How Do Marijuana-Infused Topical's Work?
Cannabis-infused lotions, salves, oils, sprays, and other transdermal methods of relief work by binding to a network of receptors called CB2. These CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds known as “phytocannabinoids” (e.g., THC, CBD).
Even if a topical contains active THC, it still won’t induce that intense “high” you’d get from smoking or ingesting cannabis. With most topicals, cannabinoids can’t breach the bloodstream; they only penetrate to the system of CB2 receptors. Transdermal patches, however, do deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream and could have psychoactive effects with a high enough THC content.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus has healing powers long recognized by native peoples, including the aboriginal people of Australia. This essential oil is derived from eucalyptus tree leaves native to Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesia.
Eucalyptus essential oil contains anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antiseptic properties, which provide significant relief from muscle and joint pain. It has cooling and refreshing effects, which may reduce stress and alleviate mental exhaustion:
Vetiver Essential Oil
This essential oil is derived from a type of grass called vetiver, or khus, that grows in India. Vetiver oil has been used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine to relieve rheumatism, arthritis, muscle pain, and headaches.
Vetiver essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties including the ability to reduce swelling, especially in the joints.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is derived from the gum resin of Boswellia trees, which grow primarily in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
This essential oil is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a sedative. Typically, frankincense essential oil is an effective remedy for stress and discomfort.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is extracted from the fragrant flowers of the lavender plant. The oil is a popular and versatile choice offering a range of benefits for total wellness. It acts as an anti-inflammatory that can relieve inflammation around joints. It also contains calming properties that may alleviate stress, relax the mind, and improve sleep quality.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass essential oil is steam distilled from the stems and leaves of lemongrass, which is native to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.
In Ayurvedic medicine, steam from boiling lemongrass is used to treat arthritic joints. The steam facilitates the absorption of the oil into the tissues to provide long-lasting relief from pain.
A key chemical in turmeric. Claims: Reduces pain, inflammation, and stiffness related to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA); treats bursitis. Several recent studies show that turmeric/curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and modifies immune system responses.