If you’re still thinking the benefits of cannabis can only be attained by smoking or eating it, we’re guessing you haven’t yet learned about topicals. As more states legalize cannabis – and as the hemp industry charges full steam ahead with the recent passage of the Farm Bill – creativity is growing and cannabis-infused topicals are getting more and more attention. As well they should! Between their accessibility, safety, and efficacy, here’s why you should try a cannabis topical.
What to Know about the Cannabis Topical
If you haven’t read our other posts about cannabis topicals, we’ll catch you up really quickly. The term cannabis topical refers to things like lotions, oils, and balms that are infused with cannabis and applied to the skin for a few different reasons, but usually to relieve pain, tenderness, and inflammation. Topicals are non-intoxicating, meaning there is no “high” and so are a great option for people looking for zero cerebral effects but still interested in the other benefits of cannabis.
So how do they work? These kinds of transdermal methods of delivery work through the body’s CB2 receptors, which are activated by the body’s own endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds like CBD and THC. While some topicals do contain active THC, cannabinoids don’t reach the bloodstream (which is why there’s no head high). But given the importance of the entourage effect, some cultivators prefer to infuse their topicals with both CBD and THC.
Just like other cannabis products, topicals can be strain specific. Cultivators can also add different ingredients and oils for a powerhouse product that is as soothing and enjoyable to apply as it is effective. Case in point? The Kynd Balm! This healing salve was created for use on a range of skin, muscle, and joint health issues. Its potent blend of shea, cocoa, and mango butters, essential oils, MCT oil, and premium cannabis oil, it can be used effectively on everything from arthritic and rheumatic pain to headaches, cramps, and dry skin.
So Why Should You Try It?
If you’ve ever reached for an OTC pain reliever because your low back is throbbing, you have a pounding headache, you’re feeling the effects of yesterday’s killer workout, and it’s that time of the month, you should consider trying a cannabis topical. Rubbing a little salve, like our Kynd Balm, into your temples, your abdomen, your tender calves, or your aching knuckles may prove to be a far better alternative than another dose of ibuprofen. But don’t take our word for it! Here’s what folks have to say about the Kynd Balm.
“I found that when I used it consistently every day – I massage it into my thumb joint – after about one and a half weeks, my arthritis pain in my thumbs was gone. Wonderful!” – Lisa
“I have used Kynd balm for over a year to reduce inflammation. I golf a lot and sometimes my lower back becomes inflamed. Usually one application of this balm removes the inflammation and discomfort. About six weeks ago I was trimming a tree and had to use the bed of my pickup to reach the limb I wanted to cut. When I was done a jumped down to the ground. In 2004, I had a total knee replacement on my right knee. Later that day my right knee began to swell and ache on the left side. By bedtime I could hardly walk and the swelling went to about a half inch on the inside of my knee. Before going to bed I applied the balm to the swelling. When I awoke the next day ,I could walk and had a little discomfort. By noon the swelling and pain had subsided.” – Ed
“Love, love, love this for cramps! Rubbing a little on my abdomen makes a huge difference.” – Anne
A cannabis topical really is a wonderful thing. If you’re thinking of dipping a toe into the world of cannabis, topicals are a good place to start.