Have you ever heard of cannabis “topicals” but weren’t sure what they were? Here, we’ll give you a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about them.
There are many types of cannabis topicals, such as lotions, creams, and ointments. The active ingredient in most topicals is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the compound in marijuana that causes psychoactive effects. However, when applied to the skin, topical cannabis will not get users high because it bypasses the blood-brain barrier and goes straight to localized areas of pain or other benefits.
A Topical Treatment for Pain
Cannabis topicals are mainly utilized to reduce chronic pain. By applying the topical directly onto the skin, it allows for targeted relief of that problem area.
There are two methods of cannabis treatments: absorption and accumulation. With absorption treatment, all of the cannabis topicals are absorbed by the outermost layers of skin where they’re metabolized into various forms of cannabinoids that can then circulate through your bloodstream. Topicals are applied to problem areas in Accumulation treatment, and as they accumulate in these places, relief is provided for a chronic condition.
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Cannabis topicals are absorbed by the skin, not the lungs
Applying THC topically will not result in a high because it is metabolized differently than when consumed in other ways. When applied to skin, THC binds to CB receptors and impacts the production of various hormones.
Topicals are also known as treatments for local pain because they can be applied directly to specific regions that need relief from acute or chronic pains. Topical cannabis is often used on joint pain, neuralgia (nerve pain), and muscle spasms.
How do cannabis topicals work?
Applying cannabinoids directly to your skin helps reduce pain and inflammation by reacting with cannabinoid receptors. Topicals are often used in conjunction with other treatments, such as massage or acupuncture, to stimulate the central nervous system and create a sense of wellbeing.
Types of topicals
There are many ways to utilize THC topicals. Some of the most common use cases include:
- Creams are applied topically to ease localized pain, in the same way that other creams and lotions are used.
- Ampoules are small, sealed vials that contain THC mixed with alcohol. These can be injected into muscles, which will absorb the cannabis faster than if applied topically. Ampoules offer relief from chronic pain and muscle aches.
- Packs and patches are a convenient way to get your THC fix, especially if you’re looking for pain relief. Just apply them like a bandaid, and let the cannabinoids do their work!
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