Marijuana use (recreational and medicinal) is legal in 18 states plus the District of Columbia. These new rules and regulations have transformed how people think about cannabis. It’s no longer an illicit drug; it’s a plant-based antidote for pain that you can consume in multiple ways.
Long gone are the days of raunchy and inappropriately-shaped bongs, psychedelic posters, and sad-looking joints—the kitschy pothead image has been erased and replaced with chic, cannabis-infused products. Today, cannabis is a wellness product that can be inhaled, ingested, and absorbed through the skin via cannabis topicals.
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
Cannabis topicals are marijuana-infused products designed to be absorbed through the skin. Unlike other cannabis products, topicals are non-intoxicating—meaning they do not produce a “high.” Many people choose to use topicals in place of other consumption methods for their therapeutic benefits, healing properties, and accessibility.
How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?
Cannabis-infused balms, lotions, salves, oils, and sprays work by binding to the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies. According to Herb.co, when the cannabinoids interact with our receptors, they produce anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects on the treatment area (or application site).
Topicals are not meant to breach the bloodstream. This means you can reap the health benefits without getting high. Transdermal products are another story. Transdermal products are designed to deliver cannabinoids through the skin and into the bloodstream—they’re typically in patch or gel form, contain active THC, and will get you high.
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Potential Health Benefits and Uses
Not all topicals are created equal—different topicals produce different effects. Before you make a purchase, be sure to do a bit of research first. Look to see what ingredients are included (all-natural ingredients and essential oils are a good start). If you can, opt to buy from a reputable and ecologically responsible company. A product is only as good as its ingredients, after all.
The benefits a topical offers depends on how it’s processed and what it’s made of. For example, if you were on the hunt for something to ease joint and nerve pain, you might want to look for a product that includes capsaicin in its ingredient list.
In addition to providing pain relief, you can use topicals:
Reduce eczema and psoriasis.
Moisturize the skin.
Alleviate symptoms related to one or more neurological disorders.
Enhance sexual pleasure.
Types of Cannabis Topicals
Topicals come in various forms, including creams and balms. You can find a selection of topicals and other cannabis-infused products at your local dispensary. Some dispensaries may allow you to shop online and pick up in-store.
Here’s a list of some of the most effective types of cannabis topicals on the market:
Balms and salves. Cannabis-infused balms are usually thick in texture and come with an applicator (so it’s easier to apply). Balms and salves are ideal for soothing skin irritation and reducing inflammation and joint pain.
Creams and lotions. Most canna-based body creams are identical to “normal,” non-cannabis body creams or lotions. However, they’re made with all-natural ingredients and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Cannabis-infused body butter. Cannabis body butter is thicker than lotion and contains additional moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera and almond oil. It’s perfect for restoring dry, flaky skin back to health and protecting new skin cells.
Lubricants. Topicals can be used in the bedroom, too! Cannabis-infused lubes can reduce pain and anxiety during sex, increase arousal, and intensify orgasms. According to a recent survey conducted by Remedy Review, 9.3% of respondents (5,398 participants total) said they noticed a difference in their sex lives after using CBD in the bedroom.
Whether you’re thinking about using a cannabis-infused topical for anything from pain relief to skin moisturizing, this guide should help you find exactly what you’re looking for!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, scrap your plans for next weekend. That is, unless you’re already planning on hitting up the Green Street Festival.
The inaugural event is going down on May 13 and 14 in iconic downtown L.A., with organizers aiming to make it “the largest gathering of the cannabis community on the planet, with a vision of eventually hosting hundreds of thousands of guests directly in the heart of the city.”
Think: a cannabis-infused South by Southwest.
Green Street Festival was announced in January, and is being put on by the entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and Green Street, the cannabis business he acquired in 2017. It will “feature the city’s top restaurants, the state’s leading Cannabis brands, and the world’s top entertainers all brought together to celebrate the Cannabis community,” the announcement said.
“People want to either be educated or entertained. We are going to do both,” Vaynerchuk said in the announcement at the time.
Organizers said that the festival “will be anchored by the 8 story, 70,000 sqft, cannabis event and business epicenter located at 718 S. Hill Street featuring vendors, educational speakers, games, hotels & food activations from our awesome neighbors.”
The artist Cody Hudson was tasked with creating “the visual identity of Green Street Festival.”
