Cannabis topicals are part of the latest wave of products that break the stereotypical methods of marijuana consumption. These cannabis-infused lotions, oils, balms, salves, and sprays are absorbed through the skin to bring relief to a variety of ailments. Topicals are without psychoactive properties, which makes them especially useful for those who are sensitive to such effects, such as children and elderly patients.

How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

When topicals are absorbed into the skin, they bind to the CB2 receptors found throughout our bodies. These receptors are activated by cannabinoids like CBD and THC; however, even if the topical contains active THC, it won’t result in a “high” you would receive from smoking or consuming marijuana in traditional forms because it doesn’t cross into the bloodstream.

So what makes CBD and THC effective components of a medicinal topical? Well, after binding to our CB2 receptors, CBD becomes a soothing anti-inflammatory while THC offers excellent treatment of pain. Learn more about the common ailments and symptoms that cannabis topicals are used for below!

Use Cannabis Topicals If…

You have inflammation or arthritis

CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties work wonders when applied directly to an inflamed area caused by rheumatoid arthritis or other such conditions. A topical infused with CBD and THC-A can reduce swelling and inflammation as well as pain. Cannabis-based alcohol rubs are known to be especially effective. A favorite of ours is Canna Care’s ginger sports rub.

You have localized pain or muscle soreness

For intense localized pain or general muscle soreness, THC-based topicals offer fast-acting relief. Applying this type of topical to a specific location of the body will focus its therapeutic benefits on just the right spot.    

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You have headaches or menstrual cramps

Again, a cannabis topical’s ability to target pain in a specific area of the body makes it an ideal solution for intense headaches – dab the topical on the temples – or menstrual cramps – rub it on the abdomen. We recommend Whoopi and Maya’s Rub body balm for women.

You have psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis

Less emphasis has been placed on topicals’ use in treating certain skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis, but plenty of anecdotal evidence suggests cannabis-infused creams and balms offer relief from itching, swelling, scars, and redness.  

You have mild burns, bug bites, or rashes

Much in the same vein as treating skin conditions, cannabis topicals may offer relief from the itching, stinging, and redness caused by insect bites and some kinds of rashes. Localized pain relief provides treatment for mild burns, and can help reduce future scarring.

You want to be discreet

Most of us wouldn’t look twice at someone applying lotion or balm in public. Cannabis topicals can also be made solely with concentrates, so there is no smell of marijuana – meaning surefire stealth when it comes to treating your topical conditions!

You have a drug test coming up

You don’t have to worry about cannabis topicals affecting a drug test – most of them cannot breach the bloodstream. The exception is transdermal patches, which do allow THC to cross over into the bloodstream.

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You want to give someone a special massage

That’s right – cannabis topicals can be used for fun, too! Infused oils and creams not only aid in the process of giving a massage, they also take it to the next level when it comes to soothing tense muscles. We suggest Canna Care’s massage cream.

Check out some of our favorite topicals at Medithrive, from pain relieving salves and balms, to bath fizzers, epsom salt mineral soaks, and massage oils and creams. Remember, we deliver seven days a week, 12-8 p.m., and deliveries on Tuesdays are always free!