When I was growing up, marijuana was a bunch of stems, seeds, and dried up leaves, which came in a baggie, cost money, but was well worth it because you put in a pipe, bong or rolling paper and smoked it, and when you did, it made you stoned. Apparently, that perception of cannabis has gone the way of the slide rule, the Polaroid camera, and cloth diapers. Marijuana is now many things, only one of which is an herb that gets you stoned and gives you the munchies.
One of the newly discovered uses for the incredible wonder herb is to make soap. Before you get all excited, this isn’t a new way to get high. THC is soluble in lipids, which means that if you really wanted, your soap dish could be full of it, but it won’t be absorbed through your skin. In single syllables, using marijuana soap won’t get you stoned. So why use it, you may ask? Hemp and cannabis are herbs, like many others, and have wonderful hidden qualities that are either ignored or suppressed by large pharmaceutical companies and the societies that are dependent upon them. Marijuana and hemp soap are useful against skin infections, preferred for their fragrance, and they are dandy for scrubbing yourself clean.
Before I talk about the product itself, I think the legal implications need a bit of clarification. Most people are not aware of this, but hemp and marijuana are the same plant. Hemp contains THC. This is important to note because that means that hemp, like marijuana, is a schedule I illegal substance and can get you in deep doo-doo with the Feds. Of course, that is only true if it is possible to smoke it, eat it, or ingest it in such a way that the THC enters your body. If the product cannot be used to introduce THC into the body, then it does not come under the heading of a schedule I illegal substance, nor does it come under the auspices of the DEA. In short, even though a product has THC in it, it may be entirely legal. The types of products that come under this heading are clothing made from hemp, birdseed containing sterilized cannabis seeds, cosmetics, lotion, paper, rope, shampoo, and soap.
That being said, my personal opinion is that the legislation deserves a one-handed applause. On one hand, it is wonderful that legislation has recognized hemp as the productive cash crop it is. Hemp clothing is durable, and the hemp plant requires much less spraying of chemicals than cotton plants. I love my hemp pants. They are my uber-jeans. One acre of hemp produces as much paper as four acres of trees, and takes much less time to grow to maturity. On the other hand, the one that refrains from clapping, I question the need for government approval. Is there such care taken with the ingredients for chemical warfare or the making of gunpowder? The radioactive material used in medicine is carefully controlled, but it is universally permitted. Marijuana is forbidden for no other reason than the stigma attached to it for being a substance that is used for recreational use that is illegal in most states. It disturbs me that there is even a possibility, a legal discussion, that products that cannot be used to get stoned need justification to be legal. In any case, marijuana soap is legal in every sense. Soap that you buy is made from hemp, and though the soap is legal, it is illegal to grow hemp in the United States except for states where growing marijuana is legal. Most hemp is imported from overseas and thoroughly tested to make sure it contains no THC. It won’t make you test positive for marijuana or give you the munchies, either.
So, hemp soap is legal but contains no THC. If you want the THC, you can make soap from marijuana or you can buy it at a dispensary where medical marijuana is legal. The stoner in me wants to know why you would do so. Can you perhaps put it in your water pipe and blow bubbles? Perhaps, but that would be a waste of a very special healing product. It has been purported to help with eczema and psoriasis, and a multitude of other skin problems.