What is a Weed Grinder and Why are They Essential?

A weed grinder is one of those items you don’t think about all that much. But, if the time comes that you’re without one in time of need, you realize just how important they can be. 

Not only are they an essential part of any weed kit, but they’re also essential for actually smoking and enjoying your weed! If you’re still busting up your bud by hand or with a pair of scissors, allow us to enlighten you on the merits of using one, which one you should get and how to one! 

What is a Weed Grinder?

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While the grinder is not flashy and doesn’t get much attention, it deserves much more. 

These simple devices make grinding weed a breeze – and if you have ever busted up buds by hand, you’ll know just how tiresome it is. 

Even the best weed is useless if you can’t get it ready to be smoked. A weed grinder is one of those items in life that you don’t fully appreciate until you have to manage without one. 

Thankfully, these devices are affordable and accessible to all nowadays. But what are they, anyway? 

Grinders are smoking accessories designed to grind weed into coarser, finer pieces. 

For a joint or a bong bowl to burn smoothly, the weed inside must be uniformly sized with maximum surface area. The more surface area the weed has, the more even the burn. 

After all, there’s a reason why we grind up weed before smoking it! Without sufficient surface area, the weed won’t have enough space to go through decarboxylation properly, the process that “activates” weed. 

Herb Grinder Options

Weed grinders come in all shapes and sizes. Some grinders have more parts and more chambers. The most commonly used designs involve are

  • 2-piece grinder – two chambers with grinding teeth
  • 3- piece grinder – three chambers – one with teeth, one for collecting bud, and one for catching kief. 

In the two-chamber design, ground weed falls from the main chamber into the second lower chamber. The size of the holes impacts the consistency of the final product. Two or three-chamber designs make for the best weed grinders in most cases.

With the three-chamber design, a further layer of filtering is included. You’ll find a third lower chamber, often called a kief-catcher or pollen catcher. 

Between the second and third chambers, you’ll find a fine mesh screen or filter. 

As weed falls from the first to the second chamber, this fine filter lets small particles through. The result is a fine powder called kief

There are many instances of stoners not realizing that their grinder has this chamber – when they finally open it up, they find it overflowing with kief! 

Kief, also known as the dried trichomes from the cannabis plant, is a potent powder packed with THC. Kief can be added during the joint-rolling process, on top of a bong bowl, or collected and compacted into hash if you’re patient enough.  The option to collect kief alone often warrants shelling out a bit extra for a three-piece grinder. 

How to Use a Grinder

When it comes to weed slang, there are some odd terms out there. 

That said, sometimes, the name perfectly describes the product. The grinder is a fantastic example, as it tells you exactly what they do. 

You may also call it a busker. Many stoners have spent at least some hours debating about why one term is better than the other. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about it. Whatever you call these weed-grinders, we’re going to learn how to use them.

No matter the design of your grinder, the first steps are the same. 

Place your bud inside the main chamber (the one with teeth) and close the grinder. 

Next, spin the two parts in opposite directions to grind the bud. Spin the parts to grind your weed until you it’s reached your desired consistency. 

One important note: the more bud you put inside, the harder it will be the break the herb apart. If you have issues with your grip or hand strength, consider less versus more for each grind. Moreover, larger grinders are easier to hold and spin than smaller ones.

What you do next depends on your grinder. 

If you have a one-chamber design, all you need to do is reopen the grinder and pour out the final product. 

With two-chamber designs, you open the second chamber and empty it. In this case, you don’t have to worry as much about whether all the weed has been ground, as it remains in the first chamber.

What about three-piece grinders? 

Herb grinders with a kief-catcher make for a special treat. As kief catchers collect the potent power, you can use it in an assortment of ways. 

Combine kief with some regular bud in joints, pipes, or bongs to increase the potency. Adding some kief creates a potent punch that can make for an extra enjoyable experience! 

