Cannabis infused topicals are applied directly to the skin as a lotion, balm, salve, or bath salt. Topicals provide a localized effect and they’re generally used to ease muscle tension, inflammation, and more. Topicals typically contain both THC and CBD, but, in general, do not provide psychoactive effects.
Transdermals deliver cannabinoids directly into the bloodstream through the application of a transdermal patch or gel. The systemic delivery provides full-body effects with minimal cerebral psychoactive effects. Patches and gels also provide a discreet and easy use.
Transdermal patches and gels are applied to any venous area of the skin and deliver a consistent and gradual supply of cannabinoids. Transdermal patch effects may last from 8-12 hours and gel effects typically last for 4-6 hours.
To read more on how cannabis interacts with our bodies ready about the endocannabinoid system.