In the world of cannabis connoisseurs, you’ll often hear discussions about growing flowers or the increasingly popular world of marijuana extracts. There’s also a rapidly growing market for creative and gourmet-quality marijuana edibles, a topic that we’ve explored briefly on this blog. However, smoking, vaping, and even eating marijuana isn’t the only way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the cannabinoids and pure terpenes it contains.
In recent years, topicals have edged their way into the conversation as well, providing both medical patients and enthusiasts with a transdermal option for enjoying cannabis. Keep reading to learn more about cannabis topicals, how they work, and why pure terpenes from True Blue are the best way to take your enjoyment of topicals to the next level.
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
On the off-chance that you’ve never heard of cannabis topicals before, let’s take a moment to explore exactly what they are and what makes them different from the other methods of enjoying cannabis.
Cannabis topicals are lotions, balms, and oils, that are designed to be applied only to the skin. Other transdermal applications that are still on the fringes include slow-release patches and even personal lubricants.
When used on the epidermis, these non-psychoactive products provide localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. While some people might be a little intimidated or off-put by smoking a bong or eating a “pot brownie,” especially in public, there’s no stereotype associated with rubbing a little lotion on your hands or applying lip balm from time to time, right? That’s the audience to whom makers of cannabis topical products hope to appeal.
How Do Cannabis-Infused Topicals Work?
If you’ve ever utilized hydrocortisone cream to treat a skin inflammation issue or utilized a nicotine patch to help you stop smoking cigarettes, you’re already somewhat familiar with how topical medicines work. Cannabis topicals isolate pure, non-psychoactive terpenes and cannabinoids so that those who want to enjoy the medicinal benefits can do so in a way that eliminates the “cerebral” effects associated with smoking, vaping, or eating marijuana.
“Even if a topical contains active THC, it still won’t induce that intense “high” you’d get from smoking or ingesting cannabis. With most topicals, cannabinoids can’t breach the bloodstream; they only penetrate to the system of CB2 receptors. Transdermal patches, however, do deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream and could have psychoactive effects with a high enough THC content,” explains Leafly.
Are Topical Marijuana Products Safe?
One of the most common questions asked regarding topical marijuana products is whether they cause you to test positive on a drug test. The short answer is no.
To elaborate, most medical marijuana infused ointments and creams primarily contain cannabidiol (CBD), which is similar to THC except it is non-psychoactive. Most topical marijuana products contain CBD:THC ratios greatly favoring CBD, with inappreciable amounts of the latter. Moreover, THC is lipid-soluble, so very little enters the bloodstream via transdermal delivery.
The cannabinoids in topicals work locally, within the peripheral nervous system to provide pain relief or alleviate chronic pain over extended periods without actually entering the bloodstream. This is why people don't get high or test positive for drugs off topical marijuana products.
We Have The Best Pure Terpenes For Topical Applications
One way that topical cannabis producers are making their wares even more attractive to a new audience is by infusing them with pure terpenes that imitate popular strains. Not only does this enhance the literal medicinal value of topical cannabis products, it also enhances their scent, turning them into an aromatherapy product as well as a transdermal one.
Whether you’re looking to produce your own topical cannabis products or you’re just looking to take your enjoyment of commercially-made topicals to the next level, consider elevating them with food-grade terpenes from True Blue. Because our products use the same terpenes found in cannabis, and are so pure they’re cleared for human consumption, you never have to worry that you might be putting something toxic on your lips or body.