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First-Time PA MMJ Patients: Let’s Talk About Topicals

If you’re new to medical marijuana in PA, you might feel overwhelmed by everything there is to learn. From understanding the different ways to consume medical marijuana to finding MMJ dispensaries in Pennsylvania, there’s certainly a lot to absorb – but the friendly experts at FLUENT have you covered.

At our PA medical marijuana dispensaries in Hanover, Mechanicsburg, and Annville (coming soon), you can find a broad range of medical marijuana products to choose from to meet your needs. One of our most popular product categories is topicals, an impressively versatile and easy-to-use option for our PA MMJ patients. 

So, we’ve created a helpful resource to help you decide if medical marijuana topicals are right for you – and if they are, how to choose the best topicals for your needs. We’ll be discussing all the basics of MMJ topicals, including:

  • How topicals work
  • What they are for
  • Different types of medical marijuana topicals
  • Where to buy MMJ topicals in PA

Let’s get started!

What is Topical Medical Marijuana?

First things first: what are medical marijuana topicals? As the name suggests, topicals are a form of medical marijuana specifically formulated to be absorbed through the skin. Topicals deliver localized symptom relief, specifically for MMJ patients hoping to reduce pain and inflammation. 

Types of Topical Medical Marijuana

There are many different medical marijuana topicals, which is one of the many reasons they appeal to so many MMJ patients. Like many medical marijuana-infused products, topicals are increasing in variety as the industry expands.

Common medical marijuana topicals include:

  • Lotions
  • Balms
  • Oils
  • Salves
  • Roll-ons
  • Suppositories
  • Transdermal patches
  • Sprays

Manufacturers have created an array of consistencies and product formulations to meet the many unique needs of MMJ patients. So, even if you have particular preferences or MMJ goals, you may find a topical that suits you perfectly.

MMJ Topical Formulations

PA medical marijuana patients can choose from a range of product consistencies and types and browse topicals made using different medical marijuana strains.

The goal of strain-specific topicals is to harness the properties of certain cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and others) and terpenes. For example, some individuals opt for high-THC topicals so that they can reap the full effects of that cannabinoid in particular. Many topicals also include added ingredients, such as essential oils, to enhance positive results.

How Do Medical Marijuana Topicals Work?

When you apply medical marijuana-infused topicals, the active ingredients absorb through the surface of your skin. Then, cannabinoids (naturally-occurring compounds of the plant) interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. As cannabinoids bind to various receptors within this system, they produce different effects. 

What’s unique about the way topicals work is that, unlike medical marijuana flower or edibles, most topical products do not induce a “high.” While there are a few exceptions, most topical medical marijuana serves as an excellent option for patients who prefer to avoid any intoxicating effects. 

Localized Topicals vs. Systemic Topicals

Transdermal patches are one of the types of topicals that may cause the feeling of being “high” for some patients, particularly if the product has a high THC content. Considered “systemic topicals,” topical cannabinoids can cross the blood-brain barrier and have a systemic effect on the body. 

In contrast, localized topicals such as lotions and balms are not absorbed into the bloodstream in the same way. As a result, patients prefer these topicals for localized symptom relief that is typically free from any mind-altering sensations.

What Can Topical Medical Marijuana Help?

At FLUENT medical marijuana dispensaries in Hanover and Mechanicsburg, many of our MMJ patients choose topicals for pain relief, inflammation, and muscle soreness. Some popular uses for medical marijuana topicals include:

  • Muscle pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritic joints
  • Chronic inflammation

Suppose you received a PA MMJ card for a condition with pain-related symptoms. In that case, you may find topicals to be a valuable addition to your wellness routine.

Explore High-Quality MMJ Topicals for Sale in PA from FLUENT

Since the needs of each MMJ patient is unique, FLUENT dispensary teams receive extensive training on the various products, consumption methods, and uses for medical marijuana products. As a result, when you visit one of our medical marijuana dispensaries, you have access to a carefully curated selection of premium products from the industry’s most trusted brands. In addition, our staff is always available to answer questions and provide guidance when you need it.

If you’re considering trying topical medical marijuana, choosing quality products is the key to achieving an optimal experience. So choose FLUENT dispensaries for all your PA MMJ needs today!

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