Make Cannabis Part Of Your Routine

Body Lotion

In addition to the religious celebration (Easter), this Sunday is also the unofficial holiday for something that some people practice with religious vigor. The origins of "420" are something of high school folklore. The widely accepted theory is that a group of early-‘70s weed aficionados would meet after school at 4:20pm to enjoy the effects of their favorite drug; the definitely not true, but no less entertaining theory is that “420” is police code for marijuana busts. We're all for religious freedom over here, but can't necessarily endorse the use of marijuana this weekend—our offices are located in NYC after all, and the po-po still say it's a no-no. We can, however, expound the virtues of Mary Jane's not-so-distant relative: hemp.

Unfortunately, no, we've not the power or will to advocate for the return of hemp necklaces, this article is about hempseed oil-infused (and the occasional cannabis-imbued) beauty products. So why hemp?

“One of the main benefits of hempseed oil is all of the omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids it contains. They’re excellent to help nourish our hair and skin because they act as a vegetable protein, so they work not only for lubrication—as oils do—but they also help to strengthen and nourish from the inside out,” say Jamyla Bennu, the creator of small-batch, natural skincare company Oyin Handmade. “Each oil has different nutritional properties and can do different things for you. The oils like hempseed, almond, and coconut are far more nutritious to your hair. They sink in. They penetrate the hair's cuticle fast and provide nourishment to the core of the strand.”

So with that in mind, the products…

For hair + hempseed oil, there’s no better brand than Oyin Handmade. The Honey Hemp Conditioner will help bring you closer to that long, healthy, flowing look that appears to have never known the burn of bleach, with an ingredient list that's mineral oil- and paraben-free. Though the honey does impart a slightly sweet scent, you’ll be happily free of any lingering fragrance after drying. Plus, "love" is listed as one of the ingredients on the bottle, and who couldn’t use just a little more love in their hair?

Body Lotion
If winter weather has left you dry and itchy, Nature’s Gate Hemp Lotion will help get you ready for short dresses and tank tops. The fast-absorbing cream dries relatively matte, helping avoid the “can’t cross my legs without them slowly slipping apart” issue that far too many moisturizers and body oils encourage. But if you’re looking to live on the wild side and truly indulge in the spirit of the holiday, Apothecanna is your brand. We’ve all heard the “weed helps reduce pain!” reasoning that Californians use to obtain their medicinal marijuana cards—and they’re right! Combined with arnica, juniper, peppermint, and cannabis flower, the Extra Strength Pain Cream is the 420-friendly take on Icy Hot pads.

If you haven’t used Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, then you didn't hear me the first time I wrote something similar to this: it’s the best. Among other things we learned about the brand via Marc Maron and his WTF Podcast, David Bronner is a major proponent for the legalization of marijuana, thus making it no surprise that the truly magical brand uses hempseed oil as a main ingredient in their soap products.

At this point, after much reading, it seems clear that the healthiest deodorant is an aluminum free, non-antiperspirant option, but unfortunately that usually means that it won't deodorize at all—in fact, it will odorize you even worse. But Lafe's Roll On Deodorant works. Really. Intense-morning-workout tested and approved.

Speaking of odors, for a feminine fragrance flirting with vetiver, hemp, and a bit of Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Soap scent, pick up Balenciaga’s Florabotanica. But if you’re looking for an earthier, slightly masculine option, try Fresh’s Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfum.

If you are in need of a hydrating lip solution no matter how many glasses of water you drink to counter the peeling and cracking from the inside, a lip balm based in hempseed oil is a great option for thin, smooth, no-nonsense moisture. Try Love & Toast’s Cherry Lemonade or Lemon Mint Lip Balms for a fun flashback to grade school's flavored lip stuff. Or if you want something slightly less girly, Apothecanna’s Lip Buzz is your jam. Don't worry (or...sorry?), you won’t get high from the cannabis seed oil-based balm.

Maybe this is already in your cosmetic bag, but now you know that Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' Lip Tars contain hempseed oil to help with the delightfully thin and smooth (but no less pigmented) application. NSFW is a personal favorite.

If none of the above products strike your fancy, but you’re interested in the benefits that hemp can bring to your body, investing in some Hemp Protein Powder or Organic Hemp Oil may be all you need. Add the powder to your diet to help increase fiber intake, or the oil to existing beauty products (like shampoos or conditioners). Of course, you can always use it alone as a moisturizer.

But if you really want to enjoy Sunday to its fullest, there are many beauty brands out there that are less legal (at least federally), so unsurprisingly, they weren’t too keen on having their brands promoted here.

