Curious about Rubbing Cannabis on your Skin?
An Overview: Cannabis Infused Topicals
by the cannabis access resource & education center

"There's a burgeoning cannabis health and beauty aids movement afoot, which casts the plant as a self-care and wellness product, in addition to a medical product or a social/recreational product. The growing awareness that what we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our mouths is driving the demand for body lotions, lip treatments, eye serums, and face creams made with natural ingredients and infused with cannabis." ? ? Interested in learning more about cannabis topicals? The profile link has an in-depth look, including the "how" and "why" behind these safe and effective products and a few recommendations for you to try. ? ? #Splimm #WeGoHigh #CannabisTopicals #Wellness

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Topical products are convenient to use. Discreet. Although not-a-lot of research into the actual effectiveness of cannabis topical products has taken place, there are testimonials claiming infused products heal superficial skin disorders and give localized pain relief. The interest in cannabis massage oils and pain relief balms grows, in scientific and patient communities. And Canadian Licensed Producers plan on bringing products, such as skin patches, to the market.

The active ingredients in the cannabis oils and creams do not penetrate far into the skin without the help of a medium to push the phytocannabinoids deeper. As a result, even products containing THC-A or THC are typically non-psychoactive.

Within the recently discovered skin's endocannabinoid system (ECS) are CB1 and CB2 receptors which the cannabinoids do reach. There are receptors in the epidermis, sebaceous glands, immune cells, sweat glands, hair follicles and at the ends of sensory nerves. And researchers have found the number of receptor sites increases in stressed areas.

Perhaps, applying a cannabis topical can aid the ECS's goal of restoring a healthy balance?

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5 Cannabis Topicals for your Medicine Cabinet
Benefits of popular topical product types, by Mandee Lee:[7:19 min.]
Video | Green Flower Media | 2016
Cannabis Cream and Ointment Information
Dr. Matthew Roman, MD explains the indications for medicinal use and the different topical forms: [11:25 min.]
Video | | 2017
CBD-Based Topicals may Aid in Alcoholism Treatment
An American study suggests that perhaps topically applied cannabis extracts are an effective method of introducing cannabinoids to the bloodstream.
Article | | 2013
Cream (Pharmaceutical)
Creams are semi-solid emulsions of oil and water.
Wiki | | 2018
Difference between Lotion and Liniment
Olivia points out differences between lotions and liniments. For example, liniments need rubbing into the skin to get relief from pains and stiffness, whereas lotions are more suitable for areas covered with hair such as a scalp.
Article | | 2011
How To Use CBD Topically & Its Benefits
A heavy application of cannabidiol (CBD) may boost CBD's ability to permeate the skin and reach the underlying cannabinoid receptors.
Article | | 2018
I use Topical Medical Marijuana. Will I Test Positive on a Drug Test?
"Dear Doctors, I have not smoked, vapourized or eaten any marijuana in about seven months but I continue to use a topical application for pain every few days or so. Am I likely to test positive for cannabis use in a urinalysis?"
Advice | | 2014
 Infused Skincare Recipes
Find easy to make, cannabis infused topical recipes. Create your own pain creams, bath oils, lubricants, lip balms, and beard oils. All infused with cannabis. Part of the Cannabis Resource Library by The Cannabis Access Resource and Education Center.
Cannabis Resource Library | | 2017
Learn How Topical Cannabis Can Help You
Uses for topical cannabis include:
Article | | 2015
Let's Talk Topicals
Listen to author David Downs discuss cannabis-infused skincare products, which are often overlooked for medical relief. [3.18 min.]
Audio | | 2015
A liniment is a medicated topical preparation for the skin. Sometimes called balms or heat rubs, liniments are rubbed in to create friction and relieve pain and stiffness, and are typically made with quickly evapourating solvents.
Wiki | | 2017
LPs Get Creative with Launch of Topical Oils And Creams
Licensed producers are finding workarounds when creating infused topicals because the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations only allows for the sale of cannabis oil in a liquid form at room temperature.
Article | | 2017
Marijuana Skin Creams are Taking Off
Listen to David Bienenstock, cannabis consultant, discuss the cannabis-infused topical industry. [3:18 min.]
Audio | | 2015
Medical Cannabis in the Palliation of Malignant Wounds
A case report of a 44-year-old male with a malignant wound involving his right cheek area, treated with topical medical cannabis compounded in non-genetically modified organic sunflower oil (ARGYLE THC 5.24% + CBD 8.02% from TWEED, Inc.) and observed for five months by Dr. Vincent Maida.
Case Report | | 2016
Psoriasis: Is Cannabis an Effective Treatment?
Written by Susan York Morris and medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, COI.
Article | | 2016
ReLEAF TOPICAL Oil Infusion Process
Multitalented Stella Jane explains she uses sugar leaves and light oils to make her topical infusions because those ingredients work out well for her. [9.42 min.]
Part 2 demonstrates the hows, wheres and whys of applying the oil. [6.37 min.]
Video Recipe | | 2010
Should You Try Cannabis Creams for Pain Relief?
Gregory Gerdeman, Ph.D., neurophysiologist, Michelle Sexton, naturopathic doctor and medical research director and Ricardo Colberg, M.D., Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, offer their expertise on cannabis-infused sports creams and Rachael Schultz discusses if they're worth applying.
Article | | 2017
Talkin' Topicals with Gar
Answers by Gar Souders, who has over a decade of research into the effects and formulations of cannabis infused topicals.
Advice | | 2017
Talking Pain Management
Mary Jane's Medicinals owner Dahlia Mertens and Denver Post cannabis editor Ricardo Baca discuss topicals and how they work with the skin's endocannabinoid system. [2.12 min.]
Video | The Cannabist | 2015
THC Lube: A Romp in the Hash
Jenn Keeler, writer and illustrator offers a humorous and informative look at cannabis lube
Article | | 2016
Topical Cannabis Oil Preparation
Author Owen Smith points out that infused topical medications are applied as close to the source of the problem as possible. This maximizes desired effects and minimizes undesired side effects.
Article | | 2014
Treating Skin Diseases with Topical Cannabis
The medical uses of topical conventional medications and of cannabinoid applications as explained by Dr. Christopher Rasmussen MD, MS, an anesthesiologist with a Master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine and a world authority on preventive medicine.
Article | | 2015
Using Cannabis Oil on your Skin
"It seems that the main physiological function of the cutaneous ECS is to constitutively control the proper and well-balanced proliferation, differentiation and survival, as well as immune competence and/or tolerance, of skin cells."
--Bíró T, Tóth B, Haskó G, Paus R, Pacher P.
Article | | 2015
What are Cannabis Infused Topicals?
Revolutionary Tactics (Rev Tactics) is a medical marijuana staffing agency that uses YouTube as a platform to change the stigma about medical marijuana, educate the public and bring awareness to its health benefits. [2:29 min.]
Video | Canna Health | 2017
What are Cannabis Topicals and How Do They Work?
Topically applied cannabis-infused creams, lotions, balms, sprays, and oils can deliver cannabinoids and other medicinal ingredients directly to the areas that need treatment.
Article | | 2016
What are THC, CBD, and other Cannabis-Derived Transdermal Patches?
Rae Lland interviews Dr. Noel Palmer to discover how transdermal cannabis patches allow for a continual cannabinoid-enhanced experience without the need to inhale or ingest cannabis flower.
Article | | 2017
Why Use a Cannabis Topical?
Cannabis topicals include balms, salves, lotions, and oils infused with active cannabinoids. But do cannabis topicals really work. Or, are they just snake-oil?
Article | | 2016