When people think about medicating with cannabis, they think about the most common methods of inhalation or ingestion, but there are a wide range of methods available. Many don't realize that cannabis is lipophilic and can be absorbed through the skin, so they don't realize how effective cannabis topicals are as a path to quick relief and a way to target localized areas.
Whaxy discusses the ailments that would benefit from the use of topicals, "from generalized conditions such as inflammation, tension, and soreness to specific ailments like eczema, dermatitis, puritis (itching), and psoriasis." However, the most significant use for topicals is in the treatment of arthritis, the number one cause of disability in the U.S. If the topical contains the right combination of cannabinoids, it can relieve arthritic symptoms by acting as an anti-inflammatory in specifically targeted areas.
Topicals are also an effective treatment option for those who want to treat their conditions without feeling a euphoric high. Topicals interact with the CB2 receptors in the skin which do not allow THC to permeate the bloodstream and flow to the brain. Because of this, topicals are well-suited for children and those who would like to avoid the high or negative side effects sometimes associated with marijuana.
Whaxy suggests topicals could be useful in household items like patches, salves, and lotions that could treat everyday annoyances like bug bites, muscle aches, or headaches. You can read Whaxy's full analysis here.