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Marijuana Topicals and You

Posted by CANNASaver on Thursday, 20 October 2016 in Canna Blog

The Topicals Topic

 While the first thing many people may think of in regards to the marijuana industry is a bunch of people now allowed to get high, it has also made some amazing strides in the kinds of products available for medicinal usage even on the recreational side, several of which allow users to bypass any of the “high” aspect of using marijuana. Some edible companies are now producing CBD only edibles, with only a tiny amount of THC in them either to use as a catalyst to help enhance the CBD without enough to cause psychoactive effects, or for legal reasons, as dispensaries can only sell ingest-able products that contain THC because of food license sorts of things. Some companies can also do online ordering and shipping for CBD products that are made with hemp and have almost 0 THC content, usually in tincture form. I’ve used a few of these, and though I prefer more of a 1:1 ratio, they are still very helpful for pain and seizure relief, especially for people not looking for any kind of real intoxication.

There are also some very nice products available for topical relief if you’re not interested in ingesting something. I have used a few different lotions and salves, though my favorite is definitely the spray lotions, as you don’t have to use much and for muscle relief they can be very fast acting. Their speed seems to be the only real difference between sprays and lotions, though some of the thinner lotions are somewhat faster as well. Even though most of the lotions contain THC they don’t go into your blood stream, which can be a concern for some older customers just because of marijuana taboos that still very much exist. One of my coworkers had a grandmother that used it for her arthritis because smoking was not an option at her age, and there are now several more companies making these topical creams that there used to be so there are options for everything from pain relief to anti anxiety calming, all with quality ingredients you’d find in non-medicated lotion.

Another great option is trans-dermal patches, though these will go into your bloodstream so make sure not to get any with THC in them if that’s not what you’re looking for. These are pretty interesting because they can also give you options for taking more specific cannibinoids, some with all CBD, some with CBD and THCv, some with non activated THC, which can cause different effects than traditionally activated THC. Just for clarification, most THC in marijuana is actually THCa, which then turns into THC when activated by whatever heating element is used. The patches are time release and I’ve had them last between 8 and 12 hours, but you can also cut them into smaller pieces for multiple lesser uses.

These are just a few of the new options you can find in dispensaries for a little more relief than just average smoking, and there are always new products coming out. I’ve seen CBD medicated sugar for adding to drinks, bath salts that give crazy amounts of muscle relief and relaxation, even dog treats for arthritis. If you’ve been looking for something besides weed to maximize your relief, ask about some of these products, in my experience they are a fantastic thing to have on hand if you need a quick solution for pain. 

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Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis Topicals

Posted by CANNASaver on Monday, 08 March 2021 in Canna Blog

You might be familiar with the traditional types of consuming cannabis such as smoking, vaping, and eating. But did you know that you could also reap the medicinal benefits of cannabis by applying it topically to your skin?

Topicals are cannabis-infused creams are designed to provide localized relief from inflammation when absorbed through the skin. Cannabis topicals come in the form of lotions, creams, and balms; topicals are a prime example of how the cannabis industry is revolutionizing with new and innovative modes of consumption. 

Infused balms, lotions, or salves are great to have on hand as they are known to effectively provide relief from localized pain or inflammation.

Topicals do not get you high, so they’re great to use at all times of the day.

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How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

Cannabis-infused topicals work by interacting with your body’s endocannabinoid system, binding to CB2 receptors in your body. Your CB2 receptors are then activated by cannabis compounds (cannabinoids) like THC and CBD, which help reduce pain, inflammation, and irritation.

Because they are non-intoxicating, they are often recommended to those who want to experience the medicinal benefits of cannabis without getting high. Even if a topical contains the ingredient THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis), you will not experience any psychoactive effects when you apply it to your skin. 

Unlike smoking and orally ingesting cannabis, the THC from topicals can’t be delivered to the bloodstream. Instead, they only penetrate through the system of CB2 receptors. THC needs to enter the bloodstream for you to feel the high that you would feel from smoking and eating cannabis.

Therapeutic Usage

Topicals are just like other skin and body care products, however, oftentimes topicals are only applied to areas that experience pain or irritation. They are also popular for those who experience muscle soreness and tension, or inflammation. 

Cannabis within itself is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, making topicals perfect for surface-oriented pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis. 

Other conditions that topicals can help relieve:

  • Rashes

  • General inflammation

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Irregular cell growth (i.e., Cancer)

Topicals are also great for muscle pain and soreness associated with strenuous activities such as exercise and general labor, making them great for everyday use as well. 

A Transdermal Patch is another form of cannabis-infused topicals but this type of product can produce psychoactive effects. Transdermal patches are medicated adhesives that are placed on the skin, they deliver a specific dose of cannabis through the skin and into the bloodstream.

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Do-It-Yourself Cannabis Topical

The ingredients in cannabis topicals are similar to the ones you’ll find in regular skin and body care products. It’s even possible to make your own cannabis-infused topical or salve. If you’ve ever made your own cannabis-infused oil or butter, the process is fairly similar. 

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Ground, dried cannabis flower

  • Coconut oil

  • Beeswax

  • Your choice of essential oils

Now for making the cannabis topicals:

  • The first step is to decarboxylate your cannabis. You can do this by baking ground-up flower in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 240 degrees Fahrenheit. For this recipe, 7-10 grams of cannabis is recommended.

  • Place 1 ½ cups of coconut oil in a saucepan and stir over low heat until melted.

  • Combine your decarboxylated cannabis and mix it into the melted coconut oil under low heat for 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and pour your mixture through a strainer or cheesecloth and set aside. 

  • In the same saucepan, melt the beeswax. As it’s melting, slowly add your infused coconut oil. During this step, you can add in your essential oil of choice (a few drops is enough). Popular oils include lavender, tea tree oil, and peppermint. 

  • Once the beeswax and infused coconut oil are thoroughly mixed, remove from heat and transfer it into a jar or container of your choice.

Remember to keep the heat low when using a saucepan or you risk burning off the THC, decreasing your product’s potency.

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Where to Find Cannabis Topicals in Colorado

It might seem like too much trouble to make your own homemade cannabis topicals, but you could always leave it to the experts are your local dispensary.  420-friendly Colorado is filled with some of the nation’s top dispensaries.

If you’re interested in the immense benefits of cannabis-infused topicals, you could also check out the latest Cannasaver deals from your favorite Colorado dispensaries.

Here are a few:

Pure Marijuana Dispensary Colfax - 25% Off All CBD and Skin Care Products

Organix -  25% Off All CBD and Skin Care Products

 Pure Marijuana Dispensary Edgewater - Buy any one thing get one thing half off

Overall, topicals are a great way to reap the benefits of cannabis without getting ‘tripping out’ from the high. If you’re someone who experiences localized pain, topicals might provide you with the relief you’re looking for. Don’t forget to keep checking Cannasaver for the latest deals on topicals.

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