Manicure designs have never been as outrageous as the recent trend in the world of vanity where “cannabis manis” have captured quite a number of followers. Known as weed nails, this emerging fashion trend makes use of crushed cannabis leaves mixed with glue or varnish as nail paint. Some women have even resorted to gluing cannabis leaves onto their nails.
The trend began in 2016, leading to roughly 3,000 Instagram posts using the hashtag #weednails.
Deadly Nails Salon, a popular salon in Melbourne, became famous for using dead insects for nail art. These days, they're now open to applying weed nails by embedding cannabis into acrylic nails to keep up with an ever-increasing demand for such nail design.
Experts have raised concerns with regards to “glamorizing” the use of cannabis. Despite more U.S. states approving the substance for legal use, marijuana is still categorized as a Class B drug in the U.K. and Schedule I in the U.S.
The rise in the number of women posting their cannabis-inspired nail art has alarmed Dr. Henry Fisher, policy director for drug policy online advocate Volteface. In a news release
, Fisher raised his concerns that posting photos of these cannabis-designed nails could encourage the youth to use marijuana irresponsibly
Similar to how alcohol drinking is being glamorized on screen and in social media, Fisher warned that putting the spotlight on cannabis use
might harm the younger generation, and this practice should not be sensationalized. Teenagers who are suspected of using marijuana can be marijuana drug tested
by parents or concerned guardians.