What Are Cannabis Topicals and How Are They Used?

Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Cannabis topicals are lotions, balms and oils infused with cannabis and are used to provide localized symptom relief through skin absorption. They are also a non-psychoactive method of consumption, which is an attractive therapeutic benefit for both medical and recreational users.


When making topicals, the producers select ingredients that provide added relief (such as medicinal oils and herbs), and may also use strain-specific cannabis to ensure that certain terpenes and cannabinoids are contained within their chemical profiles.


Cannabis topicals are a safe and efficient way to deliver beneficial cannabinoids to the cells that need them most. Topicals generally do not produce the signature high that smoking or eating does, but there are time-release patches that specifically contain THC, which can produce some psychoactive effects.


Similar to conventional medicated products, there are many different types of topicals. They are developed with specific strains and cannabinoid ratios in order to be the most effective for their intended use. For example, a topical containing a high-CBD strain may be particularly useful for treating pain and inflammation. Furthermore, cannabinoids including THC, CBD, CBG, and CBN have all shown effectiveness in reducing symptoms of psoriasis.

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