Topical medicines are absorbed through the skin to affect a targeted area. This can provide patients with a minimally invasive way to use cannabis for body pain as well as reducing the side effects.
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and has the capability to absorb medicine. Cannabis has a multitude of uses. It stimulates local THC and CBD receptors in the body. It acts as an anti-inflammatory by stimulating blood circulation.
You can use it for a body rub or massage, for muscle pain or arthritis. Salves, another form of topical cannabis, can be used anywhere you would typically put an ointment for first aid, cuts, scrapes, dermatitis, psoriasis, even bruises. Doctors have long spoke of the healing properties of topical cannabis. Some cannabis oils are even known to dissolve skin cancers and lesions like Kaposi sarcoma.
Cannabinoids are dissolved directly through the skin, reducing recovery time and promotion the healing of skin issues. If you are looking for increased function and better mobility, consider using a topical or salve on your aching joints.
If you want to make a salve or topical to reduce physical symptoms it is recommended to begin with an Indica strain. Benefits of using Indica over Sativa strains include reduced pain, relaxed muscles, and relief from spasms, reduced inflammation, headaches and nausea. It is also a fantastic anti-convulsant. Cannabis indica also has higher concentrations of cannabinoids or CBD’s, than sativa strains.
If you have never made a topical cannabis before, it is not very difficult. Oils, salves and lotions are also the perfect way to medicate your muscles and bones in public. A small amount will usually suffice to bring great results, and they can be scented to just about any ‘flavor’ you like. Common scents are lavender, patchouli and wintergreen!
Below are a couple of recipes from the website cannabiscure.info that are simple and fast and provide great results.
Topical Cannabis Ointment/Lotion
Dry crushed cannabis is heated in a crockpot over a double boiler for 45 to 60 minutes with a thick oil or fat, such as olive oil and cocoa butter. Put it into a bottle or jar in a cool, dark place for 2-3 months. Filter using a cheese cloth. Reheat the remaining material and thicken with beeswax for an ointment, or add aloe vera gel to make a lotion.
Topical Cannabis Salve
Add beeswax to cannabis infused oil, and heat it until all of the wax is melted. To test if your salve is hard enough, put some on a spoon and set it in a cool place for a few minutes. One pint of oil will need about 1 ½ ounces of beeswax (5 teaspoons of beeswax are in an ounce).
Be sure to store your salves and lotions in a cool dark place and try to keep them in dark, tinted or opaque containers as light can breakdown the components of many homemade materials quite easily.
Some of the best topical cannabis products come from these companies:
-Mary Jane’s Medicinals
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