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Topical Entourage: Benefits of Terpenes in Cannabis-Infused Topicals

Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are absorbed through the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. Cannabis topicals work by binding to a network of receptors called the endocannabinoid system. We all have this system of receptors in our bodies ready to interpret the cannabis plant’s chemical compounds. The receptors are found in the brain, organs, connective tissue, immune cells, and even skin cells. When cannabis is used topically, the cannabinoids penetrate deep into that localized area, but they don’t have the psychotropic effects associated with smoking cannabis. People use cannabis-infused creams, oils, and balms for the localized relief of swelling, inflammation, tension, aches, and pains.

Cannabinoids work better together, as do terpenes. Some terpenes like limonene, even aid in the absorption of other terpenes. Recent studies have shown that terpenes have their own pharmacology and help increase circulation and absorption of cannabinoids. The unique properties of different terpenes working in unison with a vibrant profile of cannabinoids result in topicals that fast-acting and effective.

Green Revolution’s Muscle Melt is an example of a cannabis-infused topical that utilized a standardized blend of cannabinoids and terpenes from the whole plant. The cannabinoid and terpenes are extracted using full-flower cannabis and they are combined with cellulose extract from the stem and inner bark, and alkaloid extract from the root material. By utilizing every aspect of the cannabis plant, Muscle Melt harnesses the benefits of its cannabinoid and terpene profiles in a warming salve for a tingling, soothing sensation.

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