The Potent Potential of Cannabis Topicals
Cannabis topicals can be applied directly on the skin without fear of making you high! These products from the marijuana plant come in balms, lotions, creams, oils, salves and sprays. They’re used for first-aid treatments, muscle rubs, skin care, and even cosmetics.
Although you may be familiar with the idea of medical marijuana, you may not be aware of the potent potential of cannabis topicals.
What makes cannabis topicals so effective are the phytochemicals they contain.You have heard of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) (CBD) but did you know marijuana contains about 80 phytochemicals? Some of these are THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), CBC (cannabichromene), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBN (cannabinol), not to mention terpenoids and flavonoids.
And, although THC is responsible for the high that pot users experience, using cannabis topicals on the skin will not bring on a psychoactive reaction because it can’t pass through the brain-blood barrier through the skin. Therefore, there are no mind-altering effects. However, the main cannabinoids along with other minor cannabis compounds affect specific receptors on the skin’s surface known as cannabinoid receptors.
Used by the Ancients
Using marijuana derivatives in a topical solution is not a new idea. In fact, they have been used for thousands of years in India, China, Europe and Egypt. The ancient Egyptians used the flowers of the marijuana plant in combination with honey to relieve labor pain. In addition, the Chinese and Europeans used cannabis in topical treatments for wounds.
For decades, the marijuana plant has been frowned upon as an illegal substance while pharmaceuticals took front and center stage in Western medical care. Even with their lists of harmful side effects, prescription drugs were preferred to more natural and safer herbal remedies such as cannabis. However, now, possibly in desperation, scientists are delving into the benefits that this little maligned weed has to offer. Is it possible that those dedicated pot-heads knew something they didn’t?
Some Modern Applications for Cannabis Topicals:
1. Pain Reliever
Topical cannabis is effective on skin-deep pain. This well-known analgesic is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and as we know, most pain is caused by swelling.Moreover, many users prefer topicals over prescription painkillers because they’re safer, non-addictive, and have no negative side effects.
Unfortunately, there has yet to be sufficient human research on whether or not topical cannabis can ease severe pain from ailments like arthritis or muscle strain. Although there isn’t a lot of clinical research for how arthritis responds to these topicals, many have reported that it relieves their pain. One way to find out how it works for you is to give it a try. There’s no risk involved.
2. An Anti-inflammatory
Cannabis topicals can be applied directly on the area of your body where the pain is. Sprains, infections, burns or abrasions are eased at the touch of these anti-inflammatory creams and lotions.They can take the place of systemic medication, providing immediate, natural relief from:
- Sprains and bruises
- Arthritis and rheumatism
- Insect stings and bites
- Burns and scalding
- Muscle cramps and pain
3. Pimples and Acne
Acne is a difficult condition to address but cannabis offers the solution. Did you know that CBD reduces excess oil production in the skin? It also has antiseptic properties.Cannabis topicals will balance the skin’s pH level without drying and can prevent the spread of pustules and nodules. If other skin products haven’t been helping, these topicals may be the answer for you. Each application dispels toxins and nourishes the skin with healthy compounds. It may be your answer.
4. An Antiseptic
The antiseptic qualities of cannabis make it a great treatment for wounds and cuts.Furthermore, cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) are proven to be more powerful than antibiotics without the downside of destroying friendly bacteria. It is even found effective in destroying the superbug, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). As the name of this superbug suggests, it is resistant to antibiotics. However, it’s no match for cannabis topicals which contain antimicrobial compounds. These are some of the compounds that occur naturally in the marijuana plant to protect it from pathogens and insects that attack during the ripening stage.
5. Anti-Aging Agent
Wrinkles are caused by cell and DNA damage that shorten our telomeres. And, as we know, this damage is caused by free radicals (free rads). Free rads are things like pollution, UV radiation, GMO’s, even some hormones cause free rads. Therefore, to rid ourselves of the damage these radicals cause, we need a good supply of antioxidants. It just so happens that cannabis is full of potent antioxidants.Added to night cream and daily moisturizers, cannabis is now on the front lines in the war against aging. In fact, these powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants are found in exploding numbers of anti-aging and beauty products and cosmetics worldwide.
Although there is no direct evidence to prove that cannabis is a cure for cancer, it only makes sense that the same properties that make it an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant make it a vital weapon in the war on cancer.
There is a case study that was published in January 2017 suggesting that cannabis topicals, applied to manage pain, not only reduces pain but may also reduce the size of malignant tumors. The 44-year-old man in this particular study who applied topical cannabis oil to his wound, was able to reduce his pharmaceutical painkillers by 25%. Additionally, he saw a 5% reduction in the size of the tumor. Unfortunately, this was not enough to save his life. But, the study showed significant progress in reversing cancer that should be taken into consideration. It’s definitely a viable choice when it comes to alternative or homeopathic treatments for cancer.
Maybe it’s time to take another look at marijuana –not as an illegal psychoactive substance,but as a miracle-working herb that contains 80 phytochemicals and compounds we have yet to discover.