Topicals, such as ointments, salves, and lotions are topical rubs that incorporate activated cannabinoids in a preparation that can be absorbed trans-dermally (through the skin).
Topicals are often made with other natural, healthy ingredients, including shea butter, cocoa butter, Vitamin E, and hemp oil.
Cannabis-infused topicals provide a unique modality for relief. By interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the skin and helping increase blood flow in the muscles, topicals help users experience anti-inflammatory properties lasting for hours.
Topicals are a very quick and effective method for alleviating localized pain. Unable to reach the central nervous system trans-dermally, cannabis topicals have no psychoactive or drowsy side effects.
Users are able to apply topicals without having to concern themselves with the secondary effects normally associated with eating or smoking cannabis.
Application of topicals to the skin provides users with a method for administering relief for both muscular and orthopedic inflammation as well as providing antibacterial benefits. Effects are generally felt within minutes with pain relief lasting for several hours, depending on the severity and location of the pain.
Topicals are often effective in treating arthritis, pain, dry/chapped skin, eczema, tendonitis, shingles, rashes, rheumatism, insect bites, minor burns, muscle soreness, sunburns, and bacterial infections. Their regular application has also been shown to assist in faster healing.
Administration & Dosage – For best results, apply ointments or salves after a hot shower (which helps open pores) to ensure that the salve is absorbed thoroughly in the area intended. Topicals may be applied as often as needed, and generally provide hours of relief.
Users should avoid applying ointments and salves to fresh wounds, waiting instead for the afflicted area to start its natural mend before introducing a cannabis rub.
Ointments and salves should be refrigerated and removed 10-15 minutes before application to soften the preparation. Some users prefer to keep their cannabis infused topicals at room temperature, though this may reduce shelf life.
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