As any High Times reader will gladly tell you, hemp gets a bad rap. While smoking cannabis is still mostly illegal, the plant itself can be used for more than a high. Hemp seed oil, which is legal, is actually a beauty superstar. Your preconceived notions about hemp might go up in smoke when you read more.
What is hemp? The hemp plant has a long-standing history in America (George Washington actually grew hemp before he became our first president). But somewhere along the way, cannabis turned from a dietary supplement and useful textile into a drug. Reefer madness ensued, and hemp is now used much less common in the mainstream.
The beauty benefits: Hemp seed oil is the one of the best organic moisturizers for skin and hair. It contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids in the same proportions that your skin does. That means the moisture mimics your own skin and absorbs better. Hemp also is packed with 20 amino acids, which provide protein. Another plus? Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E help stave off signs of aging.
The products: To help strengthen hair, try Nature's Gate Hemp Conditioner ($7). And keep hands from wrinkling like prunes with The Body Shop Hemp Intensive Hand Butter ($9). Finally, Éminence Green Tea & Hemp Blotting Tissue ($10) is woven with hemp fibers. Soon you'll be craving a cannabis fix daily — but in a totally legal way.