What is a Hybrid Topicals?
A hybrid topicals refers to a cannabis-infused product that is applied externally to the skin for localized relief. It is called a hybrid topical because it typically contains a combination of cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds derived from both indica and sativa cannabis strains.
Here are some key features and characteristics of hybrid topicals:
- Cannabis-infused: Hybrid topical are formulated with cannabis extracts or oils that contain cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). These cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, potentially providing localized relief and therapeutic benefits.
- Indica and Sativa Combination: Hybrid topicals are made by combining extracts from both indica and sativa cannabis strains. Indica strains are known for their relaxing and sedating effects, while sativa strains are associated with uplifting and energizing effects. The combination aims to provide a balanced experience, targeting both relaxation and stimulation.
- External Application: Hybrid topicals are designed to be applied directly to the skin. They come in various forms, such as creams, lotions, balms, salves, and oils. The topical application allows for targeted relief to specific areas of the body, such as muscles, joints, or skin irritations.
- Localized Relief: Hybrid topicals are commonly used for localized relief from pain, inflammation, muscle soreness, arthritis, and skin conditions. The cannabinoids in the topical product interact with cannabinoid receptors in the skin, potentially providing therapeutic effects without the psychoactive “high” associated with ingesting cannabis.
- Non-intoxicating: While hybrid topicals contain cannabinoids, they are typically formulated to have minimal psychoactive effects. This means that they are unlikely to cause a significant “high” when applied to the skin, as the cannabinoids do not enter the bloodstream in significant amounts.
- Lab Testing: Reputable hybrid topical products undergo third-party lab testing to ensure quality, potency, and safety. Lab test results should be available to consumers, providing information on cannabinoid content, potential contaminants, and the absence of harmful substances.
It’s important to note that the specific features and effects of hybrid topicals can vary between different brands and products. It’s recommended to read product labels, consult with a knowledgeable budtender, and conduct a patch test on a small area of skin before applying the topical more widely. This helps determine any potential allergic reactions or sensitivities.