Tennessee Cannabis Guide: Topicals
Tennessee medical cannabis patients will be legally able to purchase and use low-THC oil with up to 0.9% THC. For Tennessee, this means topicals will be an excellent option for people looking for relief from pain, inflammation, or skin conditions. In this article we’ll cover what topicals are, how they work, and how to find the right topical for you!
What is a Cannabis Topical?
A topical is applied to the skin like a lotion or salve. Cannabis topicals contain terpenes and cannabinoids like THC and CBD and are absorbed into your body differently than other consumption methods. Traditional cannabis consumption permits cannabinoids to travel through your bloodstream to different parts of your body.
Topicals however, do not typically allow this to happen. Cannabinoids still bind to your receptors, but they aren’t effective at passing through the layers of your skin to enter your bloodstream.
Because of the limited access cannabinoids have to your bloodstream when applied topically, two things happen:
1. They work locally, and do not spread to other parts of your body as effectively.
2. Since they do not travel through the bloodstream into your brain, traditionally psychoactive compounds do not produce psychoactive effects when taken topically.
This means topicals work where you apply them, and don’t produce a “high”. These two factors make topicals very attractive for those looking to treat isolated problems in certain areas of the body and are otherwise uninterested in the psychoactive effects of THC.
Types of Cannabis Topicals
There are a lot of different kinds of topicals, from creams and lotions to salves and oils, but they all contain different parts of the cannabis plant. Certain products will contain terpenes and cannabinoids that are not found in the next product, and there’s a lot of variety in products to choose from.
Many CBD Lotions and creams often have no discernible amount of THC in them.
Other products might contain either a small amount of THC, or a ratio of CBD:THC which has been found to be an effective application in topicals, especially for pain relief.
Certain transdermal patches do contain high amounts of THC and CBD, which may produce psychoactive effects, though they are much less common and available.
You can find cannabis topicals a variety of product types including:
While cannabis topicals are generally safe to use, it is important to purchase your topicals from a safe and credible retailer. Not all topicals are made from the same ingredients, and that will vary from brand to brand.
It is also important to note that some people will experience immediate effects and others might need repeated use—and some products will work better or worse than others. Do a little research to find topicals that have a good reputation for what you are looking to treat.
What Do Cannabis Topicals Treat?
Topicals aim to treat a variety of ailments and come with some significant benefits for those with chronic conditions. They can be applied whenever, wherever, and you can typically apply as much as you need, there aren’t any suggested dosage limits. You can’t really use too much, and topicals aren’t accompanied by any known unpleasant side effects.
For someone suffering from arthritis or joint pain, topicals can be applied to the problem area once and relief can often begin immediately. If pain persists or reappears later, you can apply again and use it as needed.
For others suffering from psoriasis or acne, topicals can be applied to the area repeatedly. You can incorporate topicals into your daily or nightly routine without concern of long-term unpleasant side effects.
Topicals are often sought after to treat a variety of ailments including:
· Localized Pain
The type of topical you buy will vary depending on the condition you are looking to treat. Since Tennessee Cannabis will be limited to less than 0.9% THC, many high CBD topicals will be available. High CBD topicals have been used to treat many of these ailments and are commonly available for purchase right now.
In the near future it is likely that Tennessee will expand its topical market with products containing slightly higher amounts of THC for Tennessee cannabis patients, but for now CBD cream with little or no THC is widely available for consumers without a medical cannabis card.
Medical Cannabis in Tennessee
Topicals can be an incredibly valuable tool for those suffering from unfortunate medical conditions. There are many ways to consume cannabis, and Tennessee cannabis patients will have exclusive access to low-THC oils and topicals.
Being a Tennessee cannabis patient allows you the freedom to take your medication the right way for you.
We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way, feel free to give us a call at (833) 781-5611 and we can answer your questions about getting a medical cannabis card in Tennessee.
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