In today’s modern age of cannabis, there’s a lot more ways to enjoy the benefits of the plant without actually having to smoke it. While there’s vapor pens, pre-rolls, edibles and more, there’s also been a recent rise in skin cream topicals.
Like any other lotion, just lather these on and enjoy the benefits. In addition to the moisturizing properties, your skin absorbs and interacts with the cannabinoids present in the creams. These typically include the Big Two: CBD and THC.
While some may strictly be CBD, most of these typically have a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio, or even higher on the CBD end of the scale. This allows for consumers to get the full effect of CBD’s restorative properties as the compounds work in an “entourage effect.” With or without E, Vinny, and the gang, here’s a few of our favorite topicals available right now.
Papa & Barkley
Based out of northern California, Papa & Barkley exclusively makes products based on relieving pain or enjoying cannabis in more alternative ways than smoking or vaping. This includes epsom salts, patches, tinctures, and, most importantly, great topicals. These balms are either 3:1 CBD to THC or the reverse, so whichever ratio you prefer, you can find it here.
Apothecanna probably has the widest variety of topicals available. From bug sprays to deodorants, this brand makes great cannabis-infused wellness products. We highly recommend the pain-relieving body sprays and topical creams, which provide a great balance of THC to CBD and will make any achy joint feel ten years younger.
Care by Design
Care by Design produces 1:1 CBD products in both a stick and a cream. The stick is small enough to throw in your gym bag, so you can give your knees some relief after that spin class or use the cream to moisturize your hands and those climbers’ elbows after hitting the crag.
Much like how these are only a few choice hits for what’s available in the topicals market, the benefits of using these creams is still being explored and discovered. But what we do know is that everyone is jumping on the topicals bandwagon, from ultra-runners to baby boomers, these restorative creams can be the new “gateway” to a happier, healthier you.