The Cannabis Guide to Injectables

While many cannabis users embrace signs of aging and effortlessly transform into beautiful crones as they get older, some of us, such as myself, are vain. We enjoy that through technology, such as injectables, we can look better in our 30s than in our 20s. While topicals such as eye creams, including those with CBD, offer valuable moisture and even anti-inflammatory properties, just to be blunt about it, if you want to get rid of wrinkles or add volume to your face naturally lost to age, you need injectables.

I’m a 35-year-old woman who gets Botox. And, as my book launch party approached for Weed Witch: The Essential Guide to Cannabis for Magic and Wellness, I decided I also wanted under-eye and cheek filler to restore lost volume under my eyes, which was seriously bugging me. Botox (which usually lasts about three to four months) blocks chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract, resulting in relaxed facial muscles and getting rid of wrinkles. Comparatively, fillers are gel-like substances typically made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring polysaccharide present in skin and cartilage, that are injected beneath the skin to restore lost volume. Fillers can last from six months to two years, depending on which variety you get. Today, Botox and filler are often used in conjunction. People new to the plastic surgery game tend to associate fillers with lips, and while that’s totally a thing, you can also use filler to restore lost volume in the cheeks, augment a chin, and even for non-surgical nose jobs. 

Botox is the number one non-invasive cosmetic procedure, and fillers now come in second. I must tell my readers something important for every fan who looks at their favorite pop star, almost sadly stating: “They don’t age.” For celebrities, injectables are as common and expected as using night cream. Being rich is very good for your skin, and getting injectables is basically part of the job description of having your face on screen (and not just for women). And injectables, when done correctly, look natural. The saying “You aren’t ugly, you’re just poor” is very real. Botox and fillers can cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand, depending on what you get done and where you go. But, if you don’t know these cosmetic secrets, seeing “ageless” (read: people with fillers and botox) celebrities can cause unrealistic beauty standards, which is why you can call me vain and privileged for having access to such cosmetic procedures, but you can’t call me a liar, because I will always be honest with you. 

But while I budgeted and looked to plan my filler appointment with Dr. David Shafer of Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue, I realized that there is hardly any information for cannabis users interested in injectables. Are there interactions? Do I need to worry? “There is no contraindication to using cannabis products and getting dermal filler injections,” Dr. Shafer reassuringly tells me. Phew. I can have my cannabis and vanity too. 

Courtesy Sophie Saint Thomas

However, ganja glamour witches, that doesn’t mean you should show up stoned for your appointment. As a plastic surgeon once warned me about Botox, the most significant risk is that I’ll like it. The same common sense applies to cannabis and injectables. It’s probably not going to hurt you, but let’s be honest about it. Cannabis lowers inhibitions, which could lead to asking for more filler than you need or could afford, and you don’t want to be high during a procedure involving needles, in case it leads to anxiety. “For any procedure we perform, a patient needs to give informed consent. So they really can’t show up stoned for their procedure,” Dr. Shafer says. “Although if they are nervous I am sure it would help them relax,” he adds.

As you can see in these photos, Dr. Shafer did an impeccable job with my fillers. I am beyond happy with the results. His office offered all the glorious glamour yet a sense of security and trust that one could ask for in a plastic surgeon’s office. I have 19 tattoos, 12 piercings, and I have previously gotten filler and Botox. Needles don’t scare me; getting filler feels good because it makes me feel glamorous. While it takes about two full weeks to fully settle, you can see results right away (Botox takes about two weeks to see the frozen magic you came in for). 

Doctors do advise avoiding alcohol, and any blood-thinning medications, after or before getting injectables, as they can increase bleeding, which cannabis can also cause. However, because cannabis can also lower anxiety, some doctors say it’s okay to use before a procedure to relax as long as you understand the risks. “You can use cannabis before injections but there will be an increased risk of bleeding which will then cause bruising,” says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jessie Cheung. “So if you have a social event close to your treatment time, I would advise against smoking before coming in. But totally okay to use before coming in to ease anxiety and comfort level.”

Aware of the bruising risks and wanting to be totally clear as a journalist and patient, I did not use cannabis before my appointment, but I did use edibles later on at home for pain relief (smoking seemed counterintuitive on a day of beauty). Around eight hours after getting my fillers I took some light edibles to help me relax and sleep, as my cheeks were a little sore and had slight bruising around the injection sites. I did not take any OTC (over-the-counter) painkillers, as cannabis did the trick, and I don’t drink at all, so that wasn’t a concern. “Many of our patients are surprised when I say it’s perfectly ok to continue using cannabis after their treatments. People that have found cannabis products to help with post-treatment and post-surgery soreness,” Dr. Shafer wrote to me, easing my worries about using cannabis later on. From a harm reduction perspective, cannabis certainly seems safer than other avenues of post-procedure pain relief (I’m looking at you, opiates, although these are not prescribed post-filler or Botox as they can be for surgeries such as rhinoplasties). 

Courtesy Sophie Saint Thomas

So, if you are a cannabis user interested in fillers, long story short, don’t show up too stoned for your procedure, and you should be fine. To be extra careful, wait 24 hours before using cannabis. Not long ago, I reported on the Stoner Swiftie community and noted that in my 13 years as a journalist, I had never received so many requests to be interviewed for an article. This one was the opposite. Despite knowing countless people who use cannabis and get injectables, very few people wanted to talk about it. As someone who got into cannabis originally as a medical patient for PTSD and anxiety, I find that the plant tends to keep me honest. Of course, getting injectables, or any procedure, is between you and your doctor, and you have every right to privacy. However, after diving into the intersection of cannabis, injectables, and celebrity culture, my main concern is not any harmful medical interaction but the continued silence around getting Botox and fillers. Thanks to social media, more people are getting honest about injectables, but, especially regarding celebrities, I see far more claims of “this is just my face” when I know enough about plastic surgery to spot it a mile away, even through Instagram filters. So, for all the Weed Witches who wish to live deliciously and vainly, should you choose to get real about your work, know that you’re helping to spread honesty on why no one seems to age anymore. CBD is great, I wrote an entire book on it, but it’s not the reason you can look better at 35 than 25, and anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something. 

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Ten Ways Cannabis Can Revive a Depressed Economy

An economic winter is coming, but don’t worry; we’ve compiled ten ways cannabis can revive a depressed economy. When many people hear “cannabis,” they may think of it as a recreational activity or a medical necessity. And it is. But it’s more than that. So while politicians will inevitably announce “stimulus” and bailouts, the real solution will come from entrepreneurs in a free market. And since Canada has already legalized cannabis, that’s one hurdle out of the way. Next, cut […]

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The Glamour Witch Guide to CBD Beauty Products

Cannabis may still be criminal on a federal level, but these days, you can find it in your pharmacy and favorite makeup store. And, no, it’s not in such places to get you high (unless your pharmacy is also a dispensary); it’s there to help your skin. As the author of books such as Glamour Witch and Weed Witch, I’m constantly surveying the cross-section of beauty and cannabis. As noted, because the feds still haven’t descheduled weed, we need more research on it, so our knowledge of CBD for beauty is limited. With that in mind, there is evidence for some uses, such as fighting inflammation to reduce pain or even breakouts. There are also products out there, such as CBD mascara or perfume, that don’t hold a lot of scientific bases. So what’s worth your money, and what’s crap? Unfortunately, it may take a few more years and descheduling for us to really tap into the beauty benefits of cannabis (CBD is just the beginning; if cannabis was legal nationwide, we could all use full-spectrum THC products). However, we aren’t totally in the dark. Keep reading to learn what CBD can do for your beauty routine and what it can’t. 

What is CBD?

“CBD” is likely a staple in most High Times readers’ vocabulary, but as a refresher, CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of over a hundred compounds called cannabinoids. CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis. Even though cannabis is still illegal on a federal level, CBD gets a pass, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp. While in many instances, getting your CBD from full-spectrum whole cannabis is preferable to a hemp isolate, as some research shows that the “entourage effect,” or using a full-spectrum product that contains all of the secret plant goodies of cannabis, makes cannabinoids more effective, cannabis companies and consumers must work around the legislation. 

Why are companies adding it to beauty products? What’s worth trying? 

