You’ve probably heard of topical cannabis products if you’re a fan of the plant. But what are they? How do they work? We’ll go over that and more in this article.
There are several types of cannabis topical products, such as lotions, creams, and ointments. The active ingredient in these topicals is typically tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid in marijuana that causes psychoactive effects. However, when cannabis topicals are applied to the skin, they do not produce a high because THC does not enter the bloodstream or cross the blood-brain barrier. Cannabis topicals provide localized pain relief and other therapeutic benefits.
A form of treatment for chronic pain
Cannabis topicals are effective treatments for chronic pain because they target the area of discomfort directly.
There are two types of cannabis treatments: absorption and accumulation. With absorption treatment, all of the cannabis topicals are absorbed by the outer layers of your skin where they’re converted into different forms of cannabinoids that can then enter your bloodstream. Accumulation treatment is when the topicals are applied to problem areas and they accumulate in these places, providing relief for a chronic condition.
Cannabis lotion can be used not only for relaxation but also to treat psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the skin cells (keratinocytes) to grow at a rate much faster than normal. A cannabis topical decreases the speed of cell growth and could possibly eliminate it altogether.
Absorbed by the skin, not the lungs
Unlike other cannabis products that are inhaled or consumed, THC-infused topicals are applied to the skin, so they won’t produce a high. When marijuana is smoked or eaten, THC goes into your bloodstream and then to your brain. But when topical cannabinoids are used, THC binds CB receptors in the skin outside of nerves that send pain signals to the brain.
Topical cannabis, also known as local pain treatment, is effective in treating acute or chronic pains by being applied directly to painful regions. It can often be used on joint pain, neuralgia (nerve pain), and muscle spasms.
How do cannabis topicals work?
Cannabinoids in your skin help relieve pain and inflammation by interacting with cannabinoid receptors.
Topicals aren’t only effective when used by themselves, try combining them with other treatments such as massage or acupuncture. This will help get your central nervous system going and result in feeling more contentment.
Types of topicals
Some ways people commonly use THC topicals are:
- Creams and lotions are applied topically to provide relief for localized pain, just like a normal cream or lotion.
- Ampoules are a type of cannabis treatment in which THC is mixed with alcohol and injected into muscles, where it will absorb faster than if applied topically. This treatment can be used for relief from chronic pains.
- If you’re looking for an easy way to get relief, try a THC-infused pack or patch. These work like bandaids and will release cannabinoids over time, providing pain relief with little effort on your part.
Cannabis has a lot of potential applications, and one of them is topicals. Stop by Helping Hands Cannabis dispensary to learn more about this exciting world.