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5 Ways Topicals Can Help You Feel Better

Among all the products available in dispensaries today, topicals stand out. They don’t get you high. You can’t smoke, drink or eat them. And if they’re just moisturizing creams, why not go for the cheaper option at the local drug store? But the many people who rely on cannabis topicals know that these soothing balms offer an incredible array of diverse, powerful effects. If you’re used to smoking flower or unfamiliar with the impressive powers of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, you might be confused by how exactly these infused ointments can offer relief. But once you discover the powers of these salves, ointments and creams, you won’t go back—so let’s dive into the five most common uses for cannabis topicals. 


#1: Inflammation

The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis, especially CBD, are well-documented. One recent Arthritis Foundation poll of arthritis patients found that nearly 80% of respondents have used, are using or are considering using CBD. Of those using CBD, more than half said they chose a topical product applied directly to their joints. If you’re suffering from chronic or acute inflammation, a CBD topical may offer rapid, targeted relief, bringing down swelling and often addressing pain or discomfort at the source.

Our Top Picks for Inflammation

3:1 (CBD:THC) CBD-Rich Releaf Balm from Papa & Barkley

SAVE 20% THRU 2/3 | This CBD-dominant balm, made from nourishing organic oils like eucalyptus, tea tree and peppermint, offers powerful inflammation relief and has a soothing, thick consistency.

1:1 (CBD:THC) Transdermal Compound from Mary’s Medicinals

This transdermal balm penetrates deeper than other topicals, offering serious inflammation relief to stubbornly painful joints.

CBD Transdermal Patch from Mary’s Medicinals

Unlike other topicals, transdermal patches penetrate the skin and offer body-wide effects that last up to 12 hours. This product from Mary’s contains only non-psychoactive CBD, but because they send cannabinoids into the bloodstream, transdermal patches that contain THC can make you high. 


#2: Pain

Whether your pain is caused by inflammation, an injury or a chronic condition, THC-dominant topicals have been reported to offer effective, rapid relief. With minimal side effects, no incidental impairment and a highly targeted application method, topicals may be a good choice for anyone suffering from localized pain. With carefully designed cannabinoid ratios and comforting blends of organic ingredients, these topicals are worth a try next time you need to soothe soreness, stiffness, cramps or something else.

Our Top Picks for Pain Relief: 

Warms Oil from Sweet Releaf (1:14 CBD:THC)

SAVE 20% THRU 2/3 | Combining plentiful, powerful THC cannabinoids with hand-selected essential oils for effective, instant relief, this topical comes in a roll-on bottle so you can massage your knotted muscles as you apply it.

1:3 (CBD:THC) THC-Rich Releaf Balm from Papa & Barkley

Produced by one of our most trusted supply partners, this balm combines a soothing consistency with a powerful, THC-dominant formula to offer serious relief when you need it.

1:4 (CBD:THC) Cycle Soothe Women’s Relief Balm from Cosmic View

The castor oil formulation of this balm allows it to penetrate deep into your skin for maximum respite from cramping and muscle soreness, and its aromatherapeutic blend of essential oils offers soothing psychological effects.


#3: Recovery

You don’t have to be suffering from an acute or chronic illness to benefit from the anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of cannabis topicals. CBD and THC balms, salves and ointments are gaining popularity among athletes and others who want to enjoy an active lifestyle without persistent soreness. Reduced inflammation can help you recover faster and improve your training.

Our Top Picks for Recovery:

1:2 (CBD:THC) Deep Down Athletic Balm from Cosmic View

Awarded Best Topical at the 2019 Emerald Cup, this salve is specifically formulated with a blend of medicinal oils, herbs and full-spectrum CBD and THC to speed up recovery and relieve soreness.

1:1(CBD:THC) Arnica Epsom Salt from OM

SAVE 20% THRU 2/3 | A cannabis-infused soak is a great way to enjoy the benefits of topicals along with the stress-relieving, pampering experience of a good bath, and this option from OM, with a balanced ratio of THC and CBD, is one of the best available.


#4: Damaged or Irritated Skin

Whether you’re dealing with a chronic skin condition, a reaction caused by seasonal changes or just dry hands from all that pandemic-era handwashing, cannabinoids like CBD and THC can work together with moisturizing compounds to offer effective, targeted relief. CBD’s anti-inflammatory powers have shown promise for treating acne, psoriasis, hives and more—so if you’re suffering from dermatological issues, it might be worth giving cannabis topicals a try.

Our Top Picks for Skincare:

Skin Salvation Relief & Repair Balm from Cosmic View (1:1 CBD:THC)

SAVE 20% THRU 2/3 | This soothing salve is specifically formulated by doctors to soothe irritation and speed up the body’s healing time from conditions like psoriasis and eczema and restore dry skin to its natural state.

1:1 (CBD:THC) Rose Geranium Epsom Salt from OM

This soothing soak features an even blend of CBD and THC to reduce pain and inflammation, along with rose geranium essential oils said to offer hormone-balancing and skin-restoring effects.


#5: Sexual Health and Wellness

Sexual well-being may not be the most obvious use for topicals, but cannabinoids can offer a variety of therapeutic, restorative and sensation-enhancing effects. From soothing balms to libido-stimulating lubricants, cannabis topicals are an elevating addition to any bedroom. 

Our Top Picks for Sexual Health:

Viva La V! CBD Vaginal Health Balm from Cosmic View

This restorative cream is made from premium CBD along with olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, shea butter and vitamin E, and is doctor-formulated to replenish, rejuvenate, protect and repair intimate skin.

Oh Yes! Latex-Safe THC Serum from Quim

SAVE 20% THRU 2/3 | This cannabis-infused serum is formulated with aloe vera and designed to increase natural lubrication, enhance sensation and stimulate libido.

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