What You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

CBD oil, marijuana leaves and CBD tinctures, CBD beauty products

Walking down the beauty aisles at any retail store you will start to notice CBD taking over the shelves. Thanks to the loosed regulations in the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil, so long as it is extracted from an industrial hemp-based plant, labeled correctly, and has lower than 0.3 percent THC, is legal to use. 

 

One of the most asked questions about CBD beauty products, or anything containing CBD in general, is “will it get me high?” The answer is no. Because these products are to have lower than 0.3 percent THC, you cannot get high from CBD infused products. THC is the cannabinoid that, in high percentages, will produce euphoric properties and creates a head high. CBD, the other main cannabinoid, has more health benefits and calming effects.

 

Thanks to the loosened laws and the latest scientific studies coming out about CBD and how it can offer many health benefits, CBD is here for beauty, and you should be too. 

Woman smelling Papa & Barkley calming balm at From The Earth

Everyone is on the CBD Beauty Product Train

 

Many celebrities have fallen in love with CBD beauty products. The beautiful and funny Melissa McCarthy applied CBD oil to her feet while getting ready for the 2019 Oscars. Not only to alleviate some of the stressfulness that comes with preparing for the Oscars, but also to remove any discomfort from her feet from the heels she wore that night. 

 

McCarthy is not the only celeb rocking CBD beauty products on the red carpet. Other superstar celebrities like Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie, Mandy Moore, and Michelle Williams have also used CBD products on their feet, calves and ankles to help ease the pain of wearing heels, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Even the Oscar afterparty included some CBD beauty products for everyone to enjoy. From curated CBD goodies to a vape lounge, cannabis made a statement at the Oscars. 

 

Why Buy Beauty Products with CBD?

 

CBD has many benefits to our skin and body. It contains many vitamins like vitamins A, D, and E, along with fatty acids and anti-inflammation properties. These fatty acids are also found naturally in our bodies, which makes using CBD beauty products even more efficient. 

 

The anti-inflammation properties CBD beauty products provide can help our skin in many different ways. From helping to heal dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema and it even fights against signs of aging and acne. This is one reason why some of the most popular CBD beauty products are lotions, creams, and serums. 

 

These body lotions and creams are also great for massages, whether that be after a hard workout or for pleasure. The CBD properties target the area in which you applied the cream to and help to ease and relax the muscles quickly. Topicals are the perfect form of CBD beauty product that you can easily add into your daily skincare routine. Plus, you can use it as much or as little as you want throughout the day with no major side effects. 

What Types of CBD Beauty Products are there?

 

When it comes to beauty products in general, there are tons of things out there for you to try and get your hands on. The same can be said for CBD beauty products. If there’s a beauty product, there’s likely a version of that product that contains CBD. 

 

As mentioned before, some of the most popular items are lotions and creams. You can find many of these CBD beauty products at retail stores or even your local dispensaries. You might even catch yourself picking up a few other things to help you wind down while using some of your new CBD beauty products. Some popular brands include Papa & Barkley, Vertly, Kush Queen, and Care by Design.

 

Papa & Barkley have a variety of different versions of their CBD relief product. You can choose to get a balm or lotion, or even drops (tincture), capsules, or oils. Their 1:1 Repair Cream is specifically designed to help with sensitive areas like your face and neck. It also uses the whole plant profile to provide a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients. The Papa & Barkley 1:1 Repair Cream uses natural ingredients to help rejuvenate your skin and keep it looking healthy and youthful.

 

If you are looking for the perfect way to unwind after a long day, try a Kush Queen bath bomb. They describe their bath bombs as using “organic essential oils and cannabinoids to create effect-specific full-body experiences.” 

 

Vertly is another popular CBD beauty product brand that offers many things like face serums, bath salts, relief lotion, and even lip butter. Their lip butter includes full spectrum Hemp Extracts to help “you feel great knowing you’re absorbing a little bit of Hemp Extract with every swipe of Vertly on your lips.”

 

Are you someone who has uncomfortable dry skin? Cannuka CBD Healing Skin Balm might be the wonder balm you have been looking for. Cannuka’s blend of Manuka honey, CBD, and other natural ingredients create a calming and moisturizing protective layer for your skin. Add it in as part of your nightly routine or whenever you feel your skin is needing a little extra moisture. Cannuka also has other skincare products you can use alongside its healing balm that all contain CBD. From the Cannuka Hydrating Lip Balm to the Cannuka Harmonizing Face Cream, you can have your entire skincare routine include CBD for an overall calming feeling. While CBD beauty products are great for their calming effects, as we have discussed, they also include many other benefits for our skin. CBD is great for reducing inflammation which can cause dry skin, acne, and wrinkles. 

 

The next time you are shopping for new skincare products, want to try to heal your skin, or are just looking for a nice lotion for a calming nightly skincare routine, consider a product that contains CBD. 

