The 101: The Ins And Outs Of Top(Icals)

by RISE Mag

July 5, 2018

Repeat after us: Thou shall be a big fan of tops (i.e. our new nickname for topicals). It’s time to rub, rub, rub it in, and try the world of cannabis-infused lotions, balms, oils, and more. Topicals are great for pain relief, inflammation, and overall wellness, and can help you feel as good as new, so you can pursue life as an actual top…or bottom. You do you!

 

FEEL BETTER, WITHOUT THE HIGH

 

Take that idea of cannabis consumption only meaning smoking a joint, and throw it out the window, because weed-infused topicals — i.e. lotions, balms, oils, patches, etc. — are coming in hot (or cool) for your pain relief needs, soreness, and inflammation.

 

Providing all of marijuana’s therapeutic benefits without the euphoric feeling, the anecdotal evidence shows a huge variety of potential uses, whether you try a minty cool THC rub for workout recovery, or a warming balm for more localized pain.

 

Find out if cannabis-infused topicals might be right for you, and whatever ails you.

 

TOP(ICAL) TALK, STRAIGHT FROM DOCS

 

The latest thing in wellness? C to the B to the big ol’ D!

 

CBD topicals — lotion, cream, balm, oil, or a patch applied to the skin — have received a lot of feedback for their pain management and anti-inflammatory benefits.

 

“When I talk to my patients, they say they put it on their knee, and 20 minutes later it felt great,” said Dr. Perry Solomon, chief medical officer of HelloMD, on the largely-anecdotal evidence of CBD topicals.

 

The bottom line? It can’t hurt to try a top(ical)! (Just do your research first.)

 

THERE’S A TOPICAL FOR THAT!

 

Decided to give cannabis topicals a try? Great!

 

Whether you choose an everyday lotion, balm, salve, liniment, or ointment, your first step is pinpointing the source of your pain. Got a headache? Determine whether it’s actually your head, or tension pain in your neck.

 

Once you’ve cleaned the area, give that topical a good firm (and thorough!) rub into the skin. And given what you’re working with, be sure to give your hands a nice wash after, too!

 

Get started with Leafly’s 5 Best Practices for using cannabis topicals.

THE OBVIOUS CANNABIS TOPICALS QUESTION: WILL PEOPLE KNOW?

 

A question you’ve surely asked yourself: Will cannabis-based topicals — lotions, salves, balms, ointments, sprays, etc — appear on a blood test?

 

According to Paul Armentano of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), it’s most likely they won’t: “THC is lipid soluble so one would expect very little THC to enter the bloodstream via transdermal delivery.”

 

Learn how the cannabinoids in topicals work with your nervous system, instead of entering the blood stream.

 

A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT — BOOM! YOU HAVE A TOPICAL

 

Still curious about topicals, aka the cannabis-infused lotions, balms, salves, ointments, sprays that are applied to the skin? Ah Warner of Cannabis Basics started making hemp seed oil-infused body care products in 1995, but when Washington passed MMJ laws in 1998, hemp seed gave way to full-on cannabis.

 

Cannabis Basics’ most popular product? The Remedy Pain Stick, the company’s first product to use CBD, THC, and THC-A.

 

Get to know the craftsmanship that’s involved in making cannabis topicals.