How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

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Cannabis has come a long way from being solely associated with smoking or ingesting. One of the innovative ways it has entered the wellness arena is through cannabis topicals – products infused with cannabis extracts designed for application on the skin. This blog will delve into the intriguing realm of cannabis topicals, exploring how they work and their potential benefits.

What are Topicals?

Cannabis topicals encompass a diverse array of products infused with cannabis extracts, such as salves, lotions, and balms, specifically formulated for topical application. These products are not intended for ingestion or inhalation but are instead designed to provide localized relief when applied to the skin. The efficacy of these topicals lies in the interaction between cannabinoids like THC and CBD and the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The ECS, a complex network of receptors throughout the body, is pivotal in regulating various physiological processes. While cannabinoids like THC and CBD are renowned for their effects when inhaled or ingested, they also have the ability to influence the skin through the ECS.

How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

THC Topicals

When it comes to THC topicals, their effects are primarily localized to the application site, as these products cannot penetrate the skin to reach the bloodstream. This ensures that users experience relief without the psychoactive effects associated with systemic THC exposure. Research is underway to explore the potential of THC topicals in treating inflammatory skin conditions, neuropathic pain, and even glaucoma.

Many individuals turn to THC-infused salves, lotions, and balms to alleviate muscle soreness, joint pain, or other sources of discomfort. It’s important to note that while most THC topicals won’t show up in blood tests, transdermal products containing THC, such as transdermal patches, can enter the bloodstream, potentially causing intoxication and appearing on tests.

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals, such as lotions, share similarities with THC topicals in their mode of action. When applied topically, CBD activates cannabinoid receptors in the skin, relieving inflammatory skin conditions, pain, and discomfort. However, CBD interacts with different receptors than THC, showcasing its unique pharmacological profile.

Some individuals prefer CBD topicals for their localized effects or opt for them to avoid THC altogether. Interestingly, many products combine both THC and CBD to leverage their synergistic effects. The choice between THC and CBD topicals ultimately boils down to personal preferences and the specific benefits sought. Experimenting with various products and formulations with the guidance of a healthcare provider is key to finding what works best for individual needs.

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