7 Tips for Using Cannabis Topicals
Cannabis-infused topical products are all the rage right now, and with good reason. Unlike body-care products made with hemp seed oil, cannabis topicals are made with significant amounts of cannabinoids (the chemical compounds unique to marijuana) with an aim to provide relief from a wide range of physical symptoms, such as body pain, muscle tension, swelling/inflammation, and allergic reactions. Some cannabis topicals are gentle enough to use every day as a moisturizer, while others are made to produce temporary hot or cold effects that compliment the cannabinoids' actions. These therapeutic lotions, salves, oils, ointments, balms, and bath salts don't induce the psychoactive “stoned” effects like inhaling or ingesting cannabis does, so recreational users might overlook topical products as useless, but they do allow cannabinoids to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors in our skin to offer other benefits. To help get the best out of the ever-expanding selection these products, here we offer seven tips for using cannabis topicals.