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Way back in 2014, I wrote an article called Desperately Seeking CBDthat profiled several families who either broke the law or moved clear across the country to access cannabidiol (CBD)—a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant that’s proven effective in treating pediatric seizure disorders that don’t respond to more conventional therapies. At the time, the father of a two-year old epilepsy patient explained that they’d uprooted their entire existence and moved to Colorado just to try the treatment.
You've probably noticed the buzz surrounding CBD and cannabis as effective pain reducers and treatments for other uncomfortable symptoms. While edibles, oils, and vaporizers are pretty well-known in the industry, cannabis-infused beauty products including topicals are quickly rising in popularity for the added benefits they provide.
If you already know the benefits of CBD and cannabis at treating specific symptoms, you might be eager to start incorporating topicals into your routine. Before you dive in, we're going to answer some questions about cannabis and CBD topicals that will shed some light on their uses, benefits and healing powers.
What are topicals?Topicals are just another word for things you rub into your skin. They include things like cream, lotion or ointment. Topicals absorb into your skin and work with your body's CB2 receptors to absorb into your endocannabinoid system. People commonly use topicals like to moisturize dry skin or to cure specific skin conditions and irritations. When infused with CBD or cannabis, topicals can have a stronger effect at alleviating certain symptoms like muscle spasms, itchiness, and pain.
Different topicals will have various medical benefits depending on the ingredients present, and how they're processed. So remember to do research ahead of time on what elements, in addition to the CBD or THC, will help cure your specific issue.
What's the difference between CBD topicals and THC topicals? You might see the words cannabis,'' and ''CBD'' used interchangeably when referring to creams, lotions, and other topicals. While the two have similar effects, they are made differently and can benefit users in different ways. First, you need to understand the difference between CBD and THC. They both come from the cannabis plant, but the main difference is that one is psychoactive and one is not. The THC found in marijuana will get you high, whereas the compounds in CBD will not. CBD delivers results that affect your body and mind. However, you won't ever feel the euphoria or high that you will when consuming THC. These differences really only matter when you're consuming them. So THC and CBD infused topicals are actually far more similar than you might expect.
Let's break down the differences and benefits of CBD and THC-infused topicals.
Benefits of THC Topicals; THC needs to enter the bloodstream to produce the euphoric effects cannabis users are accustomed to feeling. Since cannabis topicals don't enter the bloodstream through your skin, they won't get you high, but they do have other benefits when applied directly to specific areas. Cannabis-infused topicals can treat a range of conditions like pain, inflammation, and itchiness, and have a lot of therapeutic properties including:
- Antiviral tendencies
- Tumor prevention
- Antibacterial properties
- Pain Reliever
Benefits of CBD Topicals Like cannabis, CBD has a lot of medical benefits. Since humans have cannabinoid receptors on the surface of our skin, CBD topicals can have a more powerful effect at relieving certain skin conditions. In fact, CBD has been shown to penetrate the skin ten times better than THC, making CBD topicals a better choice for more severe cases of inflammation, pain, and itchiness.
Some other benefits of CBD topicals are their uses as a powerful:
- Pain Reliever
- Itch Reliever
When choosing which one to use, the potency of the topical also has a lot to do with it the effects you'll feel. Depending on where you live, you might only have access to CBD, not THC. If you live in a state where marijuana is illegal, then do some additional research on topicals that contain 0% THC. To rest assured that you know exactly what you're getting in your topical, consider choosing a pure CBD isolate, a form of CBD that contains no THC.
Do topicals work differently than other cannabis-infused products? Infused topicals differ from other cannabis products mostly in the way that they interact with your body. Since you're not consuming the cannabis in the products, you'll only experience relief locally, where the topical is applied. Whereas consumable THC and CBD products provide certain psychological benefits like reduced anxiety and help with insomnia, topicals only react with the skin to help heal that area. Since the topical doesn't enter your bloodstream, it only affects the surface layers of your skin.
Final Thoughts Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so you want to make sure it's taken care of, especially when something goes wrong. Cannabis topicals have the potential to treat your skin more quickly and effectively than standard creams or ointments. If you're experiencing pain, irritation, itchiness or other skin-related discomforts, check with a doctor or dermatologist to see if cannabis-infused topicals can help get your skin back under control.
Written by: Sarah Aboulhosn
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