The plant-based, clean beauty brand, Brown Girl Jane, is founded by sisters, Malaika and Nia Jones, along with beauty and wellness expert Tai Beauchamp. In addition to offering renowned beauty products, like the GLOW Luminous Facial Serum and BALANCE Wellness Drops, the brand also gives back by donating a portion of sales to a non-profit that aligns with its mission, which, per the website, is, "bettering the lives and wellness of women of color." Brown Girl Jane is currently supporting the Black Women's Health Imperative, a nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls.
So, while we indulge in a range of CBD goodies to drink, eat, or slather all over our bodies, we should also be striving to invest in Black communities at the same time. To do so, and to celebrate National CBD Month, we rounded up 10 Black women-owned CBD shops to support right now. From skincare products that promise glowy skin to infused honey that promote mindfulness, you can find CBD in any form you need below.
CBD is often regarded as the friendly, harmless side of cannabis. Unlike THC-containing marijuana, which is still classified as a schedule 1 drug and fully illegal in several states, hemp-derived CBD is federally legal and it's everywhere. It's in baked goods, kombucha skincare products, and endless self-care and wellness-geared items on the market. Despite all the popularity, though, there's a problematic side to the industry that we can't ignore.
Despite roughly the same rates of cannabis usage, the ACLU reports that Black Americans are 3.73 times more likely than white Americans to be arrested for marijuana. Even though CBD is largely legalized, there's still a large disparity as far as who gets to be the stakeholders in the cannabis industry. According to Marijuana Business Daily in 2017, approximately 81% of cannabis business owners or founders are white, while only 4% are Black. On top of this, mainstream representations of wellness and self-care—which CBD is often associated with—primarily centers white women, pushing Black women who are both seeking and creating forms of wellness to the margins.
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Undefined Beauty founder Dorian Morris' mission is to "democratize beauty and destigmatize plant-based solutions," per the website. Her beauty and wellness products check a number of boxes that many mainstream brands don't, or at least not all at once. They're non-toxic, cruelty-free, sustainably sourced, plant-based, and accessibly priced. Check out the bestselling Glow Elixir CBD Beauty Oil to give your skin a healthy glow or try the vegan chocolate Glow Bar that's designed to help with sleep, creativity, and even sex drive. The brand has even started making skin-friendly satin face masks to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
But “all” implies equality, and that is far from what the cannabis industry has been built upon.
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So what can we do? We can advocate for cannabis equity. (You can join or donate to the Minority Cannabis Business Association, a non-profit created to progress the industry through diversity.) We can contact federal reps and support organizations like The Last Prisoner Project, a 501(c)(3) working to decriminalize marijuana. And we can offer allyship by supporting Black-owned businesses—with our wallets. Like the ones below.
This means that, for the second time, on an almost laughably opposite course, Black people have been disproportionately disenfranchised by cannabis. Business news organization Quartz notes that these statistics are exacerbated by the fact that many state regulations ban people with drug-related felony convictions from working in the cannabis industry.