What are topicals?
- Topicals are cannabis infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation.
- They may be purchased premixed for specific conditions, but you can create topicals yourself using concentrates, tinctures, and oils. These can be mixed with your preferred moisturizer, balm, or other delivery system for direct pain relief.
Can topicals get you high?
- Most of them do not because the active THC cannot breach the bloodstream.
- Carefully read the label of the topicals you are using. Newer topical delivery systems like transdermal patches can deliver activated THC and terpenes into your bloodstream. Depending on the concentration of the ingredient in the patch, you may notice psychoactive effects.
How do topicals work?
- Topicals work by binding to a network of receptors called CB2. These CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds known as phytocannabinoids.
- Topicals are typically made by infusing highly concentrated cannabinoids into the delivery mechanism, such as balm or lotion.
What do topicals treat?
- Topicals are almost always chosen for localized pain relief. This unique treatment method is gaining traction as a treatment for other conditions though.
- In addition to muscle cramps, soreness, and inflammation; topicals may prove effective for headaches, migraines, dermatitis, psoriasis, and more.
- Because terpenes provide unique benefits and interactions, formulas have been created to target specific conditions like arthritis.