While I’ve been a cannabis devotee for many years, I only just recently became acquainted with topicals.
Cannabis-infused topicals are available in many forms.
My local dispensary offers a wide selection of creams, lotions, balms, sprays, roll-ons, soaking salts and massage oils. Most incorporate essential oils such as lavender and eucalyptus that provide curative benefits and a pleasant smell. I suffer from issues with leg cramps, psoriasis and arthritis in my fingers. I frequently deal with various muscle aches, headaches and insomnia. I’ve found that cannabis-infused topicals are helpful in treating all of these health concerns. I apply the salve or ointment directly to the affected area for localized relief. The cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, interact with receptors in the skin that send signals to the body’s endocannabinoid system. They work to lessen pain and inflammation and can even be beneficial as a remedy for burns, cuts, acne and bee stings. Because the cannabinoids do not enter the bloodstream, there are no psychoactive effects. I can apply a topical multiple times per day without affecting my focus or productivity. There are no dosage restrictions. The topicals rub in very quickly, leaving no residue behind. I especially enjoy adding soaking salts to a hot bath and relaxing. The hot water helps to open the pores, which allows the cannabinoids to penetrate more quickly and effectively. Even the aroma is helpful for melting away stress. I have far less aches and pains. My skin feels soft, and I sleep better. I am thrilled that cannabis-infused topicals are not available for any local resident who is over 21 years of age.
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