How do cannabis topicals work?
When considering use of a cannabis topical product it’s good to keep in mind these products won’t get you high. THC does not penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. If you see THC in the ingredients of a topical product, it’s solely to provide the entourage effect. Especially when the topical is used to treat pain externally. An ideal ratio for CBD and THC when treating pain is 2:1.
Your body has cannabinoid receptors all over the body, including in the skin. CBD and THC work in concert to engage certain receptors in the skin. Research has found cannabinoid receptors in the skin can regulate things like inflammation. If topicals are being used to treat pain, a good strategy is to apply the medical cannabis externally, and at the same time ingesting a similar pain-fighting cannabis product internally. That way you can hit it from both sides.