5 Ways to add cannabis to your nail polish for a super funky effect

Published Jul 22, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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We know that not all of our readers partake in the art that is nail painting, but those that do, want to show off their style and love for the plant in a more unique way than splurging on a Bob Marley shirt or sporting a pot leaf printed tee, and one of the best ways to do that is by using nail art. So far, we’ve covered the simple weed manicure, but there is so much that can be done with these mini blank canvasses, and today, we’re going to give you some ideas that might help you to achieve the look that you’ve been aiming for.

1. Topcoat

Topcoat is used to harden nails and to protect them from nail biters, and it’s a great way to do a little self-nail care without having to commit to any one color, but if you want more than just a simple shiny top layer to seal in your nails, then you can take this to the next level by adding a bit of kief to the mix. Just like glitter, the kief will mix into the topcoat nail polish in just a few shakes, and in no time, you’ll be applying your very own cannabis clear coat without spending a fortune to do so.

2. Gel polish

Gel polish is much more difficult because if you try to add kief or ground up buds to the liquid before it sets, it can create weak spots and cracks that will eventually give once they’re put under pressure, so the easiest way to apply it is by painting or dipping your nails as usual, and then sprinkling a nice thin layer over top of them before you place them under a powerful UV light to harden. The neatest thing about doing cannabis nail art this way is that the color of your kief or ground buds will really pop against a background, especially if you choose a lighter color like pink or white.

3. Full leaves on top of or between layers

Kief and busted up buds can provide some really neat aesthetic effects, but nothing quite screams cannabis like a perfectly shaped pot leaf. Of course, most fan leaves are huge, and fingernails are rather small, so what you’ll need instead are the small sugar leaves that can be found clinging close to the buds on a mature cannabis plant. You can use two and make a statement by placing them on your middle fingers above the base coat and below the topcoat, or if you can get enough of them, you can do all of your nails in a neat pot leaf print with a few extra seconds worth of a step.


4. A paintbrush (while your polish is wet)

If you’ve got talent with painting, then you can take a more professional stance and use cannabis kief or grind to hand-paint designs or prints on your fingernails. To do this, you’ll need a small dish of water, a clean fine-tipped paintbrush, and a fair-sized container of your cannabis product of choice. If you want a base coat, then apply that first, and just before it’s dry, you can set to work by placing the green sparkling pieces into the perfect places to make a fantastic design and then seal the deal with a layer or two of top coat to protect the cannabis bits from scraping off when you’re done and need to do things.

5. Stencils

If you don’t like the idea of an obvious big leaf and the kief or grind isn’t giving quite the effect that you were hoping for, then you might want to consider our fifth and final nail art idea, which requires stencils. You can make your own stencils, or buy them online, and to make the designs you can incorporate any of the ideas that we’ve listed above. You can mix it right into the polish, or the topcoat and then use a sponge or paintbrush to apply it, and you can even combine several different colors and additions like glitter to replicate the effect that you want to achieve.

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