Sweet ReLeaf manufactures creamy cannabis body butters that provide pain relief.
DiDi Davis is Founder of Sweet ReLeaf, a topical cannabis manufacturer located in California. Sweet ReLeaf has created one of the most effective and enjoyable topicals on the market today which is creamy and smells wonderful. As Didi says “We believe in the healing power of plants, specifically how the human endocannabinoid system communicates with the compounds found in Cannabis. We like to call it ‘Intelligent Medicine.’” In her first blog post, Didi talks about the healing relief found when using topicals and whether or not to worry about drug testing.
Prescription Drugs to Cannabis
Millions of Americans deal with pain every day of their lives. Most rely on prescription drugs to ease their aches on a daily basis. It has been reported that 52 million Americans use pain killers regularly both medically and recreationally.
Prescription drugs come with a slew of side effects – some that may hinder one’s ability to drive or remain alert. There is also the risk of addiction and even fatal overdose that can be associated with prescription pain medicines. A recent study found that over 28,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2014 alone. The numbers are staggering, despite prescription drugs still remaining a common staple in the average home.
Pain Relief with Medical Cannabis
Because of this and many other reasons, people have begun to transition to medical cannabis in order to enjoy a pain-free life. Cannabis has a long-standing relationship with pain sufferers and has been used as a pain reducer for centuries. It’s the solution for those who want to live a healthy, natural life without depending on harmful substances in their daily lives.
For those with muscular pain and even certain skin conditions, cannabis topicals have proven to be especially beneficial. Cannabis topicals can offer something prescription medications cannot – an uninterrupted life. Cannabis topicals do not produce a high, they do not interfere with your ability to work or remain active and they take effect right away, allowing patients to feel relief immediately.
However, as cannabis use grows, this question comes into play: “Will cannabis interfere with my life, causing me concern?” One concern is how cannabis topicals may conflict with drug testing. Will THC show up in my system if I use a cannabis topical?
Types of Cannabis Topicals
The first thing to consider is what kind of topical you are using. Topicals come in different forms: salves, oils, sprays, and lotions. Any topical that is administered to the skin surface is not going to enter your bloodstream. You will not experience a high and you will not have trace amounts of THC in your system. This is similar to a doctor rubbing alcohol on your skin to cleanse an area. Skin contact with rubbing alcohol won’t intoxicate you because it is not entering your bloodstream. Should you decide to go rogue and take a swig – that’s another story.
There are other forms of skin-administered cannabis that do transmit THC into the bloodstream and can thus produce a positive drug test. One example of this would be the transdermal patch. Transdermal cannabis patches act very much like nicotine patches. Their purpose is to deliver a strong dose of THC to the patient through the skin’s surface. In the case of the patch – a drug test will likely turn up positive.
Precautions with Topicals
Although rubbing a cannabis-infused topical on your skin will not get you high or cause you to fail a drug test, there are some stipulations to consider. While skin contact cannot deliver a high, contact with your mouth or eyes can. Just like any other topical medication, chemical or inedible substance you should be careful to avoid ingesting it by accident.
The best way to avoid this is to make a practice of washing your hands right after you have applied your medication. If you want to be extra careful, you can even wear plastic gloves to apply cannabis topicals. If you’re a nail biter, an eye-rubber or even if you plan to enjoy a nice warm bath immediately after, be careful.
There is still the risk that you can spread the topical to areas of your body that will deliver it to the bloodstream. Use the same safety precautions you would for any form of medication. It’s also important to understand the difference between topical creams and patches if you are someone that needs to take a drug test.
Remember Cannabis Topical Safety:
- Wash hands immediately after applying topicals.
- Avoid bathing or steaming after use.
- Be sure to avoid eyes and mouth during and after application.
- Use non-porous gloves to apply topicals for extra precaution.
Know Your Source
Because of these stipulations there really isn’t a cannabis product on the market that can promise it is completely drug test safe. Aside from the element of “user error” there is still the issue of product integrity and mis-marketing. As the medical marijuana industry expands, one should remain diligently educated both on the ingredients of their medicine and their producers. Be conscious of “novelty” cannabis products on the market which claim to be completely drug test resistant. They may very well be safe for drug tests, even if accidentally ingested, but they likely won’t be very effective in easing your pain.
For effective results it’s important to pay close attention to contents. The synergy of cannabinoids and their concentration in a product, will bring you maximum results. For instance, TCH-A combined with CBD has tremendous effects on a wide range of ailments.
Rule of Thumb
If you are new to medical cannabis – the best rule of thumb is to stay educated. Ask your local dispensary about the products you are buying. Find out the products’ source, how they’re made and their ingredients. Most dispensaries are dedicated to patient education and will happily provide information about every item they sell. Embrace the cannabis community and take advantage of the wealth of wellness information.
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