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Cannabis — in Your Lotion?

Cannabis — in Your Lotion?

Marijuana may ignite debate when it comes to legalization for medical consumption, but what about topical application? As it turns out, cannabis has tremendous potential in skincare. It is even the eye of a cannabis-focused skincare company, Apothecanna.

According to some, cannabis has a definite place in cosmetics, from helping with dry skin to warding off embarrassing acne. Offering a series of pain-relieving, calming, and stimulating body creams, Apothecanna products have garnered rave reviews from users. First things first, Apothecanna’s selection of creams won’t get you high. They won’t affect a drug test — they won’t make you giggle in the slightest. Formulated with cannabis seed oil along with other healers like arnica and capsaicin, these creams can assist with anything from trouble sleeping to eczema, from joint pain to cellulite. How do they work? Cannabis seed oil is widely known to reduce inflammation, and on its own has been shown to ease numerous ailments, such as cancer, high cholesterol, poor circulation, hormonal irregularity, low energy, and high blood pressure. The oil is also loaded with essential fatty acids and antioxidants that blow the corks off of other healthy oils. Hmm. Perhaps this company is on to something…

Unfortunately, the Apothecanna line is only currently available at medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, due to the small amount of THC present in the creams (but be assured, you can’t smoke them) and the lack of regulations for the topical use of cannabis.

However, if these healing creams can’t get you high and won’t affect a drug test, should they be subjected to the same stringent restrictions as plain ol’ Mary Jane?  Would you try cannabis cream, or is more research needed? What do you think?

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at


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1:49AM PDT on Oct 21, 2014

Thank you!

3:32AM PDT on May 19, 2014


3:18AM PDT on May 19, 2014

I can attest from personal experience (use) that a topical cream containing THC or hemp oil (BHO) is very effective in addressing localized pain, and in healing. Prior to having CTS surgery, I was often awakened in the middle of the night with throbbing pain in my wrist. Icing and wearing a brace was helpful, but hard to sleep with ice packs strapped on one's arm. A topical cream containing THC rubbed in and then wearing the brace was effective, and after surgery, the incision was almost healed when the stitches were removed in 10 days.

A month ago, I tripped and fell and my face hit the knobs on the glass doors of a curio cabinet, resulting in a laceration on the bridge of my nose clear to the bone. It's barely visible now, thanks to applying that same cream. I also fractured my hip in that fall, but topical creams didn't do much for that, LOL!

6:32AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Thank you.

1:37PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

You can find this at a good health food store

1:36PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

There are no 'drugs' in this as Fallon said. The U.S. is missing out on not allowing hemp of any kind. Roasted hemp seeds (no THC at all) are great for lots of things, potassium, blood pressure and so on and are a healthy snack. Also hemp clothing and so many things that would be great for the economy. The hemp oil is wonderful for many skin problems.

Of course our government and the pharmaceutical companies don't want anyone to know this so they can sell more man made synthetic drugs with side effects.

4:52AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Thank you for the article.

12:35PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Hemp. It's called hemp. For the exact reason that you try to make it seem like it's a drug but it's not. Industrial hemp contains less than .03 percent THC and could never be considered psychoactive since it's not possible. It has amazing possibilities. Can cure excema and psoriasis.

8:12PM PST on Dec 28, 2013


1:10PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

Ok, so if my friends go out for a beer and I say I'm staying home with a bottle of lotion... That's not gonna go down well is it..

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