Cannabis Topicals: Easy-to-Use, Targeted Relief

Does putting cannabis on your skin sound a bit odd? It shouldn’t! Whether they come in the form of creams, balms, or rubs, cannabis topicals are helping millions of us address routine aches and pains (and changing the wellness industry in the process).

If you’d like to tackle stiff joints and achy muscles the all-natural way, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll share everything we know about cannabis topicals benefits and the ins and outs of using cannabis topical cream.

Cannabis Topical Benefits

If you’ve ever wished you could deliver the soothing effects of THC and CBD directly to sore muscles and aching joints, we’ve got some good news: That’s precisely what cannabis topicals do, and they can often provide these benefits without feeling high or intoxicated. The way they work is simple: As a large body of clinical evidence shows, both THC and CBD—the principal cannabinoids found in cannabis and hemp—act as anti-inflammatory (and analgesic) agents, but in different ways.

Especially when used in a marijuana cream, THC leverages its natural anti-inflammatory properties right where it hurts: at the site of sore and achy muscles and joints. Further research suggests CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, though it works differently than THC does. Topical CBD cream can reduce pain directly at injury sites of injury by modulating the actions of local signaling and repair cells.


What About Cannabis Patches?

Cannabis topicals are a great way to leverage the healing power of cannabis without intoxication. That’s because the cannabinoids don’t actually enter the bloodstream when applied to the skin. One exception is the family of transdermal products such as cannabis patches. Because this special class of products allows cannabinoids to actually enter the bloodstream, they may impart psychoactivity, though typically significantly less than with other forms, such as inhaled or edible cannabis products.

That said, the effect of using a cannabis transdermal patch is typically much longer-lasting than with other formats. Because they dispense their cannabinoids so slowly—over the course of 12 hours or even more—a cannabis patch is great for tackling especially challenging symptoms.

Different Types of Cannabis Topicals: Balms, Creams and More

Let’s take a moment to introduce a few of the major types of cannabis topicals:

  • Balms: These thick and long-lasting salves deliver long-lasting relief. Many of the types we offer contain extra skin-nourishing ingredients such as cocoa butter, beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E oil.
  • Sticks and Roll-Ons: Convenient and easy to travel with, these products package all the advantages of cannabinoids into a long-lasting and durable format for those of us on the go.
  • Bath Products: These luxuriant soaking products add the soothing power of THC and CBD to your bathtime routine. They can be especially effective for those of us who want to treat global symptoms such as fibromyalgia that affect large areas of the body.
  • Personal Lubricants: Did you know that cannabinoids such as THC and CBD can reduce inflammation? Many of these very special products also use calming herbs such as calendula and comfrey to help sensitive skin feel its best.
  • Suppositories: Designed to deliver long-lasting relief for the most stubborn symptoms, suppositories are fast to absorb and deliver pain relief with little to no euphoric effects. Often used to help treat menstrual discomfort, endometriosis, patients with Crohn’s/IBS, and any localized pain, cannabis suppositories are appropriate for both vaginal and rectal use.

How to Use Cannabis Topicals: Tips and Tricks

Because cannabis topicals are designed to be applied directly to the skin, they’re fairly intuitive to use. Depending on your preference, choose between balms, lotions, or other formulations. Don’t forget to read the label: Many are enriched with botanical ingredients such as coconut oil, beeswax and essential oils such as eucalyptus or lavender.

When using cannabis topicals for pain relief, we recommend applying them liberally directly to the site of discomfort and then gently massaging until they’re completely absorbed. You can repeat this process three or more times daily, depending on your symptoms. And because topicals even work while you sleep, they’re a great way to address soreness, headaches, cramps, and other conditions that might interfere with a good night’s sleep.

Explore DC’s Best Cannabis Topicals with Takoma!

If you’re looking to browse the region’s best cannabis topicals, we’d love to help! As the District’s #1 family-run dispensary, we stock products designed for every need and budget. If you have more questions about cannabis topicals, just ask. Whether you’re seeking symptomatic relief (or just a little pampering), we’ve got what you need!