Given the rise in popularity of consuming cannabis in ways other than inhalation, it should come as no surprise that there is an increase in the use of cannabis topicals. Topicals are very appealing as they cause no psychoactive “high” and can be used to treat a number of different chronic conditions. It is important to best understand just how beneficial these unique cannabis products can be.
What Are Topicals?
Cannabis topicals are balms or rubs that are massaged onto the skin in order to help relieve muscle, joint, and nerve pain caused by any number of conditions. They can include any ratio of cannabinoids but many include both THC and CBD due to the fact that THC when administered on the skin does not cause a psychoactive high. Without the ability to cause a high, many patients see topicals as an optimal way to consume cannabis and unlock the healing benefits of THC because there is no interference of their everyday lives. For some people, consuming high-THC cannabis can be an overwhelming experience that makes going to work or watching their children impossible or unsafe.
What Are The Benefits of Cannabis Topicals?
There are a myriad of benefits of cannabis topicals. As we touched on earlier, one benefit of topicals is that no matter their THC content, they cannot cause a “high”. However, the most important benefits of cannabis topicals are that they can be excellent pain relievers. Topicals can be used to treat a number of painful nerve, muscular, and joint conditions, whether they are acute or chronic.
Cannabis topicals can be used to treat conditions from arthritis to multiple sclerosis. Topicals can be especially useful to relieve the symptoms of arthritis. Specifically, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD can help combat the arthritic inflammation and swelling of the joints.
While topicals can be useful for treating diagnosed medical conditions, they can also be incredibly beneficial to those who are athletically active in order to relieve built up inflammation.
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