Even Kiehl’s has launched its own Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate, and I asked the brand if this would be coming to Singapore. This is their response: “We are unable to launch this product in Singapore as it contains Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil. This ingredient is not exempted for use in cosmetic products under the Poisons Act in Singapore.” But consider that Kiehl’s is under the L’Oreal group, and such a large company has even more reason to strictly abide by any laws for risk of their other businesses and reputation.
In December 2018, the Central Narcotics Bureau confiscated Milk Makeup’s Kush Mascara from the Skinx store at Amoy Street.
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.
What is Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil?
The product listed cannabis sativa seed oil as one of its ingredients, and CNB told TNP Singapore that “even in the form of seed oil, it can contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive chemical substance that is a Class A controlled drug [in Singapore].”
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.)
According to Singapore law, cannabis is very clearly designated as a Class A controlled drug. And any trafficking, possession, consumption, and import or export of it is illegal. Hemp seed oil is a product of cannabis and so falls under the same law, although here’s where the grey line is:
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.
If ordering from a US company, you should use a mail forwarding service that gives you an American address (like Shipito). There are others around the world you can use as well.
Medical Use Only
Hemp was used throughout India, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Japan, and other Asian countries. In India, the first printed book of prayers — Dharani — was made of hemp.
How Mail Forwarding Works
The Indian Federal government allows its states to set their own hemp cultivation rules.
If you want to buy CBD online in Asia, try Skypax. The company will provide you with a mail forwarding address in the UK, and forward your package to your address. Skypax also offers concierge service, meaning you can provide them with product information and they’ll place the order for you.