As more and more research (some sponsored by the US Government) is done into the use of marijuana for medical relief, people are starting to realize that thereis more to using cannabis than simply lighting it up and inhaling it.
In fact, many people have realized that cannabis can be used without getting high. One of the most popular new ways of using cannabis is through topicals infused with cannabis. Its very lack of psychoactive effects and the safety of topicals have brought people into the cannabis community that would never have checked it out otherwise.
For people looking for a guide to beginner use of topicals and salves, continue reading below!
What Exactly are Cannabis Topicals?
When people talk about topicals, they are discussing lotions, ointments, and medications that are placed on the surface of the skin. For example, many people apply lotion to their skin for acne treatment or pain relief after a workout. Cannabis topicals are lotions or oils that have been infused with the plant and are intended to relieve a variety of symptoms such as pain,inflammation, and soreness. Many people are looking for relief of their symptoms without the high that is caused by THC. For this reason, cannabis topicals have skyrocketed in popularity because people who otherwise aren't members of the cannabis community have witnessed the benefits that cannabis topicals can have for their symptoms.
Examples of cannabis topicals include:
Customization of Topicals
Because of the rising popularity of topicals, many producers have sought to narrow down the ingredients placed in the topicals. This means that people who areinterested solely in the effects of THC, THCA, or CBD can find topicals that have been customized to meet their needs. Furthermore, people can find topicals that contain their favorite mix of herbs and essential oils.
Cannabis Topicals: Mechanism of Action
Before people give cannabis topicals a try, it only makes sense to understand exactly how they work. Transdermal cannabis topicals function by releasing their ingredients through the skin. The active ingredients cross the skin and travelto their target destination, the CB2 receptors. These receptors are ubiquitousin the body and molecules such as THC or CBD will bind to these receptors and activate them. Different topical cannabinoids have different degrees of success penetrating the skin and the bloodstream. Therefore, people should take the time to consider the various topical application methods and tailor the method along with the ingredient profile to suit their needs, remembering that THC is the ingredient that provides the high.
Symptomatic Relief through Cannabis Topicals
Many people who are looking into cannabis topicals are looking for an effective treatment for intractable symptoms. Some of the medical uses of cannabis topicals are below.
Burns: Burns are the cause of some of the most intense pain known in the medical community. While many traditional medical treatments use oils, lotions, andointments to treat burns, cannabis-infused topicals may provide an effective alternative. While this may provide symptom relief, be careful because a thick ointment might inhibit the healing process.
Inflammation: Many people have soreness after workouts; however, other people experience unpleasant skin swelling as they age creating serious discomfort and aesthetic issues. Some people have used cannabis topicals to relieve inflammation,specifically the inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Cancer: As people live longer, cancer becomes more common and more devastating. Canceralso causes some of the most damaging pain in the medical community. Cannabis topicals have been proven effective at relieving many symptoms of cancerincluding:
- Sleep disturbances
People who are struggling with symptomatic relief from their cancer treatments should give cannabis topicals a try. Just because cancer is a miserable disease doesn't mean that a patient should remain miserable while receiving treatment.Many people have found relief from cancer-related symptoms through cannabis and topical applications represent one of the safest methods of consumption.
Topical application of cannabis is growing rapidly in popularity due to the diversity of products and the safety of its consumption. People who are struggling with symptomatic relief through other methods may want to give this a try.