Topicals, or cannabis infused lotions, balms or oils applied through the skin, are a newer form of cannabis consumption that goes against the common notion that cannabis must be consumed by inhalation, or that it even needs to get you high! Topicals can be a great way for beginners to try out THC or for anyone looking to for a little TLC. Read below for all you need to know!
Onset: 1–5 Minutes
Peak Effect: 5–15 Minutes
Duration: 1–4 Hours
Topical cannabis products can come in forms of lotions, salves and transdermal patches. Topicals can be CBD or THC dominant or contain an even ratio of both cannabinoids – ask a cannabis specialist on what strain would be best for your needs! Topicals can be directly applied to an area of the body that is currently in pain or inflamed. Topical cannabis products are for external use only.
Topicals can enter the skin and body tissue allowing for direct application to affected areas. Many users have described effects including anti-inflammation or pain relief, and unlike consuming cannabis by inhalation or edibles, applying cannabis products to the skin typically will not result in a psychoactive effect. Many cannabis topicals are made with botanicals to nourish the skin such as coconut oil, shea butter and more, making topicals a great way to unwind and relax at the end of a long day. Because topical cannabis products do not result in psychoactive effects, the amount needed will really depend on the size/surface area that needs to be covered.
Did you know…
Many cannabis topicals have one special ingredient in common – Caryophyllene! Caryophylleen is a terpene known for having a spicy and peppery flavor, commonly found in species like black peppercorn, cloves, cinnamon, and oregano. This terpene is unique for its ability to bind to CB2 receptors that are located throughout the body. Because of this quality, as well as being known for its anti inflammatory effects, caryophyllene makes a great ingredient for cannabis topicals.