Apothecanna, a Denver-based company, plans on taking advantage of Amendment 64, the newly-enacted law that legalized recreational marijuana use in Colo, ABC News reported on Jan. 12. A new line of Apothecanna’s lotions, creams, lip balms and body sprays will include cannabis flower-oil, which had been illegal to use due to its high concentration of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.
Apothecanna also claims that the topical products have the potential to relieve pain, but medical experts have not reached a consensus when it comes to cannabis-based skin care products.
THC-containing industrial products like soaps and lotions are exempt from drug controls as long as the THC does not enter the body, according to the DEA. Apothecanna owner James Kennedy claims the pot-infused skin care products, which he calls “the medicated line,” are safe and effective without the side effects of smoking weed.
“Everything is for the skin. It’s not meant to be inebriating in any way. It’s added in there to enhance the properties of the other ingredients.”
The pot-enhanced products carry a disclaimer that they are “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
Colo. residents anxious to work more marijuana into their skin care regimen will have to wait; the cannabis flower-oil based products are only available to medical marijuana patients until retail marijuana stores are allowed to open in January 2014. A two-ounce bottle of the extra-strength medicated crème is currently priced at $18.
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