There is evidence that CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, among other potential benefits for the skin. “Published research supports the use of CBD to enhance endocannabinoid tone–this means that CBD could promote antioxidant activity and a healthy response to inflammation through its effects on a number of conditions,” says Dr. Swathi Varanasi, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Element Apothec. In addition to all the valid vain reasons to use CBD for beauty, it can also treat skin conditions such as eczema. “Given that the endocannabinoid spans nearly all organ systems – it includes the skin, the body’s largest organ. This means that there is an intrinsic link between its functionality and topical cannabinoid-infused skincare,” Varanasi says. 

As a result, it makes sense that CBD is found in topicals, such as Lord Jones CBD Body Lotion, made from full-spectrum CBD. Inflammation is generally agreed to be the root of all evil, causing pain and soreness, breakouts, and even aging. CBD topicals can work wonders to reduce muscle and joint pain. Try Papa & Barkley’s 1:3 THC Relief Balm, which contains THC and is made from whole-plant cannabis. If THC is illegal where you live, they also sell a CBD-only Releaf Balm available nationwide. If you’re interested in CBD skincare for muscle pain and soreness, you should also consider a CBD bath bomb, such as Kush Queen’s Relieve CBD Bath Bombs

A 2014 study suggests that CBD can help with acne and breakouts by regulating your skin’s oil production of the sebaceous glands. So try a CBD topical, or target pimples directly with the irresistible Truly Hemp Blemish Patches. And, if you’re looking to get ahead of fine lines and want a top-shelf CBD beauty option, look no further than Saint Jane’s Luxury Beauty Serum, made with full-spectrum CBD. 

Will CBD beauty products get you high?

CBD alone will not get you high, even if you vape or eat it, so using it topically certainly will not produce a psychoactive effect. In legal states, some companies offer products that contain both CBD and THC. In this case, the beauty product will only get you high if you eat it. There are much more effective ways of getting stoned than eating a moisturizer, but here’s a super secret pro-tip: If you are interested in CBD lube or pleasure oil (Vella and Foria are two brands worth trying), not only can they make sex more comfortable, especially for the receiving partner, by lowering inflammation, pain, and increasing blood flow, but if you put them on your junk and your partner goes down on you, you can turn your genitals into an edible. Mucus membranes must be present for cannabis sex topicals to work. As a result, they’re effective when applied to the vulva or anus but not the penis (but you can still put some on your dick and let your partner perform oral sex if you like, as a treat). 

Are CBD beauty products ever a scam? 

There’s no denying that there are a lot of crappy CBD products out there. While the Farm Bill legalized hemp, by continuing to outlaw any cannabis plant with more than 0.3 percent THC, the federal bill also opened the door for plenty of scammers to sell sub-par products. “CBD is only useful when they are high quality products,” says owner of Ciento CBD Charles Wagner. “Some companies do not rigorously test their product to ensure it is of the best quality which may lead to an ineffective product. It is important to do your research when buying from a new company.”

Ineffective products can be hard to avoid, too. Try to avoid anything made with alcohol, as that can increase inflammation, counteracting the CBD. Read reviews online, and opt for full-spectrum products whenever possible, with third-party testing. With that in mind, some users enjoy CBD isolate products. “CBD can be beneficial in isolation, but the combination of CBD with other active compounds in the cannabis has proven benefits, as the compounds can act in synergistic ways,” says lead scientist of Real Isolates Dr. Riley Kirk, PhD.

The placebo effect is real, and frankly, we desperately need more research to understand the efficacy and superpowers contained in cannabis and CBD. So, if you found a CBD beauty product that works for you, it’s okay to stick with it. You can read all the reviews you want, but everyone’s skin is different, so all that matters is that it’s safe and effective for you. 

It is important to note that there’s a difference between a product containing CBD and simply hemp seed oil. While the latter may have a role in skincare, it is not an active cannabinoid like CBD. But when it comes to CBD beauty, just ask yourself, can my skin absorb this? Even if it’s made from the best CBD out there, it’s harder to make arguments for CBD found in mascara, perfume, or any other beauty product that doesn’t really deal with the skin. “I understand the concept of CBD perfume but I just don’t think the absorption rate is high enough for it to have any sort of effect,” says Wagner. 

