Cannabis is now legal in Canada so it’s time to learn how to enjoy it responsibly. You may have heard of the many therapeutic benefits of cannabis, but did you know that you can also benefit from cannabis without smoking or vaping it? Cannabis topicals can provide you with a variety of benefits without giving you the cerebral euphoric effects of psychoactive compounds. If you’re new to this type of product and want to find out more about them, this article is for you!

What are Cannabis Topicals?

Cannabis topicals are products like lotions and balms that are made by infusing cannabinoids. They deliver cannabinoids, such as CBD and THC, through your skin to treat conditions like inflammation, arthritis, and chronic pain to name a few. Cannabinoids in topicals work by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the skin, muscle tissues, and nerves to bring localized relief to the affected area. Even though some topical products contain THC, a psychoactive compound, it only works locally to relieve pain and inflammation and isn’t delivered to the brain to alter your mind. So, you can use them anytime and anywhere without having to worry about getting high.

The topical use of cannabis is not a new phenomenon. There’s a piece of evidence that cannabis topicals were used to treat wounds and pain in ancient Egypt as well as China.

Benefits of Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis topicals are a great alternative to smoking or vaping marijuana in the treatment of health conditions because they are discrete and very easy to apply, most often with instructions on the package. They’re typically applied directly to the affected area, which means no inhaling irritating smoke. Cannabis topicals come in a wide variety of formulations, from lotions and balms to salves and oils, so there’s something for everyone.

Cannabis topicals are often used for:

  • Anti-inflammatory

Topicals can provide localized relief to the affected area by reducing inflammation and pain.

  • Pain Relief

Again, topicals can provide fast-acting relief to the source of the pain without any serious side effects. Some studies suggest that cannabis topicals can treat chronic pain better than opioids, which can often result in strong negative effects as well as addiction.

  • Muscle Sore Relief

Because cannabis topicals can reduce inflammation, they can be used to ease muscle soreness from workouts.

  • Antiseptic

Cannabis plants have their own self-defense mechanism against pests and bacteria. These same qualities give cannabis topicals the ability to treat bacterial infections as well as bug bites. In addition, some cannabinoids are found to be effective in killing some bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

  • Anti-aging

CBD and THC exhibit strong antioxidant properties. Not only can they help reduce visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and skin dullness, but also they can help the skin heal quicker and prevent tissue damage.

  • Sexual Pleasure

You can bring your love life to the next level with cannabis topicals like a lube which enhance your sensitivity by increasing blood flow to the area of application.


Cannabis topicals are a great way to enjoy all of the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the psychoactive effects.   At West Coast Cannabis, we offer a variety of topical products to meet your needs and preferences, including lip balms, pain cream, salves, and bath bombs.

If you have questions about any of our topical products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to help.

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