Many are starting to discover new uses of marijuana when it comes to pain relief. While smoking, vaporizing, and edibles have been a mainstay for marijuana users with chronic pain, a new emerging form is a topical treatment. So, what exactly are marijuana topicals? Quite simply, they are topical oils, lotions, and ointments that are made with marijuana.
Studies are finding that cannabis topicals not only relieve pain, but also may help relieve headaches and migraines by being rubbed on the temples and forehead. They are also helping to relieve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
A topical is used like any over the counter pain relief (i.e: Ben Gay, Icy Hot, or Blue Emu). They are lotion or oil based and easy to use. Topicals are mostly made from Indicia strains of marijuana. Indica strains are known to be better pain relievers than Sativa strains which are better for psychological ailments.
Marijuana topicals may help relieve pain directly without feeling high. This makes an infused topical a great new way to get the pain relief marijuana can provide.
There are now topicals available in states that have legalized either medical or retail marijuana. Many are still living in non-legal states and are missing out on this great way to relieve pain but there are ways to make them at home.
Are you considering using cannabis for pain? Here are some questions to ask yourself: