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Ease the Pain of That Summertime Sunburn With a Cannabis Topical

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Missouri is experiencing its hottest summer yet. After the pandemic lockdown that slowed things down for the past couple years, residents of the Show-Me state aren’t about to let another summer slip by without enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, too much fun in the sun can sometimes lead to a nasty sunburn. If you find yourself seeking relief from being overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays, you may be surprised to learn that a medical marijuana topical may be the soothing solution you didn’t know you needed.

Missourians who have their medical marijuana card can pick-up topicals in their local dispensary that use the unique healing powers of cannabis to ease the symptoms of a painful sunburn.

What Are the Symptoms of a Sunburn?

Having knowledge of the symptoms of a sunburn may help you understand the way that a marijuana topical could ease your pain. Everyone knows that sunburns can be painful, but what is actually going on in your sunburnt body?

According to the University of Texas MD Anderson Center, a sunburn is caused when the ultraviolet rays of the sun damage your skin. Although it’s called a sunburn, it isn’t the same as when you burn your skin by touching something hot.

When you are overexposed to the sun, your skin cells are hit with more UV rays than they can handle. This damage can cause some of your skin cells to die off. When you have a sunburn, the blood vessels in the affected area dilate. The reason for this is to increase blood flow, which brings immune cells to the skin to begin repairing the damage.

This process causes the swelling, inflammation, and redness, which are tell-tale symptoms of a sunburn. The pain that you feel is the repair process taking affect. Of course, one of the best ways to avoid a sunburn, other than staying out of the sun entirely, is to wear and regularly apply a high-SPF sunscreen. Of course, if you already have a sunburn, that advice is less than helpful.

What Is a Medical Marijuana Topical?

Topicals are a medical marijuana product which is often overlooked, probably because they are one of the few cannabis products that don’t give you the psychoactive “high” that you get from ingesting marijuana. But, don’t dismiss them just because they don’t get you high. Medical marijuana topicals have some amazing healing properties.

Topicals are ointments, including lotions, balms, or creams that have been cannabis-infused. They are a great way to receive the benefits of marijuana in a non-invasive way, without having to worry about being impaired. Simply apply a topical directly to the skin for localized pain relief.

How Cannabis Topicals Can Help a Sunburn

One of the great things about cannabis topicals is that they allow you to pinpoint the area where you need pain relief. This makes them ideal skin issues such as a sunburn, because you can simply apply the topical to the affected area of skin.

Most medical marijuana topicals include ingredients that are already good for your skin. If you read the ingredients list, you’ll see items such as Vitamin E, oils, aloe, and jojoba. But what makes marijuana topicals so effective in treating the pain caused by a sunburn is the addition of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.

Many topicals will include either THC or CBD, but the most effective topicals seem to be those which contain both. When THC and CBD get the chance to work together, they create something known as The Entourage Effect, where they work together to produce greater pain relieving results.

THC topicals are known to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties. They are also known to relieve pain and act as an analgesic. CBD topicals act as an anti-inflammatory agent, which can help with the painful swelling that can come with a sunburn, and they also have pain relieving properties. When you have a topical that contains THC and CBD, you get the best of both worlds.

PRO TIP: Often, topicals come with essential oils. If you’re looking for additional pain relief, be on the lookout for clove, cayenne, or wintergreen oils.

Need Something Stronger?

Of course, if your sunburn is causing you discomfort, you may want to consider the pain relieving powers of other marijuana products - the ones that do happen to give you an overall high. Pain relief is one of the most widely known uses of medical marijuana. When you are at your favorite Missouri dispensary picking up a topical, you may also want to stock up on additional cannabis products. By the way, if you’re looking for a discreet way to enjoy cannabis, we recommend trying a medical marijuana tincture.

Feel Good All Summer Long

In addition to the soothing THC-infused topicals, you can enjoy a wide array of cannabis products legally in Missouri, such as flower, vapes, edibles, and tinctures. All you need to legally enjoy cannabis in Missouri is your state medical marijuana card. If you don’t have your card yet, we can help you with that!

Our physicians are standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.


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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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