“It’s been a wonderful project! Being able to have my vision for the festival’s graphics and aesthetics help to transform the space and everything inside of it, I’m just really looking forward to the ways we’ll be bringing cannabis, food and music together in one space and tying them all together visually,” Hudson said in January.
Strategic International Partnership Will Bring to Market Purplefarm’s Exclusive Genetics with Tyson 2.0, TKO
Edwardsburgh, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – May 11, 2022) – Purplefarm Genetics, a cannabis company in Johnstown, Ontario, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a business partnership with U.S. based Tyson 2.0, legendary boxer, entrepreneur and cannabis advocate Mike Tyson’s recently formed cannabis company. Through the partnership, Tyson 2.0 and Purplefarm Genetics will aim to bring innovative, craft cannabis products, develop curated content and create a customized brand strategy across Canada.
The undisputed heavyweight champ first began using cannabis to promote relaxation and concentration. Mike Tyson said, “I wish I discovered the many benefits of cannabis earlier in my boxing career. Cannabis brings relief and repair to the mind and body, and it has changed me for the better. Through Tyson 2.0 cannabis products, tested and approved by me, I can now share that gift of cannabis with others seeking greater wellness.”
Purplefarm Genetics produced proprietary genetics for Tyson 2.0’s TKO, a craft strain which will be available in 7-gram bags starting in mid-May 2022. Grown in Purplefarm’s dedicated cultivation facility, all of the flower in this collection is trimmed, dried, and packaged by hand utilizing only the top portion of the bud while discarding the middle sections. Tyson 2.0 will also sell its ear-shaped edibles, Mike’s Bites, beverages and concentrates in collaboration with Purplefarm Genetics retailers. The products will first be available starting in May across British Columbia followed by Quebec and Ontario, Canada’s largest and most populous provinces in Fall of 2022.
Purplefarm Genetics’ mission is to grow unique cultivars with consistently rich cannabinoid and terpene profiles for the Canadian medical and recreational markets. With a commitment to operational transparency and cultivation excellence, the Purplefarm Genetics’ team will bring to the Canadian market incomparable cannabis products that can only be derived through innovative, precision agriculture.
“We are honored to collaborate with Purplefarm Genetics, one of the leading cannabis producers in Canada known for unrivaled quality, to bring Tyson 2.0 TKO and Mike Bites to Canadians nationwide,” said Mike Tyson, Chief Brand Officer and Co-founder of Tyson 2.0.
“The partnership with Purplefarm Genetics is a major milestone for Tyson 2.0. Our Canadian presence further solidifies our mission to bring only the best flower to cannabis consumers,” says Adam Wilks, CEO of Tyson 2.0. “Taking the brand to Canada, where I was born and raised, makes this partnership even more special. We continue to see strong global demand for Tyson 2.0 products and look forward to working together with Purple Farm to bring Tyson 2.0 premium products across Canada.”
According to the agreement, Purplefarm Genetics and Tyson 2.0 have an initial license for a two-year term with the option for a two-year extension period.
“Tyson 2.0 is a brand about legacy and reinvention. Purplefarm has a long history in the cannabis space, but we are equally proud about our ability to consistently bring something new. We are ecstatic to be aligned with such an amazing brand and to jointly launch our flower for Canadians,” said Mitchell Alswiti, Founder and Master Grower of PurpleFarm Genetics
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About Tyson 2.0
Tyson 2.0 is a premier cannabis company formed with legendary boxer, entrepreneur and icon Mike Tyson. The company’s mission is to produce innovative, high-quality cannabis products known for purity, precision, and wide accessibility. Providing consumers an outstanding selection of products, Tyson 2.0 is an extraordinary balance of premium and affordable, full-spectrum cannabis flower, concentrates and consumables available at retailers nationwide. Learn more at Tyson20.com.
About Purplefarm Genetics
Purplefarm Genetics is a privately-owned licensed producer focusing on differentiated, non-irradiated cannabis products. This focus allows them to bring extra-ordinary products into an increasingly homogenous cannabis market. With an uncompromising commitment to both indoor-grown quality and sustainable practices, Purplefarm Genetics is taking no shortcuts in producing whole flower cannabis for Canadian patients and consumers. To learn more, visit their website at www.purplefarm.ca