—Elizabeth Brockway

Photos by Elizabeth Brockway.

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  • beeswaxnoneofyour

    Malin & Goetz make a fantastic Cannabis candle. Seriously - really elegant.

    • InTheAir

      Yes! They make a cannabis perfume oil too...pricy, but a little bit goes a long way. And it smells incredible, a really good unisex scent.

  • Talia

    Hemp products are also really nice for before during and after yoga/stretching ^_^ Happy Passover!

  • Maddy

    Lip Tar NSFW is THE best. Been wearing it since I was 17/18. I'm 21 now andd the tube is still full. Okay so the expiry date says it expires after a year BUT.....

    my lips are still attached to my face. And no signs of swelling/irritation.

    • Alaska

      I am literally notorious for using products for way too long. I don't throw out my mascara until after at least a year!

  • Cay

    I know that Fresh's Cannabis Santal is usually marketed as a men's cologne, but I wear it and it makes my boyfriend follow me around like a puppy. I wore it on our first date, on the back of my neck, and when he pulled away from our "hello" hug his eyes were wide and he blurted out "I know this is weird, but wow, you smell REALLY good." (AND NOW WE ARE DATING. THANKS, FRESH.)

    And it doesn't smell like pot, I promise.

  • JVW

    Hemp seed oil has safe my face! after struggling for months I decided to give it a try... I been using it for almost 3 weeks now morning and night
    as my moisturizer - at night alone and mornings before my sunscreen- I couldn't be happier- My skin is almost clear, more even and it feels much healthier in only 3 weeks. Still has a way to go but thank god for hemp seed oil!!!!! FYI I have extremely sensitive skin with some rosacea and this oil hasn’t hurt me at all is actually helping! using Manitoba Harvest organic hemp oil, keep it in the fridge :) .

    • ITGElizabeth

      Hi JVW--

      I completely agree. I haven't been using it quite as long as you have, but I've started to apply with the assistance of a cotton pad at night and follow with the "face massage" technique Alexandra Soveral showed us earlier this week and I love it. My skin feels AMAZING the next morning. Huzzah for hempseed oil!


  • Nancy

    I've been wearing Cannabis Santal for years. If you're ever in the mood for something a little brighter, it layers really well with their Lemon Sugar perfume on top.

  • Colleen

    Believe it or not, I have seen hemp jewelry in the marketplace. Blaze it or praise it!

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Thanks again for this post!
    Hemp oil is supposed to be healing and antibacterial. (frenchie based in Amsterdam :-))

  • VanessaV

    I did one of those mud runs last summer (11 miles in water and filth) and ended up with a gnarly fungus on one of my toenails... TMI sorry.. but this is good! My health insurance wouldn't cover the anti-fungal Rx my doctor prescribed so I tried using Miracle Oil which is a mixture of hemp seed oil and tea tree oil and it worked! I also put some of this oil on dry skin/rough patches and it smooths everything out. It's also great for cuticles. You can get it on amazon and at health food stores.

    • ITGElizabeth

      What is this mud run that you did? I'm, embarrassingly enough, a huge fan of Survivor and Real World/Road Rules Challenge and am always looking for ways to live life a bit like the contestants without, you know, subjecting myself to reality television cameras.

      • VanessaV

        It's called Tough Mudder. It was fun... You should do it!

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    Both versions of the Fresh scent ( they have a rose one too) are really great! I also used to love the hemp products from the Body Shop!

  • Peter

    ugh rly want to try the honey hemp conditioner but my scalp is soo sensitive to love

  • Emma Hager

    hemp is a magical product! It can be used for nutrition, skincare, biofuels, clothing, everything!

  • Leanne Palmer

    Fresh Cannabis Rose is a gorgeous fragrance, too.

  • lilienne

    Hemp oil is a great and super cheap face cleanser! It isn't drying but doesn't leave your face oily either. I like to use it with a konjac sponge.

  • Joana

    The Body Shop really pioneered this, their Hemp range is AMAZING!


    thank u

  • heather

    check out Au Naturel! A hemp based laundry detergent that gets your clothes clean and leaves them soft to touch!


Oyin Handmade
Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner
Nature's Gate
Nature's Gate Hemp Moisturizing Lotion
Apothecanna Extra Strength Pain Cream
Dr. Bronner's
Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap
Lafe's Natural Body Care
Lafe's Natural Body Care Deodorant Roll-On
Balenciaga Florabotanica
Fresh Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfum
Love & Toast
Love & Toast Lip Balm
Apothecanna Lip Buzz
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar
Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein
Manitoba Harvest
Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Oil