4 Conditions That May Be Helped With Topicals From the CBD in Pot

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4 Conditions That May Be Helped With Topicals From the CBD in Pot

Medical marijuana. You can smoke it, you can eat it, you can vape it, you can infuse it. And you can rub it on.

With the medical and legal marijuana markets coming out of the shadows, we are seeing a rapid expansion of marijuana product lines. One of the most promising is topicals, such as balms, lotions, oil, and salves. Topicals laden with cannabidiol (CBD), the molecule that puts the medical in medical marijuana, are proving to be useful for a number of syndromes and conditions.

While research on the efficacy of CBD-based topicals is in its infancy, here, with a tip of the hat to High Times, are four areas where the science is beginning to demonstrate that topicals can help:

1. Acne

Got zits? CBD topicals may help. A 2014 study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggested that CBD could help with treating acne abrasions: “Collectively, our findings suggest that, due to the combined lipostatic, anti-proliferative, and anti-inflammatory effects, CBD has potential as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of acne vulgaris,” the study concluded.

2. Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

A 2008 study published in the Journal of Natural Products found that THC and CBD successfully killed tough strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as MRSA, in laboratory experiments.

“Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has long been known to contain antibacterial cannabinoids, whose potential to address antibiotic resistance has not yet been investigated,” the authors noted. Their successful results using cannabinoids against a variety of MRSA strains suggest “a specific, but yet elusive, mechanism of activity” and warrant further investigation.

3. Arthritis

There could be relief for joint pain sufferers through CBD topicals, too. An Israeli study found that most patients reported reduced pain and increased function, and fully 90% of them stayed on their medication regime.

And a 2013 study from researchers at the University of Nottingham found that CBD products targeting cannabinoid receptors may help bring relief for knee joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Research on medical marijuana for arthritis continues, although in a Canadian study, the CAPRI Trial (Cannabinoid Profile Investigation of Vaporized Cannabis in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee), researchers are examining vaporized marijuana, not topicals. But CBD topicals are already well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and more research is likely to cement their reputation as highly effective in this regard.

4. Open Wounds

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16 thoughts on “4 Conditions That May Be Helped With Topicals From the CBD in Pot

  • September 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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    What the what! I seriously have never heard this information and would have never known had I not read this article. It is amazing what we are learning now that this PLANT is being decriminalized. I would love to know where you are getting some of your research from and what has worked best for you. We are using sooo many drugs these days and literally neglecting the natural components of the earth that can really help us. Kudos on a great post.

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    • September 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm
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      With Canada set to be the first of the G7 countries to legalize marijuana, there is an abundance of news articles that are appearing regarding the legalization process, but also more and more research stories in regards to the medical aspect of marijuana and it’s uses. With medical marijuana having been legalized in Canada a few years ago, it opened the gate for more and more research to be done here in Canada, thus enabling us as a country to be in the forefront of breakthroughs, with many more to come.
      I use medical marijuana as I have CRPS. I do use a vaporizer, but actually prefer the non-high approach so I tend to lean more towards oils and topicals. The topicals I use on my neck and shoulders, and when once apllied, it sure does settle everything down so I can at least function better than without. It became a trial and error period-different dosages, different varieties and strains until i was able to find the right mix that works for me.

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  • September 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm
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    I am so surprised to read that these topicals may be influential in the treatment of things like MRSA. MRSA just seems like it has exploded in recent years. I’ve personally known at least 3 people who acquired it. I’d love to see more research on this topic. Really fascinating. Thanks for bringing it to light for me.
    Jackie

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    • September 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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      Hi Jackie and welcome back! Thanks for the comment.
      MRSA can be a nasty affliction for sure. It does seem that help for conditions like MRSA are becoming more of a prevalent condition than it has been in the past. I think mostly due to people being more open about conditions like this, and making them feel that they are valued.
      I know a few people who have used topical’s for various skin conditions with great results. I am sure as research into the use of marijuana as a medical tool becomes more mainstream, conditions like MRSA will be more treatable, and relief offered to sufferers.