How to Clean a Weed Grinder

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The cleaner your grinder stays, the longer it will last.  Maintaining smooth movement between the parts of your herb grinders is essential for ensuring it’ll last. 

How often you need to clean will depend on how much you use your grinder and the design. 

What You Need to Clean a Grinder

Here is what you need to clean your herb grinders:     

  • A tray   
  • A towel (one you don’t mind getting dirty)   
  • Isopropyl alcohol  
  • A clean brush (toothbrush or others)
  • A toothpick
  • Clean water
  • A plate or bowl
  • Ziploc bag or equivalent
  • Your dirty grinder (completely emptied)

Getting Ready to Clean Your Weed Grinders

Gather up all your supplies before you get started. Once you have everything, make sure you have a good spot to do your cleaning. 

Avoid using surfaces that your grinder or cleaning supplies could damage, and be sure to use your tray as needed.

An important consideration for weed grinders with a kief chamber is not wasting any of it. This valuable powder should be preserved and not washed away. You can clean it out and store the kief in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place.

How to Clean a Grinder

Step 1: Disassemble your grinder – now is the time to take the time to save any extra kief or bud you find inside. After preserving any leftovers, place the parts on your tray.

Step 2: Place your grinder pieces in the Ziploc bag and fill it with isopropyl alcohol. Put enough inside to cover the parts without overfilling the bag. Leave the parts to soak for 20-30 minutes – agitating the bag every once in a while

Step 3: After you’ve waited long enough, take out one part while leaving the rest inside the bag. This way, you can start with the cleanest piece and leave the others to soak longer. 

Use your brush or toothbrush to scrub the part completely clean. Set the part aside and move on to the next. Overall, this is the most important part, so get comfortable and take your time to get it right.

Step 4: Use clean water (warm water works best) to rinse the pieces once they are all clean. Ensure all the alcohol and cannabis residue is washed away. You may notice a need to jump back to step 3, and that’s ok. 

Afterward, dry the parts using your towel.

Grind Your Weed, Not Your Gears

There you have it. You now know everything you need to know about using and cleaning grinders! 

While you might not have thought of weed grinders as being much more than a handy accessory, we hope that this article has helped to change your mind. Grinding weed without one can be a frustrating, gear-grinding experience, and not one you want to go through before enjoying a nicely rolled joint!

If you don’t already have one, we highly encourage you to go out and buy to make your weed rolling and weed experience better! 

Home Infusions 101 – How To Make Cannabis Oil

How to make cannabis oil?  Infusion can be one of the trickiest parts of cooking with cannabis. It takes time, attention to detail, and patience but is well worth it. 

Due to this, many people shy away from trying to make their own cannabis-infused cooking oils at home, which removes a lot of options when it comes to customizing your edibles and medicated meals.

If you’re new to the world of cannabis or haven’t yet uncovered the secrets behind making the best edibles, (we still think Sugar Jack’s are the best!)  then we’ve got some great news for you! The edible cannabis experience is much more decadent and rich when compared to common inhalation methods such as smoking. 

And luckily, we’ll be here to show you the ropes and guide you in making your first batch of cannabis-infused cooking oil!

What is Canna Oil and Canna Butter?

Canna oil is a cannabis-infused oil used to create many of the cannabis edibles available on the market today (with the exception of Sugar Jack’s, which only uses premium THC distillate!)

In fact, many canna oils and canna butters serve as the foundation of many delicious cannabis-infused treats! 

Canna oils and butters are one of the most versatile mediums for incorporating cannabis into your daily life. The options for creating medicated foods are nearly limitless.

Cannabis-infused oils can be made with butter, olive oil, or various other oils like coconut or peanut oil. Whatever your particular favorite oil may be, chances are you can infuse it with cannabis.

