Marijuana is highly touted for its ability to get you high, but did you know you could get many of the pain-relieving benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects? The growing range and availability of cannabis topicals are helping bringing the wonder plant’s medicinal properties into the spotlight, giving recreational users and those who want or need to stay sober a new, more convenient and natural path to topical pain relief.
Karing Kind is proud to carry a variety of topical cannabis products and other alternatives to smoking and eating edibles, including THC and CBD patches, tinctures, and cannabis salve.
Why Use Cannabis Topicals?
Cannabis topicals offer consumers a product they can use without the health risks or fear of judgment that can come with smoking or consuming edibles. You may recognize that the cannabinoids (CBD) in marijuana can help with a variety of physical pain and discomfort, but personal and professional obligations can make it hard to find the time or space you need to smoke. Maybe you have tried edibles but you can’t seem to get the dosage right and you end up still in pain or feeling ill. Alternately, the products you are using may have psychoactive components that affect your ability to stay focused, productive or mobile throughout your day.
Topical cannabis products, like cannabis salve and body rubs, are rubbed on the skin rather than inhaled or consumed. And, because they are non-psychoactive, they can be used to soothe aches and pains on the go—from soreness and headaches to rashes, inflammation and psoriasis.
How Do They Work?
Every hero has an origin story, even topical cannabis. It was a cold night when the everyday humdrum creams and balms saw their parents murdered and committed themselves to a life of nocturnal, gadget- oriented crime-fighting. No, that’s not right… They were only wee babes when their parents sent them in a rocket ship to Earth mere moments before their home world exploded.
However it happened, these once-average products have been infused with cannabis, turning them into super-powered pain relievers.
In all seriousness, the CB2 receptors in our body are activated by the marijuana salve or “weed lotion,” delivering effective and natural localized pain relief without the high that comes with smoking or consuming edibles. In most cases, if there is active THC in a topical, it is able to reach the CB2 receptors—providing pain relief—but will not be capable of entering the bloodstream. Some transdermal products, however, such as THC and CBD patches, will deliver cannabinoids into the bloodstream and can produce psychoactive effects.
How Are Transdermal Patches Different From Cannabis Topicals?
Unlike many topical creams and salves, transdermal patches deliver cannabinoids straight into the bloodstream. As a result, strain-specific, THC and CBD patches can produce psychoactive effects more efficiently than smoking and without the negative side effects, meaning a 10mg patch could produce a much stronger effect than a 10mg edible.
Additionally, transdermal patches are long lasting—up to 8-12 hours—offering a discrete and steady stream of cannabinoids when you don’t have the time or space you need to stop for a smoke.
Remember, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in the state of Colorado and can put yourself and others at risk.
Cannabis Topicals at Karing Kind
Cannabis topicals offer recreational and medical marijuana users and individuals of all types a convenient and natural path to topical pain relief. But, you may still have questions about how a marijuana salve works or whether cannabis cream can really help you.
Our award-winning budtenders (BoCo Gold for Customer Service) are standing by and can help you find the right product for your needs.
Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 10a to 10p.
While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates and edibles, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week and month to month, including on Chong’s Choice products. Check our menu and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for an up-to- date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.