In a world where convenience wins and products containing known carcinogens are sold over-the-counter as solutions to your problems, it is hard to know if the ailments solved with prescribed balms, oils, butters, and creams are actually just putting a band-aid on the symptom and not solving the problem inside of your body. That is why being aware of what is in your topical medications is just as important as how frequently you have to use them. Understanding topical medicine goes deeper (insert pun) than just “apply and wait for results.”
Most, if not all, over-the-counter topical skincare products contain at least one identified carcinogen* (be weary of “safe synthetics” created to mirror natural ingredients and those masked as safe like SLS – sodium lauryl sulfate, one of the proprietary ingredients of handcrafted bath bombs for many budding cannabis companies). A carcinogen by definition is “a substance that can cause cancer” (Merriam-Webster online, 2016). Still, men and women choose to use products based on convenience and ease-of-use without properly educating themselves about what they are applying for their pain, psoriasis, acne, eczema, etc…
This is where the importance of topical medications comes in and education is key. Many companies in the cannabis industry strive to heal patients with the power of natural ingredients as they work in conjunction with cannabis and can provide additional balance for internal and external problems. Companies like Mary’s Medicinals, Apothecanna, and Cannabath & Body strive to educate new cannabis patients in addition to healing them with their products, something that is lacking from many major corporations hiding behind cosmetic companies with products sold and mass produced to the world.
A cannabis-infused salve from Cannabath & Body.
Colorado-based Mary’s Medicinals is one of the biggest contributors to researching and implementing the topical bioavailability (bioavailability means how much of the medicine your body absorbs; an intravenous medicine is considered 100% bioavailable) of cannabinoids and more specifically, relief of pain transdermally with both CBD (Cannabidiol) and THC (Tetrahydrocannbinol). Their transdermal patches are sold in medical and recreational dispensaries throughout the United States and they single-handedly are setting the standard for clean, reasonably priced transdermal cannabis pain relief. Keep an eye out as they continue to release groundbreaking products that shatter the mold of traditional western medicine.
Another Colorado-based company making waves with topical cannabis products is Apothecanna. Apothecanna’s pain-relieving products are formulated with the body and soul in mind, combining all-natural ingredients with the powerful pain relief of topical cannabinoids. Their sprays and lotions are sold throughout the U.S. in medical and recreational dispensaries, and some products are available through their website. They are definitely worth a look.
Finally, Cannabath & Body, an up-and-coming CBD-infused and all-natural skincare and bath products company, is another one to watch closely in 2016. Their handcrafted and all natural approach to formulating bar soaps, solid lotions, and other topical CBD products, like Apothecanna, utilizes natural herbs and essential oils to work synergistically with your body, helping soothe common skincare problems like psoriasis, dry skin, eczema, and acne.
Using cannabis topically is a great way to introduce your body to the healing powers of the plant. Just make sure you do your research and know what you’re putting into your body so you know what is going to come out of it.