Cannabis seems to be the plant with the most innovative potential these days. Ever since the states began to decriminalize it, entrepreneurs have been coming up with new ways to market and use its healing properties. Smoking the medicinal herb has always been an option and adding it to your mom’s old-fashioned brownie recipe has been a staple for decades. But then there are those really creative cannabis connoisseurs cum impresarios who have concocted edible pieces of art that resemble the finest chocolates and sweets available at only the finest confectioners’ shops. Artistry at its finest. Just look around at your dispensary’s display shelves and you’ll usually see all types of food products with interesting names and colorful packing, all with some amount of marijuana in their list of ingredients.
Lately, besides all the yummy cannabis edibles that are at hand, a new way to benefit your body from this most wonderful herb has been storming the country: cannabis topicals.
As we’ve mentioned in other blogs, the cannabis plant contains more than 80 known cannabinoids, which are the chemical compounds in marijuana like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) that make medical marijuana such a healing plant. Research is ongoing for many of the cannabinoids and the two superstars just mentioned have been in the spotlight for the last few years because more research has been done on them than any other cannabinoid. THC is a proven pain remedy along with relieving pressure in glaucoma patients. It also makes breathing easier for asthma sufferers and stimulates the appetite in those that have HIV/AIDS and are undergoing chemotherapy. CBD is used for preventing seizures in epileptic patients, decreasing anxiety and reducing cancer pain.
CBD is now being used extensively in body-care products because of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and cell-regenerative properties. According to Vogue Magazine, CBD in lotions and body creams “can bring localized benefits without detectable brain buzz,” brought on by the use of THC, which is the psychoactive element in cannabis. Many of those lotions and creams soothe painful spots on the body and fight eczema, aging skin and acne.
Another cannabinoid that manufacturers are infusing their body creams and salves with is CBG (Cannabigerol). This cannabinoid is non-psychoactive and is a great anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory that is used as a preventative and healing mouthwash.
One entrepreneur who has an Oregon-based body care company says that although she ships CBD-only products throughout the country, formulas that also contain THC are much more effective because of the entourage effect. That is, a synergistic effect occurs where the overall effect is greater that the sum of its parts. She can ship her products because the CBD comes from hemp, which is legal; it’s a federal offense to ship a schedule 1 drug, which is what marijuana is still classified.
Now that innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs are pushing the envelope a little more each day, who knows what the next cannabis-based products will be. Do you have any ideas?