The world of Marijuana based products is growing rapidly. Why shouldn’t it, with all the possible ways Cannabis can be used to treat and even heal many medical conditions. This is just the result of a hundred years of suppressed knowledge.
After writing an article introducing Mary’s Medicinals transdermal patches, we started receiving a few questions. Most of the questions were about THC and CBD Topical in general.
So, I decided to sort through a few and decided to answer a few of them. Hope helps you out, but if not. Go ahead and feel free to respond or post your questions below.
What are Topicals?
A topical is anything that you apply over your skin. This is opposed to “systemically” or ingested. They can be meant to treat the skins surface layer, penetrate lower layers or even enter into the bloodstream. For simplicity here are a few examples of topical that you may have already used:
- Skin lotions
- Medicated ointments: Antibiotics, Destine
- Transdermal patches: Nicotine patch, Marys Transdermal, Icy Hot
- Other examples are powders, gels, foams, creams, tincture, etc..
Now to the good stuff, topicals infused with marijuana, marijuana oils and/or extracts.
Although cannabis is said to contain over one hundred different cannabinoids. There are only two that seem to get the most attention, CBD and THC.
While THC is most popular for “getting high“, it isn’t all it has to offer. Research has brought to light more of the medicinal benefits of THC. Some of the latest research explores THC’s potential as a super anti-oxidant.
How they work
All medicinal topical THC/CBD works about the same. You apply them to the skin and it slowly penetrates through the layers. Topical THC or CBD can be created for “on the spot” relief or as a delivery mechanistic.
Because the way topical Marijuan can work varies by manufactures intent. It is important to read the label before making a purchase. If your still unsure, ask for further information from manufacturer or their representative.
Will they get you high?
When ever using a marijuana derived product, its a possibility. THC topical creams or patches will reduce pain but can also result in getting high.
The same can be true for CBD transdermals and topicals. Although its very unlikely, there is a chance of THC contamination.
Can you fail a drug test?
YES!, if you use THC in any form, you risk testing positive for drug use. Transdermal THC is no different, even if they don’t produce a high.
THC will still enter the blood stream, be metabolized and stored in your system. If you use a topical form of medical marijuana, be aware of the likelihood of failing a drug test.
CBD based topical may also present a risk. Like I mentioned above, some CBD extracts can contain THC. Since CBD is in the legal “gray area”, it is not regulated or tested for purity by the FDA.
So, if your wondering, “does topical THC show up“, the answer is YES, in almost all cases.
Cleansing Weed From your system
Just like any other form of marijuana use, you may need stop use in order to detox. THC is a very stick metabolite that can take a long time to cleanse. For this reason many companies have created cleansing drinks.