Cannabis growers and cannabis users are always on the lookout for new ways to take advantage of the medicinal benefits of this versatile plant. In addition to traditional methods of consumption, such as smoking or vaporizing, topical cannabis products have become increasingly popular.
Types of cannabis topicals
There are three types of cannabis topicals: full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolated CBD.
Each type has its unique characteristics, for example, full-spectrum topicals contain a wide variety of cannabinoids and terpenes, including THC. Whereas, broad spectrum topicals have a similar mix of cannabinoids and terpenes, but without THC. Finally, topicals with isolated CBD only contain cannabidiol (CBD) with no other cannabinoids.
In addition to cannabinoids, many topicals include oils, herbs and vitamins for additional therapeutic benefits. Before purchasing a topical, be sure to read the label for its composition.
How do cannabis topicals work?
When you apply a cannabis topical to the skin, it is absorbed and the cannabinoids bind to the cannabinoid receptors present throughout the body. Unlike other methods of consumption, topicals are generally non-psychotropic, meaning they do not produce psychoactive effects.
This makes them an attractive option for those seeking the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without experiencing the mental disturbances generally associated with THC products.
What are the benefits of cannabis topicals?
Cannabis topicals are used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Some of the most common benefits are:
Relieve muscle and nerve pain.
Cannabis topicals can help reduce pain caused by injury, inflammation or chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Treat skin conditions
Cannabis has been shown to be effective in treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Cannabinoids present in cannabis topicals have anti-inflammatory properties, making them a highly effective therapeutic option for treating inflammation.
Relieve menstrual cramps and headaches
Some people have found relief from menstrual cramps and headaches when using cannabis topicals, although more research is needed to support these results.
How to get the best results using cannabis topicals?
To get the best results with cannabis topicals, keep each of the following tips in mind:
Try the product before you buy.
Many stores offer free samples of cannabis topicals. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to try the product before you purchase it.
Use it regularly
Topicals often provide almost instant relief, but consistent and regular application is the key to better long-term results.
Avoid applying topicals during strenuous physical activity.
To allow for complete absorption of the topical, avoid applying it before activities that may cause excessive sweating or friction.
Start with small doses
As with any cannabis product, it is advisable to start with low doses and gradually increase them if necessary.
Cannabis topicals offer a convenient and effective way to take advantage of the medicinal benefits of this plant. Whether you are looking for pain relief or to treat skin conditions, cannabis topicals can be a promising option.
Remember to always read product labels to ensure you get a quality product with the dosage and properties you want to use.