Why CBD Oil Is the New Red-Carpet Shoe Hack, According to Melissa McCarthy

You might not have been able to spot them under her floor-length Brandon Maxwell jumpsuit, but Melissa McCarthy made sure to strap on her heels at the 2019 Oscars.

Such a decision — particularly during a lengthy awards ceremony — is no small feat for even the most seasoned stiletto wearers, but the “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” actress reportedly swears by this no-fail red-carpet shoe hack: CBD oil.

Melissa McCarthy 91st Annual Academy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 24 Feb 2019Wearing Brandon Maxwell
Melissa McCarthy wears Brandon Maxwell at the 91st annual Academy Awards.
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According to Bustle, which cited E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet” special correspondents, McCarthy coated her toes with the THC-free cannabidiol before slipping into her heels.

The product, which is said to have benefits that include alleviating pain and reduce inflammation, has been used in the past by clients of other Hollywood stylists including Karla Welch, who works with actresses Olivia Wilde and Katy Perry, as well as Erica Cloud, who reps “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore.

Moore even gave the marijuana plant-derived compound a shoutout in a recent interview with Coveteur ahead of the 2018 Golden Globes: “This year, I’m trying some CBD oil on my feet, which my stylist recommended. I asked her if there was some kind of numbing cream, and she was like, ‘No! [Try] Lord Jones CBD Oil’ … I always try to choose really comfortable shoes, because as I’ve gotten older, I just can’t hack being in heels for an extended period of time.”

A pair of sneakers also helps — as evidenced by McCarthy’s after-party ensemble. The star swapped her heels for black Nike Cortez sneakers, teamed with a matching tracksuit by rival sportswear brand Adidas.

In a previous interview with FN, Lord Jones founder Cindy Capobianco, a former accessories editor at Allure, said that her CBD body lotion has versatile uses. “It’s fantastic for sunburns and a variety of skin conditions. The one use that has become buzzy is in fashion for use on heels or being on your feet,” Capobianco explained. “Many customers who are in retail or on their feet all day, construction workers — it’s pretty democratic.”

The solution, created from the cannabis plant, doesn’t get users high. It’s legal and incorporates the nonpsychoactive properties found in marijuana. The cannabinoids are absorbed by the skin and enhance conditions for pain-free feet.

CBD oils have steadily become a secret weapon for many celebrity stylists hoping to alleviate pain for their clients.

In fact, CBD products were included in many gifting suites throughout this year’s awards season. Just days ahead of the Oscars, the 11th annual Doris Bergman’s Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party in L.A. at Fig & Olive feted stars from “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Ballers” and more, where Free Bird Remedies founder Megan Janine presented toxin-free skincare and wellness products infused with potent CBD properties. “We have our cannabis pain-relieving gel that we cold-press ourself. It’s made with essential oils that are of the purest forms,” Janine explained. “[The oils] take the CBD where it needs to go — so through the lymphatic system, through the nervous system.” Some of the fashion brands that participated in the gifting suite included celeb-favorite bespoke tuxedo and suit designer Art Lewin, My Saint, My Hero and more.

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Free Bird Remedies presents CBD oil products.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Doris Bergman
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Melissa McCarthy attends an after-party hosted by <em>Vanity Fair.</em>
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