Working in a dispensary I get a lot of questions about topicals and their effectiveness. Do they work? How do they work? Do they get you high?
I personally have had a lot of success using topicals. From relieving my tennis elbow to taking the edge off a splitting headache. There is just about everything out there now from THC massage oils, to CBD essential oils, patches, lube, bath bombs and more. Today I'll break down how it works, what it works best for.
First of all topicals are best used for localized pain and areas of irritation. I usually recommend topicals for people dealing with arthritis, muscle spams, nerve pain, or skin issues like psoriasis, hives, etc. Topicals work by attaching to the cannabinoids receptors in our skin and nerves. But does it get you high? No, topicals don't reach the bloodstream "For THC to have a psychoactive effect, it needs to enter the bloodstream and pass the blood-brain barrier to reach the brain." Transdermal patches are however designed to enter the bloodstream and dose your medicine slowly. another common question is will THC show up in a UA? No. Some brands choose to decarboxylate (activate) the THC while others use raw THCa. The effects last 1-4 hours depending on potency and severity of pain. Topicals have also been used for insect bites, gout, menstrual cramps, migraines and more. Hemp CBD topicals are becoming more and more common and are legal to buy in any store. If you have ever heard of RSO or Rick Simpson oil, it too was used topically by Rick himself in a successful attempt to relieve his skin cancer. Topicals make a great gift for anyone, we all get aches and pain every now and again. It's also great for traveling and for those times you can't medicate with bud or concentrates. Here at the Healing Green we offer 10% off topicals every single Tuesday.