Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms and oils that are used on the body for relief of muscle and joint pain, inflammation, acne or burns. They offer the therapeutic benefits of marijuana without any psychoactive effects. And fortunately, as acceptance for use of marijuana and marijuana-related products continues to shift, cannabis topicals are increasing in popularity.


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According to a paper written by Cheryl Smith, cannabis is believed to have first been used externally by the Egyptians and Africans. Although the use was mainly as an antiseptic, it was also used for treating ailments such as burns, inflamed feet, furuncles, and erysipelas. She also noted that cannabis plasters and ointments were used for pain relief in the Victorian era. Additionally, during the late 1960s, Arabic medicine used hemp as a topical to treat psoriasis and lichen by washing themselves with the juice from the leaves. Today cannabis topicals are widely distributed and growing in popularity.

Why so popular?

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The curative effects of topical cannabis seen throughout history were not coincidental—today we are seeing similar effects. There are a wide variety of medicinal benefits to topical cannabis application; in fact, even more than we had originally guessed. A 2005 study showed that topical cannabis has the ability to be anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, and have broad therapeutic potential. Furthermore, a patent on the methods and compositions of cannabis extracts states that the application of the topical cannabis extract has been shown to have a positive effect on the healing of psoriasis lesions.

Who can use them?

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Cannabis topicals are for everyone, regardless of age or opinion on cannabis, as they have no psychoactive effects—meaning that you cannot get high from them. If you’re looking for an all natural way to treat your skin as well as add to your cannabis related inventory, we definitely suggest trying it out.


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