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?
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.
Ah Warner, founder of Cannabis Basics, demonstrates making her most popular product, The Remedy Pain Stick. It utilizes CBD, THC-A, and THC along with the natural fragrances found in the cannabis flower in an effort to combat stress, pain and inflammation. [3:24 min.]
"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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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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.
Study showed safety of applying a 3% Hempseed oil cream to face and the reduction of the skin's sebum and erythema content. Participants applied base cream plus 3% Cannabis seeds extract twice daily to cheeks for 12 weeks and an skin irritation was monitored.
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.
"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.
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.]