Medical cannabis can be used topically. This is utilized to reduce pain in specific areas of the body. This is a particularly good option for people who don’t like the mental effects of marijuana but who need the pain relieving effects to function. It is also a great option for people who are very serious about their aerobic health and who don’t want to smoke anything at all.
There are some differences between using medical cannabis in its smoked or eaten forms and using a topically. In fact, there are some real advantages for some people in utilizing medical marijuana in this way.
The biggest difference between using medical cannabis in its smoked form or its eaten form and using a topically is that there isn’t any psychoactive effect associated with it. This is particularly advantageous for people who either need to use medical marijuana for pain relief in a setting where experiencing the mental high would be completely inappropriate or unsafe. Some people who not like the experience of a marijuana high may also prefer using a topical remedy for that reason.
Topical solutions can be effectively used to treat many different types of pain. This is excellent for people who have problems in areas that are commonly treated with marijuana, such as pain in the back, pain in the legs, pain that results from arthritis and so forth. Some people even get relief from migraines and other headache symptoms by using topical marijuana preparations.
Topical solutions utilizing cannabis are very similar to other topical solutions used for pain relief. They typically have a waxy or oily consistency to them. Make certain that nothing that is used in the preparation is among any substances to which you may have a hypersensitivity.
Beeswax and aloe vera are commonly used in these preparations. The preparation is simply rubbed over the area where pain is being experienced. Make certain that you are not rubbing it somewhere that the oil is likely to stain your clothing. If necessary, you can use a gauze bandage or a Band-Aid to cover up the area, provided it is not too big. You can also simply allow the preparation to dry before putting any clothing over it.
Along With Other Forms
Because topical preparations don’t have any psychoactive effects, using them along with medical marijuana that you smoke or eat will not increase the buzz that you get from the marijuana. The topical preparation will simply numb the area where you are experiencing pain.
Some people with severe chronic pain use both. They will rub a topical preparation over the area where they are experiencing pain and, throughout the day, they may smoke or eat marijuana to lessen the pain more. Depending upon what your physician recommends, you may want to utilize both forms of marijuana to alleviate pain. Most dispensaries have plenty of topical preparations available that you can use to reduce pain without experiencing marijuana high of any intensity.