Topical forms of cannabis include balms, salves, lotions, oils and even lip balm. Contrary to popular misconceptions, topical cannabis products don’t get you high or show up on a drug test, according to Vogue magazine. The main ingredient is typically non-psychoactive or too weak to have a psychoactive effect, but it still possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
The resulting topical concoctions penetrate into the body directly through the skin and can heal sore, aching muscles. With laws governing the use of cannabis relaxing in many states and the proliferation of topical forms of cannabis, it can be hard to choose which ones to try. Following are five standouts and the reasons that make each special.
1. Dixie Elixirs Muscle Relief Lotion
This anti-inflammatory takes roughly 10 to 15 minutes to work its magic after being massaged into tired or fatigued muscles. Its main ingredients are rosemary and CO2-extracted THC, one of several potent cannabinoids. Dixie Elixirs Muscle Relief Lotion is on the lighter side, so you can apply it daily and there are no worries about greasy buildup or clogged pores.
2. Empower Oil by Empower Body Care
This is an all-purpose cannabis oil that relieves sore muscles, aching joints, menstrual cramps, headaches and even eczema. The directions on the bottle encourage you to “Put it where it hurts. Rub it in. Repeat.” This product is by far the easiest of the lot to apply and has the most potential uses.
3. Kush Cremes Aloe-Based Face and Eye Cream
Cannabis’ wonder-working properties help to prevent acne, smooth out skin and reduce wrinkles. This formulation contains emu oil, which supports your natural pH, and it’s also hypoallergenic and scent free for sensitive skin.
4. Mary Jane’s Medicinals Salve
For healthy circulation and blemish-free, youthful skin, there’s Mary Jane’s Medicinals Salve. Its consistency is on the thick side, but it rubs in fairly easily. It also soothes itchy skin rashes, psoriasis, severe joint pain and arthritis. It contains arnica, a cousin of the sunflower that grows wild in high mountains of North America. Arnica promotes relaxation, so applying this cream to the neck and shoulders before bed can help you sleep better.
5. Love Yourself Healing Oil by Cannabis Basics
A blend of vitamin E, olive oil, hempseed oil and premium cannabis flower, Cannabis Basics suggests Love Yourself Healing Oil as a source of daily post-shower moisture or as a unique, relaxing massage oil. Lavender and tangerine essences are an additional source of aromatherapy. Although formulated at a specific intensity, you can extend this product by adding light olive oil or another carrier oil.Tags: featured