Now that hemp is legal in all 50 states, there have been many developments in how the medicine is delivered. Consumers can still smoke marijuana, but they can also use vaporizers, edibles, sublingual sprays, capsules – even soda! One delivery method that has been becoming more popular is topical cannabis. Cannabidiol (CBD) is typically the main cannabinoid used in lotions, salves, and oils as it is known for its several healing properties. Wondering if CBD topicals are for you? Read on for five unique uses – some may surprise you!
One of the most common reasons that people use CBD topicals is muscle pain and soreness. When applied directly on affected areas, the CBD passes through the skin directly for more localized relief. A rub infused with cooling menthol and peppermint is a perfect way to wind down from a brutal workout or hike. For intense localized pain, you may try a warming balm that combines the deep painkilling properties of cannabinoids with a tingling, soothing sensation.
Using cannabis for menstrual cramps is nothing new; Queen Victoria was known to eat hash candies in order to alleviate her aches and pains associated with that time of the month. Nowadays, there are several products on the market marketed solely to women who experience unpleasant PMS symptoms and cramping. Many also contain essential oils for aromatherapy and relaxation purposes.
One of the fasting growing segment of the population that are trying medical cannabis are seniors. Many baby boomers may have tried pot in their youth, but may not be familiar with all the market has to offer nowadays. Arthritic pain is caused by inflammation and CBD has shown anti-inflammatory properties. Applying a cannabis salve or lotion directly on the joints can help alleviate pain without the use of pharmaceutical painkillers that are often prescribed.
It may come as a shock for some, but there are cannabis-infused lubes on the market. Many of them contain both THC and CBD and other natural ingredients. While there haven’t been any real studies on cannabis and sex, anecdotal evidence shows that marijuana may help you relax and perhaps lower inhibitions. Cannabis lubricants are also a welcomed alternative to mainstream products that may contain harmful ingredients.
Cannabis has shown efficacy as an analgesic and therefore is an excellent option for people suffering from psoriasis or other skin ailments. Research has shown that cannabinoids seem to slow the growth of keratinocytes, which are specific types of skin cells that are often affected by psoriasis. As mentioned earlier, cannabis also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can also help ease skin issues.
Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years, but only recently has it become a more mainstream alternative to pharmaceuticals. Topicals are becoming extremely popular for people suffering from all types of muscle aches and pains, as well as other body pain and even skin ailments. As more research is conducted on CBD and other cannabinoids, scientists could soon discover even more healing abilities from topicals and other delivery methods.