The Healing Properties of Cannabis
As our collective understanding of Cannabis continues to evolve, we’re getting acquainted with new, varied methods of Cannabis consumption. As these new methods increase in popularity, they move us further away from the idea that Cannabis is to be exclusively smoked, for the purpose of getting high. More and more people are finding other ways to enjoy cannabis. Not everyone likes to smoke, and general perceptions of the plant are being transformed and it is becoming more widely understood that Cannabis is eternally versatile and filled with holistic, medicinal benefits.
Some smoke-free, health conscious alternatives to consuming Cannabis include: edibles - which are any kind of food or drink infused with Cannabis, tinctures - alcohol-based Cannabis extracts that come in bottles or droppers, and topicals - Cannabis-infused lotions and balms that are applied directly to the skin. Our very own, newly launched SHINE Herbal Topical is one such salve that provides a non-toxic alternative to people looking to integrate Cannabis into their wellness routines, as the benefits of topicals are numerous and worth exploring.
So, with that being said, let’s deep dive into the wonderful world of topicals. Firstly, topicals come in many forms including creams, balms and sprays. When in balm form, topicals are easily absorbed into the skin and are area specific, providing localized pain relief wherever applied. Despite being infused with waxy/ointment-like substances, topicals are not diluted or by any means less effective than any other Canna-infused health product. They work by binding to and activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human endocannabinoid system, providing the full medicinal benefits of THC and CBD to the body without triggering the intoxicating and psychoactive qualities of THC.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive constituent of Cannabis, is also antibacterial, analgesic (pain relieving), and antispasmodic (spasm relieving) to name a few benefits. It therefore soothes a wide range of conditions, and - when paired with CBD - is even more effective.
When cannabinoids like THC and CBD work together, they provide an effect popularly referred to as the “entourage effect”, essentially compounding to produce a more potent effect than when taken alone. Cannabidiol (CBD) provides similar benefits to THC by also being anti-bacterial and anti-spasmodic, but it is also anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. All of this means that Topicals are wonderful, easy tools against joint or muscle pain, psoriasis, big bites, arthritis, inflammation, menstrual cramps, migraines and more.With all these properties and pros, topical salves like SHINE contain a wealth of goodness, nourishment and healing that cannot be spotlighted enough.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are not the only beneficial molecules in the cannabis plant, though. Terpenes - responsible for the herb’s signature smell - also have therapeutic, medicinal benefits. Some notable terpenes include: Limonene - an aromatic terpene also found in citrus fruits that aids digestion, anxiety and depression, Myrcene - offering a sedative effect that aids with sleep, Pinene - also found in pineneedles and rosemary, this terpene helps with pain and inflammation, and Linalool - which has cooling properties and is good for treating burns.
Smoke-free alternatives like Topicals provide healthy and enjoyable ways to consume Cannabis for wellness. It’s even better when it’s in a cruelty free and environmentally friendly package created with the intention of bettering one’s life and eco-footprint. SHINE herbal salve has been purposefully, intentionally and carefully designed by a holistic herbalist to deliver the health benefits of Cannabis in reusable and easy to carry containers. It’s easy, convenient healing on-the-go, packing powerful products in multi-purpose carriers which are not only good for consumers but also the planet.