What Are Cannabis Topicals and How Do They Work?

People love variety when trying cannabis. From edibles to smoking, there is a lot of variety out there. Cannabis topicals can now add themselves to the list. Cannabis-infused topicals are a newer method of consumption which makes it both enticing and a bit challenging to help individuals understand how they work. Medical cannabis is always evolving to meet people’s needs and cannabis-infused topicals are just the latest method people can access to help meet their recreational and medical needs.

How it Works

Cannabis-infused products provide relief by binding to cannabinoid receptors. These receptors exist in the body and are activated naturally or by a product containing cannabinoids. Because the high is not the same as other types of cannabis, people may gravitate to using it more regularly. Transdermal patches do not deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream so they could be intoxicating, but other types of topicals will likely not produce this effect.

Topical FYI

Topicals are a really interesting way to use cannabis because it absorbs into the skin rather than being ingested or inhaled. Depending how a person likes to use cannabis, this method can be enticing. From pain relief to helping with inflammation, topicals are ideal for patients who want therapeutic uses of cannabis without psychoactive effects other methods might have. Topicals are not just a patch, they also include loads of other methods including lotions, sprays, and salves, to name a few. Find out which might be right for you.

Transdermal Pain Patch

Transdermal pain patches are one way to use topical cannabis. The application provides relief to a certain area of the body and can be worn without anyone else noticing. This discretionary use might make it invaluable to people who desire use without the world knowing. Single dose and multi-paks are available in various doses.

Creams, Balms & Salves

Crams, balms, and salves are just some of the methods that can be used for muscle pain, soreness, and other ailments. Some have higher THC content but it all depends on the person’s needs. Dispensaries can work with clients to determine their best method, use, and ratios. The key is finding the right amount of pain relief for each individual situation.


Cannabis infused sprays are growing in popularity as a topical method of use. Sprays can be used to medicate muscle and joint stiffness or aches and pains. The sprays may feel similar to other cannabis topicals and are infused with essential oils to deliver a cooling sensation with pain relief. While some people like this cooling agent, others might prefer another type of method. Having the options is always good and can take some trial and error to find the best one for each individual.

Finding Treatment

People search for relief from pain, anxiety, and other conditions through the use of cannabis. With topical cannabis, they can find similar relief for tension and inflammation of the muscles and even headaches or cramping. Menthol and peppermint are popular choices for an infused rub that helps with muscle aches and soreness. A warming balm can combine deep pain killing properties with a combined cooling sensation. Arthritic pain can often become severe for people, making muscles and bones ache. Topical cannabis products can help get rid of inflammation and provide some relief.

No two topicals are alike, just as no two people or conditions are alike, so it is best to work with a trusted dispensary on finding the best relief for your specific ailment. If you suffer from pain, aches, and other issues, speak to them about using topicals for relief. Because topicals are relatively new, not as much research has been done on it. More needs to be discovered about this important medicinal support for people who crave relief but don’t like traditional means of using cannabis. Why not give it a try. It is worth it to find help for what ails you and it might just make the difference you were seeking.


Mary and Main want to help you make the most informed choice possible. If you are not sure what to choose, we will help you make the choice that is right for you. Give us a call to get started today.

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