Cannabis topicals are becoming increasingly popular among those looking for relief from muscle pain. Topicals are non-intoxicating and prized for their therapeutic value by athletes, physical workers, and anyone who regularly deals with physical pain. What are cannabis topicals and how do you use them?
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
Topicals are cannabis-infused creams, lotions, and balms that can be applied directly to the skin. These creams may be able to provide relief from localized pain and inflammation in troubled areas. In recent years, topicals have become a go-to treatment for many athletes and other active people—and for good reason. Not only are they quick to apply, easy to use, and discreet, but they can easily be slipped into a gym bag or work bag, making them easy to carry and use wherever you go.
Topicals rely on cannabis infusions containing cannabinoids and sometimes terpenes to provide relief from pain. Cannabinoids such as THC and CBD have been shown to have potentially anti-inflammatory properties, which may make them effective in the treatment of inflammatory pain.
Additionally, because topicals never reach the bloodstream, they are non-intoxicating and are a great choice for anyone looking for relief while also wanting to avoid the systemic effects of cannabis. If you find that regular over-the-counter pain creams just aren’t getting the job done, then don’t hesitate to give topicals a try.
How Do You Use a Cannabis Topical?
Applying a topical is super quick and easy. Here’s how you can use these products to take advantage of cannabis topical benefits.
- To start, make sure to clean the area thoroughly with soap and water. Having dirt or grease on the skin can make it harder for the topical to be absorbed.
- After you’ve cleaned and dried off the area, use your fingers to scoop up a glob of the topical cream and apply it to the localized area that is giving you trouble. Use a circular motion to rub the cream into the skin as this will increase absorption. You can apply this same method to various parts of the body, staying away from anywhere you have broken skin or edifices.
- Give the topical some time to work and ensure your skin won’t have a reaction. If you’re not experiencing the effects you want to see and your skin handles the product well, then feel free to apply a bit more after 2 to 3 hours.
You can apply again at regular intervals (we’d suggest no more than 3 times per day) in order to keep the benefits going. Many people find success when using a topical both before a workout on areas that tend to give them trouble and after showering post-workout.
- Creams and lotions can leave grease on your fingers after application which can transfer off onto other things you touch. Make sure to wash your hands after using any kind of topical cream to prevent transferring any grease to other items or accidentally rubbing it in your eye.
Finding the Best Cannabis Topicals
Many people want to know: ’What’s the best cannabis topical for pain?’ Everyone has different needs and there’s really no perfect answer when it comes to which cannabis topical is best. Ultimately, some amount of experimentation will be required in order to find the topical that works best for you.
Not all topicals are equal. For example, one topical may contain only CBD or THC, while another may contain a blend of cannabinoids and other, complementary ingredients. Additionally, some topicals may contain a higher concentration of cannabinoids, making it more potent and potentially more effective.
It’s hard to tell what the best cannabis topical for pain is for every situation. It’s up to you to experiment with different topicals in order to find the best cannabis topical for your particular pain.
Cannabis Topicals at Evergreen
Looking to try out some cannabis topicals for yourself? Come by our dispensary today or browse our online menu to check out a wide selection of premium cannabis products including topicals. Our budtenders are happy to hear what type of discomfort you’re aiming to target and suggest a product that might be suitable for you.