The medicinal benefits of cannabis continue to be illuminated more and more over time. As medical marijuana becomes legal across the country, research into its potential healing properties is being sought after by scientists and researchers everywhere. While many are familiar with THC, the psychoactive compound present in cannabis that induces a sense of euphoria, not quite as many people are familiar with CBD. This is the other compound in cannabis that is used for its medicinal purposes. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has the ability to treat pain. It is generally considered the more medicinally active of the 2 compounds although both contain properties that are very beneficial to overall health and aid in the treatment of a number of conditions.
Creating New Endocannabinoids
The endocannabinoid system in the body is made up of CB1 and CB2 receptors. Each receptor governs the equilibrium of essential bodily functions such as appetite, sleep, mood and many more. When the body is unable to produce endocannabinoids naturally due to illness or age, consuming cannabis can help to produce the endocannabinoids that will communicate with the receptors and restore physical health. This is one of the ways that cannabis holds extensive healing benefits.
Benefits of CBD through Topical Cannabis Application
Now, a new way to use cannabis has been gaining in popularity and for good reason. One of the most effective treatments for a variety of ailments is being explored through the use of topical cannabis solutions such as creams, balms, sprays and oils. More topical cannabis delivery methods are fast coming into the market such as skin patches that deliver the desired cannabis compounds for a long time. The topical cannabis solutions are often created using CBD as the active ingredient. In this way, the topical cannabis will not make you high, yet still be able to deliver the abundant positive effects. It allows for the treatment of muscle pain, skin irritations, acne and psoriasis, cramps and muscle spasms. The anti-inflammatory aspect allows for the treatment of arthritis and other painful conditions. Topical CBD oils are often used to prevent seizures and keep children, who may otherwise suffer from a hundred seizures a day, safe and healthier.
Topical cannabis is good for those who want effective relief from pain without the high you get from smoking, vaping and consuming cannabis infused food and drinks. It’s a much more direct delivery method for easing localized pain or conditions that may only be affecting a specific area of the body. Balms will most likely contain CBD but other ingredients might include THC or THCA as well as essential oils or herbs.
The Science Behind CBD
Cannabis Basics’ CEO Ah Warner talked about their product and how they combine compounds in order to get the strongest anti-inflammatory possible, explaining, “Arthritic pain is caused by inflammation. My products have (THCA) and CBD, both of which are anti-inflammatory. Active THC is not for inflammation but when left in its acid form and combined with CBD, the 2 work to get rid of inflammation and the pain that comes with it.” This is an example of how topical cannabis functions but does it really work?
Topical Applications of Cannabis Date Back to Ancient Times
Many studies conducted on the subject, seem to support the use of topical cannabis to treat a whole host of conditions. A report published in The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management stated that “Anecdotal accounts of the use of topical extracts from the cannabis plant being used on open wounds date back to antiquity. In modern times, cannabinoid therapies have demonstrated efficacy as analgesic agents in both pharmaceutical and botanical formats.” This use of topical cannabis to treat pain and inflammation is exciting enough but this is only one of the benefits of using topical cannabis solutions.
Rick Simpson Oil and Skin Cancer
Cannabis is well known to treat many conditions but one of the diseases it is most commonly used for is cancer, its symptoms and even the effects of chemotherapy. But there is another way cannabis can help to treat cancer. Topical cannabis can be used to heal skin abrasions. This works when used to heal both regular skin wounds and skin cancer. In fact Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a full extract oil that became popular when Rick Simpson used it to heal his skin cancer. His treatment was so successful that many worldwide have also benefited from full extract cannabis oil’s ability to heal skin conditions including skin cancer.
Both the terpenes, which are the compounds in cannabis that give it its specific aroma, taste and function, as well as the CBD present in the topical solution have the ability to heal the skin of numerous types of abrasions and irritations. The dermatological effects have already begun to be studied for their benefits on the skin and there are numerous studies that already support its benefits.
Keeping Aware of Other Ingredients in Ointments
Studies conducted in 2008, show that both THC and CBD contain natural antibiotics that were able to kill very hard to destroy bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Another study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information said that CBD could even be used to treat acne abrasions. The most important factor to take into account when treating wounds and infections is to check that the topical cannabis does not contain alcohol or solvents than could potentially irritate broken skin. When using topical treatments such as these, it’s important to check that all of the ingredients will be safe to use on open skin.
As you can see, topical cannabis has many benefits, from treating a whole range of muscle, nerve and joint pain to healing skin conditions and abrasions, including skin cancer. The compounds in the topical solution bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, treating all aspects of the condition. The uses have not even come close to hitting their limits yet and the more we know, the more power we will have to use this treatment. The more research that can be conducted towards this growing field of interest, the more use we will be able to attain from cannabis in the pursuit to treat a number of conditions that affect people across the country and the world every day.