Cannabis topicals and the way they work

Cannabis topicals and the way they work

We are moving away from the idea that cannabis can only be consumed in a joint or bong - or that it must get you high. New modes of cannabis consumption have revolutionized perceptions of marijuana. They are accessible, safe, and effective, which makes them attractive to even the most unorthodox patrons. You can easily buy them at your local cannabis dispensary.

What are topicals?

Topicals are cannabis-infused oils, lotions, and balms that are absorbed into the skin to provide relief for soreness and pain. Cannabis topicals are non-toxic and can be used by patients who desire the therapeutic effects of cannabis without experiencing the cerebral euphoria that is associated with other delivery methods. There are many other transdermal innovations in cannabis, such as long-lasting patches or tingly oils that can be used for both patients and recreational users.

Some terpenes or cannabinoids are harnessed in specific strains of topicals. Topical producers can also choose ingredients and essential oils to provide additional relief such as cayenne and wintergreen.

What are the benefits of cannabis-infused topicals?

Transdermal relief methods such as oils, sprays and salves infused with cannabis work by binding to Cannabinoid Receptors. These receptors can be found all over the body and activated by either the body's naturally occurring endocannabinoids, or cannabis compounds known as cannabinoids (e.g. THC, CBD).

A cannabis topical that contains active THC won't cause the same high as smoking cannabis or ingestion. Cannabinoids are not able to penetrate the bloodstream and only provide local relief with most topicals. Transdermal patches can deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream. They could cause intoxicating effects if there is enough THC.

What are the symptoms of cannabis topicals?

Most commonly, topicals are used to relieve pain, muscle soreness, tension and inflammation. However, there is increasing evidence that they can also be used for psoriasis and dermatitis as well as itching and cramping.

THC-rich rubs infused with peppermint and cooling menthol are a great way to relax after a hard workout. A warming balm may be used to relieve severe localized pain. It combines the painkilling effects of cannabinoids and a tingling, soothing sensation. Inflammation symptoms might require a different chemical profile.

Different cannabis topicals offer different benefits depending on how they are made and what ingredients are used. So experiment with different transdermal products to find the one that works best for you. As medical and recreational marijuana states expand, there are more options available for topical treatments. This is a great option for those suffering from pain or inflammation. It's amazing how one ingredient can make a big difference.

Want to buy cannabis topicals?

If you are in need of cannabis topicals and want to give it a try to get some relief from your pain, visit your nearest cannabis dispensary to buy some of them. You can also look for the dispensaries near you that sell cannabis products online. However if you are already a cannabis topical user, let us know your experience with these products in the comment box.