Every Halloween, I love to go to my local 99 cent store to find some skeleton rats and hanging specters. On my most recent trip, I did decide to take the opportunity to explore the aisles. As I walked around aimlessly, I stumbled into the beauty section of the store. Slowly, I started scanning every colorful item on the shelf, eyeing it down, looking for anything interesting and new. See, for as long as I can remember the 99 cent store has always sold the same products, but not this time around. This time they sold something new, some novice to them; hemp seed infused body lotion!
Since its dawn, cannabis has been seen as something negative here in the States. It wasn’t until very recently high end beauty started introducing it as a luxury ingredient. According to Dominique Fontaine, for Healthline.com, cannabis products typically fall around $30-$60. As we start to notice cannabis beauty products become more reterally available, a future of federally legal cannabis starts to shine through.
You may already know that dollar stores have been selling this lotion for some time now, and in turn making hemp seed infused health care products more attainable to low-income homes. This move is downright awesome. Seeing these products in a well-known chain like this, just proves how much our views on cannabis have changed. We get to watch as cannabis is rebranded and being reintroduced to us as the Best in Beauty. The newest marvel to anti-aging, since the Fountain of Youth.
We are starting to see this social allowance of a wider use of cannabis, CBD and hemp seed in products making more and more people become open to the idea of legalizing it at the federal level. There are many benefits to decriminalizing cannabis to consider. Benefits such as better state funding, the fact that incarceration rates will drop drastically, and smoother skin are just a few to mention.
I guess what I am trying to say is that, seeing a hemp seed product at a place like the 99 cent store is pretty much the coolest thing ever. It just proves how much we’ve changed our understanding when it comes to marijuana use. I also don’t mean to be overly dramatic, but it gives me hope! If we, as a society, can allow for cannabis products to be sold in the 99 cent store, then we can have legalized marijuana!
Images: Nataliya Vaitkevich, Michellas Baca