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Topicals are cannabis products that are absorbed through the skin for therapeutic benefits. To make these products, cannabis is infused in an oil, balm, lotion or some other carrier designed to go directly on the skin. Cannabis topicals are often used to treat localized pain, soreness, and inflammation and don’t make you feel high.

“I don’t like getting disoriented, so I use topicals for pain.”

“That topical is infused with CBD but not THC.”

What are topicals used for?

Cannabis topicals are often used to treat localized pain, soreness, and inflammation. Because they are non-intoxicating, they are a favorite of those who want relief from pain without getting high. Topicals may also provide relief from specific skin issues, such as dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. 

Cannabis topicals may also be helpful for arthritis, delivering cannabinoids like CBD and THC directly to an affected area to reduce pain and inflammation without causing unwanted side effects, such as psychoactive effects.

How to use topicals

Topicals can be purchased at most dispensaries. Because products can vary, make sure to check the label of a topical before using it for any specific instructions. 

To use, target the problem area and apply the topical as suggested for best results. Topicals can be infused with just cannabis or are often combined with essential oils as well.