What are Cannabis Topicals?
Cannabis topicals are any type of lotions, balms, or oils that are infused with marijuana and are made to be applied topically, or on the skin. Cannabis topicals are known mainly for relieving pain, inflammation, and soreness. They are one of many new products on the market, which is growing all the time with the addition of new products that have a variety of medicinal uses.
Luckily, things are changing, and the products are beginning to become more acceptable to the mainstream patient. Cannabis topicals are one of many of these products, and thus are not only a new, convenient type of medicine but are also a sign of a bright horizon in the future.
What do cannabis topicals contain?
Cannabis topicals are particularly prized among people who are interested in using marijuana products that do not have any psychoactive effects, as those are not the benefits that they need to acquire relief for their symptoms. Topical products are generally created with specific, purposeful choices made about the various qualities of each type of marijuana strain. Essential oils are also often included, along with the desired cannabinoids (such as THC, CBD, THCA, and many others). Sometimes other ingredients are added as well.
How do they work?
Cannabis topicals might be lotions, oils, sprays, or salves, and they interact with your body’s CB2 receptors. CB2 receptors are found in many places throughout the body, and are there because of your body’s own endocannabinoids that are naturally occurring, but they also interact perfectly with the phytocannabinoids, which are the compounds found in cannabis. These compounds include THC and CBD, among others.
Although many associate THC with getting high, it, in fact, does not always do that when used in ways other than ingestion or smoking. Because it is applied to the skin, the chemicals are never able to make it into the bloodstream, they only make it as far as the CB2 receptors. For that reason, even high levels of THC contained in the topical cream or spray is not going to make you feel high, or have any psychoactive effects at all.
The exception to this is if you use a transdermal patch, which is specifically designed to transport cannabinoids into the bloodstream. For that reason, transdermal patches that are transporting cannabis products with high levels of THC will, in fact, have psychoactive effects on the user.
What can cannabis topicals treat?
The main reason most people choose to use a topical cannabis product is to treat pain in one specific location, to help relieve muscle soreness or tension of the muscles, or to lessen inflammation. There are an increasing number of uses appearing that have been proven effective for many via anecdotal evidence. These include psoriasis, dermatitis, cramping, and headaches.
Often, cannabis topicals are combined with menthol or peppermint to help relax or relieve muscles or other pain. This combines the soothing feeling of the menthol with the actual painkilling cannabis, providing effective relief from a number of types of pain. As more countries embrace and legalise medical marijuana, cannabis topicals are able to be more widely developed and available.