Sira Naturals is pleased to announce the debut of our first topical balm, Nordic Goddess, formulated by CannaPunch and created in-house by the Infusions Team at our Production Facility! With the addition of this new and exciting product to our menus, we want to take this opportunity to step back and provide all with an overview on Cannabis Topicals.
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
Topicals are cannabis infused ointments, balms, or lotions that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief. Unlike other forms of cannabis, topicals do not produce a “high” sensation—making it a great option for patients who want to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects typical of other delivery methods. Topicals can typically be found infused with essential oils like lemon, peppermint, menthol and cloves, as well as other herbs to aide in its relieving effects.
How Do They Work To Provide Relief?
Cannabis topicals provide a great pathway for patients to enjoy cannabinoids like THC and CBD because of their targeted, localized effects in comparison to the sedative/ cerebral, psychoactive effects that are produced when ingesting or smoking cannabis. A major factor for this difference is that topicals are designed to not enter the bloodstream but rather penetrate to bind to a network of cannabinoid receptors called CB2. These CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds like THC and CBD (source: leafly).
Furthermore, Cannabis Topicals like Nordic Goddess contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids instead of being infused with CBD isolate or components from industrial hemp- like the CBD products you may find at your local convenient store.
Consumers benefit from the synergistic effects of products containing a full spectrum of cannabinoids for their ability to produce an entourage effect. Working in sync with one another, THC, CBD and other cannabinoids and terpenes, provide more robust relief than products containing only isolated components of the plant.
What Are Topicals Typically Used For? How Do You Use Them?
Whether you’re looking to alleviate pain and inflammation or simply looking to soothe muscle soreness and tension, topicals provide a straightforward, direct approach. When using topicals, first determine the area you are looking to target for relief. Some common areas for application include the neck, elbows, knees, wrist, and shoulders. Note, as some topicals-including Nordic Goddess- contain essential oils like spearmint, take caution in applying to sensitive areas of the body.
Next, ensure the area you will be applying the balm is clean; if the area is sweaty or dirty, use a washcloth to remove debris and allow to dry. When applying, use your fingers to rub on a dollop of cream and rub the topical onto your skin and allow time for the medicine to take effect. Topicals can be re-applied throughout the day to achieve relief, especially as they do not produce the high associated with other cannabis products.