Looking at such products cynically, one can say that everyone’s just trying to cash in on legal weed by any means necessary. However, cannabis is also fun. Once again, if you found a product that works for you, as long as it’s a reputable brand, it’s okay to enjoy it. Just do your homework, read reviews, check the ingredient list and look for third-party testing, and understand that while CBD can fight skin inflammation, it’s unlikely to lengthen your lashes, enhance perfume, or frankly, even get rid of wrinkles. If you really want to get rid of wrinkles, opt for Botox, and save the cannabis for self-care and consumption in a manner that does get you high. 

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Cannabis Topicals: Consumer Trends

What’s up with cannabis topicals? Why aren’t they more popular? Cannabis topicals make up less than 1% of total cannabis sales in North America. And its popularity is slowly decreasing in both Canada and the US. Why? They have greater bioavailability than capsules, for instance. You can find near-instantaneous relief by directly applying cream or gel to sore or infected areas. But this also explains why cannabis topicals aren’t as popular.  As flower is the largest category, and pre-rolls are […]

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DIY Cannabis Skin Cream for the Ultimate in Skincare

We love that weed markets are opening everywhere, but we also love that weed’s increasing popularity has led to a massive DIY world. Sometimes consumers want to know that their product is specifically what they want it to be, especially when its going in, or on, their body. When it comes to looking great, check out this DIY cannabis skin cream recipe, for glowing skin, and no unnecessary chemicals.

Who wants a store bought product when you can make DIY cannabis skin cream in the comfort of your own home? Best way to know you’ve got a great product, is to make it yourself. This site focuses on independent reporting of the cannabis and psychedelic landscapes. You can follow along by subscribing to the THC Weekly Newsletter, which comes full of deals on products likes vapes and edibles, for those who’d rather just buy. Plus, we’ve got tons of offers for popular cannabinoid products including HHC-O, Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP HHC. There are a lot of great products out there, so do your research, and make sure to make the best purchase possible.

Why DIY?

There are plenty of reasons why a person might want to make their own product, rather than buy from a store. Stores generally have standard and streamlined items, which are the same from store to store, state to state, and sometimes country to country as well. There’s not a lot of individualism in product marketing on a large scale, so when buying from a store, you’re getting the same basic product that everyone else gets.

This doesn’t leave a lot of room for variation. And though providers often do supply product listings that include alternative options (no-sugar options, gluten-free options, animal-friendly options, vegan options), it’s sometimes hard to get all your needs met in a regular store. Even a specialty store generally runs off specific recipes, so though it might provide different options to bigger marketplaces, it still can’t necessarily get you the exact product you want.

Besides the inability for personalization, standard product markets are oftentimes dirty. If you want a skin cream, you might prefer it without a bunch of toxic chemicals. Those chemicals are there because these products are made via mass production, whereby they’re expected to travel long distances, and sit on store shelves without going bad. Sometimes, you won’t have the benefit of knowing (or trusting) anything about a product you’re buying off a shelf. As more information comes out about the dicey ingredients in cosmetics, making your own products becomes that much more enticing.

DIY products come out exactly how you desire, since you’re choosing what goes in, and all cooking/processing techniques. When you do it yourself, you don’t have to question what added chemicals there might be, what processing techniques were used (and if they could have left behind residue), and what quality of ingredients went into making the product. When you make it yourself, you can control for all the mentioned factors. Plus, if you happen to like your product with just a little more of this, or just a little less of that, you can make it specific to your needs.

DIY cannabis skin cream can be used for different purposes. Cannabis creams are often used to strengthen the skin and remove blemishes, while other skin ailments like rashes or infections, are also treatable with the same creams. For some, the main purpose is simply to achieve glowing skin, and general beauty maintenance. When it comes to skincare, there are different terms to know, like salve, lotion, ointment, balm, and cream.

A salve can be defined as anything that goes on the skin, whether a lotion, ointment, cream, or balm, although there are more specific definitions. Often, the amount of water in the product will dictate what it’s called. Lotions and creams have more water, for example, while balms are made without water. According to the water definition, salves are in between, but are the starting point for making creams and lotions.

Tons of things can be made at home. Read on for DIY cannabis skin cream options, and also check out other DIY guides for cannabis tea, making your own hash, creating CBN at home, making cannabis tinctures, and infused oils, which are necessary for making salves and creams.

Before you start

The first part of making a cannabis salve, is to start with an infused oil. We already went over the process for making an infused oil, and it remains the same here. First, the cannabis must be decarboxylated if the user wants a THC or CBD cream (rather than THCA and CBDA). On the other hand, as a lot of creams are medicinal, this step is not necessary for many users. Either way, if its to be decarbed, this part comes first.

