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  • Post Time Posted June 17, 2019
Cannabis is an exciting industry. Weekly, if not daily, new products come to market that add value to the economy and, one could argue, society. Cannabis has unquestionably come a long way from traditional products and taboos like pipes, bongs and joints. In place of that almost anachronistic image has come an experience riddled with applications ranging from vapes and dabs, to capsules and topicals.

In fact, those methods of ingestion (MOI) count for less than a handful of the dozens of administration methods available to cannabis consumers. In addition to a laundry list of other MOIs – edibles, drinks, tinctures, oils, gums, butter, topicals and traditional smoking techniques– cannabis has recently welcomed exciting innovations and impressive products like, notably, transdermal patches, sublingual sprays, and roll-on topicals.1

To patients, the plant is significant both in part and in whole. Cannabis flowers can of course be consumed by way of, say, a joint or vaporizer, or the vital cannabinoids (THC, CBD and others) can be extracted and used in dozens of different applications. This may help to explain why new people continue to adopt the plant and its products into their lives for both recreational, and therapeutic reasons.

Another reason cannabis may be gaining in sheer popularity is its characteristically robust nature. Perhaps unbeknownst to novice consumers, and to those generally opposed to its proliferation, cannabis doesn’t have one face. Nor does it have two, or three. Cannabis is a predominantly subjective experience that presents anyone who uses it a plethora of means of partaking. These have come to be known as methods of ingestion and administration.

One of the newest entrants to the space, transdermal patches represent a class of products with significant therapeutic potential. Primarily marketed to patients with chronic and neuropathic pain, transdermal patches, similar to nicotine patches, offer a sleek, easy and discreet way to treat topical nerve and muscle pain. At least one of these patches has been developed for fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy, among other ailments.

Roll-on Topicals Head a New Class of Administration Methods
Sublingual sprays are quickly becoming one of the most sought-after cannabis products on the market today. Altogether easy to use and convenient, these sprays can serve both medical and recreational purposes, mostly contingent on the cannabinoid content of a given sublingual. A tasty and simple product, sublingual sprays are generally packaged as a mix of concentrated cannabis oil and ingredients like MCT and peppermint oils.3

Undoubtedly one of the very latest administration tools, roll-on topicals are garnering much attention of late. Applied directly to the skin using deodorant-like roll-on technology, the product comes in various concentrations of hemp, CBD and THC, and is reported to be useful for targeted pain relief for joints and muscles, inflammation, acne, sunburn treatments, arthritis, and even headaches.4

In addition to being an interesting new product for patients with the above ailments, roll-on sticks are also said to be a good recovery tool for active adults and athletes using topicals for post-workouts. Because the roll-on is discreet and can be applied to the skin without needing to ingest or inhale the cannabinoids, these products are making principled gains for anyone needing relief in the areas of muscles, joint and body.5

While sublinguals, transdermal patches, and roll-on sticks stand out among the new products in the cannabis space, methods of ingestion now count in the dozens with that number likely to balloon in coming years. As more innovations are introduced to an industry always happy to welcome them, so too will patients and adult recreational consumers continue to reap the benefits of the ever-changing face of cannabis. 

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