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    This is Denver, Colorado, land of the super active people. I try to stay active but it takes effort. I enjoy yoga, running, and occasionally a little Muay Thai. Lately I’ve been looking for a challenge, and it fell right into my lap. The Wanderlust Festival is an event full of yoga, meditation and a 5k. Intimidated by the thought of a 5k (I immediately started thinking of hardcore marathon runners and their gory battle wounds) I soon realized it’s only about 3.1 miles, and normally I do about 2 miles a few times a week… I totally got this! 

    Not long after my ambitious venture started, I began to feel the gravity of this situation. Two miles on a treadmill to 3.1 miles of pavement is a big transition for a recreational runner. Usually, a hit of Golden Goat is all I need for a run, but I figured I was going to need to bring out the big guns. This is the perfect opportunity to do some research, and find out what cannabis topicals might help during my training. I can only stand so many peppy YouTube yoga stretching sessions to ease my achey joints and muscles!

    I generally have never been a fan of taking any kind of pharmaceutical, OTC or not, for pain relief. Knowing what cannabis has done for me in the past, I felt it was worth exploring the world of topicals instead of slathering on heaps of chemical creams. Cannabis topicals are primarily used for localized pain relief, muscle soreness and inflammation (can be used for migraines, etc). Topicals like transdermal patches are available for those who also want to enjoy a psychoactive high (just to make that run a little more fun!).

    Topicals contain a variety of cannabanoids including THC, CBD, THCA, CBC etc., depending on the intended purpose of the topical, the ratios will vary. “Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions and balms that are applied directly to the skin for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. One unique property of cannabis topicals is their ability to treat symptoms without psychoactive effects, so if you need to be clear-headed and bypass that euphoric high altogether, topicals are the way to go.” * Some topicals like the Dixie Synergy Balm rely on the 1:1 ratio of 50mg THC to 50mg CBD. Mary’s Medicinals also offers a similar 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD with the addition of CBC in the CBC Transdermal Compound. Most topicals also contain essential oils (lavender, etc), and/ or Menthol. “Menthol and methyl salicylate are known as counterirritants. They work by causing the skin to feel cool and then warm. These feelings on the skin distract you from feeling the aches/pains deeper in your muscles, joints, and tendons.”*** Mary’s Medicinals Elite CBD Muscle Freeze is made with CBDs, a touch of THC and the magical cooling power of menthol (as a counterirritant). Of course you want to be a little more careful handling menthol infused products around your eyes, nose, mouth etc. to avoid any uncomfortable incidents (been there, done that!). 

    Transdermal options are also available including Mary’s Medicinals patches which contents vary from pure CBD (with .2 mg THC), a 1:1 ratio CBD and THC or just simply THC Sativa or THC Indica. Transdermal patches are a medicated adhesive patch that deliver a specific amount of cannabanioids into the blood stream through the skin. “Cannabinoids in cannabis interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors that are found all over the body, including the skin.”****  “With most topicals, cannabinoids can’t breach the bloodstream; they only penetrate to the system of CB2 receptors. Transdermal patches, however, do deliver cannabinoids to the bloodstream and could have psychoactive effects with a high enough THC content.**

So here I am, committed (I already paid and got the day off, no turning back!) and in for an interesting ride. Check back to see how my training is going in part 2! 






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