Divios Cannabis Topicals Guide
Breaking down the history, uses and benefits of cannabis in the topical form - a la Divios!

CANNABIS TOPICALS - BACKGROUND
The origin of cannabis used in a topical form (meaning as a therapeutic balm, salve, oil, lotion, etc.) has been traced as far back as 2000 B.C. According to various papyri scroll documents, the ancient Egyptians used cannabis to treat a variety of ailments, including sore eyes and even hemorrhoids — turns out sitting on rocks hurts. As expert Egyptologist Lise Manniche notes, they even referred to it as “plant medical cannabis”.

The Ancient Greeks also took advantage of cannabis’ medicinal properties and used it to dress the wounds and sores on their horses, as well as to treat inflammation and pain in humans.
Today, researchers are learning even more uses and benefits for cannabis topicals.

Cannabis topicals are popular because they provide localized relief and skin care without adverse side effects as oftentimes experienced when using chemical, pharmaceutical topicals nor will they induce a “high” in users, as would happen when smoking or ingesting cannabis (THC). While it is possible for specific transdermal (meaning: through skin) patches to deliver cannabis to the bloodstream and could have psychoactive effects with enough THC content, Divios’ product lines are designed to remain and nourish externally only.

Thanks to cannabis topicals, users can easily incorporate them into their daily routines and receive their benefits without any mental lapses. Quite the opposite — when your skin feels good, your overall mental and physical will feel better.

Don’t forget: our skin is our body’s largest organ so it’s vital we provide total care.
So how do cannabis topicals work and why are they important to skin care?

As discussed in our CBD guide section, the answer lies in our body’s endocannibinoid system (ECS) and the value impact of cannabinoids, which are a class of diverse chemical compounds known to exist in the cannabis plant.

As Dr. Ethan Russo, MD, a cannabinoid researcher and the former president of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) explains:

“The body contains two main cannabinoid receptors: CB1, the psychoactive receptor that also mediates pain and many other functions, and CB2, a non-psychoactive receptor that mediates pain and inflammation. Both are operative in the skin and affect pain, itch and inflammation associated with many dermatological conditions.”

Thanks to our skins’ robust ability to interact with cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, we are able to receive their benefits via cannabis topicals.
To see how our skin and the endocannabinoid work side-by-side, we encourage you to view Phytecs' interactive demo. *Phytecs is a biotechnology company coordinating the collection of the world’s most innovative cannabis research and potential treatments targeting the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The last important thing to know about topical cannabinoid formulas is that while they work well on the skin, they are not easily absorbed through the skin— which means you won’t receive any of the psychoactive effects, as you would if you say ingested or inhaled THC.

In order for cannabinoids to generate any psychoactive effect (“make you high”), they must enter your bloodstream, which they will not do in a topical formation — unless using a transdermal patch or other transdermal carrier methods. With Divios’ products, you will enjoy the benefits of cannabis without any of its unwanted side effects. We’re here to lift you up in a different kind of way. For those of you who lament this separation, please know that Divios is working on innovative strategies to combine both.
Finally, when using cannabis topicals that incorporate both CBD and THC, like our Divios’ Plus product lines, you are taking advantage of what’s known as “the entourage effect”, which is essentially a more complete approach to cannabis use and thus its benefits. More cannabinoids means more endocannabinoid system coverage, and when formulated within the right ratio framework, THC and CBD can complement each other’s functions incredibility well, as you will discover with our Aloe Moisturizer Plus and our Moisturizing Suncare Plus -- available at these locations.
CANNABIS TOPICALS - USES & BENEFITS
Traditionally, the primary use of cannabis topicals has been to provide pain relief and treat skin inflammation. Like many other plant-based medicines and therapeutic remedies, cannabis is an attractive and popular option because it’s not only effective but an all natural approach to helping our bodies and healing our skin.
As cannabis’ uses have evolved in popular culture and within medicine, “researchers have also investigated its use for the treatment of dermatologic conditions including pruritus, inflammatory skin disease, and skin cancer” (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology), including teams at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who summarized that “cannabis plant extracts like THC and CBD have indeed been proven to reduce inflammation and itch in cases of psoriasis, eczema, and allergic dermatitis when applied to the skin.