Different people have their own decarb methods, and the most important thing about getting it right, is matching up your temperature with the amount of time its left in the oven. The general range is 200-300º F (93.3-149º C). At the lower limit, a longer decarb is usually done of between 45 minutes-1 hour, while at the higher limit, its more like 15-20 minutes.

It’s possible to go as high as 325º F (162º C) and only leave it in for about 5 minutes. Before sticking it in an oven, the weed should be broken up to just above a powder, and spread out evenly on a baking sheet, pan, or tin foil. Some opt to cover with a baking sheet or tin foil to catch (and re-condense) vaporized cannabinoids, but how much this helps, is hard to say.

Another option here is to use an already-made infused oil. In this case, you might actually find it best to pick something up from your local dispensary, if that’s an option, or use something you already have lying around. Your third option is to do the raw-cannabis-directly-in-the-oil method, which will decarboxylate the weed, but maybe not as completely as with an oven.

On the plus side, for this last option, an oven isn’t necessary, so if you don’t have one, you don’t need one. Interested salve-makers can decide what works best for their specific situation. The instructions for in-oil decarbing, and making a cannabis infused oil, are here. The following ingredients are necessary once you have your oil.

  1. 1.5 cups of infused cannabis oil
  2. 1/3 cup olive oil
  3. 1/3 cup beeswax (vegan options: organic soy wax, candelilla wax, or carnauba wax – in the same amounts)
  4. A double-boiler, or standard pot
  5. Container for the salve, glass is best.
  6. Your choice – want to smell nice? Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender or peppermint
  7. Your choice – want it to help your skin more? Add in 1 tablespoon of Shea butter, or 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil

DIY cannabis skin cream instructions

Now that you’ve got your infused cannabis oil, the next part is to turn it into a salve. Always remember, that more heat equals more ruined cannabinoids, so in all parts where heat is necessary, never go above the intended limit, or for longer than a safe amount of time. If you’re using a pre-made oil, and its solidified, you’ll need to melt it first, for which a double boiler works best. Once its liquified, or if you just made some oil, the next step is to mix stuff together.

  • Put 1/3 cup beeswax in a pot or double boiler, and heat until melted. You can have the heat up for this, but turn it down to low upon melting.
  • Stir in 1.5 cups of cannabis-infused oil, along with 1/3 cup olive oil. If you’re adding in vitamin E or a few drops of an essential oil, now is the time.
  • Stir until everything is evenly mixed together.
  • Once mixed completely, immediately remove from heat and put in storage containers.
  • It will harden in the containers as it cools. And is ready for use once its stiff and at a resting temperature.
  • Best to store in a cool dark location, and if possible, use storage containers that don’t allow in the sun (tinted glass, for example).

That’s actually about it. The process is pretty quick, and nets you an oil you can use all over your body. Sometimes, the salve will crack as it cools down, and though this has no bearing on the product, for those who prefer a cleaner aesthetic, the salve-maker can put the salve in a mixing bowl when its still hot, allow it to partially cool down, and then whip it with the mixer, before putting in storage.

If you want a more cream-like or lotion-like product, you can create this from your salve. You’ll always need your salve first, as making a lotion is the last step. To do this, take your salve, along with 1 cup Aloe vera, 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, and 2 tablespoons of shea or cocoa butter. And then mix it all together. Voila, your salve is now a lotion.


There you have it. If you’re in the market for some skin care products and don’t want the standard off-the-shelf offering, get in there with some DIY cannabis skin scream, from your very own kitchen. Luckily, cannabis products are some of the easiest to make, and when done properly, create healthy options, for which you as the maker, know exactly what went down to create them. As always, remember there are multiple recipes for everything, so if you’re not quite happy with what’s in this article, do a little research to find your perfect recipe.

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Can Cannabis Help Reduce Fatigue?

Can cannabis help reduce fatigue? Typically, one would think cannabis causes fatigue. An indica brand glues you to the couch. A sativa strain may have you up and active, but after the high wears off, you’re fatigued or “burned out” – right? According to a new US study, that depends on the individual. “[T]he magnitude […]

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Cannabis Topicals for Sunburns – Do They Work?

