Much like the edible and concentrate markets brimming with innovative formulas and reinventions of former favorites, the options for marijuana-infused topicals have rapidly multiplied over the past year. We are seeing the first stony steps towards the multi-billion dollar cosmetic industry with THC-infused lip products that work as moisturizing primers that smooth and plump lips before the application of lipstick or lip gloss.
THC-heavy salves and massage oils are available at most dispensaries and recreational outlets, aiding those in need of relief of sore muscles and nerve issues beneath the skin. The California brand, Foria, garnered plenty of attention for their development of a THC-infused lube for erotic encounters.Empower Essential Oils made their mark on the Oregon dispensary scene with well-tested soaking salts that relax the entire body without putting enough THC in your system to show up on a urinary analysis. Another Oregon company, Luminous Botanicals, developed on a edible/topical/sensual oil blend that was strong enough to be effective no matter how you use it. While we have not quite made it to face masks or eye cream, it isn’t too far of a guess to imagine that various compounds within marijuana could prove to have desirable effects with avoiding wrinkles and regenerating skin cells.
Unlike products such as Hempz body lotion and Cannasmack lip balm, which use hemp seed oil as an ingredient, these items contain extracts from marijuana buds, and thus have the potential to have real medical effects beyond moisturizing the skin. I tried the Lavender Lip Balm by Sacred Herb Medicinals, (typically around $5) which contains a modest 37.38 milligrams of THC. That equates to less than a milligram per use; your lips don’t feel any numbing or buzzy sensation sometimes associated with topicals.
My lips looked fuller and felt really smooth right after I applied a few swipes, but without the burn or itchy feeling that comes with department store lip plumper. Unlike certain waxy chapstick, your lips don’t dry out again as soon as the balm is absorbed. I didn’t need to reapply for several hours, and it helped to keep my lips comfortable when I wore it under matte lipstick.
It will be exciting to see better options for treating certain problem-areas that only have expensive, painful solutions at this time. Personally, I have very sparse, short eyelashes, but I’m not interested in putting the chemical-heavy serums available for enhancing eyelash growth anywhere near my eyes. However, it is possible we will eventually learn about other cannabinoids in marijuana and their medical capacities, one of which could be stimulating hair follicles without risking our vision. The not-so-distant hope of rescheduling means broader research and adequate testing on skin and cosmetic products, adding yet another dimension to the statement that the national legalization of marijuana will truly lead to a more beautiful world.