What’s the Deal with Cannabis Topicals?

Cannabis can be administered in various ways. You can smoke it, take it as a supplement, drop it under your tongue, or use cannabis topicals. Topicals can be used to treat skin conditions and improve complexion.

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Cannabis Topicals 1

If you are new to cannabis topicals, you may have questions and concerns about using them. This article will answer many of those questions.

How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

Topicals are applied directly to the affected skin. It interacts with cannabinoid receptors in the skin to produce various effects.

What are the Different Types of Cannabis Topicals?

  • Lotions and Creams: Lotions and creams are water-based so they are thinner and more absorbent than other types of topicals. They are commonly used for beauty products.
  • Ointments: Ointments are thicker and stickier than lotions and cream due to a higher oil concentration. They are usually used to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Balms: Balms contain fatty oils and waxes that make them extremely thick. Instead of being absorbed immediately, they create a barrier for the skin that keeps nutrients in. Lip balms are a common example.
  • Lubricants: Lubricants are created by infusing cannabinoids in an oil, water, or silicone base. It provides lubrication during sex and may enhance the experience. Unlike other topical products, it may infiltrate the bloodstream. So if it contains THC, it could get you high. Cannabis lubricants can also be used as massage oils.
  • Transdermal Patches: Transdermal patches infuse CBD or THC through the skin into the bloodstream. They are applied to the skin to provide health benefits throughout the day.

What Conditions Do Cannabis Topicals Treat?

  • Muscle Pain: Pain-relieving topicals reduce muscle pain and inflammation. They may be applied after a workout to speed recovery.
  • Arthritis: Topicals also reduce arthritis pain and inflammation. They help with mobility.
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Cannabis Topicals 3
  • Eczema and Psoriasis: Both skin conditions cause dry itchy skin. Cannabis topicals soothe skin and relieve symptoms.
  • Acne: Cannabis’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties may help reduce acne.
  • Antiaging: Hemp seed oil contains fatty acids protects the skin, reduce dryness, and slow the aging process.

THC vs. CBD Topicals

Topicals may contain CBD only or a THC and CBD mix. (You will rarely find topicals with THC only).

THC topicals won’t get you high. So why include the cannabinoid in a topical product?

The combination of THC and CBD makes products more effective. Purchasing a product with both cannabinoids may provide improved relief.

You will find products on the market that are pure CBD, full spectrum CBD (meaning it’s made with CBD, less than .03% THC and other cannabinoids) and THC CBD combinations in a 1:1 ratio. Research to determine which is most beneficial to your health needs.

How Do You Dose Cannabis Topicals?

Most topical product labels will have dosing instructions. They will tell you how much of the topical to apply and how often to apply it. Most topicals can be applied every 4-6 hours. However, if you overdo it, it’s unlikely that you will feel any side effects.

For best results, use a small amount of the topical to start. If you don’t see results, apply more.

How Are Cannabis Topicals Made?

CBD or THC oil is infused into a salve, ointment, cream or butter. It is typically mixed with other soothing products such as aloe vera, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Read the label to ensure the other ingredients won’t irritate your skin.

How Long Does it Take Topicals to Work?

Topicals infuse directly into the skin. Most will produce results in a few minutes. However, some may take closer to an hour to produce effects.

420 Central’s Cannabis Topicals

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Cannabis Topicals 2

420 Central carries various topical products. They include:

  • Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm: Papa & Barkely’s Releaf Balm soothes deep pain and sore muscles. It contains enriching oils like peppermint, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus. It is available in CBD-rich and THC-rich formulas.
  • Care By Design 1:1 Cream: This joint and muscle cream is rich in CBD, THC, shea butter, aloe vera, and other soothing ingredients. It can be applied on skin as needed. It’s onset time is 30 minutes to two hours and its effects last two to ten hours.
  • Mary’s Medicinals 1:1 Sandalwood Transdermal Cream: The transdermal cream absorbs deeply into skin. Its beeswax and mango butter provide a soothing effect. It is mentholated for cooling relief.
  • Mary’s Medicinals Muscle Freeze: Mary’s Medicinals helps with unwanted aches and pains. It contains menthol and whole plant nutrients to cool and soothe. It offers an immediate 15 minute onset and lasts 3-5 hours.
  • Papa & Barkley’s 1:3 CBD: THC Body Oil: This CBD rich body oil reduces muscle tension, aches and pains. It provides full spectrum benefits. It is formulated via a chemical-free solventless infusion process.
  • Mary’s Medicinal Transdermal Patch (CBD and CBN): The transdermal patch is applied directly to skin. They are available in CBD and CBN formulations. The CBN variety improves sleep. The CBD variety promotes general wellness.  
  • Autumn Brand Muscle and Joint Salve 1:7 CBD Rich: This CBD-rich formula has the highest concentrations of transdermal magnesium available on the market. Magnesium is critical for muscle and joint pain relief and nerve and muscle function. It increases glucose availability during exercise performance.

Cannabis topicals provide pain relief, benefit skin, and offer lubrication. But you must source them from a brand you can trust for optimal effects. 420 Central carries brands you can trust. We are your top choice for dispensaries in Orange County.

Contact us to discover how we can improve your quality of life.

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