What are Cannabis Topicals used for?

New methods of cannabis consumption are arising every day. Smoking used to be the only method, but now you can vaporize, eat, or apply marijuana to your skin with cannabis topical. Cannabis-infused topicals are one of the newest modes of consumption. Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, or oils that can be absorbed through the skin for relief of pain and inflammation. Cannabis topicals can be used for several purposes.

Can Cannabis Topicals get you high?

Topicals can provide patients with the medicinal benefits of marijuana without the traditional high because they are not psychoactive. Cannabis topicals provide patients with the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral high that usually follows a marijuana high. The amount of THC in topicals is usually so low, no type of high is felt after applying cannabis topicals.

Even if a topical has active THC in it, the high that usually follows marijuana smoking will not occur. Most topicals penetrate a system of CB2 receptors which aids in pain relief. Topicals reach the CB2 receptors in the skin and they cannot reach the blood stream. If a transdermal patch with cannabinoids is applied, the cannabinoids can reach the bloodstream and have psychoactive effects, if the THC content is high enough.

Pain Management

The most popular use of marijuana-infused topicals is the relief of localized pain, tension, and inflammation. The cannabinoids in topicals have painkilling properties. One example of how topicals combat pain is provided by Cannabis Basics’ CEO Ah Warner:

“Arthritic pain is caused by inflammation. My products have [THCA] and CBD, both of which are anti-inflammatory. Active THC is not for inflammation, but when left in its acid form and combined with CBD, the two work to get rid of inflammation and the pain that comes with it.”

So by combatting inflammation cannabis topicals are stopping the main cause of pain in sufferers of arthritis.

Sexual Pleasure Enhancer

Dr. Jennifer Berman, M.D., a prominent sexual-health advocate and clinician in Los Angeles, prescribes both Foria products to patients regularly-and is, in fact, such a fan of the line that she recently discussed it on Conan. “Perimenopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal women who have noticed a decline in response have had great success with it,” she says. “Younger patients who have difficulty achieving orgasms have had enhanced response with it as well.”

Eczema Treatment

Cannabis topicals can also be used to treat various skin disorders including dermatitis and eczema. Cannabis oils should ease some of the itching and dryness that eczema sufferers experience. Users reported improvement from their skin disorders after applying marijuana-infused topicals.

In Conclusion

Marijuana topicals have several uses and all of them are medicinal. These topicals can only be obtained in certain states with medical marijuana laws. They don’t get you high but they can help with pain, skin disorders, cuts, burns, and even enhance orgasms. So whether you’re looking to improve your bedroom game or relieve some pain, you may be in the market for some cannabis-infused topicals. These topicals can be acquired at dispensaries where medical marijuana is legal or they can be made at home.

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