When people think of Marijuana they usually imagine sticky-green buds, or possibly even people eating brownies. Topical marijuana is far from the mind, and most don't even know it exists. Topicals are marijuana-infused lotions, balms, and oils. While they have been around for a few years, and most med-card holders have at least inquired as to exactly what lotions were doing in a dispensary, many are still unaware at just how awesome topicals are. Topical marijuana products absorb through the skin to relieve pain, swelling and soreness. They are non-psychoactive, and you can find CBD only versions that don't put you at risk on a drug test. They vary in strength, the stronger the topical obviously the more expensive it gets. While people often scoff at the prices they fail to realize both how long these things last as well as how powerful they truly are. Topicals are easily the most underrated cannabis products, often overlooked by many that could use benefit from them.
Whether you are an athlete, someone who just lives an active and healthy lifestyle, or just a regular person with aches and pains, topicals can change your life. These days if anything hurts the doctor is happy to throw opiates, benzos, and other narcotics at you at you to stop the pain. Even those of us in the cannabis community with aches and pains that smoke to soothe our aches forget just how powerful these little jars of lotion, cream and oil can be.
I've blown out a knee, and worn out most the cartridge in that knee. I can pop my right shoulder out of place on command. I've worked in warehouses since I've gotten out of high school and while doing so I've thrown my back out more times than I'd like to admit. Needless to say, beyond being an old man in my 20s, I have my fair share of aches and pains. I make them worse because I have an unhealthy need to lift through injury so I'm often going through my days with something hurting. Topical products, CBD and THC alike not only help me get through the day, they help me enjoy life. Not having to constantly feel bone grinding on bone when I'm working allows me to work a day job that allows me time to sit here and write this blog post. I don't mean to complain, and you shouldn't feel bad for me. Those aches and pains are like 90% my fault, and that's something honestly that I think most athletic-minded people can understand. I only bring them up as an example of how powerful topicals can be not just for recovery, but for getting through the pain that usually has people popping pills.
I hate to sound like a hippy, but I honestly believe when you can revert to plant-based medicines it is always best. Humans are just intelligent animals, as natural and apart of the earth as other plants and animals. So using what the earth gives us to heal is probably better for the body than anything made with chemicals in a lab. I'm not a doctor, and I'm not giving you health advice, that is just a personal belief. Medicine from the doctor usually comes with side effects, topical marijuana does not. It is just as, if not more powerful than a lot of painkillers you would otherwise be prescribed.
Topicals work by absorbing into the skin and binding to CB2 receptors. CB2 receptors are part of the bodies natural endocannabinoid system and are meant to respond to a catalyst such as a topical. The pain-relieving effects of this system at work, when introduced to a topical, are a true miracle of nature – but one that can be explained by science.
Topicals are a great way to change people's minds about marijuana as a medicine. Not knowing the range of products that can be produced by the wonderful cannabis plant most people have a negative stigma around the idea of marijuana as medicine. They picture hippies like me smoking a joint, burning incense. While they may be right about me, these people have no idea about the powerful, non-psychoactive healing properties that cannabis holds.
Topicals are easier to normalize as they can come in the form of massage oil and lotion that really everyone from all demographics can appreciate. If you live in a state such as Colorado, if you look hard enough you can find massage spots that use cannabis oil, and farmers markets that sell CBD cream. Instead of using products filled with lidocaine, and benzocaine why not use an all natural topical that does the exact same thing.
A finger tip's worth if icy hot won't do much for pain, but a finger tip's worth of high-quality cannabis-based topical can actually make a difference. If you're reading this blog you probably go out of your way to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Exercise, nutrition, you do it all. Yet, sometimes you still end up trusting medicine that may not be made up of things that are all that good for you. If you are curious enough to be here, why not try an alternative medicine. Why not try a cannabis-infused topical?
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