While cannabis-infused topicals are just recently gaining popularity, they’ve actually been around and used in medicine since ancient times. They offer many unique benefits. Unlike the other cannabis delivery methods, topicals aren’t consumed. They are applied directly to the affected area for localized treatment. Because the cannabinoids don’t enter the bloodstream, cannabis topicals aren’t psychoactive and have no dosage restrictions. They can be utilized multiple times throughout the day. The only exception to this are subdermal patches. For cannabis lotions, gels, ointments, sprays, roll-ons and lip balms, the cannabinoids strictly interact with the receptors found in the skin. They offer a wonderful opportunity to combine with an oral consumption method for synergistic treatment. Treating symptoms from the inside and outside can be especially helpful for chronic pain and inflammation from injury or arthritis.
Topicals that are high in CBD and CBN are highly recommended for sore, stiff or swollen muscles or joints. Topicals can also be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, burns, cuts, bug bites, bee sting and sunburn. They are effective in acne treatment because of the ability to reduce the production of sebum. More and more people are taking advantage of topicals as a beauty treatment, anti-aging opportunity and to combat stress and migraines.
The majority of cannabis topicals are infused with other essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus to provide added benefits. They typically don’t smell like medicine but have a pleasant aroma and absorb quickly. There are even bath bombs that combine potent cannabinoids with epsom salts and baking soda. The hot bath water works to open the pores and facilitate the effects. Soaking in a scented and soothing bath provides relaxation as well as curative properties for sore and tired muscles.