Topicals at Options Medical Center
Thanks to new developments, people can enjoy cannabis in a number of different ways. There’s no longer a need to smoke or inhale anything thanks to products like edibles and topicals. Cannabis topicals are especially interesting to people who want to target their cannabis experience for a specific part of the body.
These products are intended to provide localized relief without the intense “high” you might expect from smoking or ingesting cannabis. Still, keep in mind that high levels of THC applied to parts of the body with lots of blood flow can create a cannabis high.
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
Cannabis topicals look and feel a lot like products you may already be familiar with, such as lotions and creams. The difference is that our topicals have been infused with cannabis to deliver cannabinoids on and through the skin. The cannabinoids in our topicals can bind with cannabinoid receptors throughout your body. Your body has an endocannabinoid system, and cannabinoids from cannabis topicals can bind to its receptors similarly to how your natural endocannabinoids do.
How Are Topicals Made?
The process of making cannabis topicals is fairly straightforward. It starts with a base, just like any other topical skincare product. The base may include things like beeswax, shea butter, and essential oils like lavender. From there, active cannabis oil is added, and everything gets mixed together. In the case of topical cannabis patches, the cannabis oil comes on an adhesive patch that can be applied directly to the skin.
Types of Cannabis Topicals
Topicals may have CBD, THC, or both. There are many different types of cannabis topicals on the market, but we find that most people are primarily interested in one of two types of topicals:
- Cannabis Creams – Cannabis creams and lotions are one of the most popular types of topicals. They work just like other types of lotions and recovery creams, but with cannabinoids added.
- Cannabis Patches – Cannabis patches work a lot like nicotine patches, with the big difference that they provide cannabinoids instead of nicotine.
What to Know Before Enjoying Topicals
Applying your cannabis topicals is easy. The best way to enjoy your product will depend slightly on the specific type of topical you buy, which is why there will be clear instructions on the packaging. If you’re using cannabis patches, you can place it on the specific part of your body where you want relief. For more general relief, though, it’s generally best to place the patch on your wrist, shoulder blade, or lower abdomen. The packaging of your specific patches may also recommend other areas with good blood flow.
As a general rule, though, it’s as easy as rubbing the cream or lotion into the part of your body where you want to apply cannabis. For example, this could be on your knee, your hand, or your lower back. We’ve even heard of people using topicals as part of their facial skincare routines. Clean the area before you apply your cream, then gently massage it into the skin. Apply additional layers as desired.
Get Quality Cannabis Topicals in Boulder and Wheat Ridge at Options Medical Center
At Options Medical Center, we pride ourselves on our selection of cannabis products including topicals. When you visit us in Wheat Ridge or Boulder, you can find some of the best cannabis topicals in Colorado. We only work with the most skilled growers, extractors, and product developers in the state, which helps us ensure top quality. Talk to one of our experienced budtenders to identify the product that appeals to you most, or take advantage of convenient online ordering today!
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