Currently, opioids are the main method of treatment for symptoms of chronic pain. Cannabis has been used for centuries for many different ailments, including pain. While smoking, sublingual and oral use of THC and CBD has been proven beneficial, topical application is an effective method.
Applying cream to your skin bypasses the digestive system, increasing the bioavailability. The newly discovered ECS (endocannabinoid System) has been found in virtually every tissue in the body. The main receptors of the endocannabinoid system are CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are also present in the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system and consists of many different layers. The dermis layer of the skin is the most sensory and motor effective layer.
A study published in the European Journal of Pain shows that cannabidiol reduces pain and inflammation in a rat model of arthritis. This data proves that topical CBD is effective in treating arthritis-related pain and inflammation without negative side effects.
If you are using a topical cream, be sure to massage it into your skin for 2-3 minutes to get deep into the dermis layer of your skin. Many different creams are available at your local dispensary, or you can find some here on our website.