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  • September 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm
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    Ok, this is great information! I did not know that it would help acne, and my son has bad acne. Then I can use it for arthritis! Do you have a link for purchasing this product? I didn’t see one. I would love to give this a try, and my son…well we have tried just about everything for his acne to no avail. This is worth a shot!

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  • September 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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    Hello Brad,
    I just started giving a cannabis product to my cats…it is made for small pets and comes in capsules. I have been curious to try some sort of cannabis or non THC product for myself but haven’t figured out which kind yet. Like your story in your bio I have had a loooong line of doctors, chiropracters, physical therapists etc. etc. etc. who have had me try a million different things and nothing totally works. I appear to have some sort of auto-immune conditions which cause lots of problems including a lot of inflammation and the itis’s. Bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, uveitis, conjunctivitis (eyes) etc. etc. The bursitis has been chronic for years now in my hips and knees. I would love to find something other than ice and arnica gel to treat it. I have to limit the time on my feet, can’t climb uphill or up stairs much, can’t sleep on my sides at all only flat on my back, can’t wear any fitted pants anymore, sleep with ice on both hips all night and on and on.

    I wonder if these topical products would work.
    Any suggestions you have would be great.
    Jessica

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    • September 2, 2017 at 11:42 am
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      Hi Jessica and thanks for the comment.
      I know of a number of people that are using topicals with great success. They did szay that it takes a few days to feel the effect, but as they continued to use it, they had a reduction in their pain levels, and actually felt more limber and agile.
      I would suggest that you try different topicals, since the first you try may not have any effect. As well, if you are going to try, make sure that you purchase from a licensed outlet, to make sure that the potency is regulated and is what they advertise. If you check out my website, there are a number of oil and topical reviews that I am sure will help you to choose the right one.
      Let me know how it all works out for you, and feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

      cheers
      brad

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  • September 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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    Okay, this is very enlightening. They say you can learn something new everyday. Well just from this one article I have a number of things. I’ve smoked weed and never really thought about how you could use in different applications. It’s use in the ways that you wrote about here are ways in which I can make use of.

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    • September 2, 2017 at 11:44 am
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      Hi Maurice and thanks for the comments.
      Yes, today there are more ways of using medical marijuana than just having to smoke it. The advancements in medical use and the array of different forms of the THC/CBD that now available is mind boggling. However, if you do have a certain ailment that you are looking for information, drop me a line and we will see what we can find for you.

      cheers
      brad

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  • September 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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    Wow that are some awesome perks about marijuana that the media never talks about. I knew that marijuana helps for pain but is also antibiotic and can kill acne. I will gladly share this information with my friends. Thank you for the share !

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    • September 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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      Thanks for the comment Chris.
      It’s pretty amazing the uses for medical marijuana, and how it can be used. I think given time and science advancements, we are going to be surprised for the uses that are yet to come.
      Not just in the medical field but other practical uses as well.

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  • September 1, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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    Hey brad,

    This is all very interesting. I have also known someone with epilepsy and there is some research suggesting that CBD might aid in helping those with seizures. What is your take on this? Have you heard anything about this or know a place where one might be able to get some information surrounding this?

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    • September 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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      Hello Michael and thanks for the comment.
      I know that there are oils that help with epileptic seizures, and need to investigate further.
      Here is a great site that might help with some of your questions-scroll down the page to see the comments at the bottom as this is where the info is:
      http://www.epilepsy.com/connect/forums/medication-issues/cbd-oils

      please fell free to contact me with any additional questions and I hope this helps your friend.

      cheers

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  • September 1, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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    It’s crazy how far cannabis has come in the last few years even though it has been out for a very long time, I wonder if doctors will start prescribing this balm to patients

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    • September 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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      Hi Matthew and thanks for the comment.
      I do know of some doctors here in Canada that are suggesting these topicals to their patients, but as of yet, there is no legal or moderated source for these topicals, but I am sure that given time there will a prescription form that you will be able to get from your doctor.
      Give this industry five years and look at the products that will be viable compared to now. We are just in the infancy of it all.
      I am looking forward to it!!!

      cheers

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