Best Practices for Using Cannabis Topicals

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Cannabis topicals consist of lotions, creams, moisturizers, balms, salves, liniments, or ointments, and offer a method for administering cannabinoids like THC and CBD in a way that doesn’t require smoking or produce psychoactive effects. Topicals are desirable because they offer localized relief that targets the areas that produce aches and pains. To effectively use topicals, it’s important to understand where source of the pain is, as opposed to where the pain is manifesting. For example, a headache may not be produced by the head, but rather by tension in the neck or other parts of the body. It is also important to clean the area before application so that your skin absorbs the beneficial cannabinoids without unwanted bacterias. It is then recommended to apply the topical generously and vigorously and actually massage it into the skin. Then, you can expect to feel subtle relief that may not necessarily cure your aches and pains, but that will make them feel more bearable.

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