What Diseases Can Cannabis Topicals Treat?
Topical application of cannabis products are becoming an increasingly popular method for people who are looking to enjoy the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids without getting high. Topicals are also ideal for patients who are sensitive to the psychoactive effects of cannabis or prefer not to get high, such as the elderly and children. There are numerous applications that cannabis topicals can be used for.
How Topicals Work
When topicals are applied to the skin, the cannabinoids bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors once absorbed. THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids are activated, although its THC content, if any, won’t make you high since it doesn’t pass through the bloodstream. Unlike ingesting or smoking cannabis, topical application of cannabis products are absorbed directly in the affected area providing effective localized relief for conditions that occur as a result of inflammation.
There are many different kinds of cannabis and hemp topicals in the market, such as creams, lotions, salves, balms, oils, and even patches.
Conditions That Topicals Can Treat
- Pain from Headaches and Menstrual Cramps
Applying cannabis topicals directly on the temples of your head or abdomen gives significant localized relief. Even individuals who suffer from painful migraines can benefit from the healing properties of topicals.
- Burn Treatment
Burn pains can be so severe that it’s virtually impossible to perform even simple tasks until the burns have completely healed. Depending on the type of burn, cannabis topicals can provide great pain relief and soothes the burning sensation. Burns cause the skin to become inflamed, so using a high-CBD topical can help soothe the affected area.
- Therapeutic Massage
Patients suffering from sports injuries, arthritis, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and others can benefit from therapeutic massage using cannabis-infused massage oils. Even massage therapists benefit from using cannabis topicals since they report significant relief from the pain and inflammation they typically experience in their hands as part of occupational hazards.
- Skin Infections and Blemishes
There are many kinds of skin conditions that cannabis topicals can successfully treat. These include psoriasis, eczema, herpes, canker sores, dermatitis, and even blemishes such as moles and warts.
- Bug Bites, Allergies, and Rashes
Cannabis topicals are a useful companion for traveling and the great outdoors because they provide relief from the itch caused by bug bites and rashes. Skin allergies that occur as a result of exposure to heat or intense cold can also be cured through topical applications. Additionally, topicals also help reduce scarring caused by bites and rashes.
If you recall the story of Rick Simpson, a man who used his own high-THC cannabis oil to treat skin cancer, you’ll know that can potent topicals can also be used for the dreaded Big C. Cannabis can work with the body to inhibit the growth of cancer cells when cannabinoids are applied directly, and may even help to cause cancer cells to self-destruct.
- Pain Management
Pain in the form of arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain, multiple sclerosis, swelling, tenderness, and more can be effectively treated through cannabis topicals. They provide quick-acting relief to the exact affected area due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, improving the quality of life for pain patients of all kinds.
- Fibromyalgia and Nerve Pain
Specially-formulated cannabis topicals can help treat the exhausting and excruciating pain caused by nerve damage and fibromyalgia. Patients no longer need to use pharmaceutical medications that have side effects in order to treat these conditions that cause unbearable pain.
- Muscular Pain Relief
Topicals are a popular option for athletes because it provides effective pain relief without the side effects of pharmaceutical pain killers. Athletes are particularly prone to damage from exercise, such as a subtle tearing in the muscles and oxidation in the cells. Cannabinoids contain antioxidant properties that help prevent this, while offering powerful pain relief from soreness and overexertion. Just as importantly, topical cannabis use won’t affect their performance since it doesn’t give a buzz, and it isn’t detectable on drug tests.
- Holistic Beauty
If you’re looking for natural products that help keep your skin youthful, soft, and smooth, look no further than cannabis and hemp topicals. Hemp seed oil contains high amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which reduce inflammation and itching more effectively than conventional moisturizers. PUFAs also aid with transepidermal water loss, improving the overall elasticity and firmness of skin while relieving dryness. Cannabis and hemp-based beauty products also provide even better benefits for the skin without harsh chemicals and ingredients that can cause dryness or have harmful side effects.
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