Dealing with localized pain? Looking to add something new to your skincare routine? Cannabis topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and creams that can be applied directly to the skin. Find out more about these unique cannabis products that may provide you with the benefits of cannabis without needing to inhale.
Why Use Topical Cannabis?
How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?
Topical cannabis products can be applied directly to the skin wherever needed. Just spread some over the affected area and rub it in. Topicals cannot enter the bloodstream, but they can reach deep inside the skin to provide relief to sore muscles and joints.
How do topicals get absorbed into the skin? It’s believed that the cannabinoids in topicals are absorbed by ECS cell receptors in the skin. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is thought to modulate numerous functions related to health including pain, inflammation, and more. Studies indicate the presence of ECS activity in the skin. It’s believed that cannabinoids may bind to or modulate ECS cell receptors that exist in the skin.
Using Topical Cannabis For Pain
Suffering from muscle or joint pain? Making topical cannabis a part of your care routine is easy. Simply apply the cream to problem spots whenever needed. Instead of applying a hot/cold cream to soothe your muscles or joints, try some topical cannabis instead.
Additionally, keep an eye out for cannabis topicals that combine cannabinoids with hot/cold therapy to provide even more comprehensive relief. And if pain persists, you can always safely re-apply the topical every two to three hours for continued relief.
Since cannabis topicals are quick to apply, you can also keep them in your work bag or gym bag to have them on hand whenever pain or inflammation strikes. While topicals may not be a long-term solution for pain and inflammation, they may help in the short term.
If you find that topical cannabis creams work for you, talk to your doctor about how you can most effectively make them a part of your treatment plan.