Topicals are cherished among cannabis patients for their ability to help relax our aching joints and sore muscles. Personally, I’ve experienced an amazing relief from tension headaches and menstrual cramps as well 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 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 into their hair styling products. Just be sure not to overuse the hemp-based hair products because it can weigh those locks down when overdone.
We have made it perfectly clear in this blog post that CBD can really hydrate our skin and hair, 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 should offer cannabis beauty products that are already made.
Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.