ANJA Presents: Do Topicals Get You High?

Ashley Robins
January 30, 2023

We know that the world of THC topicals can be overwhelming- with a seemingly endless variety of products to choose from. From balms to lotions to creams, it can be tough to know where to start. Whether you're an athlete looking for post-workout relief or someone seeking to soothe a painful skin condition, we've got you covered. In this blog, we'll be exploring the science behind THC topicals, their use cases, and answering the burning question on everyone's mind - "Do THC topicals get you high?"

Let's start with the basics. THC Topicals are not new! The use of THC topicals for therapeutic benefits can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians who used topical hemp for pain relief and wound healing. Modern research has found that THC topicals work by interacting with the endocannabinoid receptors located in the skin and peripheral nervous system, providing localized pain relief and helping to reduce inflammation without producing a psychoactive effect. In other words- THC topicals work differently than other forms of consumption. Instead of entering your bloodstream and affecting your brain, THC topicals are absorbed through the skin and provide localized relief for pain, inflammation, and more.

THC is the compound in cannabis that causes the “high” or psychoactive effect. So, you might be thinking, "If I slather on some THC-infused lotion, shouldn't I feel something?" The answer is no: THC topicals won't get you high in the traditional sense. It's like trying to start a fire with a banana peel. It's just not going to happen.

So, why use THC topicals if they don't get you high? It turns out that topicals are an excellent option for those who want to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC, but still want to experience its therapeutic benefits.

THC topicals are beneficial for managing pain and inflammation related to conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, and muscle soreness, as well as skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The localized application of THC topicals directly targets the affected area, providing targeted pain relief without the potential side effects associated with other forms of THC consumption such as dry mouth, red eyes, and impaired cognitive function.

THC topicals are also popular among athletes and fitness enthusiasts who use them as a post-workout treatment to soothe sore muscles and reduce inflammation. Additionally, they can also be used to treat conditions such as menstrual cramps, headaches, and other types of localized pain.

Now, we know what you're thinking: “What if I put enough THC topicals on to cover my whole body? Won't I feel something then?"

As mentioned earlier, THC topicals work by being absorbed through the skin and providing localized pain relief by reducing inflammation. When applied to the skin, the THC molecule is too large to penetrate the bloodstream and reach the brain, which is responsible for producing the psychoactive effect associated with THC consumption.

Even if you bathe in THC topicals, it's unlikely you'll feel anything more than slightly moisturized. In the case of topicals, the skin is like a barrier- protecting you from experiencing the glorious high that THC is known for. But, if moisturized skin is what you're after, then by all means, go ahead and lather up! Just don't expect to be transported to another dimension or anything crazy. It's not going to happen.

It's important to note that the amount of THC absorbed through the skin varies based on factors such as the size of the application area, the potency of the topical, and the individual's skin type. It's always best to start with a small amount and work your way up to find the right dose for you.

In conclusion, even if you put enough THC topicals to cover your entire body, it is unlikely to produce a psychoactive effect. So, if you're looking to experience the therapeutic benefits of THC without the high, THC topicals are a great option for you. And remember, always start with a small amount and work your way up to find the right dose for you. When you have questions, we have ANJA.

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