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What is a Cannabis Topical and How Strong is it?

A cannabis topical is a cannabis-infused balm, lotion, oil, liniment, or ointment that is rubbed into the skin to provide relief from a variety of common ailments related to aches, pains, and skin conditions. They are an excellent alternative to ingesting cannabis because they provide all of the benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects normally associated with the plant.

The cannabis topical comes in a variety of formulations “strengths”, that may or may not include CBD,THC, and THCa. Since the topical is applied to the skin, instead of being ingested, the THC does not enter the bloodstream, therefore, no psychoactive effects are experienced by the user. The benefit of THC, in this case, is that it penetrates deep into the tissue to provide pain relief. THCa has a reputation for being super effective at relieving pain with smaller doses than its TCH and CBD counterparts.

How Do I Use A Cannabis Topical?

Cannabis topicals are typically applied directly to the affected area, including these common areas of stress; neck, back, knees, wrists, and temples of the head to alleviate pain. For best results, it’s important to make sure the area is clean before application so that the cannabis can absorb more readily into the skin. Apply the cannabis-infused topical by massaging a generous amount into the desired area.

How Long Does it Take for a THC Topical Ointment to Take Effect?

The way a cannabis topical gets absorbed into the skin is through CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors which are found in human skin cells and help to regulate the inflammatory response in the body. Patients report near instant relief from aches, pains, and a host of other symptoms when cannabis topicals are applied. This fast-acting, non-psychoactive option for pain relief, makes them one of the most popular cannabis products on the market today.

How Much Do they Typically Cost?

Determining how much a cannabis topical will cost is dependent upon the formulation. CBD to THC ratio, the size of the container, oil vs. cream vs. balm vs. salve. All things considered, there are a variety of products that retail in the $25 range. Tinctures can also be used topically and are cost-effective with a convenient and discrete application. Stop by Torrey Holistics and speak with a cannabis professional about whether cannabis topicals are right for you or order from our online menu.