Healing through Topically Applied Cannabis
Topicals consist of cannabis infused salves, oils, lip balms, and bath products that penetrate deeply into the skin providing quick, localized relief. Topical application of cannabis has shown efficacy in treating numerous health conditions including: arthritis, inflammation, pain, cuts, rashes, burns, bruises sore muscles, body tension, and many more.
How it works
The epidermis is the body’s largest organ and cannabinoid receptors, which are found throughout the body, are strongly present in the skin. When you apply cannabis infused products, the cannabinoids in the product bind to receptors in the skin and are absorbed in such a way as to help cells regenerate, wounds heal faster, and ease painful chronic conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
Topicals are non-psychoactive. They do not enter the bloodstream and will not produce the cognitive effects (“high”) associated with smoking, vaping or ingesting cannabis; yet, they provide powerful healing benefits, making them attractive to a broad audience, such as pediatric, elderly, and other sensitive patients.
The healing power of cannabis owes much to the body’s own endogenous systems. We produce a natural equivalent to cannabinoids known as endocannabinoids. The body’s endocannabinoid system is involved in an array of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, sleep, mood, and memory. Both naturally occurring endocannabinoids and plant derived cannabinoids instigate the same cell receptors allowing cannabis to aid the healing power of endocannabinoids produced by the body.
Are Topicals New?
Modern cannabis topicals were pioneered in the late 1990’s. However, topical cannabis remedies have a long history. Findings from the 11th and 12th centuries indicate widespread use of topically applied cannabis as a remedy for numerous skin and body ailments.
What does Science say?
According to a peer reviewed journal article, topically-applied cannabinoids work to prevent the release of inflammatory chemicals; preventing excessive firing of nerves, relaxing immune cells and decreasing the release of activators and sensitizers in injured and damaged cells.
Research published in the Journal of Science, showed that topical cannabis application increased the healing speed of skin ailments in mice. The SF Gate, who summarized the article, hailed topicals as the next big reason to use cannabis.