Cannabis topicals are gaining popularity and ridding a lot of public opinion regarding the use of cannabis and its effectiveness. Cannabis infused topicals are proving that you don’t have to get high for cannabis to be effective.
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
So what are they? Cannabis topicals are cannabis infused lotions, balms and oils that are absorbed through the skin and used as a localized treatment of ailments like pain, muscle soreness and inflammation.
Don’t just think of these topicals as a medical treatment. Cannabis topicals have come a long way and many manufacturers have included in there lines topicals for play. Which fits with the historical use of cannabis as an aphrodisiac, but don’t take our word for it.
How Cannabis Topicals Work
Cannabis infused topical products work through transdermal absorption. The cannabinoids found in the topicals bind to a network of CB2 receptors that are found all over the body – they can be activated naturally through the natural course of your endocannabinoid system or by introducing cannabinoids such as THC and/or CBD to the system.
Patients Who Use and What Are Its Uses?
The rise in topical popularity among cannabis users largely comes from patients who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria from a high. It is a safe method of consumption for those that not only want to avoid the high, but for those who prefer not to smoke or consume edibles to get the healing found through cannabis use.
Commonly Treated Ailments Using Cannabis Topicals
- Muscle soreness
Different topicals have different benefits and target a variety of ailments depending on the specific cannabinoids they deliver and other ingredients used in the product.
Why Don’t Topicals Get You High?
Most cannabis infused topicals, even with active THC, cannot breach the bloodstream when absorbed transdermally and won’t cross the blood brain barrier as a result. Although feeling the relief from pain or surface level aches and inflammation might be euphoric, it isn’t a psychoactive effect from the topical product used.
Everything Has An Exception
Transdermal patches are the only exception to the non-ability to get you high. Why? Patches do deliver cannabinoids to your bloodstream and if there is enough THC in the product, it can yield psychoactive effects often associated with cannabis use.
Now that recreational use is legal in the state of California, it can be expected that we will only see a rise in innovation with consumption methods and for advancement in the effectiveness of existing consumption methods to happen.
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