It’s well-known that THC can be enjoyed through smoking, vaping, eating, and much more, but can THC be absorbed through the skin? The short answer to this question is yes! However, that doesn’t necessarily mean topicals will make you feel high, OR that THC will appear on a drug test.
Topical THC products, including lotions, balms and salves, have been known to produce a variety of benefits including pain relief, acne control and anti-inflammatory properties. We’ve seen countless individuals enjoy using THC-infused topical creams on the temples to relieve headaches, on the abdomen to relieve menstrual cramps, or on the face to calm irritated skin.
If you are curious about how THC topical products are absorbed through the skin, keep reading.
Can THC Be Absorbed Through the Skin?
Studies show that around 24-hours after applying THC to the skin, it can still be found in the stratum corneum, in the upper epidermis, and around the hair follicles. This indicates that THC penetrates the skin through the lipophilic pathways and is absorbed into the body.
That being said, there likely isn’t enough THC absorbed into the body to show up on a drug test, especially if the drug test is administered after the 24-hour period.
Paul Armentano of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws says, “THC is lipid soluble so one would expect very little THC to enter the bloodstream via transdermal delivery.”
In addition, THC will not be able to reach the brain, which means you won’t experience any psychoactive effects from topical THC application.
Can I Use CBD Oil On My Skin?
Once again, the short answer is yes. However, this study shows that CBD may interact with certain medications, so it’s important to speak with your doctor before implementing CBD into your skincare routine.
Here are a few ways CBD oil can benefit different skin types:
- Acne-prone skin. Everyone’s skin naturally produces sebum. Too much sebum, however, can cause blockages in pores and result in acne. CBD oil can help regulate sebum production and overall reduce acne breakouts.
- Dry skin. CBS has excellent anti-inflammatory effects, which may be able to reduce the effects and triggers of eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis – all of which can lead to dry, cracked, and itchy skin.
- Aging skin. CBD oil is packed with antioxidants, which means it can help restore a youthful glow to the skin, while working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Skin infections. CBD oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, so it can help prevent and fight certain skin infections.
What Does THC Do to the Body?
THC has different effects on the body, depending on how it is used. For example, when THC is inhaled or ingested, the reaction is usually stronger as the THC is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the brain. This can result in a mind and body high.
When THC is applied to the skin, it does not travel into the bloodstream, which means it can’t reach the brain. Therefore, no ensuing psychoactive effects!
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