 

How are Cannabis and Religion Connected?

Young marijuana plant growing in the sunlight
Young marijuana plant growing in the sunlight

When you really sit and think about it, it’s no wonder that people of certain religions have used cannabis in their rituals. Cannabis and religion go hand in hand when it comes to finding a spiritual awakening. Many religions have used cannabis for its psychoactive properties, some 16th-century texts even mentioning “seeking to see ghosts.”

But how do different religions use cannabis in their religious practices? How did it all start? 

Cannabis in Ancient and Modern Day China

About 20 years ago, farmers in China discovered a mummified corpse. The man seemed to be of high social status as he was well dressed and had with him many possessions including a harp, archery equipment and a few other items that lead researchers to believe that the man may have been a shaman. Also found with the man was 789g of dried cannabis. 

Scientists were able to analyze the marijuana and could prove it to be so as it was very well preserved and contained THC. However, no pipes or any other clues were found in the tomb with the shaman to prove that it was to be smoked. Some researchers mentioned that it could have been for use in the afterlife as a “medicine or for visionary purposes.” 

As mentioned previously, cannabis has long been used for its mind altering properties. Taoists, those who practice Taoism, an ancient Chinese practice, have been known to use cannabis as an incense. They use it to help guide them on their spiritual journey beyond the mortal plane. 

Man in India smoking marijuana with chillum

Cannabis in India

Cannabis has long been found in India and has been used for centuries in religion. Dating as far back to 2000 B.C., the sacred Hindu text The Vedas, mentions cannabis as one of the five sacred plants. It was said to have a guardian angel who lived in it’s leaves.  

In the Hindu tradition, there are three types of cannabis preparation that are commonly used, even to this day. The first is known as bhang, which is typically made using nuts, spices and sugar and combined with cannabis and boiled in milk. 

Bhang is said to be associated with the god Shiva. According to legend, Shiva was wandering in the hot sun in a field after a family dispute. Tired from the heat and the altercation with his family, he fell asleep under a leafy plant. When he woke up, his curiosity got the better of him and he decided to sample the leaves from the plant. Feeling instantly rejuvenated, he decided that was his favorite food. 

The second preparation of cannabis is called ganga. This form is stronger than bhang and is made from the flower and upper leaves of the female plant and then smoked. Charas is the third preparation and is also stronger than bhang. Also known as “black gold” or “finger hash”, it is made from extracted resin from an almost-mature flower bud by rolling it in your palms. The resin is then smoked in a pipe called a chillum, and is usually shared between two to five people. 

Rastafarianism and Cannabis

When one first thinks of a Rastafarian they may go straight to a stereotype of a Rasta sitting somewhere with a big joint in his mouth listening to Bob Marley and just living life. However, Rastafarianism is far from that. 

Rastafarianism follows the text of the Old Testament. They believe that marijuana is mentioned various times throughout the Bible and interpret it as such. For instance, “eat every herb of the land” is interpreted as all herbs including marijuana, and God put them there for man to use. 

Rastafarians only smoke marijuana during ceremonies, known as reasonings, to bring them closer to Jah (God). Reasonings are very meaningful ceremonies that can include deep meditation, prayer, debates, and other discussions. 

Rastaman began using cannabis in their religious practices as early as the late 1800s. One of the most popular Rastaman is Bob Marley, though what you may not know is that he did not see a purpose in smoking marijuana recreationally. He saw himself as a holy person, as most Rastafarians do, and saw cannabis as a holy rite which opened the door to help him get closer to his creativity. 

How Do Religions Use Cannabis in Ceremonies and not Recreational Use?

An interesting thought one might have is how and why most religions who use cannabis for their religious practices and ceremonies only use it for that, and no recreational use outside of their practices. There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about this. 

One is that cannabis is always used in some sort of ritual, meditation, or other religious ceremony to bring one closer to a higher power. The second is that it is never mentioned to be used outside of these religious rituals, you only use them to be closer to a divine being, nothing else. It’s all about context and how others around you view it and how you see it yourself. 

Conclusion

Many religions use cannabis in their religious practices, the ones we have mentioned, and many more beyond that. Cannabis has been around for centuries and has brought us closer to a higher power. Whether that be through smoking with a pipe or burning it as incense, or even ingesting it in a mixture or drink. We all seek to find peace and tranquility through our meditation practices and religious ceremonies, and cannabis is here to help us reach our peak and communicate with our divine beings.

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What Happens When Art and Cannabis Collide

Young woman smoking marijuana joint by window
Young woman smoking marijuana joint by window

Art and marijuana have always gone hand-in-hand with one another. Many artists of different cultures and mediums, from sculptures to painters and photographers, have all dabbled in the marijuana experience while creating their art. 

