The 420 holiday has a proud and pretty rockin’ history, and stoners across the country unite on this fair day every year to celebrate that sweet, sweet kush. Anyone who’s not a total square knows why pot is worth celebrating in high style once a year, but sometimes the marijuana plant’s primo tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can overshadow a lot of the other benefits the plant offers.
This year, we invite you to take a little time between repeat viewings of Pineapple Express, hitching a ride on a Cannabus, and shamelessly pounding chocolate-covered potato chips to show a little love for one of the more ubiquitously legal qualities of the plant: hemp seed oil.
That’s right, head-highs and pain relief aren’t all the green goddess has to offer. Hemp seed oil, which is extracted from the seeds of the cannabis plant, has a smorgasbord of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that make it a popular ingredient in top-of-the-line grooming products. These goodies won’t get you high (hemp seed oil contains no THC), but they will have you feeling high on life when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and see how good you’re lookin’.
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector – $6
The Body Shop doesn’t just make grooming products — they also follow a first-do-no-harm, planet-enriching company code, using only vegetarian and vegan formulas and sourcing ingredients from across the globe through fair, sustainable trade practices. The Hemp Hand Protector is one of the company’s best sellers, and you only need to spread a little dollop across your cracked palms to know why. The cream’s rich hemp seed oil packs a powerful, hydrating punch that will leave dry hands feeling soft, supple, and protected. Perfect for making your hands beautiful enough to stare at in awe for a full hour while you’re celebrating 420.
Aphorism Clear Sailing Balancing Face Oil – $79
Aphorism is another company that eschews synthetic ingredients in favor of natural skincare. All their ingredients are cold-pressed, raw, or steam distilled to maintain as much of their natural benefits as possible. This face oil blends virgin organic hemp seed oil and golden jojoba for a dynamic duo of cleanliness and detoxification. The oil also contains ingredients like cold-pressed grapeseed, green tea, and red raspberry seed for a clarifying, antioxidant-rich protective formula. Aphorism tops it off with a dash of guava seed and elderberry to condition your skin and relieve the trauma of a dried-out hide.
O’o Hawaii Brilliant Feather Balm – $110
With an ingredients list that reads like the world’s most delicious smoothie recipe, the biggest problem you’ll face with O’o Hawaii’s Brilliant Feather Balm is resisting the urge to eat it before you’ve had the chance to apply it. Spread the hydrating, anti-inflammatory balm over your face and neck before you tuck in for the night and enjoy all that this paraben-free, 100-percent vegetarian formula has to offer. Ingredients like elderberry fruit extract, strawberry guava, Hawaiian coffeeberry extract, Manuka honey, and Hawaiian kukui nut oil plump and smooth all your wrinkles and blemishes. And of course, cannabis sativa eed oil works its high-flying magic to keep you totally hydrated. Did we mention it also smells frickin’ amazing?
Olivina Men Conditioning Shave Cream – $10
You might want to rock a little stoner scruff for the high holiday, but when it’s time to cage your inner hippie and get back to that office job, you can still take a little cannabis with you. This shave cream from Olivina Men is equal parts energizing, hydrating, and robustly infused with the company’s Bourbon Cedar scent. Like any shave cream worth its salt, Olivina’s formula will save your chin from nicks and bumps, but their special blend of ingredients does so much more. Caffeine gives it a kick of energy while aloe, shea butter, juniper berry extract, and today’s shining star hemp seed oil all work in tandem to moisturize, protect, and cleanse your skin.
Marley Natural Lip Balm – $5
With a name like Marley Natural, you hardly need our reassurance that this company is legit when it comes to cannabis. In fact, they also sell some pretty badass smoking accessories, so if you’re fortunate enough to live in a weed-friendly state, there’s plenty more for you to snag while you’re picking up this soothing lip balm. The conditioning formula uses a simple but perfected blend of hemp seed, sunflower and coconut oils along with cocoa butter and vitamin E for a rich balm that will leave your lips feeling as smooth as Marley’s legendary vocals.
The Wonder Seed Sweet Orange Hemp Shampoo and Conditioner – $16 each
The Wonder Seed is built entirely around the wonders of hemp seed oil, which they call “the most nutritious oil on Earth.” Their award-winning shampoo and conditioner contain absolutely no parabens, gluten, sulfates, or artificial fragrances, and are completely vegan and cruelty-free. The eponymous hemp seed oil used in the formula is virgin organic with no unnecessary processing or added junk to obstruct its benefits. The hemp seed oil helps to cleanse your hair and moisturize your scalp at the same time, leaving your strands with a healthy bounce and a commercial-worthy shine. Both products are recommended for any hair type and the formula is so nutritious and gentle that it can even be used on infants.
However you choose to celebrate this 420, you might as well look just as dope as you feel. Embrace the wonders of cannabis in all its glory — from seed to green — with these great hemp seed oil grooming products.
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