In the last several years, cannabis topicals have taken hold in the cannabis market and have even gained the attention of numerous beauty brands. Cannabis topicals, particularly those containing CBD, are seen in many everyday beauty products. With spring and summer right around the corner, this season we’ll explore if cannabis topicals work for sunburns. […]

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Look Your Best: The Benefits of Hemp Cosmetics

There are a lot of ways to use the cannabis plant, and a lot of products that can be made. Whether a person wants to smoke flower, vape a concentrate, eat an edible, inhale via a nasal spray, get it through a patch, or rub it all over their skin, each of these methods allows a person to ingest compounds, or use the plant in some way. In the case of cosmetics, the goal isn’t to get high, the goal is to look good. So here are some basics of the benefits of hemp cosmetics.

The benefits of hemp cosmetics are substantial compared to standard petroleum-based cosmetics, and this is good for personal health, and the environment. Cannabis is great in that way, offering tons of positive medical and recreational attributes from smoking up, to getting ready for a night out. Plus, with the new and wide-ranging cannabinoids market, not only can products be bought outside of regulation, but there are tons of new offerings including delta-8 THC, THCV, and HHC among others. Check out all our current deals and find the products perfect for you.

What are hemp cosmetics?

As always, before getting into the benefits of hemp cosmetics, its best to first describe what we’re talking about. Most people probably have a working definition of cosmetics in their head. Nonetheless, for anyone that needs a formal definition, cosmetics are “relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion.” With a second definition defining that this is “done or made for the sake of appearance.”

In other words, makeup, and skin care items. Whether you’re moisturizing your skin to get that awesome healthy glow, rubbing rouge on your cheeks, covering up those blemishes, or putting thickening cream in your hair, these are all examples of products used to improve appearance, and they all fit under the title of ‘cosmetics’.

Cosmetics are far and away mainly female bought items. In very few societies today is it standard for men to wear makeup, though this certainly doesn’t preclude them from doing so. Especially when it comes to things like covering blemishes, or hair care (including shaving), men do take part in the market as well.

hemp cosmetics

Hemp cosmetics are cosmetics that incorporate hemp into their ingredients list, many using hemp oil as the base for the product. With tons of medical properties, there are many benefits to the user for using of hemp cosmetics. This isn’t simply because hemp can offer so much, but also as an alternative to the often-not-safe chemicals used in standard cosmetics today.

Today’s cosmetic industry

The actual history of cosmetics in the US is generally not written about well. In fact, over the years I’ve watched basic historical information disappear from the internet, seemingly as a form of censorship. Which actually makes sense in this situation, as the real story of cosmetics and big oil is a rather seedy one. It’s also likely the reason there is virtually no regulation in cosmetics (apart from chemicals used for coloring), since regulation would end the ability to use petroleum byproducts in products.

In short, “In the 1950s, government subsidies incentivized companies to process oil byproducts into synthetic chemicals and resins. Capitalizing on these generous subsidies, the cosmetic industry hired chemical engineers to design their products, with the resulting synthetic substances sold as body and skin ‘care’ products.  The cosmetic industry created the misconception that the skin is impervious, and regulations misleadingly classify oil cosmetics as ‘external’ products –  ignoring the effects of dermal chemical absorption.”

Not only was a weird idea developed that the skin actually acts as a barrier to the chemicals put on it (we know now that is highly and dangerously untrue), but without instituting regulation, it allowed for these chemicals to be used for decades of time despite continuous information to the contrary being put out about their safety.

I expect this is precisely why no regulation measure exists. The government supports big oil, and supported oil byproducts being used in cosmetics. If you’re going to promote an industry to use bad chemicals, and you want to get away with it, you have to forego all regulation to ensure those bad chemicals aren’t ruled out.

More recently, adding onto the petroleum problem, a new oil is now being used for cosmetics, complete with its own issues. Palm oil. Though palm oil provides a safer ingredient than petroleum byproducts, it comes with a massive environmental toll in the form of deforestation (reportedly, 8% of the world’s forests were destroyed for palm oil production between 1990 and 2008.) This is also related to peatlands becoming flammable when drained to grow palm, resulting in fires that cause more carbon emissions, and effect the health of those who breathe in the smoke.

palm oil

According to Greenpeace, “more than 900,000 people in Indonesia have suffered acute respiratory infections due to the smoke from fires in 2019, and nearly 10 million children are at risk of lifelong physical and cognitive damages due to air pollution.” In fact, “In the first 10 months of 2019, these fires released an amount of CO2 close to the UK’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions.” Palm is used because it’s a cheap oil, for which production has massively increased in the last several decades.

