Topicals are cannabis infused ointments, balms, or lotions that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief. Unlike other forms of cannabis, topicals do not produce a “high” sensation—making it a great option for patients who want to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects typical of other delivery methods. Topicals can typically be found infused with essential oils like lemon, peppermint, menthol and cloves, as well as other herbs to aide in its relieving effects.
Whether you’re looking to alleviate pain and inflammation or simply looking to soothe muscle soreness and tension, topicals provide a straightforward, direct approach. When using topicals, first determine the area you are looking to target for relief. Some common areas for application include the neck, elbows, knees, wrist, and shoulders. Note, as some topicals-including Nordic Goddess- contain essential oils like spearmint, take caution in applying to sensitive areas of the body.
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
Furthermore, Cannabis Topicals like Nordic Goddess contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids instead of being infused with CBD isolate or components from industrial hemp- like the CBD products you may find at your local convenient store.
Cannabis topicals provide a great pathway for patients to enjoy cannabinoids like THC and CBD because of their targeted, localized effects in comparison to the sedative/ cerebral, psychoactive effects that are produced when ingesting or smoking cannabis. A major factor for this difference is that topicals are designed to not enter the bloodstream but rather penetrate to bind to a network of cannabinoid receptors called CB2. These CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds like THC and CBD (source: leafly).
Consumers benefit from the synergistic effects of products containing a full spectrum of cannabinoids for their ability to produce an entourage effect. Working in sync with one another, THC, CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes, provide more robust relief than products containing only isolated components of the plant.
Of the more than 480 natural components found in the cannabis sativa plant, 66 have been classified as cannabinoids. These chemicals are unique to the plant and interact with receptors in the central nervous system. Two of the most popular cannabinoids within the plant are THC (tetrahydrocannabinols) and CBD (cannabidiols). THC produces psychoactive effects, while CBD doesn’t produce a “stoned” feeling at all and instead produces many healing and therapeutic effects.
Cannabis topicals include a wide variety of products like lotions, oils, salves and body balms. These products are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of inflammation, pain, stiffness/soreness, rashes or joint pain, said Greg Conley, regional manager of Eagle and Summit Counties for Tumbleweed Dispensary, which has seven locations from Frisco to De Beque.
These cannabis-infused products bind to a network of receptors, called CB2 receptors, which are found throughout the body and “are activated either by the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds known as phytocannabinoids,” according to Leafly, an online cannabis information resource.
What are cannabinoids?
Gone are the days of Icy Hot being the only pain-relieving topical on the market. In Summit County, cannabis topicals are popular items at Tumbleweed Dispensary, thanks to their healing, non-psychoactive effects.
CB2 receptors appear to be promising targets for drug development, both for chronic pain and other indications, according to a study published in Molecular Pharmacology.
Curington said the topicals bind to this network of CB2 receptors, which is the peripheral receptor for cannabinoids (see factbox).
Some of the cannabis topical products available at Tumbleweed:
Rich moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, tropical coconut oil, and cocoa butter compliment cannabis-extracted CBD that may provide anti-inflammatory and pain relieving benefits in a lavish cream. Each jar contains 250mg each of THC and CBD.This product has many great uses and can be awesome for soothing aches and pains, reducing muscle spasms and tightness, arthritis, skin conditions including acne/dry skin, endometriosis, migraines, sunburns and much more!Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Activated THC Cannabis Oil, Activated CBD Cannabis Oil, Arnica Oil, Calendula Oil, Lemon Grass Oil, Peppermint Oil, Orange Peel Oil, Tangerine Oil, Grapefruit Peel Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Spearmint Oil, Infused Herbs of St. John’s Wort, Arnica Flowers, Lobelia Leaf, Comfrey Leaf, Peppermint Leaf, Cayenne Ingredient Sensitivity Notice: This product contains refined tree nut oils.
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