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Cannabis is a new ingredient being raved about for beauty products in Seattle. From shampoo to lotion, lip gloss to dental floss, marijuana is being infused in topical items being bought by consumers of all ages. (Photo Credit: Cannabis Basics)

The new ingredient in some lotions may surprise you

There is a new ingredient in shampoos and lotions and it's not coconut oil. Cannabis is a hot trend in Seattle beauty products.
"It's like Burt's Bees with a kick," Seattle's Cannabis Basics owner, Ah Warner, explains. She has been purchasing hempseed oil internationally for over 20 years and teaches that the process of adding weed to products is much like cooking - and she can add it to almost any beauty product.
Marrying many organic merchandise, such as Echinacea, Tea Tree, Aloe, Vitamin E and of course THC, Warner shares that Organic Hempseed Oil and Cannabis Flower Oil is a "miracle combination" for a myriad of ailments.
Products with cannabis are attributed to alleviating or even completely healing everything from headaches, arthritis and swelling, to topical beauty like skin rejuvenation, rosacea and eczema.
Local company Kush Creams has offered a wide range of health and beauty aids from chemotherapy shampoo and conditioners, medicated dental floss, mouthwash and more. Their greatest seller is their original Organic Permafrost, which is a formulated icy hot. They have a new line of 97 percent CBD products that are available through acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists and naturopaths.
Kush Creams' owner, Megan Schwarting, recommends topical cannabis to people of all ages. Each product from the two local companies are completely natural, which is one reason they are considered safe and applicable for every generation.
DOPE Magazine co-owner and executive producer of DOPE events, James Zachodni, is both an advocate and consumer of cannabis topical products. "It's nice to use natural products versus the chemically laced products," he shared.
Each cannabis product company interviewed said there are no side effects to using their topicals; Schwarting adding the only feeling to watch out for is contentment and relaxation.
Important to note - cannabis topicals do not in fact get a consumer high, which is a major misconception of the products.
"This leads to you question about the bloodstream," Cannabis Basics' Warner said. "Only highly concentrated or transdermal topical applications will enter the blood stream and cross the blood brain barrier to cause psycho activity. All of our products are less than .3 percent THC, which doesn't get you high."
The only probably downside to consumers who do not smoke marijuana or are openly fans of cannabis is that this type of merchandise is only sold through medical marijuana dispensaries.
Because of this Warner has been working tirelessly co-writing pieces of legislation that defines Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids (CHABA) and removes types of products out of the Washington State Controlled Substances Act.
"This major victory would make legal the sale of CHABA stores like PCC and Gene Juarez, really anywhere health-conscious consumers shop," Warner said.
Zachodni explains DOPE's similar mission, which is to fight for "revolutionary change", through education and honest discourse, while defending both patients and the plant.
Until more laws are passed for consumers to pop into their grocery store to grab beauty items containing marijuana, they will continue to be sold at dispensaries, online and at events.