How to Make Cannabis Oil

How to Make Cannabis Oil ingredients

Equipment and Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh ground cannabis flower (You can add or remove some depending on how potent you want the oil)
  • 1 cup of the cooking oil of your choice (We recommend coconut oil, but any oil will suffice)
  • A saucepan, double boiler, or slow cooker
  • A strainer or cheesecloth
  • A weed grinder

Picking the Right Cooking Oil

The cannabinoids in marijuana are known to be fat-soluble, making them easily infusible with many cooking oils. Because of the cannabinoid’s fat-soluble properties, infused oils are easily absorbed by the body due to the presence of fats.

Choosing the oil to infuse your cannabis really boils down to personal preference. Although you should keep in mind that different oils have different properties from one another. 

This could range from anything like different consistencies at room temperatures to different flavor profiles. When it comes down to it, there really is no right oil to infuse your cannabis with, so you should choose the oil that fits best with the foods you enjoy.

Step 1

Grind your cannabis so it can be easily mixed and coated with the oil. One thing you’ll have to make sure of is to not over-grind your cannabis so that it can slip through the strainer (If it can get through the strainer, it will be stuck in the final product).

Step 2

In your saucepan, double boiler, or slow cooker, combine your cooking oil and ground cannabis and mix it until the ground cannabis is evenly distributed throughout the oil.

Step 3

Decarboxylate your weed. This is an essential step to activating the cannabinoids in your weed. 

Simply cook the oil mixture on low heat (below 245°F), checking and stirring the mixture occasionally to prevent scorching. If you’re concerned with burning, a tiny amount of water can be added to the mixture to help avoid it.

Depending on if you have chosen to use a saucepan, a double boiler, or a slow cooker, you’ll have to adjust the cooking time:

Saucepan: Heat your oil and cannabis on low heat for about 3 hours, checking and stirring the mixture frequently to avoid scorching.

Double Boiler: Heat your oil and cannabis on low heat for 6-8 hours, occasionally checking and stirring the mixture.

Slow Cooker: Heat your oil and cannabis on low heat for 4-6 hours, checking and stirring the mixture occasionally.

Step 4

Strain the remaining plant material from the oil with your strainer. You can strain the oil several times to ensure that you get every bit of weed out of the oil. 

From this point on, you can either throw away the filtered cannabis or add it to the dishes of your choice.

Step 5

Store your cannabis-infused oil in an air-tight container or mason jar and keep it in a cool and dark area. These types of cannabis-infused oils typically have a shelf life of 2 months and can be prolonged if kept in the refrigerator.

Get Cooking With Your Cannabis Oil

How to make cannabis oil

Here comes the fun part! Now that you’ve prepared your infused cooking oil, you can pull out the recipe book and start creating some medicated dishes! We suggest experimenting a bit as it may take a while to perfect the dosage.

Tip: Be extra careful when using your oil to prepare foods that require extra heating. If you do require to heat your cannabis oil, avoid using the microwave and always opt for the lowest heat possible as the oil has already been decarboxylated and high temperatures will damage the compounds within it.

How to make cannabis oil: Final Thoughts

With your newly infused cannabis oil, you can now get creative and enjoy your favorite foods with a touch of cannabis! 

Make sure you get a little taste of your oil and try out small batches before you fully commit to making full course meals as you’ll have to gauge the potency you want. Dine alone or share some with friends, who knows, you might inspire them to make their own cannabis creations!

At any rate, if you can’t think of anything special to make, save yourself some trouble and purchase a pack of naturally flavored, Cane Sugar and Manuka honey sweetened Sugar Jack’s edibles. Unlike traditional edibles, our tasty treats are made with premium THC distillate and only natural flavours!

Best of luck, and as always, happy trails!

What Are Terpenes? The Science Behind Flavour

What are terpenes? When asked about cannabis compounds you might feel compelled to name cannabinoids as your first thought.

The reality is that cannabinoids are not alone, they are just one of the families of components in the cannabis plant, and along with them come many other components like terpenes – but what are they? 

For starters, we can begin by defining what a terpene actually is, and then we can take it from there.

