Just a few of the many health benefits of medical marijuana.
When marijuana is smoked, the lungs absorb the cannabinoids, the chemical compound produced by marijuana. The cannabinoids enter the bloodstream and make their way to the brain. Inhaled cannabinoids are absorbed quickly and diminish quickly, which means that the high from smoking marijuana does not last very long.
Topicals work because of the natural cannabinoid receptors people have in their skin. Lotions and balms will not usually get through the bloodstream but will stimulate receptors in the skin. This means that marijuana will give the same beneficial effects from the medicine without the euphoric effects of THC. Many people will consider this to be safer because it does not get a person high. This is false, topicals will usually not get through the bloodstream but that doesn’t mean they can’t. If there is a large enough THC content and the oils are able to break through the bloodstream it is possible for the person to get the same euphoric effects they would get from smoking it. Topicals are still to be used with safety and caution like any other marijuana product. Users should not operate any forms of vehicles or heavy machinery while on this medication because it can affect the person ability to drive or operate the machinery. If someone chooses to disregard these warnings, it can lead to injury, death, and/or fines and penalties.