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Cannabis Cream for Pain

January, 2022

Dealing with pain is anything but fun. Whether it’s arthritis, muscle pain, or pain from a burn, the discomfort can interfere with your daily life. You may find it difficult to get up, move around, or do your job. Conventional medications can have some unwanted side effects. If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical pain treatments, cannabis cream may be able to help.

What is Cannabis Cream?

Cannabis cream is a cream or ointment infused with cannabis. Cannabinoids are extracted from high-quality cannabis flowers and mixed with other therapeutic ingredients to create a topical that’s applied to the skin and is used to treat pain. You may also use cannabis cream to treat skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea.

Can it Get You High?

Smoking and vaping cannabis can get you high, as can using a tincture or consuming an edible. Unlike these products, cannabis cream cannot get you high. You still get the pain-relieving benefits of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids without experiencing any psychoactive effects. Not only that, but cannabis creams are a much more discreet option than smoking or using a vape pen.

How Cannabis Cream Can Help with Pain

Cannabis cream works a bit differently than other forms of cannabis. Instead of inhaling the cannabinoids or eating them, you apply them directly to the surface of your skin and rub them in. Your skin absorbs the cannabinoids, where they connect to cannabinoid receptors there. By binding with these receptors, the cannabinoids provide localized pain relief.

How to Use it

Choose Where to Apply the Cream

Before applying your cannabis cream, determine the location of your pain. You may have a headache, but the source of your discomfort may be from tension in your neck. Locating the exact source of your pain will help to ensure that the cream is effective.

Clean the Area Thoroughly

For the cannabinoids to absorb into your skin effectively, apply your cream to clean skin. Use a washcloth and warm water to remove dirt, dead skin cells, and other debris. Don’t forget to wash your hands, too.

Massage the Cream into Your Skin

Once your skin is clean, you can apply your cannabis cream. Use a generous amount and massage gently but firmly. This helps to more effectively spread the cannabinoids deeper into the skin and muscle tissue. Make sure that you pay attention to your body. Using too much pressure can exacerbate pain.

You may find that one application isn’t enough. Don’t be afraid to apply a second or even third layer to ensure that you get the right dose of cannabinoids into your skin.

Wash Your Hands

Some cannabis creams may have other ingredients such as mint, menthol, or citrus. While these ingredients can help with your discomfort, they can irritate more sensitive tissues on your face. Wash your hands thoroughly before you move on to your next task.

Don’t Expect Miracles

Cannabis cream can help with your pain, but it’s not a miracle cure. Don’t expect it to make your discomfort suddenly disappear. Instead, you can expect more subtle, soothing relief. It may not be able to cure your pain, but it certainly can help to make it more bearable.

If you’re looking for an alternative to conventional pain treatments, cannabis cream may be able to help. Speak with a budtender at your local dispensary for more information and to find a product that will help you get the relief you need.

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