What are the benefits of hemp cosmetics vs standard?

Now that we’ve gone through how the standard (generally corporate) cosmetics industry is a rather dirty place, this leads us to the benefits that can be gained by using hemp-based cosmetics instead. We already know that hemp offers massive health and environmental benefits (or less detractions) than standard materials in many industries, and for many products. Whether it’s building materials like cement, or leather, paint and finishing products, plastics, or even batteries, hemp offers a safer alternative. And this can be seen for cosmetics as well.

When used in cosmetics, what we’re talking about isn’t hemp flowers, but hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is “extracted by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hemp oil is rich in properties that makes it a very effective moisturizer functioning as an emollient to soften and smoothen the skin. Hemp seed oil is high in essential fatty acids (omegas 3 and 6), polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and other nutrients that keep the skin in a good condition.”

As hemp is natural, recyclable, non-toxic, and biodegradable, it makes the far better option for what to put on your skin, than something toxic that will go directly to your bloodstream. Think about all those oil derivatives, and what that means to your body to be ingesting them.

If you’re wondering if chemical absorption into the bloodstream through the skin is really an issue, (as it is often touted as a non-issue), it’s best to remember that things like birth control patches, nicotine patches, and fentanyl patches are all used for a reason. And understanding that on the one hand, should allow the logic in, that the skin absorbs what’s put on it. This might not go for everything (often an argument to back up using such chemicals), but it’ll go for most things.

According to a Huffington Post article which references Environmental Working Group research, “In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns.”

cosmetic absorption

What were they? “Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects. These toxins included mercury, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated and polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBCD/F and PBDD/F), perflorinated chemicals (PFCs), organochlorine pesticides like DDT and chlordane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and many others. These study results have been largely ignored by the media.” While not all of this relates to cosmetics, many of these chemicals can indeed be found in skincare products.

More specific benefits of hemp cosmetics

We’ve gone over that hemp is safer than petroleum-based cosmetics, but what can it actually do for a person? Here are some basics of the benefits of using hemp cosmetics. When referring to ‘hemp oil’ it means oil derived from the hemp plant, and this implies the presence of CBD. Sometimes CBD oils – which are hemp oils – are sold in concentrated form, but there should always be CBD in hemp oil, unless its specifically taken out to meet a regulation. Even in these cases, there is likely to be a trace amount.

According to Dr. Tina Alster, clinical professor of dermatology at Washington DC’s Georgetown University Medical Center, “CBD may have a positive impact on a variety of health concerns and conditions including chronic pain, joint Inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, memory, nausea, neurological disorders, skin disorders and more.”

In terms of specifically offering benefits to the skin, Dr. Alster related that “CBD oil has an anti-inflammatory property, which can benefit the skin, and it can also reduce oil production, provide moisture and relieve pain and itching.”

The doctor states, “Topical CBD is safe and works effectively for all skin types. The products are easy to administer. Sufferers of serious medical skin conditions and those who are seeking innovative skincare options can benefit from topical CBD use… Anti-inflammatory properties associated with CBD are beneficial in treating such dermatologic conditions as acne, psoriasis and eczema due to reduction of dryness, irritation and redness. CBD-containing creams, oils, gels and serums not only moisturize and soothe the skin but are also showing encouraging results in relieving pain caused by certain skin disorders.”


Hemp oil offers two basic things for the cosmetics industry. First, it offers a non-toxic base oil to work with which isn’t associated with massive environmental or medical damage. It’s not a byproduct of the oil industry, or a reason for mass deforestation. It’s plant material, and that beats out any synthetic or petroleum-based material out there.

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Second, it’s actually good for the skin. It promotes skin health, by offering it the vitamins and minerals that it needs to be functioning at its best. While much in the cosmetics world is meant to cover up imperfections, hemp oil cosmetic products can do the same and more, offering a way to look better, which actually helps eliminate issues by promoting healthier skin function.

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