Welcome to the expansive world of Cannabis Topicals!
New methods of cannabis consumption are bringing us further away from the notion that marijuana belongs solely in a bong or joint – or that it has to get you high, for that matter. Cannabis-infused topicals are an example of how new modes of consumption are revolutionizing perceptions of marijuana as their accessibility, safety, and efficacy invite even the most unlikely patrons into the world of medical cannabis. Bud Lab has embraced this new cannabis world by stocking many different kinds of cannabis topicals and self-care products.
What are Cannabis Topicals?
Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Because they’re non-intoxicating, topicals are often chosen by patients who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods.
Marijuana-infused topicals, including lotions, salves, oils, sprays, and other transdermal methods of relief, work by binding to a network of receptors called CB2. These CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and are activated by the body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoids.
Even if a topical contains active THC, it still won’t induce that intense “high” you’d get from smoking or ingesting cannabis. With most topicals, cannabinoids can’t breach the bloodstream; they only penetrate to the system of CB2 receptors.
Symptoms Marijuana-Infused Topicals Treat
Topicals are most popularly chosen for localized pain relief, muscle soreness, tension, and inflammation, but anecdotal evidence is beginning to show a widening spectrum of potential benefits, from psoriasis, dermatitis, and itching to headaches and cramping.
A THC-rich rub infused with cooling menthol and peppermint is a perfect way to wind down from a brutal workout or hike. For intense localized pain, you may try a warming balm that combines the deep painkilling properties of cannabinoids with a tingling, soothing sensation.
Different topicals have different benefits to offer depending on the way they are processed and the ingredients that are used, so experiment with various transdermal products to see what works for you.
How-To Use Cannabis Topicals
Before applying your cannabis ointment, consider where your pain is coming from. We inadvertently put a lot of stress on our bodies, and finding the “why” of our pain will help define a way to subdue it and, in this case, where to apply the topical.
Clean the Area
Before applying a dollop of cannabis-infused lotion/topical to your hands, feet, elbows, etc., give yourself a quick rinse. You don’t have to get in the shower or clean the area like a wound, just grab a moist wash cloth or paper towel and scrub the applicable area to remove any unwanted particulates from your skin, then dry the area prior to application.
Be Generous and Vigorous
After you’ve sufficiently cleaned and dried the affected area, generously apply your cannabis topical. You don’t need to bathe in it (unless it’s a bath bomb) but doing a second or third application is not uncommon. With every application, vigorously massage and rub the topical into your skin. Do not apply too much pressure as to exacerbate your discomfort, but be firm and don’t be shy about a second pass.
Adjust Your Expectations
Don’t expect a lifetime of arthritis to suddenly feel like nothing, or for old wounds to subside entirely. Rather, prepare for subtle, innocuous relief alongside other sensations depending on the concentration of other soothing ingredients in your topical.