I Made a Face Mask With THC Oil and You Should Too

Because beauty really is skin deep.

Marijuana is a magical plant. As legislation sways in favor of legalizing cannabis, little-known benefits are coming to light that rival even bud’s psychoactive joy. For instance, oil made from the marijuana plant is being used to eliminate acne, fill wrinkles, and reverse the aging process. 

Weed's potential for cosmetic treatments is expected to raise the quality of life for users and make some people rich, but my first reaction to covering my face with THC oil was no. I’m pale, with sensitive skin. Weed can make me itchy. If I rub my eye while rolling a joint, it’s over. 

After some research, I found that cannabinoid receptors exist throughout the skin, part of the endocannabinoid system that responds to injury or irritation. When applied, THC—so the theory goes—interacts with the skin’s receptors to fix the problem, be it age, dryness, acne….

With a slightly more open mind, I remembered that weed has never failed me. Break ups, come downs, it helps anything that sucks. But can it mend the physical manifestations of depression as well? Permanent frown lines, an eternal chin blemish… we’ll see.


Distilling THC oil for skin care entails the same process as making butter for edibles, just switch the base. I picked up a $30 ounce of Baking Weed from Melrose Ave dispensary LA Confidential, a mix of trim, shake and stems. You can use any part of the marijuana plant to make oil, even vaped weed. The more potent the part of the plant you use, the more potent the oil. Same with the ratio of plant to oil, which is basically up to you. I’m adding the whole ounce with one cup of grape seed oil, which I've been assured will result in a light base perfect for the face, rich in vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Let the mixture simmer for three hours, no less. DO NOT BOIL! Very important. If the ganja stew is smoking at all, turn it down. This is a slow process. Rushing will burn off the THC, rendering the goop gross/useless.

Keep as low as possible. Stir intermittently, or if bubbling. After three hours, strain.

All done!


The Mask

The base recipe for the mask is as follows:

• 1 Ripe avocado
• 1/4 cup THC oil (hemp oil works too if you can’t get weed)
• 2 tsp Spirulina powder
• 2 tbsp Bentonite clay
• Few drops patchouli oil
• Few drops eucalyptus oil
• Blend until smooth
• Apply liberally
• Sit 15 minutes
• Wash off

However, in my experience, it wasn’t as simple.

My First Try

By the time the weed oil was done, I was sort of drunk. I followed the recipe, encountering some issues. First of all, don’t get Spirulina tablets like I did. They are tiny rocks that assault your blender, containing (benign) fillers not necessary for this experiment. Also, it got late for how loud the tablets were being in my blender. After a while, I smashed the rest by hand. Grotesque in texture, smelling great, the pesto-esque paste would not stick to my face. Rubbing it on, a layer of green oil remained. Resolved to try again in the morning, I let it sit, just to see.

Fifteen minutes later, my skin felt luxurious. Marionette lines that recently deemed me mortal faded. I felt like those rich ladies in yoga pants who drive Range Rovers, attributing their taught, post-op skin to expensive serums or whatever they’ve cut from their diet.

My dog Trina liked it too.


The Second Try

Next Morning: In control, able to blend at leisure, I tried again.

This time, I mashed the Spirulina tablets with a bit of warm water into a paste, blended for five times as long, and added the clay to the mixture after blending to control thickness. While still a little oilier than I’d imagined, this mask was more effective. The Bentonite clay tingled, burned even, living up to its label, which screams in red, “FEEL YOUR FACE PULSATE!”

After removing the mask, my face was splotchy around blemishes. Bentonite clay pulls impurities from the pores, causing a redness that disappeared in about ten minutes.

Then I looked great!