Charlene Freedom, Cannabis Topicals Workshop
Certified Natural Health Practitioner
Charlene Freedom is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner specializing in cannabis topicals and aromatherapy. She teaches DIY Cannabis Medicines classes at Anarres Natural Health Apothecary, and offers workshops and education at cannabis clinics and events. Charlene is currently featured in the Highway magazine, and her products were featured in Chatelaine’s article “The Pinking of Pot”
Cannabis Topicals Workshop
Join us for a workshop on Cannabis Topicals with Charlene Freedom. She will be discussing the various uses of cannabis topical products like cannabis creams, massage oils, balms, salves, and holistic bath therapies as treatments for different health conditions. Charlene will share a mini demo on how to create your own cannabis infused products from infused oils!
“Topical Cannabis: The Basics” by Charlene Freedom
Cannabis Topicals are still fairly new, and they are an excellent alternative way to treat your pain and inflammation. Cannabis topicals consist of creams, lotions, balms, massage oils, bath salts and bath bombs, ointments, and suppositories. The benefits of topicals are medicating without getting “high”, they are simple to use and apply, they are nourishing for the skin, and you can treat numerous conditions using cannabis topicals. Lack of access to topicals has motivated many people to learn to make their own, and it surprises people how easy they are to create.
Cannabis topicals have been gaining a lot of attention recently in news and social media, and people often ask me, does it really work? Yes, they do. Cannabis topicals are made with infused carrier oils and these are absorbed through the skin, and bind to our CB1 and CB2 receptors in the skin. Cannabis has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied directly to areas of pain and inflammation. Cannabis infused coconut oil has the best benefits as the cannabinoids bind to the lipids in coconut oil, and work in synergy together for absorption.
Some of the topical products that you will find cannabis oils in are creams and lotions which are good for muscles and painful joints. Balms are excellent for open cuts, wounds, burns, and bites, and work like ointments do for providing a protective layer for the skin. Massage oils are beneficial for helping to break down muscle tension and stress and for relieving pain. Bath Salts and bath bombs are another way to treat your pain and muscle tension, and combined with warm water is beneficial for aiding relaxation, sleep and rest. Cannabis suppositories are becoming really popular with women for its success for treating menstrual cramping, and endometriosis symptoms.
Cannabinoids do not absorb into the bloodstream in the same way as they do with ingestion or smoking/vaporizing, and they do not have any psychoactive effects, so you won’t get high from rubbing a cream into your skin. Creams can be applied anywhere, and its empowering to be able to treat your pain with a topical cream, especially if it’s one you made for yourself. Many conditions are assisted using topicals, like arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, MS, epilepsy, auto-immune disorders, swelling and inflammation, broken bones, post-op surgeries and so much more. Some of the skin conditions that can be treated with topicals are psoriasis, eczema, poison ivy, rashes, chronic itching, acne, burns, blisters, cold sores, dry, and aging skin.
Cannabis topicals are not licensed by Health Canada yet, but patients can learn to make their own. They are fairly easy to make, but they can be a lot of work and research if you don’t know what you are doing, and it can be expensive to make mistakes. I offer workshops teaching patients to learn to work with their medicine, and share the best ways to use them and create many different products from infused oils. Patients are often surprised at how easy it is to create their own topicals, and find it to be a fun and creative way to treat themselves.