Cannabis-infused topicals can be used to help relax muscles, relieve joint pain, and much more. Topicals can come in a variety of forms including lotions, creams, salves, balms and oils. They are absorbed through the skin to provide localized pain relief without producing any psychoactive effects commonly associated with marijuana. Topicals can be used to treat a number of medical conditions, but how do you know which one is right for you? Let’s take a closer look.
Transdermal pain patches are one of the more common forms of topical marijuana. Similar to IcyHot patches, the adhesive application can be applied directly to the problem area and the effects can typically be felt within 20 minutes. Patches are a great option for long-lasting relief and can be discreetly worn under clothing.
Salves and Lotions
Salves and lotions can be found in a variety of ratios, some with a higher THC percentage than others, to provide the appropriate amount of relief to the patient. Similar to patches, they can be applied directly to the area for localized relief. These topicals are usually recommended for everyday minor pain such as muscle soreness. If you are experiencing extreme pain, pairing a topical with an ingestible cannabis product may be more beneficial.
Cannabis-infused bath soaks are becoming more widely popular. Adding this formula to a warm bath is not only a great way to relax, but also provides full-body relief. Bath soaks are great for patients looking for an additional way to relieve sore or aching muscles in multiple parts of the body or to soothe muscles after exercise.
The beauty industry has seen an introduction to cannabis-infused skincare products, especially products containing CBD. This can include products such as face creams, masks, serums, chapstick and more. Due to CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, it can be used to improve numerous skin conditions such as itchy skin, eczema, and psoriasis. CBD can also be effective in fighting and reducing acne as it helps decrease the production of sebum in the skin.