What are Cannabis Topicals?
Cannabis topicals (also knows as marijuana topicals) are dispelling the idea that cannabis can only be consumed through smoking or vaping. Cannabis-infused topicals are an example of an additional way to consume medical marijuana. They are a safe and easy way of using medical marijuana, but despite this, their popularity is not widespread.
What are cannabis topicals?
Cannabis topicals are medical marijuana-infused oils, creams, and ointments that are applied to relieve pain and discomfort. Due to their non-psychoactive effects, they are suitable for patients who want the benefits of medical marijuana without any ‘buzz’ that comes from consuming edibles or smoking it.
The effect of the topicals do not spread throughout the body and only affect the applied part.
How do marijuana topicals work?
The human body contains CB2 receptors. CB2 receptors play a role in controlling physiological processes such as pain. After applying a topical, the chemicals from the cannabinoids present in the lotions or oils are absorbed through the skin and begin to take effect. Medical marijuana topicals work by binding to the CB2 receptors. There are two ways to activate CB2 receptors through natural endocannabinoids or cannabinoids from medical marijuana.
Most topicals do not penetrate the bloodstream. They only breach the skin where the CB2 receptors are.
What symptoms do marijuana topicals help?
Topicals help treat symptoms such as
- Muscle Soreness
They have been recently found to help in treating headaches, migraines, cramps and muscle spasms.
One topical however cannot treat all symptoms. Cannabis topicals offer different health benefits depending on processing method and ingredients it contains. It is advisable to try different marijuana topicals to see which one helps with your symptoms.
Tips for success
- Medical marijuana topicals have no risk of overuse, and hence you can use them as needed.
- Cleaning of the body part intended for application is advised to remove any bacteria or sweat.
- It is important to wash hands after applying the cannabis topicals to ensure they do not come into contact with the eyes or nostrils.
- Application of topicals should be generous and firm to ensure fast acting results. More than one coat is not harmful as the topicals react differently for every person.
Topicals are most advisable for people suffering from mild conditions due to their localized effect. Cannabis topicals relieve pain but are not absorbed throughout the body. People with terminal illnesses in most cases will need stronger doses of medical marijuana due to their pain levels.