Now that medical marijuana is making a comeback as a legitimate health care option, the health and wellness world seems to be on the cusp of a reefer renaissance. As states from coast to coast continue to roll back laws against medical and recreational marijuana, expect more and more cannabis beauty products and health supplements to start popping up. Some may find it hard to change their views after decades of anti-marijuana campaigns. But they may not realize that marijuana was considered a useful healing herb long before it was made illegal in 1937, a decision that was protested by the American Medical Association. Marijuana has been used as a therapeutic treatment for thousands of years in cultures around the globe, and is actually one of the 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Now that the marijuana prohibition is easing up, researchers are eagerly exploring the potential health, wellness and beauty benefits of one of history’s most notorious herbs. Thinking about getting in early on the cannabis beauty and health product trend? We’re way ahead of you, man. Here for your consideration are some of the most intriguing cannabis products for mind, body and soul. Know the Terms Cannabis goes by many names, and there have been “hemp” products on the market since long before states started legalizing marijuana. You’ll want to know the right terms as you browse the new cannabis products that are popping up left and right. Cannabis is the plant itself, which comes in a few types including Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. The fibers, seeds, oils, and buds have been used for thousands of years for food, textiles, medicine, and recreation. Hemp is technically the same thing as cannabis, but usually refers to non-psychoactive forms, such as materials made from cannabis fibers or the seeds, hearts and oils used in health and beauty supplements. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors in the brain. The most well-known cannabinoid, THC, is the one that gets people high. But there’s also CBD, which has no psychoactive effects and is currently in high demand for certain medical uses, like treating epilepsy. The more boring CBN is found in trace amounts in hemp seeds, oils, grains and fibers. There are at least 85 different cannabinoids associated with cannabis, with various effects. Cannabis Beauty Products Clinical research has shown that cannabinoids may help regulate conditions such as dry skin or acne by affecting lipid production. Studies have also shown that cannabinoids have anti-aging and antioxidant properties. New beauty products are tapping these benefits by including hemp seed oil, which features loads of beneficial omega and fatty acids. Hemp oil acts as a vegetable protein, strengthening and nourishing the skin from the inside out. Just like almond oil and coconut oil, it penetrates fast and provides deep conditioning effects on the skin and hair. Hemp lotions have had a following in the beauty world for quite some time, but the concept and branding tended to be a little too “hippie” for many. That’s all changing fast! As cannabis steadily returns to its status as an acceptable therapeutic remedy, more and more brands are openly advertising it as an ingredient, and reclaiming cannabis-related imagery after decades of stoner stereotyping. For proof, just check out these appealing new cannabis beauty products that won’t startle your relatives when they visit! Honey Hemp Hair Products by Oyin Handmade: This affordable conditioner has been earning rave reviews. It uses honey, aloe vera, silk protein and hemp oil to give you glowing, supple hair. Apothecanna Pain Creme: We’re so intrigued by Apothecanna’s Pain Creme, a moisturizer packed full of anti-inflammatory ingredients. Hemp seed oil, of course, but also arnica, peppermint, juniper, clove, and cannabis. The cream can be refrigerated for extra-soothing qualities, or massaged onto temples and trigger points to alleviate migraines and stress. The Body Shop’s Hemp Line: The Body Shop is big on hemp, which it promotes as a heavy-duty treatment for extremely dry skin. All of the Body Shop Hemp products use Fair Trade hemp seed oil, and the packaging is just as cute as their other offerings. Cannabis Health Foods Cannabis seeds and hearts are one of the earliest known human foods, and they still give a hefty boost to your breakfast. Hemp seeds have a high concentration of skin-friendly vitamins like vitamins E and C, and the oil in the seeds features vitamin-B content that promotes beneficial fatty acids to encourage firmer skin. Hemp Protein Powder: Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best plant protein sources. Hemp protein powder is packed with fiber, iron and essential amino acids, and it’s easy to add to smoothies, shakes, yogurt, cereal, baked goods and more. Expect to see lots of more hemp protein powder recipes in the next few years! Hemp Hearts: Hemp hearts are interesting because they can be eaten just like sunflower seeds or nuts. You can sprinkle hemp hearts on salads, cereals and yogurt, add them to recipes, or munch on them straight out of the package. Best of all, they contain a whopping ten grams of plant-based proteins and 10 grams of omegas with each 30 gram serving! That’s more than you get from the same serving of chia seed or flax, and with fewer carbs to boot. Hemp Oil: To get the most of hemp oil’s omega-3 content, don’t fry it. Use it in salad dressings and sauces instead. It delivers all the health benefits of cannabis with a nice, nutty flavor. Of course, you can also use hemp oil for tons of DIY beauty treatments and home remedies like this hemp facial! Luxury Cannabis Fragrance Why would you want to walk around smelling like you live backstage at a Phish concert? Of course that’s not what we’re suggesting. The thing is, today’s marijuana products are just not what you’re used to, and boutique cannabis fragrances are quickly gaining a following among high-end shoppers. Take a whiff of these new luxury cannabis products and you’ll understand why. (MALIN+GOETZ) Cannabis Candle: This is a huge favorite among luxury candle junkies. Formulated “to be sensual and provocative,” the cannabis candle is actually a synthetic fragrance meant to evoke the cannabis plant without actually using it as an ingredient. It promises notes of fresh lemon and orange, fig and pepper, moss, sandlewood, and amber-patchouli. Sounds good to us. Cannabis Rose Eau de Parfum: A spin-off the popular Cannabis Santal scent, this fragrance has gotten rave reviews for its sultry floral scent. Cannabis Rose features cannabis, jasmine, white musk, oolong tea, and bergamot. Doesn’t that sound good? We’ve come a long way from tie-dye, baby. (Just kidding. We still love tie-dye.) Would you try any of these cannabis products? Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.