Topicals are cherished among cannabis patients for their ability to help relax our aching joints and sore muscles. Personally, I’ve experienced amazing relief from tension headaches and menstrual cramps as well as by using topical cannabis products. These balms, salves, lotions, and bath salts can be used in various ways all over the body. But how do they work?

When any type of cannabis product is administered, cannabinoids like THC and CBD bind to endocannabinoid receptors in the brain, muscles, and tissues. Many researchers believe that the endocannabinoid system is actually a regulatory one, based off of the immune system. That is why it could have so many relevant uses for patients with various conditions. When it comes to topicals, cannabis lotions and balms can soak into the skin for added benefits.


CBD is found in hemp oil, a common ingredient in many facial hydration products. This is because the lightweight oil also nourishes the skin, leaving it lustrous and hydrated. The compound has also shown anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for breakouts, eczema, and sensitive skin.


Targeted body balms and salves are fantastic for treating the symptoms of injuries and/or helping reduce pain after a hard workout or road run. Some companies add menthe or cayenne to provide a cooling/heating effect that further targets specific areas. Many people even opt to make their own cannabis topicals, using coconut oil in the Magical Butter machine.


CBD is used with facial moisturizers because it helps our skin and hair cells retain moisture. Because of this, some pomade manufacturers have been adding hemp oil and CBD to their hair styling products. Just be sure not to overuse the hemp-based hair products because it can weigh down those locks when overdone.


We have made it perfectly clear in this blog post that CBD can really hydrate our skin and hair, and the same goes when added to lip balms. CBD-infused lip balms can help hydrate the mouth and release the muscles around that area of the face, muscles that we use way more than we realize while interacting with others throughout the day.

These are our favorite ways to use cannabis topicals for skin health. Many people prefer to make these products themselves, but as Canada legalizes cannabis in the coming year, more dispensaries will likely offer ready-made cannabis beauty products.

  Posted: Friday, February 16th, 3:37am 9 months ago
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Cara Wietstock is a native Californian living in Washington state with almost a decade of budtender experience and even more stoner experience. While she's not pontificating on the current state of cannabis for Roottie, she is practicing yoga, sipping CBD infused teas and hiking through the Pacific Northwest.

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