If you’ve ever led an active lifestyle or have been in athletics, names such as Bengay or IcyHot are familiar staples in relieving soreness and aches after a workout or strenuous activity. If you haven’t heard of topicals that contain cannabis extracts you’re missing out on the best kept secret to all-natural pain relief.
Topicals that contain cannabis such as lotions or balms are non-psychoactive which is ideal for those who do not want to experience a “high” sensation. Cannabis derived topicals can take on several different forms and potencies depending on where you get them and how they are made (for an in depth look at how topicals work check out our blog). Cannabis topicals tend to be categorized by their cannabinoid content as either a THC extract, CBD extract, or a combination of both.
It has long been known that THC has analgesic properties.
Cannabis transdermal patches are a topical extract of marihuana that provide all day relief using a slow release method. Instead of inhaling smoke or ingesting an edible you simply place the patch directly on the skin in an area that has good circulation such as the inner arm or leg or even the top of the foot.
The world of medical cannabis is expansive. Beyond the typical plants, concentrates, and edibles you’d expect to find in a provisioning center, there have been a number of innovations to fit the needs and comfort level of each patient. One such specialty item is topical cannabis, an extract of cannabis meant to be applied directly to the skin to treat site specific or localized pain and/or inflammation. But what are topicals made from and how do they work? Can they make you feel “high”?