What Are Topicals? – All You Need To Know

by | Jun 6, 2023 | Consumption, Topicals | 0 comments

Cannabis consumption extends beyond traditional methods like smoking joints or using vape pens. Topicals, a newer form of cannabis consumption, offer a safe and effective way to enter the realm of medical and recreational cannabis use. This approach appeals to a broader audience, including those who may not have considered cannabis before.

What Are Topicals?

Topicals refer to cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are applied to the skin to provide localized relief from pain, inflammation, and soreness. Unlike other forms of cannabis consumption, topicals do not produce intoxicating effects, making them a popular choice for patients seeking the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without the cerebral euphoria.

These products can contain various cannabinoids and terpenes, such as THC and CBD, along with additional ingredients like essential oils (e.g., aloe, mint, lavender) for enhanced symptom relief. Topicals are available in different forms, including creams, balms, oils, sprays, and even transdermal patches.

What Are Topicals Used For?

Topicals are primarily used for targeted pain relief, muscle soreness, tension, and inflammation. The specific benefits of each topical depend on its composition and absorption method. It’s worth noting that while topicals containing THC may contain active cannabinoids, they do not induce a psychoactive high since they don’t enter the bloodstream. However, transdermal patches, which do reach the bloodstream, can have intoxicating effects if they have a high THC content.

Where Can  buy Topicals?

THC-containing topicals can be purchased at legal weed shops in states where cannabis is permitted. However, they may be less common compared to other cannabis products, so it’s advisable to call ahead or check a shop’s menu before visiting. On the other hand, topicals infused with hemp-derived CBD and non-THC compounds can be found in select drug stores and wellness product retailers, as hemp is legal nationwide. Additionally, you can also order these products online for convenient delivery.

Enrico Bratta

Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.


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Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.