How Cannabis Topicals Work
Let’s talk about topicals.
Topicals are applied to the surface of the skin to interact directly with that area for targeted effects. They are typically used for localized pain or soreness, inflammation, skin irritations, etc.
Topicals come in many forms such as sprays, lotions, oils, salves, and more.
Unless a topical is labeled as “transdermal,” the CBD typically won’t reach the bloodstream because cannabinoids are generally too big to pass through the skin. This means that even if a topical has THC in it, you won’t get high (or cause you to fail a drug test). The cannabinoids do, however, permeate the skin through its pores and interact with endocannabinoid receptors in the skin.
Your body naturally produces endocannabinoids of its own that interact with these receptors to suppress inflammation and prevent the immune system from turning on when it is not needed. And if our bodies aren’t producing enough endocannabinoids of their own to support this system, we can supplement with phytocannabinoids.
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How to Use Topicals
Apply topicals directly to where you are experiencing discomfort to help relieve muscle soreness, cramps, or pain. If you’re experiencing a headache, try applying a CBD topical to your temples (see our DIY Relief Roller recipe here).
When purchasing cannabis topicals, choose a topical blended with other essential oils for enhanced relief tailored to your specific needs. Click here to learn more about the therapeutic properties of the terpenes found in essential oils.
Interested in using topicals with THC?
Check out this video to learn about how topical THC products can be used in legal markets without getting you “high!”
This article was written by Kristen Williams and published on September 13, 2019. Copyright ©2019 Hempsley®, All Rights Reserved