If you, like us, appreciate a good mind-blowing fact, then here's a humdinger: Did you know that THC—the main psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana—is actually an antioxidant? It's also an anti-inflammatory (though, given weed's reputation to dull pain, that might seem more obvious). What this also means is that the cannabis plant has major topical benefits as well.
In other words, get ready, because it's time to give your skin a contact high.
While smoking (no matter the substance) is not good for your complexion, and has been shown to advance aging, THC actually does quite the opposite when applied on the skin. As an antioxidant, it can combat wrinkles and fine lines, and scientists and dermatologists are currently studying the ways that it could combat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. There are ways, if you are a Washington or Colorado resident, to create a THC-heavy oil (or buy it, of course). But because we are based in New York, and because 48 out of 50 states don't have access to marijuana, we decided to sub in hemp oil, the legal by-product of cannabis. Hemp oil has trace levels of THC that are just enough to offer an antioxidant effect, and are heavy in omegas, which are essential for moisturizing dull skin.
It's a great, natural addition to throw into your skincare rotation, but for those times you'd like to hunker down at home and give your visage a little extra TLC, consider yourself covered: We concocted a cannabis facial that gave our own tired, dry skin a new lease on life. We decided to supplement the omegas found in the hemp oil with another hefty dose from creamy avocado; to kill toxins and brighten up skin, we tossed in amino acid-packed, vitamin-heavy spirulina, and amazing superfood sea algae. Finally, we had to throw in a little bit of patchouli, natch—not just for the novelty factor, but also because the stereotypically hippie-loved oil actually does a number on both acne and sagging skin.
-1 ripe avocado
-1/4 cup hemp oil (or marijuana oil, where legal)
-2 tsp spirulina powder
-several drops patchouli oil (optional)
-a large makeup brush that you don't mind getting gross (optional)
What we used:
Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil, $12; vitacost.com
Earthrise Spirulina Natural Powder, $9; vitacost.com
Sunshine Spa Patchouli Oil, $6; iherb.com
Our price breakdown*: 1 avocado ($1) + 1/4 cup hemp oil ($1.50) + 2 tsp spirulina powder ($0.80) + approx. 1/8 tsp patchouli oil ($0.60) = $3.90
*When using hemp oil
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