So what do all these benefits mean with regard to basic skin care and improving one’s daily routines?

We’re here to cover some (but not all!) of the ways cannabis topicals can help:
1. Provide Localized Pain Management
Cannabis topicals, particularly those with the presence of THC in them, are excellent for addressing pain in a specific area of the body, whether it’s from an injury, surgery or soreness. They are fast-acting, providing quick relief and are usually effective for 2-3 hours.

Be mindful of the cannabinoid concentrations in your topical products. The more present, the more relief and value you will receive. Divios’ product lines are infused with 4x the industry average because we want to ensure effectiveness and meaningful care.
2. Reduce Inflammation
Modern research reports and pre-clinical trial studies increasingly reveal how cannabis fights one of our most common pain points - inflammation. When applied, both CBD and THC quickly bind to the CB2 receptors in our skin.

Whether addressing your skin after sports or if you’re suffering from arthritis, cannabinoids can help. In fact, data published by the British Society for Rheumatology directly correlates the positive impact activating CB2 receptors can have on patients suffering from arthritis.
3. Aid in Healing of Wounds & Burns
An easy follow-up to #2 because what is one of the primary issues when it comes to skin wounds and burns? Answer: inflammation.

As the Ancient Greeks did to treat their bodies and care for their horses, so can we when it comes to cannabis, but you don’t need an emergency to do so. For this reason, we infuse our Divios Protect and Protect Plus suncare formulas with pure CBD — thus assisting with preventative skin care.

** While cannabinoids have also been shown to exhibit antibacterial properties, if you are experiencing an emergency or open laceration / burn, then you need to seek immediate medical attention. Cannabis topicals can aid in healing but should not be your first-stop solution.
4. Keep Skin Youthful & Healthy
Anti-aging is a big buzz word these days, but dipping into the fountain of youth has been the goal of beauty secrets for millennia.

Essentially, cannabinoids have been found to protect and restore skin against damage caused by environmental exposure — or more scientifically speaking, cannabis has powerful antioxidant properties that shield our skin by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can harm the cells in your body.

In fact, a study published by the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 found that CBD is a more powerful antioxidant than Vitamins E and C, and THC was also found to have antioxidant properties.

Need even more evidence? In 2003, the US Government even filed a patent on “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants”. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

With anti-aging in mind, Divios’ products are all-natural, so the enriching properties of our premium botanical ingredients such as red raspberry seed oil, witch hazel, jojoba oil, and matcha green tea butter will also provide an immense level of antioxidant support for your skin.
5. Treat Acne, Rashes, Dry Skin and Other Serious Skin Conditions
As state (and federal) laws evolve and more research allows for the testing of cannabis, both pre-clinical and trial studies on people, the more we will really start to unlock the potential of cannabis and learn just how expansive its medicinal properties are for our benefit.

Until then, while we understand that cannabis has anti-microbial effects, CBD can inhibit sebum production and thus reduce acne, and evidence has shown our endocannabinoid system can alleviate pain associated with eczema and psoriasis, as well as itch and rash symptoms, it’s important that we continue to support the study of cannabis and dermatology.

The implications extend beyond cosmetics, beauty and wellness.
6. Help Fight Skin Cancer
Yes, cannabis in topical form (oil, etc.) has even proven to effectively treat cancerous growths.

While Rick Simpson helped pioneer this alternative treatment method when he famously cured his skin cancer where other traditional methods had failed by using concentrated cannabis oil, modern research has found that cannabinoids can cause skin cancer cells to die, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

More medical evidence needs to be collected on this front, but the prospect is very bright.