Topicals are the only marijuana product that is not ingested but are instead applied directly to the skin to provide localized relief from inflammation and pain. At Balboa Avenue Cooperative, topicals are available as:
Because topicals are made primarily with CBD, they won’t get you high, but the medicinal effects can last anywhere from one to six hours.
Now that cannabis is legal for recreational purposes, you might have forgotten all those medicinal benefits that helped weed gain limited legalization in the first place. Some medicinal uses don’t even require inhaling, like topicals. Topicals are applied directly to the skin to relieve all kinds of mild medical maladies. Believe it or not, there are more than a few references to ancient cultures in Egypt, China, Europe, and elsewhere using topical applications of cannabis.
What are topicals?
Topicals are products infused with cannabis, typically CBD rather than THC, to deliver therapeutic effects. Topical products include lotions, lip balms, oils, sprays, soaps, bath bombs and more, allowing the active ingredients to absorb through your skin and provide localized relief from pain, soreness, and inflammation. Many products also include additional ingredients for relief like wintergreen, lavender, cayenne and clove, which are commonly used in therapeutic essential oils. And don’t worry, they won’t get you high, even those products that are THC-derived.
How do topicals work?
Topicals absorbed through the skin are also called transdermal products, and they work by binding to cannabinoid receptors that are found throughout the body, especially in your body’s largest organ: your skin. Though topicals don’t penetrate deep enough to reach your bloodstream to deliver psychoactive effects, they do absorb deep into the surface of your skin, engaging the cannabinoid receptors to provide relief in the same way antihistamine creams relieve bug bites and heat/cold creams relieve sore muscles. In general, the medicinal effects of cannabis topicals will last from one to six hours.
What symptoms do topicals treat?
Research into the therapeutic benefits of cannabis topicals is still in its early stages, and the list of symptoms that topicals can treat keeps growing year by year. Here are a few examples of conditions that can be treated cannabis-infused topicals:
- Mild to moderate pain
- Muscle soreness and tension
- Localized inflammation
- Mild skin irritation
- Mild burns
- Bacterial skin infections
- Acne control
- Symptoms of psoriasis
- Symptoms of eczema
- Symptoms of arthritis
Cannabis topicals can also keep your skin looking youthful. CBD is chock-full of antioxidants that heal your skin while preventing tissue damage caused by environmental factors like UV rays and pollution. Cannabis-infused oils and lubricants are also becoming quite popular in the bedroom, which makes sense considering there are historical references to using cannabis for sexual pleasure dating back 2,000 years.
Topicals available at Balboa Ave Cooperative in San Diego
Balboa Ave Cooperative offers a range of cannabis-infused topicals, whether you want to relax after a hard week with a CBD bath bomb or soothe your tired muscles with a CBD salve. We also carry tinctures, gel moisturizers, breath strips and more. Our entire inventory of topicals is available to view on our Weedmaps page.