Today I want to focus on discussing cannabis topicals. They are a great entry point into delving into the cannabis world for newbies. They can be used by children and seniors and everyone in between. Topicals are anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and ant-microbial. They are ideal for treating fungus, minor burns, sunburn, muscle aches, allergic reactions, insect bites, rashes, arthritis, psoriasis, headaches and even menstrual cramps. The cannabis can be mixed in with lotions, oils, salves and balms. They are easy to apply and are absorbed quickly through your skin. They have no psychotropic effect and can provide localized relief.
There are many products now available and more hitting the market all the time. Since there are no standards on the products nor the packaging, it is a good idea to do some research before making a purchase. Check out some of the many cannabis educational websites. I went to Green Flower for information for this post.
- Avoid Certain Ingredients
The list includes artificial ingredients or colors, fillers, parabens, GMO ingredients, synthetic ingredients, fragrance, chemicals, mineral oils, petroleum or anything that requires animal testing.
- Buy Products with Organic Bases
Coconut, cocoa butter and shea are ideal as they do not cause any irritation.
- Be Careful with Products that Contain Certain Essential Oils
A good rule of thumb is to apply a small amount to your skin to test. An oil such as arnica can cause burning if it is too concentrated. Make sure that they are organic.
- Check to See How They Are Processed
You want to make sure it is directly infused into the base oil or is an organically processed extract. You want to use ethanol-based extracts for topicals. Avoid butane or hexane extractions which can often leave unpleasant residual solvents in the product. And be sure to trust your nose. If it smells like cannabis, it is of poor quality. The color should be evenly distributed and the texture velvety.
- Lab Tested
Clearly, you want a safe, clean product. Make sure the manufacturer tests the product for cannabinoid potency, terpene profile, residual solvent, mold-pathogen, myotoxin, and pesticides. You can find the practices and product ingredients by looking on the company website.
These days, medical cannabis patients are very fortunate that there are so many different strains and delivery methods available at their dispensaries. Make sure you take advantage of all the options by trying different types of products. That way you can find the best products to treat your particular condition. It will also save you money in the long run.