It said examples of other countries have clearly shown that a permissive attitude towards the use of drugs exacts a high cost on society.
However, to date, there have been no studies which validate the claims of unprocessed or raw cannabis being able to treat medical conditions, said the authorities.
In 2018, the number of drug abusers arrested comprised less than 0.1 per cent of Singapore’s population.
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The statement added: “The Singapore Government’s stand on illicit drugs, including cannabis, is clear – they are harmful, addictive and can destroy lives, families and communities.”
Other countries in the region have also reportedly started talks on similar legislation.
In the statement, the ministries said Singapore’s “comprehensive and sustained approach” to tackling both the demand and supply of drugs has allowed the country to remain relatively drug-free.
These cannabinoid pharmaceuticals undergo rigorous scientific review by the Health Sciences Authority before they can be registered for supply here.
Cannabis sativa seed oil is also known as hemp seed oil. It is an oil that is extracted from hemp by cold pressing methods, and this oil contains no THC, which is the principal psychoactive component of cannabis. And with no brain chemical altering element, hemp seed oil won’t make you stoned or high. But of course not all hemp seed oil is created equal, and there have been scientific studies that prove trace amounts of THC in hemp seed oil (this could for example be due to a contamination of pressed seeds).
There are many beauty products from established brands using hemp seed oil as an ingredient, but these particular items are not available for sale in Singapore. They include an entire line of hemp products by The Body Shop, an Origins face mask infused with cannabis sativa seed oil, and a face oil from Herbivore whose main ingredient is also hemp seed oil.
From left to right: Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil, $145 / Allies Of Skin Fresh Slate Clay & Manuka Honey Purifying Cleanser + Masque, $62 / Frank Body Babe Balm, $37
So once again, why are some hemp seed oil products allowed to be on sale in Singapore, while others are not? It could just be a case of consumer complaints and awareness. If an item were to be marketed as a product of hemp, chances are, it’ll catch the attention of CNB (and Singaporeans who are uncomfortable with the idea of it), and be asked to leave. All this to keep the peace I suppose.
So what makes one product legal and another illegal? I’ve spent the good part of the day researching online for answers, and there seems to be no black and white. Apparently when it comes to cannabis sativa seed oil (a.k.a. hemp oil) in beauty and wellness products, it’s a fine grey line.
Back to the Milk Makeup Kush Mascara — the brand’s website states that the cannabis oil used in the formula contains no THC and causes no psychoactive effects. But still it was pulled from the shelves by CNB. (We’ve reached out to CNB for a comment on this — their statement is at the bottom of this article.)
Cannabidiol beauty products — aka CBD — is an essential component of medical marijuana, and is derived directly from the hemp plant itself. While it is indeed from weed, World Health Organization reports that cannabidiol does not cause a high and “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”.
Can you use them in Singapore, or bring them in from overseas?
What are they, exactly?
It boils down mostly to its anti-inflammatory properties. Scientists are uncovering evidence as to its efficacy in treating dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema. Research is still being conducted to find out if it can help with other inflammation-based skin conditions such as acne; in 2014, the United States National Library of Medicine discovered that cannabidiol plays a part in suppressing breakouts through regulating oil production of the sebaceous glands.
Yup, we’re talking the flowering plant most commonly cultivated for recreational drug use; the bread and butter to stoner archetypes in every other teen Hollywood flick out there (see: Clueless). Found in everything from facial oils to mascaras, “weed beauty products” are at the height of popularity within the industry, with raved-about beauty brands such as Milk Makeup and Lime Crime leaping upon the bandwagon.
Its legalisation in America allowed for experimentation, upon which its many beneficial properties were discovered. According to Claudia Mata, co-founder of cannabidiol-infused skincare line, Vertly, CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins A, D, and E, as well as essential fatty acids — which, as we know, are ingredients that do wonders for the skin, hair, and body.