A topical is an ointment or a lotion that is administered to any surface of the body. Topicals are widely used for the quick-acting reduction of inflammation and pain. Many medicinal marijuana users like infused topicals because they aren’t intoxicating, so they provide the user with the therapeutic benefits without the psychoactive effects.
Cannabis-infused topicals let the cannabinoids be absorbed into the bloodstream at a much slower rate than cannabis that is ingested or smoked. Topicals can range from oils, lotions, patches, sprays, soaps, lubricants, bath salts, and balms. THC, CBD, and THCA might be in topicals, but what determines if they have an intoxicating effect is dependent on what cannabinoids are used and what location of the body they are administered.
When you spread cannabis-infused topicals on the skin, the THC in them will bind to CB1 receptors that are also in the skin, muscles, and nerves. Once it hits the bloodstream, it will interact with CB2 receptors. Many people won’t notice a mental effect because topical cannabis gets distributed throughout the body so slowly.
If the topical you are using is based on THCA or CBD, then you won’t experience any intoxicating effects. But if the topical is THC based, then the topical may potentially cause effects such as euphoria that is usually associated with THC use, though on a very mild scale. Topicals are popularly used in people who deal with pain related to arthritis because it reduced the inflammation. Some skin conditions that topicals are used for are eczema, psoriasis, itching, and contact dermatitis. Topical cannabinoids are known to have antioxidant properties that protect against damage to the skin and help make the skin appear younger.
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I like to use cannabis-infused topicals on my arthritis because it tends to help the pain associated with it.