Topicals are the latest cannabis category to land on Alberta retail shelves and are challenging the ways we think about cannabis consumption. From bath bombs to face serum, cannabis-infused skin-care and bath products are a popular category from grey market days, but are often misunderstood in legal markets. That’s why we’re here to help answer your most frequently asked topical questions.
1. What Do Topicals Do?
In 1992 scientists isolated the first endocannabinoid receptor allowing us to begin to understand how cannabis interacts with our bodies. It was discovered that these receptors exist all over our bodies with one of the largest amounts of receptors existing on our skin. The cannabinoids that exist in topicals interact with the receptors in your skin to produce a rejuvenating effect. The exact effects of topicals are often debated, but many claim to experience a sense of overall skin improvement.
2. Will Topicals Get Me High?
Short answer, no. Longer answer, not in the way that you’re thinking. Topicals interact with the epidermis layer of your skin and don’t break the blood barrier – unless you have broken skin. Therefore, topicals produce a more comforting, physical body effect rather than a psychoactive one.
3. Why Don’t More People Talk About Topicals?
To be honest, there’s not much we can say. Health Canada limits the claims licensed producers and retailers can make about THC and CBD. Therefore, any information you find on topical application or effect likely refers to the other ingredients in the product. Furthermore, the current research we have regarding topicals is not reliable enough to derive claims from. In the meantime, feel free to forward all of your topical questions our way!
Topicals have made a more silent appearance than other product categories but they definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. Take your bath to the next level, or see for yourself if serum really is the secret to a youthful glow when you ask your budtender about topical availability.