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CBD is beautiful

Cannabis body care products have made the leap from dispensaries to beauty salons, massage studios, high-end salons — even Costco, Food 4 Less and other neighborhood grocery stores — and the market shows no signs of slowing down.

Hemp oil has long been used in skin creams, massage oils, lip balms, shampoos and other body care products, but with the explosive growth of hemp, CBD is increasingly finding a place in the beauty realm.

White Lotus Day Spa in the Medford Center offers CBD facials that cost $90 for 60 minutes.

Siskiyou Sungrown in Grants Pass is introducing bath bombs to its CBD beauty line.

Zagorska Hemp Body & Beauty in Ashland produces a line of cannabis and beauty products that includes skin toner, skin cream, eye lotion, skin cleanser, soothing serum and more.

Ma’at Botanicals in Ashland produces a product line that includes body butter, healing salve, skin ointment and bath salts. Its creams are made with full-spectrum hemp extract, while soaking salts blend hemp-infused coconut oil, Epsom and Himalayan salts, and lavender.

With so many local companies making and using CBD products, there are numerous ways for people to incorporate cannabis into their beauty routine.

“It’s the same process, the same modality, of our other massages, but we add CBD oil to the massage oil and make it part of the process,” says Charmaine Carnes, an esthetician at White Lotus, which offers services ranging from facials and make-up artistry to deep tissue massage.

In Ashland, Michele Zagorska says she began her journey into body care by making organic soap and other products for her family.

“I started giving them as gifts, and people were telling me I should sell my products, so I eventually did start my own skin- and body-care line. CBD really was a natural progression. I began taking CBD internally a few years ago and really noticed how beneficial it was for my body and nervous system. The results are real. I’ve had clients tell me they had resigned themselves to going to a dermatologist until they began using my products with CBD.”

Inesscents Aromatic Botanicals, an organic skincare company based in Ashland, produces a line of CBD products under its Salvation line, including beauty balm, beauty serum, roll-on skin elixir, skin salve and other products through its website (inesscentscbd.com). A CBD beauty gift bag that contains Fresh Flower Hemp Hydrosol, Balance Beauty Balm and Balance Beauty Serum retails for $19.99.

“Since 2000, we have been handcrafting high-quality, nutrient-dense skincare products,” says Lindsey Holy, who is in charge of getting the word out about the properties of CBDs that Inesscents brings to the table. “It was a natural progression for us to use our passion, experience and expertise of healing botanicals for creating cannabis products.”

“It’s about educating the customer,” says Cassie Rasmussen-Warrender of Medford’s A Swedish Tradition, which provides CBD massage. “Once they try it, our customers love it. They’re coming back for more,” she says. Prices for a CBD oil massage at A Swedish Tradition range from $75 for 30 minutes to $125 for 90 minutes.

“People are just starting to understand the difference between hemp and marijuana, CBD and THC,” says Zagorska. “It’s not in the vocabulary of the average person yet, but I believe that is changing quickly. CBD is the future and holds so much incredible potential. ... As more studies are done, we will learn even more applications that we aren’t even considering yet. There’s still a stigma and some fear, but that will eventually fade as people are educated.”

According to a study published in 2017 by the National Institutes of Health (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569602), CBD has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. The report said CBD is more effective than vitamins C and E as a neuroprotective antioxidant and can ameliorate skin conditions such as acne.

Zagorska says Ashland is a great place to get her message out. She regularly displays at the Lithia Artisans Market, where she gives away samples to sometimes-skeptical people.

“My cellphone number is on my website (zagorska.com). I meet with customers to help them understand what and how my products work, and what they can do for them.”

Users of cannabis beauty products range across demographic categories, says Zagorska.

“Gen Zers purchase cannabis-related beauty products most often, but I think they are the tip of the iceberg. Once CBD is better understood, the market is wide open. ... I believe CBD products will eventually be the norm, an industry standard.”

Charmaine Carnes puts a CBD face mask onto Maria Silcott at Lotus Day Spa. Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune