How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

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Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced user, it’s important to stay informed when it comes to everything involving proper cannabis consumption. In one of our previous blogs, we talked about how cannabis edibles work. Let’s now dive further into cannabis wellness!

Follow along with us as we uncover the soothing world of cannabis topicals, where relaxation and targeted relief meet.


Understanding Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis topicals are products infused with extracts from the cannabis plant that are designed to be applied directly to the skin. They come in various forms to cater to different preferences and targeted relief. Creams and lotions are smooth and moisturizing, making them easy to apply and spread over larger areas.

Balms and salves, on the other hand, are thicker and more concentrated, providing a more localized and intense effect. Patches, which adhere to the skin like a sticker, gradually release cannabinoids into the body for extended relief. The choice of cannabis topical depends on individual preferences, the desired application method, and the specific area of the body that requires attention.

These topicals contain different cannabinoids, but CBD is the most common. CBD is known for its non-intoxicating properties and potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

It is often used for general wellness, skincare, and addressing various discomforts. Just apply the topical anywhere you feel pain and let the CBD go to work for you. It is important to note that, unlike other cannabis products, cannabis topicals do NOT provide psychoactive effects. This can be a good or a bad thing, depending on what you are going for.


refill of liquid on tubesThe Science

Cannabis topicals interact with the skin in a unique way, providing potential therapeutic benefits. When applied, the cannabinoids in topicals penetrate the layers of the skin and are absorbed into the underlying tissues. This localized interaction allows for targeted relief without entering the bloodstream, minimizing psychoactive effects.

Skin penetration and absorption play a crucial role in the effectiveness of cannabis topicals. The skin acts as a barrier, but certain factors like the formulation and concentration of cannabinoids, as well as the condition of the skin, can impact the extent of absorption.

Additionally, the endocannabinoid system (ECS), the system in our bodies that interacts with cannabinoids, plays a role in the skin. The skin has its own endocannabinoid receptors, known as CB1 and CB2 receptors, which can interact with cannabinoids present in the topicals.

This interaction with the ECS in the skin contributes to the anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and potentially other therapeutic effects of cannabis topicals. Understanding the science behind how cannabis topicals interact with the skin and the role of the endocannabinoid system helps shed light on their potential benefits and effectiveness.


Potential Therapeutic Benefits

Now that we know how topicals work, let’s explore how these topicals can provide relief and enhance overall well-being.


Aperson in blue and white long sleeve shirtnti-inflammatory properties & pain relief

Cannabis topicals, particularly those containing CBD, exhibit remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to the skin, the cannabinoids interact with CB2 receptors. This interaction helps to reduce inflammation and alleviate conditions such as arthritis and muscle soreness. By soothing inflamed tissues, cannabis topicals provide localized relief and promote a more comfortable daily experience.


Analgesic effects & localized pain relief

When cannabinoids interact with CB1 receptors in the skin, they can help alleviate pain signals. This makes cannabis topicals an excellent choice for targeting specific areas affected by muscle strains, joint pain, and neuropathic pain. By delivering localized pain relief, these topicals offer a targeted and efficient solution for managing discomfort.

Other potential benefits of cannabis topicals

Aside from pain relief, some studies have shown promising results for other potential benefits of cannabis topicals. These include:

  • Skincare benefits:

Cannabis topicals, especially those infused with CBD, offer potential benefits for various skin conditions. CBD possesses antioxidant properties that may help combat acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

By reducing inflammation, regulating sebum production, and promoting healthy skin cell growth, CBD topicals can contribute to clearer and healthier-looking skin.

  •  Some cannabis topicals incorporate additional ingredients like essential oils or menthol, which provide muscle relaxation and improved blood flow. These components can create a soothing and invigorating sensation, easing muscle tension and promoting faster recovery after physical activity.

Whether it’s post-workout muscle soreness or general muscle relaxation, cannabis topicals with these ingredients can be a valuable addition to your self-care routine.


Using Cannabis Topicals Safely & Effectively

To ensure a safe and effective experience with cannabis topicals, it is important to follow proper guidelines and seek guidance when needed.

  • Use proper application techniques: Applying cannabis topicals correctly can enhance their effectiveness. Start by cleaning and drying the area of application to ensure optimal absorption. Take a small amount of the topical and gently massage it into the skin until it is fully absorbed. Consider the specific instructions provided by the product manufacturer for best results.
  • Start with lower concentrations: You should start with lower concentrations of cannabinoids, especially if you are new to using cannabis topicals. Begin with a small amount and gradually increase the dosage as needed. Pay attention to the product labeling or consult the product manufacturer for dosage guidelines. It is crucial to find the dosage that works best for your individual needs and tolerance.


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Overall, if you are looking for a way to use the power of cannabis to provide pain relief without the psychoactive effects, topicals are the way to go. By absorbing the cannabinoids through the skin rather than your bloodstream, topicals provide localized pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties, among other potential benefits.

Just remember: the effects can be different for everyone!

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*Always consult a physician before making any changes to your health or fitness regimen.


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