Cannabis in Cosmetics Industry

Medically reviewed by Alexander Tabibi, MD
January 11, 2023
Cosmetics and Cannabis CBD
Cosmetics and Cannabis CBD

The usage of cannabis in cosmetics has seen a remarkable increase in popularity in recent years. Starting with skincare goods infused with CBD to complete beauty routines featuring hemp-based products, the options for cannabis-infused cosmetics are vast. But what are the expected benefits of using cannabis cosmetics, and what should consumers be aware of when getting these goods? In this post, we will explore the trends and possible benefits of the marijuana plant in the cosmetics industry, its potential risks, and considerations for consumers.

This post is intended as information and for general knowledge only. It is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is recommended that you talk to a healthcare professional about this before introducing cannabinoids into your daily routine (especially if you have been diagnosed with any medical conditions or are under any medication). It is not recommended to drive or operate any machinery when using cannabis- or hemp-derived products. Use responsibly!

Why use Cannabis in Cosmetics?

Per the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, cosmetics are defined by their intended use specified as “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body…for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance” [FD&C Act, sec. 201(i)].

There are several reasons why cannabis in cosmetics is so common. One reason: cannabinoids – the chemical compounds found in cannabis – have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, according to some studies and users’ experience, which may positively affect the skin. Cannabis-infused products may also be able to moisturize and nourish the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of dryness and aging.

It is important to note that while cannabis may have the potential to provide benefits for the skin and overall well-being, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and potential risks. 

Cannabis cosmetics are not to be considered as a treatment for various skin conditions or treatment as a whole. As with any cosmetic product, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider before using cannabis-infused products to minimize potential side effects.

Cannabis Cosmetics Regulations

There are companies that promote and sell products, including those touting cannabis in cosmetics. In general, it is important to note that FDA does not get involved in the approval process of commerce related to cosmetics or food and dietary supplements. The only exception is when these products suggest health benefits. That’s when the FDA steps in.

Currently, there are no regulations regarding the use of cannabis in cosmetics. The only limitations are if the product includes purported health or wellness claims or promotes misleading advertising.

If the product is designed or intended to change any structure in the body, it is no longer considered a cosmetic and is subject to the FDA drug approval and regulation process.

If there are adverse reactions to a product that is considered a cosmetic, and the FDA receives sufficient reporting to support the review, it can be removed as a danger to consumers. This is done through the FDA’s MedWatch reporting system, either online or by phone or by contacting your nearby FDA district workplace consumer complaint planner.

As cannabis-infused cosmetics have become increasingly popular in recent years, there is a variety of products on the market. So these trends include:

  • CBD-infused skincare goods. CBD, a chemical compound found in cannabis, has become a popular ingredient in skincare products due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
  • Hemp-based cosmetics. Hemp, a type of cannabis plant with 0.3% or less THC level, is rich in fatty acids and amino acids, making it a popular ingredient in cosmetics. Hemp-based products may be able to nourish and moisturize the skin.
  • Cannabis-infused beauty routines. A variety of companies are now offering complete beauty routines that incorporate cannabis-infused products, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and serums.
  • Cannabis-infused makeup. Cannabis-infused makeup products, such as foundation and lip balm, are now available on the market. These products may be able to provide a feeling of relaxation and stress relief in addition to their cosmetic benefits.

It is important to note that while there are a lot of CBD cosmetics benefits for the skin and overall well-being, more research is needed to fully understand their effects and potential risks. As with any cosmetic product, it is important to speak with your doctor before using cannabis-infused cosmetics.