WHAT ARE TOPICALS?

Cannabis topicals are balms, creams, lotions, salves, oils, and sprays.

These products can be used for a variety of purposes, including first aid, skincare, and cosmetics.

While many people are familiar with the concept of medical cannabis, fewer realize the vast potential of topical applications.

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How do cannabis topicals work?

 

Firstly, these infused topicals are unlikely to create a psycho-active effect.

Cannabis topicals work because of the unique phytochemicals found in the plant.

These include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC is the primary psychoactive in the herb, the culprit behind the famous cannabis “high.”

Yet, when applied topically, the psychoactive does not have any mind-altering effects.

Instead, the cannabis compound works locally to reduce inflammation and ease pain.

Similarly, CBD, the second most abundant cannabis compound, does not exert systemic effects when applied topically.

Both of these main cannabinoids, as well as other minor cannabis compounds, can engage specific receptors on the surface of the skin.

These receptors are called cannabinoid receptors.