line of skin care products all feature hemp as a primary ingredient. The acne care pack includes the brand’s Cleansing Cream, Skin Soothe Cream, and a Hemp Face washer.  The company promises that its simple, natural approach to acne is the safest and most effective way to cleanse the skin without stripping it of its natural oils.

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8, $150

In addition to other ingredients, this anti-aging cream features babassu and hemp seed oils to firm the skin.

Cannabis Makeup

Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara

This product is sold out, but when it was on the market, its ingredients included hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E for their combined hydrating and anti-oxidant effects.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar, $17

For cannabis that teases your mouth with a kiss on the lips, try one of the many shades of this lip tar. The longcannabis beauty products, cannabis beauty products-lasting pigment is enriched with hemp oil and vitamin E to keep your lips feeling as good as they look.

Earthliscentuals Foundation, Concealer, and Finishing Powder, $24.99

This makeup line distinguishes itself from others by including hemp seed oil in each of its products.  Earthliscentuals makes foundation, concealer, and a wide array of finishing powders. It doesn’t have the most diverse variety of foundation or concealer shades, but if you’re complexion ranges from fair to tan, you might find something here that you like.

The more the plant is researched, the more scientists discover the array of therapeutic benefits available to those who consume cannabis or wear topical cannabis-infused products. A healthy combination of self-care and vanity might be one of the most powerful branding tools in the campaign for the legalization of cannabis.

Dianna Benjamin

About the author: Dianna Benjamin is a freelance writer, teacher, wife, and mom horrified and fascinated by social justice and our inability--yet constant pursuit--to get it right.