Understanding Terpenes

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Terpenes are one of the main building blocks of cannabis. Even though they’re not considered the most important of its components, cannabis terpenes make way for 2 of the most attractive features in a strain; its scent and flavour profile

Terpenes are primarily responsible for the plant’s smell, but in nature, terpenes acquire additional responsibilities like acting as a beacon to attract pollinating animals and as a defensive mechanism that drives predators away. 

Precise combinations of terpenes in the cannabis plant are the reason for the plant’s overall final smell.

When used independently, terpenes can be recognized by their own characteristic smell; ranging in categories from sweet, to citrus, to herbal, and other more specific smells like black pepper or honey.

The fact that terpenes have additional functions in nature may also tell you that other living forms besides cannabis plants could have a use for them, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

Terpenes are found in many different plants and animals alike. In fact, terpenes are one of the most common compounds found in plants overall.

If you’ve ever used cologne/perfume, or have a favorite bath gel scent, guess what’s in them? Many terpenes found in nature are often used to fabricate industrial products like shampoos and essential oils, precisely because of the scents they carry.

Until now the aroma in cannabis was probably considered a positive bonus, but lately, research has found that cannabis terpenes may actually interact with the body in more ways than one.

How are Terpenes Different from Cannabinoids?

terpenes vs cannabinoids

Spoiler alert, raw cannabis doesn’t come ready to consume. Once plants are picked, they go through a series of drying and curing processes. 

Consumption in this case might mean being smoked, vaped, rubbed, or whatever it is you’ve found does it for you the best.

The key detail to take away from that information is that there are also other processes that cannabis has to go through called drying or curation, even before cannabinoids are squeezed out from the plant to make extracts.

You might already be familiar with a process called decarboxylation, but if you’re not, let’s give it a one-sentence recap as it becomes a good example to understand the need for curation. 

Decarboxylation is a process used to turn the naturally occurring compound THCA found in raw cannabis plants, into the cannabinoid that we all know and love; THC. Without decarboxylation, there is no THC.

Any type of decarboxylation process may destroy terpenes, whether you’re putting the plant in the oven or exposing it directly to the flame. Drying and curing a cannabis plant will not help decarboxylate cannabinoids, but it won’t destroy them like decarboxylation would terpenes.

Terpenes are organic compounds, and while they may be bioactive (which is just a fancy word to describe a compound found to alter the natural state of the body), they don’t interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors in the same fashion cannabinoids do. 

Although, they may affect the body in different ways depending on the concentration for each terpene found in the substance, resulting in feelings of relaxation, stress relief, and other good stuff.

On the other hand (and if you’re confused about what these so-called receptors are):

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that provide the effects found in cannabis that most people, like you and me, are looking for. Regardless of whether those effects are also psychoactive or not. 

Once these compounds enter your body, they latch onto something called endocannabinoid receptors which are activated by the cannabinoids and consequently leverage the effects we’re looking for. 

How do Terpenes Affect the Body?

what are terpenes effects

When we say a terpene is bioactive, it means that they also interact and have a direct effect on the body. Independently to cannabinoids and their interaction with your body’s endocannabinoid system. However, few terpenes have been studied specifically for their independent effect on the human body.

Once a terpene becomes a terpenoid, it can also bind to cannabinoid receptors and actively modulate cannabinoid activity in the human body. 

For instance, terpenoids regulate THC effects by insulating THC molecules or altering the fluidity of neuronal membranes, ultimately altering the pharmacokinetics of THC itself. 

Terpenoids may also affect serotonin uptake, enhance norepinephrine activity, and increase dopamine activity, using a similar mechanism to the one they use when affecting the effects of cannabinoids like THC. This is often referred to as the entourage effect.

Terpene usage with similar effects to cannabis, that come independent of the entourage effect, can be found in other substances. 

