Cannabis Health Products: Inside This New Wellness Trend
In decades past, cannabis was used mainly for fun and relaxation – because it was illegal in many countries, the health and wellness community never examined the benefits it could have for the mind and body. However, this all began to change when marijuana was legalized for medical use in California in 1996. All of a sudden, attitudes towards cannabis started to evolve, and many people became curious about the potential health benefits that cannabis could have for them.
Fast forward to today, and cannabis is legal in many parts of the world, including several US states. Researchers have found that cannabis can help with pain management for chronic diseases like MS, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, and more. Cannabis also can help the digestive system by alleviating nausea and even helping with weight loss. And while there is still more research to be done on the mental health benefits of cannabis, many users find that it helps them manage anxiety, insomnia, and other mental health conditions. All of these benefits have led to a boom in health and wellness products that contain cannabis.
CBD vs. THC
When looking at health products that contain cannabis, it’s important to understand the difference between THC and CBD. They are both compounds that are derived from the cannabis plant and are used in health and wellness products. However, they have different effects on the body, and in many places, they have different legalization statuses as well. CBD stands for cannabidiol, and THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. The biggest difference is that CBD is not psychoactive, meaning that it will not get you high, while THC does have psychoactive properties. CBD derived from hemp is legal in many states where marijuana has not yet been legalized – be sure to check your state’s laws before purchasing. The compounds have similar medical benefits, particularly in terms of relaxation and anxiety relief. The biggest medical difference between the two compounds is that THC is much more effective for managing nausea.
Cannabis Cream for Muscle Relief
Just in the past year or so, we’ve seen a rise in the production of cannabis creams, lotions, and oils that are designed to be applied topically. Many of these products only contain CBD, but in states like Colorado, Washington, and California, which have relatively relaxed marijuana laws at this point, you’ll find a huge range of THC-infused creams as well. Athletes in particular have been loving these items, as they can help manage soreness after a long workout, and even reduce the pain associated with injuries. Even if you’re not an athlete, anyone can benefit from these products, particularly if you deal with muscle stiffness from sitting or standing throughout the day. Some popular brands that make cannabis creams include Apothecanna, Sagely Naturals, and Leif Goods, although there are far too many great brands to name here. These companies make products with natural ingredients that are designed to be both nourishing and relaxing.
There are even cannabis bath bombs and other spa-like products designed to help you relax after a long day. These products often come with soothing scents and are marketed as a luxury item. Whoopi and Maya’s bath soak is a particularly popular one, as it was created by actress Whoopi Goldberg in collaboration with cannabis expert Maya Elisabeth. The brand also makes cannabis creams and oils.
You’ve probably already heard about ‘edibles’ and CBD-based snacks, but recently the cannabis trend has expanded even further with tasty CBD beverages. Cannabis teas were a natural first step, as tea is already such a relaxing product. Kikoko and Stillwater are two of the brands leading the way with this trend. Cannabis coffee pods are another fun trend, and they’re very convenient, as you can make them in a Keurig or other similar device. In California, Vybes is a brand making CBD-infused kombucha, and since it doesn’t contain THC, you can find it at local cafes and restaurants. One of the most amusing drinks to hit the market is cannabis-infused craft beer from notable brewers like Lagunitas and New Belgium. Some trendy cocktail bars are even taking this a step further by including CBD oils in their alcoholic mixed drinks for some relaxation and unique flavor.
Cannabis Skincare and Beauty
An interesting aspect of the cannabis trend in the wellness community is that it gives cannabis producers an easy way to market their products to women. Many niche brands are now opting to include cannabis compounds in their products – you can even find CBD products at Sephora now. Luxury skincare brands like Kiehl’s, Josie Maran, and Herbivore now sell gorgeous green skincare oils designed to help you get fresh, glowing skin. There are also skincare and body care brands that are entirely CBD based, like CBD for Life and Cannuka. Makeup brands are even getting in on the trend – Milk Makeup’s ‘Kush’ mascara contains cannabis oils for hydration and volume. The undeniable cool factor of cannabis oils has encouraged many brands to put them in their products, although it’s often unclear exactly how the cannabis oil works as a makeup enhancer. This is just scratching the surface of beauty and wellness products that contain cannabis – visit dispensaries in states like Colorado and Washington, and you might find shampoo, toothpaste, lip balm, and more.
Cannabis for PMS Relief
Another interesting way that cannabis retailers are marketing to women is through products designed to relieve period cramps and other PMS symptoms. We’ve already mentioned Whoopi and Maya, which sells a variety of products created with PMS relief in mind. Foria is another brand that is really leading the way with cannabis-based PMS products. One of the most interesting products available is their cannabis-infused suppositories. They are made with broad spectrum CBD and cocoa butter and are designed to be inserted like a tampon. Another Foria product that has been generating a lot of buzz is their CBD-based arousal oil, which is designed to enhance female pleasure in the bedroom.
Pet-Friendly Cannabis Products
It’s not just humans that are jumping on the cannabis trend these days – there are cannabis-based pet products available for your furry friend to enjoy too. Dogs experience many of the same health benefits from cannabis that humans do, and they’re generally safe for your pets in small doses (although you should always check with your vet first). A huge number of new brands are making cannabis-infused pet treats for both dogs and cats, as well as oils that you can apply topically. The treats have yummy flavors that pets enjoy, but the cannabis compounds can help keep them calm and even relieve joint pain in older pets.
The cannabis wellness trend is showing no signs of slowing down, and we can expect to see even more creative cannabis wellness products hit the market as legalization spread throughout the United States. Cannabis has quickly caught the eye of investors, who see huge financial potential in these trendy new products. The health benefits of cannabis are also making it much more accessible to people who might not have otherwise wanted to try marijuana. Overall, cannabis provides a good natural alternative to stronger drugs, and they present an easy solution to chronic pain and other common health issues.
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