Why It Works

Scientists have said that cannabis helps to stimulate the frontal lobe, which is an area of the brain that is very active in creative people. That said, cannabis affects everyone differently. If you are an artist wanting to boost your creativity with the use of cannabis, you have to find the right dosage, or sweet spot. 

Also, knowing the strain you are using can help as well. Keeping in mind that an Indica will keep you more calm and mellow, while a Sativa will give you a boost of energy. 

How Cannabis and Art are Colliding

Now that cannabis and the use of marijuana is starting to become legal across the United States, we are starting to see different ways people are combining the use of cannabis and art. Even businesses are starting to pop up in areas where the drug is legal and are inventing fun, interactive art activities for people to take part in like Puff, Pass and Paint or Marijuana and Mimosas. 

There are even businesses that are adapting to the new legality of the drug and introducing special classes to their schedule like Paint & Puff, a 420 friendly painting class. 

Cannabis Artists

You may be wondering if any artists you know or have heard of have ever used marijuana to enhance their creativity while creating art. 

One artist many people have heard of is William Shakespeare. A study done in 2001 in South Africa by anthropologist Francis Thackeray and his team may have found traces to indicate that our beloved English playwright in fact smoked marijuana, among other things. 

The team was loaned 24 tobacco pipes from Shakespeare’s garden that date back to the early 17th century. While they can’t prove that they were his or that they were used by him, they were found on his property. The team analyzed the 24 pipes and found evidence of cannabis as well as Peruvian cocaine. 

Thackeray noted that before he started this research with his team, he read all of Shakespeare’s sonnets. In an unpublished manuscript, Thackeray suggests that Shakespeare may have used marijuana as a “stimulant that had mind-stimulating properties.”

Snoop Dogg smoking joint on stage at concert with sunglasses on

Cannabis in Pop Culture

In today’s culture, you can probably name a few artists who use marijuana. From famous rappers like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, to celebrity personalities like Willie Nelson and Cheech and Chong. 

Though we may know these famous names and how vocal they are about their love for marijuana, they use their artistic vision along with their love of cannabis, to create not only their art, but ways of sharing their art with their fans. 

In an interview with “The Cut” in 2015, Snoop talked about his use of marijuana for wellness and sleep. Snoop was in town for his annual 420 Wellness Retreat, which is Snoop’s way of celebrating 4/20 with his fans with “music, cannabis culture and overall wellness.”

In his interview, Snoop mentioned that he starts his day “lighting one up and eating some fruit.” He goes on to talk about how cannabis helps in his wellness routine. “Cannabis keeps me feeling good and allows me to be more creative, which is important as an artist. You gotta keep feeling inspired. Weed relaxes you and opens your mind.”

"The Farmer" mosaic art piece by Chronic Art, Cliff Maynard. Older man with glasses, hat and white beard with marijuana plants around him.
“The Farmer” from Chronic Art Facebook Page.

Cannabis Art

While most of us know many musicians and actors who use cannabis to help them make their art, there are many other types of artists out there who create purely cannabis art. 

Cliff Maynard is a mosaic artist who not only uses cannabis to create his art, but uses the paper too. Maynard uses roaches, or the remains of a blunt, to create stunning, layered mosaic works of art. What started as an experiment while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, turned into what he calls “recycling on a higher level.” Maynard has created different types of mosaics from portraits of John Lennon and Bob Marley, to advocacy and activist flyers and even the 2009 official collector’s poster for Hempfest in Seattle. 

Tony Greenhand, is known to many as the “world’s greatest joint roller.” Why? Because he creates smokable sculptures that one could only dream of. By scrolling through his Instagram, you can find fun creations like Bulbasaur, The Pink Panther, the Lombardi trophy, and a collection of Rick and Morty characters, just to name a few. Greenhand has even created his famous cannabis art for marijuana enthusiasts like Tommy Chong and B.o.B.

Alyssa Serpentini is doing her part in hopes to break the stigma around cannabis art. Serpentini creates landscape art and layers rich colors to emphasize the flower and make something that looks different than what most people are used to seeing when they think of cannabis art. By using various techniques with acrylics and glazes, she showcases her pieces similar to how one would see paintings of trees and wildflowers, to help emphasize the similarities between the plants. Serpentini also uses hemp in her products by mixing her modeling compound powdered hemp. 

Conclusion

As we can see, there is much more to cannabis art than meets the eye. From artists using cannabis byproducts in their art or as their art, to smoking marijuana to feel inspired and creative. While we have merely touched the surface of cannabis art, there are tons of cannabis artists out there creating beautiful works of art. 

A quick search on Google or Etsy and you will find the typical types of art you might think of, like psychedelic colors and aliens, but you will also find beautiful drawings of cannabis flowers and even a few pop culture references thrown into the mix. No matter the medium, no matter the use, cannabis art is a creative avenue with many forms and variations.

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