Even though I’ve never thought of smoking black pepper, and I assume you haven’t either, it has been found in anecdotal evidence that common terpenes found in black pepper such as beta-caryophyllene can aid in combating nicotine withdrawal, which is itself a common benefit found in inhaled cannabis.

Coincidentally, or not, these essential oils have also been found to share many terpenes with the cannabis plant like; beta-caryophyllene, beta-humulene, beta-terpineol, and limonene.

Final Thoughts on What Are Terpenes

Cannabinoids and terpenes are among the primary components cannabis users have an eye out for when shopping for cannabis strains.

In fact, terpenes have become so important that along with cannabinoid composition callouts, cannabis brands also include a terpenes chart on their product packaging.

While cannabinoids are attributed to providing the main benefits people use cannabis for, terpenes have begun to become more and more important because they are responsible for the characteristic smells that come with strains.

The next time you buy weed online, be sure to pay attention to the terpene profile!

What is Cannabis Ruderalis? Your Quick & Easy Guide

Ever heard of ruderalis? Many cannabis users are familiar with the two dominant forms of the plant called sativa and indica. These are the two most common varieties of cannabis found in products on dispensary shelves around the country.

What many people don’t know is there is another, lesser-known type of cannabis called cannabis ruderalis. 

Although there is some disagreement about whether or not cannabis ruderalis is an entirely different variety of cannabis, there are a few things you should know about this plant that’s present in almost all cannabis strains that are available today

What is cannabis ruderalis and why are people choosing it over sativa and indica products? Let’s find out.

What is Cannabis Ruderalis?

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The name ruderalis comes from a term in the world of botanists — ruderal. A ruderal plant is one that grows despite the presence of disruptive factors in its environment such as wildfires, avalanches, poor soil quality, agriculture, or construction. In many cases, these plants outcompete local species by thriving in an otherwise hostile environment.

You’ll often find cannabis ruderalis growing on the side of roads, farmlands, or other places with high volumes of human activity. You might even find a few plants growing in your neighbourhood! 

Ruderalis is a persistent and hardy variety of cannabis that grows in the wild throughout parts of Russia and Central Asia. Some call it the “feral” species of cannabis — despite the short growing seasons and harsh climates of these regions, cannabis ruderalis continues to flourish.

Sativa, Indica, & Ruderalis — What are the Differences?

While sativa and indica plants can get as tall as 20 feet when grown in controlled conditions, cannabis ruderalis tends to be significantly shorter at just 1 to 2.5 feet. It’s stockier than cannabis sativa or indica, with a thick stem and wide light green, 3 fingered leaves.

Sativa and indica strains tend to have higher concentrations of THC, which is the compound in cannabis famous for causing the euphoric highs. Ruderlais, on the other hand, contains very little THC when compared to the other two cannabis varieties.

Instead, you’ll find high levels of other cannabinoids like CBD — which more people are turning to as a way to relax, manage pain, or get to sleep at night.

Autoflowering – Ideal Cannabis Genetics? 


One of the more unique aspects of cannabis ruderalis is its ability to flower due to maturity, rather than stimulus from light.

Sativa and indica strains must be exposed to approximately 12 hours of darkness per day in order to flower — which can make them difficult to grow outdoors. Many people have sophisticated indoor grow operations where the light can be precisely controlled.

On the other hand, cannabis ruderalis generally flowers between 21 and 30 days from planting the seeds — regardless of how much light it receives.

This ability means cannabis ruderalis can produce usable flower year-round. The phenomenon is known as autoflowering. Ruderalis is an excellent choice for people wanting to grow cannabis at home as it requires less maintenance, equipment, and attention than sativa or indica strains.

The plant’s autoflowering ability also makes it an attractive option for people looking to crossbreed strains. When bred with high-quality sativa or indica strains, this autoflowering ability can be passed onto the new plant – significantly reducing the stress and workload of the grower.

