Topical Marijuana Definition & Information

Topical marijuana is used on the outside of the body rather than smoked or ingested. Topical marijuana products usually contain more cannabidiol (CBD) than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), if there is any THC at all. Most products that do contain THC don’t penetrate into the bloodstream, so users don’t get high.

Topical marijuana is usually used as a way to relieve physical pain and/or emotional stress by applying it directly to the source of pain. The most popular topical marijuana products include:

  • Gels
  • Lotions
  • Oils
  • Soaps
  • Sprays

There are also transdermal topical marijuana products that contain high levels of THC, usually in the form of a patch or an oil-based lubricant. These goods allow THC to enter the bloodstream, which can result in a high for the user if the product is potent enough.