Leaf Relief

With the expansion of marijuana legalization laws across the country, people are abuzz about the many benefits of the cannabis plant. A study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has discovered evidence that “our own body not only makes chemical compounds similar to the active ingredient in marijuana, but these play an important part in maintaining healthy skin.” Inspired by this information, entrepreneurs have been fielding ways the leaf can be a natural cosmeceutical agent, as cannabinoids are processed into oils or extracts that can offer antiaging, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. While there is an exciting potential for multiple health and industrial uses, further and more rigorous studies are needed to confirm cannabis’ effectiveness in the beauty industry. Until then, consumers can decide for themselves whether the power of pot is the real fountain of youth.

Cannabis Beauty Defined Anti-Aging CBD Hemp Oil Facial Moisturizer

Going green takes on a whole new meaning with this non-GMO, cannabidiol-infused hydrating cream. It defends against aging while improving skin’s elasticity with a hypo-allergenic, sulfate-free base. shop.medicalmarijuanainc.com

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

This hand cream that replenishes the skin’s crags and fissures has ingredients such as cannabis sativa seed oil and beeswax to hydrate and provide a protective coating. It’s one of The Body Shop’s top-selling products, and consumer reviews swear by its magical healing properties. thebodyshop-usa.com

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

This PETA-friendly cosmetic brand yields color-blasting shades to nourish while beautifying lips. With ingredients such as hemp, vitamin E and peppermint oil, the lip tints are antimicrobial but also offer rich, saturated color. occmakeup.com

Hempz Yuzu & Starfruit Daily Herbal Hydrating Stick With SPF 30

A sunscreen that moisturizes with 100 percent hemp seed oil and shea butter, it’s also high in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, as well as coffee cherry extract. hempz.com

Apothecanna Extra Strength Relieving Body Oil

This topical treatment is a mixture of peppermint, juniper, arnica and cannabis that is touted for providing speedy relief from pain and inflammation, and is especially effective for sore muscles pre- or postworkout. at LoDo Massage in Denver, you can even schedule a “Mile High Massage” with it. apothecanna.com