Think you’ve seen all that cannabis can do for you? Think again! Topical cannabis is finding its way into grocery stores, beauty salons, even sex shops in the form of cannabis-infused lube. We’re only scratching the surface in terms of what this life-altering plant can do for us. We’ve previously talked about the wide range of medicinal benefits of cannabis, from easing glaucoma and asthma to depression, but consuming (smoking, eating, drinking, etc.) cannabis is only half the deal. Topical cannabis can be used as a cream or lotion. You may have heard of hemp or CBD oil before, but let’s see what other topical cannabis products are currently on the market.
What Are Topicals?
The term “topicals” is in reference to cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin. Similar to effects of CBD products, topical cannabis is used as a painkiller and a remedy for soreness and inflammation. Because they’re non-intoxicating and don’t have any psychoactive effects, topical cannabis products are a popular choice for some people, such as parents of young kids, who want therapeutic benefits without the cerebral high associated with smoking cannabis. Topical cannabis products typically do not contain any THC percentage, which make them easy to find in states where smoking cannabis is still illegal. You may also find topicals in the form of lubricants and patches.
How Does Topical Cannabis Work?
Cannabis-infused lotions, sprays, oils, and other methods of relief work by binding to a network of CB2 receptors, mainly found on white blood cells in the tonsils and in the spleen, but we have smaller amounts of CB2 receptors throughout our entire body. They are part of the endocannabinoid system.
This system is one diligent worker, as its primary purpose is to maintain homeostasis and balance within the body. After a topical cannabis cream or lotion is applied, the CB2 receptors are activated by our body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoids to give us the relief we need. The reason we don’t feel high is because, with most topicals, cannabinoids can’t get into the bloodstream — they only tap into our CB2 receptors. How’s that for a little cannabis science lesson?
What Is Topical Cannabis Used For?
Pain, soreness, tension, and inflammation are the most common reasons people turn to topical cannabis. As more research comes out about these products, scientists are getting behind topical cannabis’ potential to alleviate
- Skin rashes
- Overall itching
- Migraine headaches
You’ve heard of Tiger Balm, right? Well, there are THC-based versions of it now that are infused with menthol and peppermint — a great way to unwind and decompress after an intense workout.
What Topical Cannabis Products are Out There?
Whoopi & Maya
Now, let’s get into specific topical cannabis products that have received rave reviews from customers and publications. First, we’ve got the Whoopi & Maya Soak, infused with cannabis, epsom salt, and lavender. Whoopi & Maya products are for sale all over California and some parts of Colorado. This soak, in particular, is said to relieve pain associated with menstrual cramps and PMS. Epsom salts have been popular in baths for years. They are said to promote better sleep, aid in digestion, and reduce pain and swelling. The only con to this product is that you can’t use it outside the bathtub.
De Le Beuth
Speaking of bath time, we have to tell you about De La Beuth, also known as the company that makes cannabis-infused bath bombs. No, you’re not dreaming. This is real life. Creator Leanne Friedman was shocked to find there were no cannabis-based bath bombs on the market and was inspired, by her family’s history of skin cancer and sensitivity, to create one. Friedman explained to LA Weekly that “the heat of the water allows the product to penetrate into the skin deeper while soothing muscle aches and pains, and alleviating dry skin.”
If you’re looking for something small that you can throw in your purse or backpack, check out the all-natural Buzz Balm by Budsuds. This little guy is a High Times award-winning skin salve infused with cannabinoids to help decrease pain while you heal. Like Tiger Balm, you can rub this stuff all over your body or any place you feel pain. If you’re worried about any toxic or harsh chemicals, you can breathe easy knowing there’s only shea butter, beeswax, and jojoba oil inside.
For the days you’re feeling extra dirty and need a little exfoliation, reach for Liddie’s Infused Coffee Scrub. Keep in mind that this product is primarily used for skin health and appearance — it doesn’t do much for pain or inflammation. This powerful scrub is packed with all the good stuff, from coconut oil to THC to organic sugar, cinnamon, honey, vanilla extract, and coffee. It honestly sounds more like a dessert than a personal product. It smells so good you’re probably going to want to try to eat it.
Patch Up Your Pain
But let’s be honest, sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to soak in a long bath or give your skin the ultimate moisturizing treatment. On the days when you’re running late to work with a coffee stain on your shirt, opt for a cannabis patch. It takes two seconds to put on and lasts for hours. There are also tons of brands to choose from depending on where you live! If you reside in Oregon, Washington, or Colorado, you can find Mary’s Medicinals’ Transdermal Patches with various levels of THC, CBD, and CBN. Releaf Patches by Papa & Barkley are available in California, and the Pure Ratios brand can be found all over Canada.
So, when’s your next paycheck coming in? Cause you won’t want to miss out on these topical cannabis products! Not only will they make you look and feel good, they’ll do so without stinking up the apartment or breaking the bank. Topical cannabis products are an all-around good choice for people who want to get the most out of their relaxation and relieve themselves of pain after the gym or a long, hard day.