For parents, aging patients, non-smokers and those in THC-prohibitive professions, the use of cannabidiol or CBD has emerged as a very promising option given the growing number of individuals who wish to utilize cannabis for its therapeutic benefits, while leaving out its psychoactive effects. CBD is one of several compounds that comes from the cannabis […]

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For parents, aging patients, non-smokers and those in THC-prohibitive professions, the use of cannabidiol or CBD has emerged as a very promising option given the growing number of individuals who wish to utilize cannabis for
its therapeutic benefits, while leaving out its psychoactive effects.

CBD is one of several compounds that comes from the cannabis plant, and is earning much of its well-deserved spotlight due to its successful treatment of a long list of medical conditions such as epilepsy, intractable pain, muscle spasms, tumor reduction, anxiety reduction and much, much more. For these reasons, topicals are becoming worthwhile alternatives to other means of cannabis use.

CBD’s efficacy as a treatment stems from its natural anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, circulatory-enhancing and analgesic properties. As a topical agent, CBD can be directly applied to the skin as a powerful means of reducing pain, inflammation, soreness and other forms of localized discomfort. Topical CBD quickly absorbs into the skin when applied to affected areas. Frequency of use depends on the severity of the condition and level of CBD content, but most products will suggest regular use from 1-3 times per day or as needed.

Several topicals on the market contain a combination of both CBD and THC. Known as the “Entourage Effect” the duo produces a powerful 1-2 punch by bringing out the other’s most valuable characteristics. In essence, using both cannabinoids in tandem can be more effective for pain and most other conditions. Keep in mind, however, that using topicals containing THC can produce a psychoactive effect.

While medical researchers are slowly catching on, topical cannabis has been used for centuries in the forms of medicinal tinctures, balms and salves for everything from foot pain to skin infections. These highly-concentrated ointments can also be used for wound healing and protection. High-CBD oil (undoubtedly the most popular form of CBD due to its versatility), tends to be highest in potency among cannabis topicals and its uses can range from direct skin contact on the affected area to internal use. CBD lotions and creams on the other hand, work best in alleviating inflammatory skin conditions such as rashes, burns and dryness. Here are a few more commonly treated conditions:

Joint pain and arthritis
Muscle spasms
Earaches and infections
Muscle soreness, sprains and injuries
Nerve pain
Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and fungal infections
Healing of wounds, cuts, scrapes and bruises
Migraines
Back pain
Menstrual cramps
Blisters and rashes

Overall, it looks as though both patients and the medical community might be exploring beyond the steroid-based creams and OTC options that come with a host of side-effects. Whether it comes in creams, balms, oils, salves or tinctures, CBD poses little to no health risk, making it safe and non-toxic for all ages.

One luxuriously effective line of products available here in Arizona are the new iLava Touch topicals. iLava Touch is a purpose-formulated topical gel that combines 550 milligrams of THC and CBD oil with an evidenced-based essential oil blend. The ultimate goal for iLava Touch is to address the needs and concerns of Arizona’s medical marijuana patients and provide a level of efficacy that delivers consistent and significant results. Their essential oils are ethically sourced from the United States, Europe, Australia, and Morocco. iLava Touch products can be found at the Downtown Dispensary located at 221 E. 6th St, Ste. 105, Tucson, Arizona 85705.

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