When many people think of cannabis, they often imagine smoking a joint, however there are actually many other ways of using marijuana. These days, medical experts and the public alike are starting to realize that there are new ways of consuming cannabis that don’t involve the potential health problems of smoking and that don’t actually result in a psychoactive high.
Topical ointments and balms that are infused with cannabis are one way of enjoying the many pain-relieving benefits of marijuana without any of the downsides. Safe, accessible and effective, they represent an excellent way of reducing inflammation and killing pain in sufferers of all kinds.
Topicals is a term that is used to refer to a range of marijuana-infused oils, balms and lotions which are absorbed via the skin to relieve soreness, inflammation and pain in that specific area of the body. Since they are non-psychoative, they are a popular choice among sufferers who are keen to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the drug without experiencing any euphoria.
Lotions, oils, salves and balms that are infused with cannabis work by binding with the CB2 receptors in the human body. These receptors are activated by the naturally-occurring endocannabinoids in the body, or alternatively, by phytocannabinoids found in cannabis such as CBD and THC. Even when topical balms contain active THC they will never produce an intense high which you would get if you ingested or smoked cannabis. When using topicals, the cannabinoids are unable to get into the bloodstream, and can only penetrate into the CB2 receptors.
Topicals containing cannabis also use a variety of other natural ingredients which are well known for their soothing properties such as arnica or lemongrass essential oil for the best possible effect. Any topical balm, lotion or cream which only contains cannabis together with natural ingredients is safe to use and will produce no known side effects.
Usually, topicals are chosen by patients who are suffering localized pain such as muscle tension, inflammation or soreness. However there is increasing amounts of evidence to show that there could be many benefits for their use including in the treatment of dermatitis, psoriasis, cramps and headaches. Different types of topicals can help with different problems. For example a rub which is rich in THC combined with cooling peppermint and menthol can help to ease the pain of overworked muscles, while intense pain in one part of the body can be healed by using a warming balm which harnesses the painkilling properties of cannabinoids and pairs it with a soothing, tingling sensation. Products to relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis include those which combine CBD and THCA.
As medical marijuana is taking off in a big way, more and more cannabis infused topicals are appearing on the market, and those who suffer from all kinds of inflammation and localized pain conditions could well benefit from their use.
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