Medical cannabis topicals are a type of cannabis product that are applied directly onto the skin for localized relief.
Unlike other forms of cannabis products that are ingested or inhaled, topicals do not induce psychoactive effects and are non-intoxicating.
Pain relief is one of the main reasons why people use medical cannabis topicals; they can be effective in treating various types of discomfort, including muscle soreness, joint pain, and neuropathic pain. Topicals work by binding to the receptors in the skin, muscles, and tissues, which can provide localized relief without the side effects of oral medication. Medical cannabis topicals can also be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The cannabinoids in cannabis have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can help to soothe damaged skin and reduce redness and inflammation, and some topicals also contain other natural ingredients such as essential oils and shea butter, which can nourish and moisturize the skin. Another benefit of medical cannabis topicals is that they can be used as an alternative to traditional pain medication; opioids and other painkillers can be addictive and have harmful side effects, while topicals are non-addictive and have few if any side effects. They can also be used in tandem with other therapies, such as physical therapy, to enhance the healing process. Medical cannabis topicals are also a discreet and convenient way to use cannabis for therapeutic purposes. They can be applied directly onto the affected part and absorbed into the skin, which means that they can be used in public without drawing attention. This is particularly advantageous for people who need pain relief throughout the day but prefer not to rely on oral medication or smoke cannabis.