In this category, you’ll find lotions, ointments, balms, oils, salves, creams and even transdermal patches that provide various therapeutic benefits. Applied directly to the skin, topicals provide localized relief for aching muscles and reduce inflammation without the psychoactive high produced by other methods of cannabis consumption such as smoking.
Whether you’ve just upped your workout regimen or currently suffer from chronic pain in your back or joints, topicals are a great option to explore.
How Do Topicals Work?
Our bodies possess a biological, endocannabinoid system that uses a massive network of cannabinoid receptors to regulate physiological functions and ensure homeostasis (balance) across all major systems. Receptors send signals to keep tabs on mood, memory, appetite, pain, sleep and more.
There are Two Major Types of Receptors
CB1 – A psychoactive receptor with the job of regulating pain, nausea, depression and more
CB2 – This is the non-psychoactive receptor which controls inflammation, pain and appetite
When a topical is applied, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) binds to and activates the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors through the skin providing relief from issues such as muscle pain and inflammation. Topicals containing cannabidiol (CBD) will also bind to CB2 receptors and help with physical relief for a number of issues. However, it does not bind to CB1 receptors which is why you’ll see many topical products that contain both types of cannabinoids.
Topicals and Drug Testing
Will I fail a drug test because of the THC content? At Magic City Med Shop, this is one of the most frequently asked questions when a customer is interested in using topicals. After all, nobody wants to lose their job because they used a topical to ease an aching back.
Fortunately, a recent study concluded that the THC found in topicals do not show up in a drug test that screens blood or urine. It simply does not absorb through the skin and into your bloodstream.
Infinite Uses for Topicals
From sports injuries to arthritis and even sprays to treat minor burns, cannabis topicals are now being used in all kinds of amazing ways. Here are just a few applications:
Eczema– If you have atopic dermatitis, those itchy red rashes, bumps, and scaly skin patches may all benefit from the anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties of cannabis topicals. In one study, 38.3% of patients saw a complete resolution of itching.
Skin Infections – Bacterial issues such as boils, cellulitis, and impetigo may benefit from the anti- bacterial properties of cannabinoids. Researchersalso found them to be highly effective against MRSA which has proven to be resistant to all other antibiotics.
Aging Skin– Topicals contain powerful antioxidants, possibly more potent than vitamins C and E. Antioxidants protect the skin from damage that can lead to the breakdown of collagen – the stuff that keeps your skin smooth, firm and strong.
Feel free to browse our topicals online or stop by one of our dispensaries to learn more about the many cannabis-based products available today. You’ll find Magic City Med Shop in Millinocket, Maine.