If you want to enjoy the benefits of CBD and THC without consuming cannabis, then cannabis topicals can be a great option.
They can be useful for variety of people as they can offer localized relief to reduce minor pain and aches without any heady psychoactive effects produced by smoking or by ingesting the flower.
Topicals are available in variety of forms. Few of them are in the form of moisturizing lotion that are made for everyday usage while few others are salves, balms, liniments or ointments that is designed for producing cold or hot sensation.
Selecting the right kind of cannabis topical will be up to you, however following are few best practices to apply your selected cannabis infused topical.
- Determine where you need to apply topical
First consider the area from where pain is radiating before applying the cannabis ointment.
If you don’t know the specific nagging areas where to focus on, then try adding topical relief to following sore spots:
- Elbows, knees, and few other joints
- Soles of the feet
- Back of heel/foot
- Clean the area
Often many unseen bacteria or contaminants can adhere to your skin. So, before applying cannabis-infused lotion/topical on your feet, hands, elbows etc. rinse the area.
It is not necessary to get into the shower but just grab moist wash towel and scrub that area for removing any unwanted particles from the skin and dry the area before applying.
- Be generous as well as vigorous
Having cleaned and dried all the affected areas apply generously your CBD topical cream. After every application, massage the area vigorously and rub topical into the skin. You need not apply extra amount of pressure to exacerbate all your discomfort.
However, be firm and apply another layer of topical if needed.
- Wash your hands
You must properly wash your hands after applying the topical. Few topicals also have touches of capsaicin, citrus or mint, and all those compounds do not feel good in eye, nostril or butt crack. So, you must wash your hands.
- Adjust your expectations
Certainly, cannabis is not a panacea, however it can surely be quite helpful. You cannot expect your arthritis to suddenly go away or any old war wounds to subside entirely.
You must rather prepare for at least subtle, innocuous relief and few other sensations based on concentration of soothing ingredients in the topical.