The Birthplace of  Cannabis Ruderalis

Although the precise origin of cannabis ruderalis is unknown, it was first identified in southern Siberia by the botanist D. E. Janischewsky in 1924. It’s believed it has inhabited central Asia and eastern Europe for thousands of years — in many regions, you’ll still find cannabis ruderalis growing abundantly in the wild.

Some believe cannabis ruderalis developed its autoflowering ability due to originating far north of the equator. In these regions, light cycles can vary significantly depending on the season.

What Are the Effects of Cannabis Ruderalis?

As we mentioned above, these strains have lower concentrations of THC when compared to sativa or indica. So if you’re looking for high THC content, ruderalis may not be the best option.

With that being said, it contains high levels of other cannabinoids, like CBD — which offers relaxing effects without the psychoactive high associated with THC. Many medical marijuana users choose cannabis ruderalis for its potential health benefits, rather than simply to get high.

Another reason some growers crossbreed cannabis ruderalis with other strains is to increase the CBD content of the new plant while maintaining high levels of THC. Others may crossbreed sativa strains to control or reduce the height of their plants, especially with indoor growing facilities.

If you’re looking to use cannabis recreationally, it may be better to choose a strain that has been crossbred with either sativa or indica so you can get the best of both worlds.

Who Should Buy Cannabis Ruderalis?

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Ruderalis on its own may be a good choice for people looking to avoid THC, while still getting the benefits of other cannabinoids like CBD.

For people who are new to growing cannabis, ruderalis is a great place to start. With its autoflowering trait, these plants are low maintenance and easy to grow — you’ll also see results within two months!

It may be difficult to find cannabis ruderalis strains in local dispensaries, as many customers are more interested in the psychoactive effects of THC. However, some dispensaries may carry autoflowering seeds if you’re interested in growing cannabis at home.

A Grower’s Best Friend

It’s no surprise more growers are choosing to breed their plants with cannabis ruderalis — its auto-flowering ability significantly reduces the workload and stress on the grower. Rather than meticulously planning and monitoring light levels, ruderalis can be simply left to grow.

By combining ruderalis with sativa or indica strain, the grower can maintain high levels of THC and potentially boost the plant’s CBD content. These hybrids also tend to be shorter than their cousins, making it easier to keep them contained indoors.

Ruderalis had humble beginnings in harsh environments but has since won the hearts of growers around the world.

Have you tried to grow cannabis at home? Give ruderalis a shot and see first hand how easy it is to get these plants to flower.

Cannabis Topicals – Weed For Your Skin

In this ever-expansive world of cannabis products, cannabis topicals are a new player on the scene. 

You’ve probably heard that topicals are a fast-acting ointment for localized relief and that they may also be good for your skin, or great for relieving tension. While a lot of these claims praise the efficacy of cannabis topicals, being a new product on the market, the research on the subject is still in its infancy.

Depending on what you desire from cannabis, topicals may or may not be what you need to strengthen your arsenal.

What Exactly are Cannabis Topicals?

Unlike many other pharmaceuticals, Medical cannabis comes in a vast array of unique consumable products. Cannabis topicals may encompass THC or CBD infused skin creams, body oils, or even lubricants. 

Topicals are meant to be applied directly on the skin for a fast-acting treatment that can target specific areas of interest. Along with the regular attributes of cannabis-infused products, topicals can assist in treating localized pain, inflammation, and various skin-related conditions. 

Common infused compounds among topicals include THC and CBD. Although less popular, cannabis topicals are also gaining traction with other lesser-known cannabinoids such as Cannabinol (CBN) and Cannabigerol (CBG).

The Benefits of Using Cannabis Topicals

1) Allows for Targeted/Spot Treatment

If you’re looking to deal with isolated spots causing discomfort, topicals provide the solution to exactly that. Whether it’s acute back pain, sore joints, or even areas of inflammation, cannabis topicals can be used on specific areas to treat each location as needed without the effects of intoxication.

