How your body gets the THC to where you want it to be.
While research on cannabis has been constrained in the U.S. over the past few decades, we are now rapidly learning about the wide-reaching therapeutic effects of cannabis and how the plant’s cannabinoid compounds react with the endocannabinoid system. There are four key uptake systems from which the body can absorb cannabinoids. And at Dixie, we’ve formulated products to optimize each of them.
Oral Mucosal – Absorption of THC and other cannabinoids through the lining of the mouth and under the tongue – effects are felt throughout the entire body. This is the fastest method of medication.
Ingestion – Absorption of cannabinoids through oral ingestion. Cannabinoid molecules are absorbed in the intestinal tract and metabolized in the liver.
Inhalation – Absorption of THC, CBD and other cannabis elements through inhaling combusted or vaporized cannabis.
Transdermal – Absorption of THC and other cannabinoids through the skin. This method results in local effects only.
Vaping – Smoking
Marijuana-infused topicals (lotion, balms and soaks) readily enter the skin layers only. They’re effective at relieving pain and inflammation in the area in which they’re applied. Since cannabinoids don’t enter the bloodstream with this intake method, topically applied THC has doesn’t have the opportunity to cross the blood-brain barrier (unless applied internally), and thus has no psychoactive properties. Topicals may help reduce scarring and may help with psoriasis/eczema.
Things to know about topicals:
- Topical cannabis offers a fast-acting localized effect.
- Customers can combine their cannabis topical with an over the counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory product for added benefits.
- Wrapping the area with an ace bandage or other material after topicals have been applied will improve absorption and effectiveness.
- If an open wound is present, clients should consult their physicians before aplying topicals.