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What Are Cannabis Topicals and How Do They Work?

What Are Cannabis Topicals?

Topicals are cannabis-infused products that are absorbed through the skin for localized pain relief, from soreness to inflammation. Topicals are ideal for patients who want the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without experiencing the psychoactive effects associated with other methods.  These products can be used to treat a variety of conditions and relieve joint pain, relax muscles and much more. 

  

What Types of Cannabis Topicals Are Available?

Topicals come in a variety of forms such as lotions, sprays, balms, patches, salves and oils. But which one is right for you? Let's take a look at some of the different topical products and the benefits they offer.

Pain Patches

Transdermal pain patches are one form of topical marijuana that will be available for purchase at Virginia dispensaries. Similar to an IcyHot patch, the adhesive application provides relief to a focused area on the body and can be discreetly worn under clothing. These patches are typically available for purchase in a single dose or in packs of multiples. Pain patches are also available in different dosages. For example, patients will be able to purchase pain patches that are equal parts CBD to THC aka 1:1 ratio. 

 

Lotions, Creams, Balms, & Salves

Other topicals such as lotions, balms, creams and salves can also be used to treat muscle pain or soreness. These topicals can be found in a variety of ratios, some with a higher THC content to provide the right amount of relief to the patient. Dispensaries in Virginia will be offering these products in a variety of portion sizes, so if you need to take some on the go, it is available to you at any time!

 

Sprays

Cannabis infused sprays are also ideal for treating muscle pain and sore joints. Sprays are just another way Virginia patients can discreetly medicate with the use of cannabis. Cannabis infused sprays are perfect to use before or after workouts or anytime you need relief from sore muscles or swollen joints. These sprays will feel similar to the other cannabis topicals, as they are infused with essential oils such as peppermint to help deliver a cooling sensation to assist with pain relief. 

There’s no doubt, cannabis topicals are a popular choice for Virginia patients due to the convenience and ability to discreetly use the products. When using topicals, patients will not experience psychoactive effects because cannabis oils are absorbed through the skin. The usage of cannabis topicals is yet another way patients can find relief to treat chronic conditions without having to experience any unwanted effects. 

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