2) Great for Healing Burns Quicker

Burns can be an incredibly painful experience, worse yet, the idle inflammation left after the initial burn can cause extreme discomfort as well. Coupled with a slow rate of recovery, burns can be quite a nuisance to deal with. Luckily, cannabis topicals are known to ease the pain of inflammation while simultaneously providing relief to the burn.

Limited evidence suggests that a high-quality topical with the right ingredients will not only be able to help alleviate much of the pain but also expedite the healing process.

3) Keeps the Skin Glowing

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When it comes to looking our best, we all want to maximize our potential. That said, smooth and wrinkle-free skin is an important indicator of youth and beauty. Cannabis topicals are loaded with antioxidants that interact safely with free radicals and terminate them before any molecular damage occurs. In fact, one study suggests that CBD may be a more potent antioxidant to Vitamins C and E.

In Layman’s terms, it means that cannabis topicals can reduce your skin from aging and prevent tissue damage, keeping your skin plump and healthy.

4) An Amazing Companion for Massages


A nice massage is already quite relaxing but combined with the therapeutic effects of cannabis, and you’ve got yourself a superior experience. Current research has demonstrated that the skin is home to an abundance of several CB2 receptors and a small reserve of CB1 receptors. These receptors are what cannabinoids bind to in order for us to feel marijuana’s therapeutic effects.

That said, the combination of the two can be an excellent remedy for chronic pain, arthritis, injury, and much more.

5) Keeps Inflammation and Arthritis at Bay

Arthritis is known to produce swelling and pain at the joints. As mentioned before, cannabis is an effective fighter of inflammation and can help with pain relief at the joints for those who suffer from arthritis or similar issues.

6) Anti-Bacterial

Cannabis naturally contains anti-bacterial properties, providing relief to a range of bacterial skin infections such as acne, folliculitis, and several others.

7) Enhanced Sexual Pleasure

When it comes to the bedroom, men and women alike can harness the power of this ancient aphrodisiac. 

In fact, cannabis use as an arouser dates back centuries in areas of central Asia where the plant was integrated into various ancient tantric sex practices.

Lucky for you, several companies have developed cannabinoid-infused oils and lubricants with the specific aim to elevate your private experiences.

The Disadvantages of Using Cannabis Topicals

1) Topicals are Usually Inefficient in Getting You High

While not entirely impossible to achieve a state of high through topicals, it is definitely trickier than traditionally smoking or eating your cannabis. Luckily, transdermal patches are one of the best topical options for this.

2) There is limited research on the subject

As with any new emerging product, there is limited research. While in theory topicals are supposed to provide the effects they claim, there is limited anecdotal evidence supporting this.

Who Should Use Topicals?

For those who are interested in the non intoxicating side of cannabis, topicals may fill a niche while killing two birds with one stone. 

Those who are looking to treat pain and inflammation or skin conditions such as Edema or Psoriasis may find utility in topicals as well. It should be noted that exposure to broken skin allows cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream, which can potentially cause psychoactive effects.

Getting High Using Topicals

As mentioned before, getting high using topicals can be tricky. However, the advent of transdermal patches has made it easier than ever to allow its users to experience a steady release of cannabinoids in complete discretion. 

This form of consumption works by allowing cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream via the venous regions of the body, where the cannabinoids traverse to the brain and then the rest of the body. 

Like most other cannabis products, transdermal patches come in a variety of cannabinoid profiles with split ratio profiles being an option as well.

How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?

Cannabis produces its effects by interacting with our endocannabinoid system. The system is comprised of two different types of receptors, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are what cannabinoids bind to when consumed and absorbed by our bodies. 

That said, our skin is home to several CB2 receptors and a smaller portion of CB1 receptors. When topicals have been applied, the cannabinoids are absorbed by these receptors and quickly absorbed by our bodies, providing fast-acting effects.

Final Thoughts

Different topicals offer various attributes with different benefits. With an already vast array of skincare products on the market, the difference one ingredient can make is immense.