Topicals

Our formulated topical products have a rich and creamy consistency

WHAT IS A MEDICAL MARIJUANA TOPICAL?

In addition to consuming marijuana internally through vaporization, tincture or capsule formulation, topical marijuana products applied locally can offer an alternative method for relief. This method of application consists of marijuana-infused topicals that provide a localized effect when applied to the skin. Topical marijuana products can come as a lotion, cream, ointment or salve. The cannabinoids in the topical’s composition produce the desired effect with no intoxicating result in the process.

WHO BENEFITS FROM TOPICAL MARIJUANA?

While the needs for medicinal marijuana will differ depending on each unique scenario, a variety of individuals can enjoy the benefits of a topical product.

Patients who seek an alternative to pharmaceuticals may experience pain relief with minimal side effects when using topical marijuana products. 

Patients with skin rashes, such as eczema and psoriasis, may find relief from the CBD portion of the marijuana plant when applied topically.

Topicals may be used liberally on any external parts of the body as part of a pain reduction regime. A patient suffering from sudden aches or discomfort who either can’t or doesn’t want to ingest marijuana, but still needs relief, can apply topical medical marijuana to the affected areas.

WHO BENEFITS FROM TOPICAL MARIJUANA?

Self reported uses for topical marijuana balms and oils include:

Arthritis
Psoriasis
Eczema
Tendinitis
Headaches
Migraines
Stiff Neck
Muscle Soreness

HOW DOES TOPICAL MARIJUANA WORK?

Application-based marijuana works differently than its conventional vaporized or ingested forms.

Our body hosts two different cannabinoid receptors, referred to as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are mostly found in the nervous system but are also present in the skin. It is through CB1 receptors that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind altering cannabinoid found in marijuana, moderates its psychoactive effects.

CB2 receptors, on the other hand, are mainly found in the skin, other organs and immune cells. These receptors respond to cannabidiol (CBD) and many other cannabinoids. It is the response of the CB1 and CB2 receptors that bring about physiological change. This means that external cannabinoids, such as topicals, can be delivered to bring about a therapeutic effect.

Because they’re non intoxicating, topicals are often chosen by patients who want the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria associated with other delivery methods. The slow absorption rate of the skin permits the therapeutic properties to last longer in a targeted area while prohibiting the effects of altered mental states from developing. 

Sources Consulted: Bearman D, Pettinato M. Cannabis Medicine – A Guide to the Practice of Cannabinoid Medicine. Santa Barbara, CA: Blue Point Books; 2018
Lannotti FA, Di Marzo V, Petrosino S. Endocannabinoids and endocannabinoid related mediators: targets, metabolism and role in neurological disorders. Prog Lip Res. 2016;62:107-28

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