Various new methods to consume cannabis are taking us away from the old notion that marijuana solely belongs in a joint or bong or that it can get you high.
Various cannabis-infused topicals can be an example for how new consumption modes are revolutionizing our perceptions of marijuana. Now their safety, accessibility and efficacy are inviting even the strong opposers of cannabis into the fold of medical cannabis products.
What Are topicals?
These THC infused topicals are balms, lotions and oils which are cannabis-infused and are absorbed through our skin to get localized relief of soreness, pain and inflammation.
As they are non-intoxicating, topicals are often preferred by patients who like to get therapeutic benefits of the marijuana without their cerebral euphoria being associated with any other delivery methods.
These strain-specific topicals are attempting to harness few terpenes and cannabinoids within a chemical profile that is similar to Blackberry Kush, Blueberry, Permafrost, or any other strains that processor wants to emulate.
Along with CBD, THC, THCA, and many other cannabinoids, producers of topicals may also choose ingredients or essential oils for providing additional relief, e.g. wintergreen, cayenne, and clove.
How marijuana-infused topicals really work?
All these cannabis-infused salves, lotions, sprays, oils and other transdermal ways of relief by binding to network of receptors known as CB2.
Such CB2 receptors can be found throughout our body and get activated either by naturally-occurring endocannabinoids of our body or by certain cannabis compounds called as “Phyto-cannabinoids”.
Even if the topical contains an active THC, it will still not induce that “high” you may get from ingesting or smoking cannabis. Cannabinoids cannot breach our blood stream with most topicals, as they only can penetrate to system of the CB2 receptors.
However, transdermal patches, can deliver cannabinoids to bloodstream and could produce psychoactive effects with high enough of THC content.
What symptoms can marijuana-infused topicals treat?
These topicals are chosen for localized muscle soreness, pain relief, tension, and inflammation, however subjective evidence has started showing potential benefits from dermatitis, psoriasis, cramping, itching and headaches.
From brutal workout or long hike, a THC-rich rub which is infused with peppermint and cooling menthol can be a perfect way of winding down. In case of intense localized pain, you can try warming balm which combines deep painkilling qualities of cannabinoids with soothing, tingling sensation.
Often inflammation symptoms may need a different kind of chemical profile, as one company CEO dealing with cannabis product explains:
Inflammation causes arthritic pain and various cannabis products have CBD and THC both of these are anti-inflammatory.
An active THC may not for inflammation, however when left in the acid form and then combined with CBD, then two can work to remove inflammation and pain which comes with it.
Many different kinds of topicals can have different benefits based on the way the ingredients are used and processed, so you must experiment with different transdermal products to check what will work best for you.
As time passes, medical marijuana states now are seeing more options for getting topical remedies, and for many sufferers of inflammation and pain which is worth exploring. You may be surprised to find difference that one particular ingredient makes.