Can I get high from cannabis topicals?
Of all cannabis products, cannabis topicals are arguably the product that piques the interests of users most. Cannabis topicals are the form of cannabis that tends to attract the most questions from the majority of users, new and old. And chief amongst the questions frequently asked by users is ‘can one get high through the use of cannabis topicals?’. This and many more will be talked about extensively in here so read on!
What are cannabis topicals?
Cannabis topicals are a special form of cannabis specifically designed for application to the skin. They can be designed primarily for local (strictly for the skin surface) or transdermal application. Topicals come in various forms including lotions, creams and so on. Cannabis topicals are part of the modern cannabis products that are pioneering the future of the cannabis industry. Products like cannabis topicals help rebrand marijuana as something more than just a way to get high, they portray cannabis’ other abilities for the world to see and due to their easy access and most importantly their effectiveness, they’re slowly revolutionizing the way the industry is viewed by even the staunchest of critics.
Cannabis topicals are employed solely for their anti-inflammatory properties, pain relief, the treatment of various skin conditions like acne, rosacea, lesions, wounds, and so on. Originally all we had were topical preparations but with the advancement of the cannabis industry, there are now cannabis-infused transdermal preps hitting the market at pocket-friendly prices. And unlike the topicals, these transdermal preps can also benefit the recreational users as well. The major cannabis-infused transdermal preps available include lubricants, patches, etc.
How they work
Like all other cannabis products, cannabis topicals implement their actions via their interactions with the cannabinoid system. Cannabis topicals (lotions, sprays, oils or patches) interact with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body system and via this interaction, their effects are implemented. A couple of the most common uses of cannabis topicals include:
Pain relief – One of the most common applications of cannabis topicals is in the management of pain. Cannabis topicals have been shown to be a very effective agent in localized pain relief. They’re preferable to other pain relievers because of their very rapid onset of action and ease of application. The cannabinoids in the topicals interact with the cannabinoid receptors (CB2) in the skin to provide the desirable effects at a rapid rate and unlike the transdermals, topical preps are peripheral acting agents so they don’t break get absorbed into systemic circulation and as such, there is little to no risk of an overdose or psychoactive effects. On the subject of pain relief, a full-body cannabis massage is a new method currently making waves as it’s been described as not just effective but also very fun and exciting.
Sexual pleasure – Another huge application of cannabis topicals is in the enhancement of sexual pleasure. Up until recently, these weren’t available nor were they thought possible but thank goodness for the awesomeness of the cannabis industry there are now companies that produce canna-infused products like oils or lubricants specifically produced to enhance sexual gratification in both men and women. The aphrodisiac properties of cannabis weren’t discovered yesterday, records show that it’s been used for this purpose since ancient times but until recently there has been no defined modern application of cannabis for that purpose which is what is now being made possible via cannabis topicals today.
Treatment of skin conditions – Cannabis topicals are employed in the treatment of skin lesions and conditions. It has been shown that cannabis is a potent drug against a wide variety of skin conditions, abrasions, and even scratches. Specific cannabis topicals aimed solely for this purpose are infused with the appropriate ingredients required for this.
Skin Rejuvenation – The skin rejuvenation properties of cannabis topicals cannot be overemphasized. Cannabis has been shown to possess strong antioxidant properties, a feature that makes it very potent in the maintenance of youthful-looking skin. Antioxidants are powerful anti-aging agents as they don’t just prevent damage to body cells they also aid the healing of body tissues.
Anti-inflammatory – The anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis topicals is one of its most common application. Cannabis is a potent anti-inflammatory agent so it shouldn’t be surprising topicals serve this purpose.
Treatment of arthritis – Unlike the use stated above the application of cannabis in the treatment of arthritis is as known. But contrary to what you might think cannabis has been shown to be a potent agent for the treatment of arthritis symptoms. Stats show that over 200 million people suffer from arthritis globally and although it plagues elderly people the most younger generation are also affected as it’s reported that over two hundred thousand minors are suffering from the condition in the United States alone. Cannabis has been shown via several studies to be potent in treating arthritis symptoms like pain, swelling and most especially inflammation, the symptom believed to be majorly responsible for arthritis.
Anti-bacterial – The majority of people are oblivious of the anti-bacterial properties of cannabis. Cannabis has been shown to be very effective in dealing with a lot of bacterial infections and unlike most antibiotics users don’t have to worry about resistance with cannabis. Cannabis efficiency as an antibiotic alongside the lack of resistance is what makes a lot of experts refer to it as the anti-bacterial of the future.
Now that we’re all caught up on what cannabis topicals are let’s dive into the question of the day, can cannabis topicals get you high?
The answer to this question isn’t as straightforward as the question. Cannabis topicals and transdermal preparations work via different mechanisms and as such have slightly different effects on the body system. The level of psychoactivity possessed by a transdermal preparation is highly dependent on the level of THC present in it, unlike cannabis topicals. Transdermal preparations get absorbed into the body and as such when taken it’s possible to experience euphoria if sufficient levels of THC are present. Regardless of the level of THC in cannabis topicals, it is impossible to get high from using it because they are not designed to get into systemic circulation so regardless of the quantity used no euphoric feeling will be experienced.