Highly Addictive Beauty
CBD and hemp-infused products are all the rage
STORY: Jennifer Bradley Franklin
It’s still illegal to buy marijuana in Georgia, but health and beauty products that contain the plant’s cannabidiol (CBD for short) are legal and catching on fast. Unlike cannabis’ other mood altering THC compound (not legal here), CBD is non-psychoactive, but boasts benefits including pain relief, relaxation and even anti-inflammatory properties to calm acne and reduce damage caused by free radicals. Here are some of our favorite ways to experience it for yourself.
Weed-infused mascara might sound like a gimmick, but the fans of this edgy makeup brand would beg to differ. The jet-black vegan formula not only contains heart-shaped fibers to build length, create volume and coax lashes into a gentle curl, it’s also infused with cannabis oil to keep lashes hydrated and healthy, and minimize fall-out. And it doesn’t contain parabens, sulfates or phthalates.
Sephora Ponce City Market
650 North Ave. N.E.
Your products should work hard for you, and this one is a true skin hero. It battles free radicals, hydrates and slows visible signs of aging. Though there are 18 active, natural ingredients (think grapeseed extract, sea buckthorn berry and pomegranate oil), it gets a major boost from antioxidant- and omega fatty-acid-rich hemp seed oil. Massage this moisturizing formula over your face as a soothing final step in your skincare routine and prepare to glow.
Whole Foods Market
650 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E.
If you suffer from conditions such as dry, flaky skin and achy joints, a topical application of naturally anti-inflammatory CBD oil can have an almost immediate effect, helping to soothe everything from carpal tunnel pain and menstrual cramps to back pain and cracked skin. And this portable balm is fast-absorbing and concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
Little Five Points Pharmacy
484 Moreland Ave.
A hot bath is the ultimate indulgence, perfect for soothing away sore muscles from intense workouts and life’s everyday stresses (we’re looking at you, Atlanta traffic). The addition of a bath bomb infused with CBD oil will take your nighttime relaxation ritual up a notch. These sherbert-colored balls come in lemongrass, lavender and eucalyptus scents, each with 30mg of zen-inducing CBD. While you won’t find any sulfites or preservatives, the coconut and sunflower oils and shea butter moisturize, while Epsom salts help with recovery.
Modern Mystic Shop
Ponce City Market
675 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E.
This NYC-based skincare and lifestyle brand is known for its simple packaging and unisex scents, and it’s done it again with this luxurious foaming gel. While it doesn’t actually contain cannabis (it’s “cannabis-scented”), the subtle aroma is spicy and earthy, with hints of citrus, and the included amino acids soften, hydrate and balance the skin. Beware: It can be addictive.
Ritual Body Work
900 DeKalb Ave. N.E.
Any pedicure at the charming Lark & Sparrow salon in Grant Park is a delight, with housemade mineral soaks, exfoliating scrubs and nontoxic polishes. But opt to upgrade to a CBD service, and prepare to take your rejuvenation to the next level. Your treatment will begin with a CBD edible gummy bear and finish with a deeply relaxing CBD oil massage. Co-owner Linda Sharp opened the location in 2015, added Inman Park’s Petite Sparrow in May 2018 and introduced cannabis-spiked upgrades last September at both locations after becoming a believer in their healing properties for chronic pain.
Lark & Sparrow
760 Confederate Ave. S.E.