The holiday season is stressful under normal circumstances, nevermind in the midst of a global pandemic. While you may not be able to travel and visit your loved ones this year, you can still find ways to show them you care by sending them something special — especially soothing weed-infused goodies.
Naturally, not everyone on your shopping list will be interested in consuming cannabis, which is where topicals come in. Topicals are infused lotions or ointments applied directly to your skin, often used for localized pain relief. In recent years, the topicals market has expanded to include sprays, oils, bath salts, transdermal solutions, lubricants and more. They can be formulated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), or tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa), or sometimes a combination of these cannabinoids, but typically they are non-intoxicating.
For those who are skeptical of THC, even when applied to the skin, CBD-based topicals of all types can be found in stores nationally. Anne Louise Burdett, CEO of TOCA, explained that CBD's anti-inflammatory properties are useful for pain but also to promote overall wellness.
“CBD is known to help with both the actual signaling of pain and our perception of it, making it a powerful plant ally to reduce pain and allow the body to rest and recover if there is some issue or injury,” she said. “There are so many different things going on in our world right now that could produce stress, anxiety, fatigue, tension, it may feel difficult for people to feel like taking some time to feel sexy or relaxed and work on pain or injury is important right now, but it is! … If you're gifting it to others, they'll feel your love when they use it.”
With so many topicals available today, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect gift. Follow our guide to help you choose something amazing for everyone who deserves to be pampered this year.
SYNERGY Relief Balm by Dixie
For the runner, hiker, or other athlete on your list, you may be searching for a powerful anti-inflammatory to soothe their tired and sore muscles. Check out Dixie's SYNERGY Relief Balm — it's a highly effective formula featuring a 1:1 ratio of 50 milligrams of THC and 50 milligrams of CBD.
This little container delivers serious localized pain relief for most aches and pains, providing your loved one with sweet, sweet release.
Price: $30 — $40
Available in California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada
THC:CBD Sleep Bath Bomb by Kush Queen
In these stressful times, we could all use a nice warm bath and a little TLC. Kush Queen is known for its gorgeous bath bombs designed with terpenes, essential oils, and full-spectrum cannabis.
Their Sleep 1:1 Bath Bomb is made with a blend of 25 milligrams of THC, 25 milligrams of CBD, and soothing lavender, mandarin, and marjoram oils. Kush Queen also makes bath bombs with just CBD which are available nationally.
Price: $12.99 — $20
Age Defying Whipped Serum by Her Royal Hempress
While CBD is best-known for pain relief, it's also an amazing skincare ingredient — and the perfect gift for the skincare junkie in your life. This delightful whipped serum by Her Royal Hempress is full of skin-loving ingredients, including 150 milligrams of CBD, vitamin C, green tea extract, hyaluronic acid, and other antioxidant-rich botanicals.
Anecdotal evidence sourced from customer reviews suggest that the serum can help resolve skin concerns such as acne, dark circles, fine lines, and dullness. You can also buy the age-defying serum at a discounted rate in the Deluxe Hempress Package, along with their Exfoliating Whipped Serum.
Extra Strength Body Oil by Apothecanna
Among our favorite CBD topicals for fast pain relief is Apothecanna's Extra Strength Oil. This cooling formula features key ingredients like arnica, peppermint, and juniper, in addition to 400 milligrams of CBD.
Ideal for THC skeptics looking for relief from pain or inflammation, the extra strength oil packs a serious punch, and a little goes a long way. Apothecanna also makes several other CBD lotions and oils designed to promote better circulation, calmness, and overall ease.
TOTO Lubricant by TOCA
Not sure what to get your significant other this year? TOCA has the answer. TOTO is a CBD-infused intimate oil designed to reduce inflammation and pain during sex, increase arousal and pleasure, and prolong orgasm.
TOTO can be used internally or externally for all types of foreplay, penetrative sex, or as a healing massage oil throughout the body. Along with CBD, the oil includes high quality ingredients such as rosehip oil, peppermint, vitamin E oil, and rose quartz. You can also try their other formula, QULO, which is designed for anal use but can be used anywhere, to decide which formula is right for you and your partner.
THC-Sativa Transdermal Patch by Mary's Medicinals
A transdermal patch slowly delivers a medicine or drug into the bloodstream via the skin, and yes, Mary's Medicinals award-winning patches are considered topicals, though this is the only item on the list that is designed to produce mildly intoxicating effects.
Their sativa patch contains 20 milligrams of THC and can be placed on any venous part of the skin for 8—12 hours of steady relief. These are great for that family member or friend who is interested in trying THC but is scared to overdo it. Mary's Medicinals also offers THC-Indica, 1:1 THC/CBD, THCA, CBD, and CBN patches.
Price: $8 — $14
Available in California, Colorado, Maryland, Illinois, Michigan
Peppermint Hemp-Infused Roll-On by Charlotte's Web
The Charlotte's Web Peppermint Roll-On is the ideal gift for someone who's always on the go. You know your workaholic friend or coworker who never takes a break? They can throw this oil in a bag and apply it to their forehead, temples, or wrist whenever they feel stressed or overwhelmed.
Formulated with peppermint oil, menthol, eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, and 100 milligrams of CBD, this product is energizing, calming, and super convenient. Charlotte's Web also carries a similar CBD roll-on that is lavender scented.
High Gorgeous Piña-Co-Canna Lotion by Yummi Karma
Whether it's your mom, sister, or great aunt Sally, there's always someone on your list that is hard to shop for. Luckily, almost everyone likes things that smell nice. This tropical scented lotion by High Gorgeous combines 200 milligrams of THC and THCa with aloe, chamomile, and other natural ingredients to soothe sore muscles.
It's relaxing, vegan-friendly, and smells like you're on a beautiful beach vacation — what more could you ask for?
Price: $30 — $40
Available in California
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