The Surprising Beauty Benefits Weed Has to Offer


January 13, 2018

Plenty Some of you are probably familiar with that zen mode your body and brain is put on when you smoke, vape, or consume cannabis (very confident you’ve got that bit covered), but what about the effects marijuana has when you use a beauty product that’s infused with it? That’s right, kids. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the hidden beauty benefits weed has to offer.



We know, we know. It’s not a good idea to peddle beauty products laced with hemp here in Singapore, but thanks to this particular face mask that made the news, we’ve decided to unearth other beauty products that share the same wonderful ingredient.

So, why the hell is there weed in my moisturiser?

As the use of medical and recreational pot becomes increasingly welcomed in the United States, companies have started to experiment with the marijuana plant the same way they would with every other botanical option out there. Honestly, who wouldn’t try to capitalise on its legalisation? In the beauty industry, cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly becoming the next “it” ingredient incorporated into skincare and makeup products, all vying for a spot on your bathroom shelf.

Can it actually do anything for my skin?

Of course, they won’t get you high since these formulas use non-psychoactive extracts from the plant, but there’s a growing body of scientific research that attests to CBD’s ability to lower inflammation, reduce anxiety, and improve one’s complexion. See, cannabinoids don’t just have anti-aging properties, they’re also chock full of antioxidants that are able to help modulate sebum production. And since most weed-infused beauty items contain hemp oil, the fatty acids seal in cracks between skin cells to soothe and hydrate inflamed skin, so it helps to regulate dry skin, acne, and various skin diseases when applied topically.

Perhaps it’s worth giving weed a whirl.

OCC lip tar

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

Formulated with hemp oil and vitamin E, this liquid lipstick won’t crack and crumble. Instead it goes on silky smooth to nourish your lips, leaving it hydrated and comfortable all day. Bonus: It’s infused with peppermint oil to refresh your senses and plump up your pout.

US$17, available at

nubian heritage hemp lotion

Nubian Heritage Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Body Lotion

This soothing body lotion is infused with hydration Indian hemp oil and aromatic Haitian vetiver to leave your body feeling smooth and smelling good. There’s also shea butter and neem oil, which are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants to moisturise and condition dry skin.

$13.46, available at

allies of skin masque

Allies of Skin Fresh Slate™ Purifying Cleanser + Masque

This clever cleanser-mask multitasker will ensure you get the deepest cleanse ever. Charged with manuka honey and gentle salicylic acid, the formula draws out pore-clogging impurities, while hemp seed oil hydrates and balances to clarify congested complexions.

$59, available at

josh rosebrook nutrient day cream

Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF30

A multi-action day cream, this tinted formula works as a nourishing moisturiser, primer, and physical sunscreen. It’s famed for its colour-adapting minerals which help correct and brighten skin tone, while its blend of plant oils (hemp’s in there, of course) soothes and repairs.

$89, available at

fresh cannabis santal edp

Fresh Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfum

Okay, so our last find doesn’t exactly contain weed, but it is infused with a lovely cannabis accord, which is a balanced blend of notes that smells like an impression of actual cannabis. There’s orange, rose, and vanilla musk in the blend too, which makes for a light and calming fragrance – we’d expect no less, quite honestly.

$148, available at Fresh stores and Sephora.

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