HOW IT WORKS

Most joint pain is caused by inflammation, which is the body’s biological response to injury and

a defense against diseases. A lot of things cause inflammation: twisting an ankle, repetitive movement, a breakdown of your immune system and degenerative joint damage are common.

The body releases chemicals into the bloodstream in an attempt to protect the joints. It works to heal wounds, but it can also play a role in some chronic diseases. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and other joint-related ailments are overwhelmed with inflammation. Cannabis, fortunately, is loaded with inflammation-fighting compounds, especially THC and CBD.

THC, which is short for tetrahydrocannabinol and is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that provides the euphoric or intoxicating “high” effect, has been shown to calm the immune system and deactivate inflammatory proteins. THC essentially acts as an analgesic (painkiller). Non-psychoactive CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, reduces inflammation. At the most basic level, these two chemicals act in tandem to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. CBD combined with THC can significantly reduce the euphoric “high” sensation. Your Greenlight Approved retailer can help you select just the right combination.

​Most sufferers of joint pain are familiar with IcyHot or Bengay or similar over-the-counter creams. Cannabis topicals works pretty much the same way.

Cannabis topicals are non-psychoactive, meaning it is impossible to get “high” from applying them to your skin. These cannabis-infused lotions, creams, balms, and oils get absorbed through the skin and combat pain and inflammation. Many sufferers of joint pain don’t want their mind altered, they simply want relief. For these people and children, topicals are a preferred treatment option.

Sufferers of arthritis, neuropathy and fibromyalgia often prefer topicals because they can be applied throughout the day without fear of impairment.