Now there are topical CBD and THC ointments, creams, lotions, and salves to relieve pain and treat skin conditions. The results are reliable so you may be keen to try them out for yourself. You do not have to worry about getting high using these products as the THC does not enter your bloodstream. Studies show topical cannabis preparations can treat localized pain, bacterial skin infections, and the inflammation of other skin conditions.
Let’s look at how cannabis topicals work and how to use them.
How topicals work on the skin
You have an endocannabinoid system in your brain which naturally produces CBD to regulate your body’s functions. CBD communicates with the CB1 and CB2 receptors to trigger a range of cellular responses so your body functions in a healthy manner.
Pain can be difficult to treat as it can come from the nervous system. The nervous system has CB1 receptors with many sitting just under the skin. And your CB2 receptors are mostly found in the immune cells in your peripheral nervous system. And it is these that are usually responsible for inflammation and pain. CBD indirectly impacts the CB2 receptors to encourage your body to make more of its own CBD. This impacts your body’s pain and inflammation positively.
Using a cannabis cream for pain relief and other skin issues stimulates the receptors to communicate with your brain to fight off the pain through the central nervous system. It can work quickly and effectively to relieve symptoms. CBD creams, ointments, salves, and lotions can have an infusion of THC ,CBD, or both. These can work quickly to block the receptors that tell your brain to feel pain.
Side effects of cannabis topicals
There are generally no known side effects of cannabis topicals. But it is best to avoid products that contain alcohol as it can make skin conditions in some people worse. Topical products that have coconut oil or other natural oils are better.
Test for an allergic reaction
Before using a topical product, it is wise to test it on a small part of your skin to ensure you do not have an allergic reaction. While the cannabis infusion is not known to cause allergic reactions, other ingredients used in topicals may.
Always check the list of ingredients on the label before you buy a product to see if it contains something you know you are allergic to.
If you have an allergic reaction to a topical product, stop using it immediately. Once you know you are not going to have an allergic reaction, you can safely use the product.
Applying cannabis topicals
Cannabis topicals are simple to use but there are some things you can do to ensure you get the best out of the product.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Clean the area before applying. Cannabis topicals are effective for localized pain relief and reducing inflammation. This means you need to apply it directly to the affected area. You can use topicals on your neck, back, shoulders, joints, elbows, hands, and legs for example. You can apply it to almost any external area of your body. Once you know where you are going to apply to topical, clean the area and dry it with a clean towel.
- Apply the cannabis topical product. Make sure your hands are clean and dry before applying the product. Take roughly a fingertip full of the product and rub it gently into the affected area. It is as simple as that. Take notice of the affect it has and reapply as required. Even apply it at night before going to bed so it can work overnight. And do not forget to wash your hands after applying the product.
These are very general guidelines. Before applying the product, make sure you read the product label to get the best results. All cannabis topicals are different.
Health benefits of THC and CBD topicals
Ointments, creams, lotions, and salves containing THC and CBD have the following health benefits:
- Different skin conditions. Research shows cannabis topicals are effective for treating skin conditions such as dermatitis, severe itching, and psoriasis. It can also relieve the symptoms of eczema by managing the underlying bacteria. But ensure you choose a product made to reduce inflammation, irritated skin, and pain and not a product for joint pain. There is also good news for acne sufferers. CBD topicals can regulate how much oil your skin produces to help reduce acne.
- Inflammation and pain. Research shows cannabis topicals can relieve chronic and neuropathic pain. The is some evidence that it is more effective that opioids that can be addictive when taken for long periods of time. Inflammation is what causes the pain associated with arthritis, so using a cannabis topical to treat the inflammation can relieve the pain. It can also help with other conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Headaches. Rub cannabis topicals into your temples for pain relief. Some preliminary studies show they may work to relieve the pain of a migraine.
- Healing wounds. Research shows that topically applied products infused with CBD and THC may help relieve the pain and manage the symptoms when healing a malignant wound. Cannabinoids have antibacterial properties so it may even help a resistance to antibiotics.
Using cannabis topicals is a good way to benefit from THC and CBD without ingesting it. They come in different forms such as creams, ointments, lotions, and salves. And topicals are good for relieving minor aches and pains without the psychoactive effects.
Check out our wide ranges of cannabis topical products to find the product that best suits you and your situation.