Surprising Benefits of Cannabis Beauty Products

Surprising Benefits of Cannabis Beauty Products

As cannabis legalization creeps forward, consumers are enjoying a use for the plant that defies unkempt stoner stereotypes: cannabis beauty products.

“Weed, because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties is great for the skin,” says Aspen-based medical marijuana doctor Wendy Zaharko, M.D., noting the importance of endocannabinoid system homeostasis. Even mainstream medical professionals are touting appearance-enhancing abilities (and no, we don’t mean a weed version of beer goggles).

“Cannabis is an antioxidant; it can help slow down the damage to skin cells from oxidation by free radicals, which prevents aging,”

says New York City-based dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Michele S. Green, MD.

“It is rich in supplements for healthy skin such as potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc which is beneficial for skin rashes, acne, and many other skin conditions.”

To achieve these benefits, companies are adding cannabis to traditional topical beauty products such as salves, lotions, and hair and skin oils.

Molly Peckler of Highly Devoted, cannabis-friendly date coaching, swears by hemp products to treat her breakouts. “I started suffering from hormonal acne right around the time I turned 30, and I came across the Hemp Blemish Salve from Uncle Harry’s Natural Products. Unlike other acne treatments I had tried; the hemp salve didn’t irritate my skin or dry me out too much. Now when I feel a pimple coming on, I reach for the hemp salve rather than the salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide,” says Peckler.

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Like Uncle Harry’s Natural Products, most of these beauty products are currently typically created out of hemp, marijuana’s more industrial sister in the cannabis species. The Body Shop has a reasonably-priced hemp body care line, as does Marley Natural. Moon Rore, who makes hair oil, body butter, and lip treatments, differentiates itself by opting for CBD oil from hemp extract. (Moon Rore also charges each of their items with crystals, for an extra magical kick). “I noticed that there are a lot of hemp oils in everything, but there’s not a lot of people utilizing the CBD oil,” says Moon Rore founder Maggie Murphy.

If beauty manufacturers want their product to be available nationwide, they are forced to opt for hemp products rather than whole plant cannabis. While cannabidiol (CBD) is found in hemp, as Project CBD reports, hemp oils contain far less cannabidiol than cannabis, and lack medicinal terpenes and crucial secondary cannabinoids like THC, CBN and CGB. It is CBD that is responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects, an important role in skin care, and an effect that works better if cannabinoids and terpenoids are working together, due to the entourage effect.

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Some skin care companies, such as Cannabis Basics, create both cannabis and hemp-only lines, so a hemp version of their product is available for purchase everywhere, but those in legal states can still enjoy the beauty benefits of whole plant cannabis. For those in such states, another wonderful cannabis-based beauty brands is Kush Creams.

Even the real-deal cannabis oil products are non-psychoactive when used on your body, as they bind to the CB2 receptors needed to produce the therapeutic effects but do not enter the bloodstream, and CB2 receptors are mostly located outside of the brain and central nervous system. As much of legalization opponents’ cannabis fears stem from the high produced by the THC in cannabis, non-psychoactive beauty products could fight stigma as well as pimples.

“When you take the high out of the equation, but the medicinal and therapeutic benefits are still strong, cannabis changes from an illicit drug to a medicine. That’s how you change hearts and minds in the general public. Once you’ve personally experienced the positive effects, you’ll be more comfortable talking about it with the people in your life,”

agrees Peckler.

Sophie Saint Thomas

Jetty Extracts Silver Haze Cartridge Review

Jetty Extracts Silver Haze Cartridge Review

When purchasing any cannabis product, I like to remind myself that there’s power in choosing which products to buy and, by proxy, which ideals you’d like to support. Occasionally, you’ll find a company whose passion for their product extends to all aspects of their business, and Jetty Extracts is a perfect example of such a company. Even if I ended up disliking their product, I would feel good about giving them my money (more on that later).

But I am indeed a fan now that I know Jetty delivered on every one of their claims. My half-gram cartridge of cannabis concentrate came in packaging made from recycled materials and was clearly labeled with the strain name — Silver Haze. The cartridge was filled with a cool-toned brown concentrate that was liquid in texture but not runny. At $40 for a half gram of cannabis oil, this cartridge is on par with other premium cartridges.

Out of all the many cannabis strains on the market, Silver Haze is one of my personal favorites. To me, it has a complex, pungent campfire aroma of wood and sweet smoke. Silver Haze was bred from the original landrace Haze strain, and is categorized as a sativa. Being crossed with Northern Lights, a popular indica strain, makes Silver Haze a go-to for those seeking relief from pain and depression. If you’ve found sativas to be too overwhelming or racy in the past, but still want a strain that offers the uplifting, energizing effects typical of a sativa, Silver Haze may be a good choice. For those seeking immediate relief, this is a fast-acting strain.

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I tested this cartridge while getting ready for the holidays, so I had a multitude of items on my to-do list that required both physical and mental tasks, which didn’t leave a lot of time for medicating. Silver Haze works quickly, and Jetty made a cartridge with little to no drag, allowing me to medicate and get on with it. The first draw right out of the package can be a bit harsh, but this was perfectly smooth. After the first puff, I realized that this was a cartridge I’d like to spend time tasting and experiencing. Within a few minutes I started to feel the cerebral relaxation, and suddenly my to-do list didn’t seem so long. I did all of my online Christmas shopping and decorated my house without the anxiety I often feel during the holidays.

Now it was time to kick back and relax, and this Jetty Extracts cartridge was a great product for that. Short pulls, long pulls and frequent hits all tasted just as great as the first, with no burnt flavors or harsh hits. Since I was able to medicate more, I experienced a stronger body high, complete with floaty, weightless tingling in my arms and legs. The psychoactive effects were comfortable, allowing creative thoughts and a decent attention span while still being grounded in reality.

Buying cannabis oil cartridges in LA is still a journey. Most dispensaries only carry a few different brands of cartridges (if any), and only a couple of strains of each. This cartridge is definitely worth the search. In addition to buying a great product, I’m supporting a company that gives back to the community and continues to focus on research and development. Jetty donates one percent of their gross sales to cancer patients, including consultations for treatment plans and guidance in cultivating at home. Jetty also provides easy access to the independent test results of their products, which is a level of transparency that sets them apart from the competition.

Even without all of the good-will qualities, Jetty makes a top-notch product at a reasonable price, and I will be purchasing again.
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