The Basics of CBD Infused Topicals

Recently, more and more people looking for natural therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the
cerebral euphoria traditionally associated with smoking are touting the wonders of CBD infused topicals.

What are Cannabis or CBD-Infused Topicals?

Topicals are cannabis-infused creams, lotions, or oils that you apply to your skin; they have been
known to provide therapeutic relief for a host of ailments because they contain cannabinoids (cannabis
compounds like THC and CBD), among other natural ingredients.

They are known to relieve joint swelling and improve mobility related to arthritis and provide localized
relief to ease aches and pains, soothe irritated skin and tame bumps and bruises, and many more
problems or conditions…

How do CBD Topicals work?

When topicals are applied to the skin, the cannabis compounds get absorbed through the epidermis and
instantly delivered to the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

Rather than entering your bloodstream and creating psychoactive effects from smoking marijuana (no-
head high), topicals will instead be directly absorbed by cannabinoid receptors, mostly CB2 receptors,
which are found in the skin. These CB1 and CB2 receptors are linked to inflammatory and allergic

These receptors are sensitive to both CBD & THC, and as a matter of fact, work better when used together. This can be accomplished by using a full spectrum CBD cream, and the advantages can be explained through something called the entourage effect.

Do Topicals get you high?

No, topicals will not get you high. For THC to be psychoactive (the high effect), it must be absorbed
into the bloodstream and penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Smoking, vaping, or ingesting cannabis may get you stoned, but topicals are absorbed through the skin and do not give the same effect.

How often should I apply Topicals?

Due to differing concentrations of products, different health conditions, there is no one single answer to
this question. Most users will apply topicals to their problematic areas 1-3 times per day, however,
some will use them as often as every hour to find relief, depending on the specific condition.
It is recommended to start with about 3 applications per day to the affected area and notice how your
body responds.

Choose the area you want to treat and apply liberally. Make sure your skin is dry and clean for the best
results. After applying, wash and dry your hands.


Different topicals are known to have different benefits to offer depending on the way they are
processed and the ingredients that are used, so experiment with various products to see what works for
you. We are seeing more and more options for topical remedies as time goes on, so it’s worth
exploring our topicals page to see what’s available. You’d be surprised by the difference that one special ingredient makes.