As research into the medical benefits of cannabis expands, it is being embraced as a treatment for quite a few medical conditions – uses that have hundreds, if not thousands, of years of history on their side. Topical cannabis can be used from everything to skin irritation to muscle inflammation. Could it be right for you?
Topical cannabis use has a long and diverse history.
There is evidence that cultures around the world, dating back thousands of years, have used cannabis for medicinal purposes. Traditionally, Europeans used cannabis as an antiseptic, believed to be effective for antibiotic and limited analgesic purposes. Dried cannabis leaves mixed with butter was a common preparation for burn treatment; cannabis plasters and other topical preparations were used to treat skin inflammations, furuncles (skin infections involving hair follicles), erysipelas (bacterial skin infections), and other localized pain. Historical records indicate that the ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, and Indians used topical preparations of cannabis medicinally for similar purposes.
More recently, Isaraeli scientific research demonstrated that topical application of cannabis-derived compounds – washing the skin with juice from plant leaves – effectively treated a common allergic skin disease (allergic contact dermatitis).
Topical cannabis does not produce psychotropic effects.
There is no evidence in modern or historical accounts and records that topical use of plant-derived oils or salves causes any psychotropic effects. This is one of the biggest advantages to topical use for medicinal purposes. But why is this?
There are two known types of receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the human body’s endocannabinoid system. These receptors interact with cannabinoids, allowing them to act upon the body. A recent study shows that, in addition to being found internally, CB1 and CB2 receptors are also located in many external areas on the human body: in skin, hair follicles, sweat glands, and nerve fiber bundles. Based on this finding, researchers determined that the chemical compounds found in cannabis may directly affect these surface-level receptors, rather than having to enter the bloodstream or central nervous system in order to reach these areas. Since the effective chemicals remain in the upper layers of the skin instead of entering these whole-body systems, patients can experience topical, localized anti-inflammatory effects without any significant psychoactivity.
Many ailments are responsive to topical cannabis.
Although much additional study is needed, traditional and contemporary medicine both recommend topical treatment with cannabis preparations for a number of different ailments. Topical cannabis has been historically lauded for its antibiotic properties: its ability to treat burns, blisters, rashes, sores, and infections, effectively speeding healing and reducing infection. Its anti-inflammatory properties may soothe swollen joints and muscles as well as rheumatoid arthritis. It is generally recommended to apply a tincture, salve, or patch to the inflamed or painful areas.
Evidence suggests that topical cannabis could treat a multitude of additional ailments including migraine pain, psoriasis, menstrual cramps, excessive itching, and bug bites.
Talk to your care provider if you think topical cannabis products may be right for your treatment needs, or come by and try some for yourself. Nature’s Gift Shop has an extensive selection of cannabis concentrates, cannabis oils and extracts, salves, and patches, and our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders can help you find the best form of medical marijuana for your needs.
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