Cannabis topical products are a fantastic method to treat pain and anxiety without experiencing THC’s euphoric side effects. There has been much discussion over the ideal CBD/THC ratio for cannabis topicals, but no one has been able to come up with a solution that appears to be effective for everyone. To help you determine which ratio is best for your needs, we’ll talk about various ratios that have been tried and tested by others in this blog post.
CBD Topicals for Pain Relief
CBD topicals have become more and more well-liked in recent years as a non-psychoactive pain reliever. Despite being manufactured from the same plant as edibles, some items function differently when taken orally.
Cannabis topicals are applied directly to the skin or muscles and contain active cannabinoids, which do not need to pass through the digestive system for you to feel their effects. Because of this, they provide great alternatives to traditional painkillers for people with inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
Can You Get High From Applying THC Topically?
Some topical CBD creams contain THC, the substance that gives marijuana smoke its euphoric properties. Many contend that topicals containing both components perform better than those containing only CBD.
Therefore, a common inquiry regarding a CBD topical containing THC is “Can you get high from a CBD topical containing THC?” And the answer is, “Perhaps,”
There isn’t enough data to confirm or deny whether THC may leak into the circulation following topical treatment, as is frequently the case with issues about cannabis’ effects. Because of this, the majority of topical users are forced to rely solely on their own experience, which might vary from person to person and topic to topic. User experience suggests that if three conditions are met, a person may start to experience psychoactive effects:
- High Level of THC: Higher doses of topical THC products are more likely to promote enhanced THC absorption via the skin and into the bloodstream. Even though some CBD products do include very small quantities of THC, most do not contain enough of it to cause you to feel high.
- Extended Exposure: THC will have more time to enter your bloodstream if your skin is exposed to it for a longer amount of time. Lotions and creams dry off too quickly, while THC-infused bath bombs and soaks let your skin stay in contact with the drug for longer.
- Physiological System: Different people have different levels of THC tolerance; if you are susceptible to low amounts of THC, topicals can trigger a reaction in you, whilst someone with a higher tolerance would not.
Applying A CBD Topical May Be Beneficial
There is proof that CBD topicals are advantageous, THC or not. According to one study, daily application of CBD to individuals’ skin over four weeks significantly reduced inflammation and hyperkeratosis.
CBD has also demonstrated promise in its ability to reduce pain in psoriasis sufferers who use it topically rather than consume it orally. Other studies have found that applying topical CBD helps ease a variety of symptoms, including those related to menstruation, acne, arthritis, headaches, cramps, inflammation from swelling after surgery or an accident (like sutures), and more!
The Advantages of CBD and THC Combination
Many advocates of cannabis use, whether for recreational or medical purposes, swear by the “full-spectrum” method. In essence, they think that THC and CBD must both be present to get the full advantages of cannabis.
Is this idea supported by science? Again, research into cannabis in general is still in its infancy, but early studies suggest that the synergy between CBD and THC is indeed advantageous since cannabinoids function more effectively together than they do separately.
When isolated cannabis components were used against an extract containing both CBN (a non-psychoactive compound) and THC, the results showed improved anti-inflammatory effects overusing either cannabinoid by itself, according to a study that compared the potency of whole-plant extracts to isolated compounds. The same result was obtained from a different study that examined whether terpenes could enhance the effects of CBD; the answer is that they can! And even though one might assume that the cannabis strain (i.e., sativa vs. indica) has anything to do with this, research demonstrates that there isn’t much of a connection between the strain and its effectiveness.
Test Different CBD Creams to See Which Ones Work the Best for You
It is ultimately up to you whether or not to add THC to your CBD topical. If you’re curious, try a small dose first and see how it works. After an hour or two, if no psychoactive effects are experienced, think about boosting the THC dosage until the desired effects are felt.
It is even simpler to experiment if you don’t mind being high. Maybe start with more THC and gradually cut back till you find the right balance for yourself! The budtenders at Helping Hands Dispensary will be delighted to assist you with this.