Top Cannabis Products for Hand Pain Relief
Have you ever stopped to think about how much you use your hands?
From the simple day-to-day, like opening doors or driving a car, to work, like typing at a computer, or even hobbies, such as knitting or playing video games.
Those without hand pain probably don’t give this use much thought, but for those with arthritis or carpal tunnel, ganglion cysts from overuse or the aftermath of their surgical removal, what you use your hands for becomes a more selective task. Unlike other types of joint pain, it can be difficult to ignore the pain you’re experiencing in the delicate joints of your fingers and wrists. Finding a way to manage hand pain without side effects is crucial.
When it comes to treating hand pain, many sufferers are opting for CBD- or THC-based products. Although your medical professional can offer some direction, there are plenty of cannabis products, like ointments and creams. In fact, the available selection can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the world of CBD and THC.
Whether you’re searching for the best CBD creams and products for arthritis pain, or you’re just looking to relieve some nagging soreness in your hands, we’ve compiled a guide of possible options. There’s no singular best cannabis product for hand pain, but there are a few you can choose from.
What’s The Difference Between CBD And THC?
Pain-relieving cannabis products come in three main varieties: CBD, THC, or varying ratios of THC and CBD. THC has shown to be an analgesic compound, one that targets pain receptors to quell the perception of pain. CBD targets pain of a different sort; the powerful anti-inflammatory compound has shown to ease inflammation and the pain associated with it. Together, the cannabinoids are a powerhouse, with the potential to quell pain and inflammation in tandem.
THC is a psychoactive chemical. Essentially, this means that products high in THC can cause the user to become high. Cannabidiol – more commonly known as CBD – won’t lead to feelings of euphoria or other psychoactive effects.
Topicals, though, are a unique form of cannabis.
Still, products that are high in THC or CBD (or containing an equal ratio of both compounds) can have overall physical effects and not just target hand pain. However, they will relieve the suffering of those with pain in their hand joints. If you prefer to have more specific pain relief for the hands, there are many cannabis products to choose from, like topical solutions (like lotions or ointments). Other cannabis products to relieve hand pain include edibles, concentrates, oral products, and more.
How Do Cannabis Topicals Work?
Most associate cannabis with the euphoric, “high” feeling that occurs when you inhale or orally consume THC. These sensations occur when cannabinoids enter your bloodstream, via the lungs in the case of smoking, or via the stomach and liver in the case of edibles or tinctures. The cannabinoids travel through your bloodstream, interacting with your endocannabinoid system (the series of receptors located throughout your body that help maintain its homeostasis) and its receptors.
Traditional topicals, lotions or balms that are infused with distillate, cannot penetrate the bloodstream.
THC, CBD, and other cannabis plant compounds are fat-soluble; they dissolve in fats. Infusing butter with distillate or RSO to create cannabutter is quite easy for this reason; the cannabinoids can be thoroughly incorporated into butter with a low temperature, careful eye, and stirring hand. When this distillate is infused with topicals, what results is a localized pain reliever.
The endocannabinoid system is located throughout your body, including your skin. When applying a topical, the cannabinoids will interact with the endocannabinoid receptors in the upper layers of your skin, dissipating before entering your bloodstream.
Transdermal cannabis is a different story.
What’s the Difference Between Topical and Transdermal Cannabis?
Traditional topicals are crafted by infusing lotions or balms using cannabis distillates. Transdermal delivery of cannabis looks a little different.
Before infusion into a lotion or patch, to craft transdermal cannabis products, cannabinoids must be encapsulated. By encapsulating cannabinoids, you prevent them from dispersing in the upper layers of your skin as a traditional topical would.
At MÜV, this is achieved with patented EnCaps™ technology. Cannabinoids are encased in a water-soluble micelle shell. Think of this shell as a shuttle - the cannabinoids bypass the fatty upper layers of skin to instead open its doors in the bloodstream, unleashing THC and CBD for full-body effects.
When you think topical, think localized. When you think transdermal, think systemic.
How Can You Determine The Best Cannabis Product For Hand Pain?
Before selecting your cannabis product for hand pain, consider your preferences and how they correspond with the following variables:
Topical vs. Transdermal
Consider your aches and pains holistically, outside of your hands. Are you nursing a headache? Or elbow joint pain in addition to your fingers? Transdermals disperse cannabinoids systemically, or throughout your entire body, via the bloodstream. If you’re feeling pain in more than one place, transdermal topicals may be a great solution.
Traditional topicals, on the other hand, will provide relief where applied; they will not enter the bloodstream.
Before selecting a product for hand pain, it’s essential that you take the ratio of THC versus CBD into account. If you prefer a psychoactive effect, then consider using a product that is made purely of THC or contains a higher level of THC than CBD. THC products also have a tendency to target pain, while CBD products are better at treating inflammation.
Also, consider your specific symptoms and research whether CBD or THC is a more effective pain treatment. This can help you make a decision about the best cannabis product for your hand pain – or even if more than one can help.
With the guidance of your physician and the support of an MÜV Cannabis Advisor, you can determine the optimal dosage for you. Cannabis products can be consumed in a wide range of forms and dosage amounts, some of which are far stronger than others.
What you get out of any given cannabis product is largely a result of its ingredients. Before trying out a new cannabis product for hand pain relief, make sure you’ve carefully reviewed the list of ingredients. A quality product will have quality ingredients, and that will help your overall health.
Length of Effects
The length of time an analgesic effect can be maintained should always be kept in mind when exploring cannabis solutions. Topicals, on average, lend effects for 6-8 hours. Transdermal cannabis gels will range 4-6, whereas microdosing cannabis patches can provide effects for 72 hours.
What Is the Best Cannabis Product for Hand Pain?
The beauty of innovation in the cannabis space is there are options to suit all needs - from lotions to patches, psychoactive to non-. If you’re unsure of what products to explore, take a look at some top options to relieve hand pain:
MÜV Cannabis Pain Relief Cream
When this powerful product is used on the hands, it can help relieve pain in your fingers, wrist, and other hand joints. This product contains both THC and CBD, allowing it to be an especially well-rounded cannabis product – users can reap the benefits of both compounds.
Because this cannabis pain relief cream contains CBD, users can receive the anti-inflammatory benefits of the compound. This cream can be applied to the hands three to four times each day, at the maximum. Then, users can expect the effects of this product to last for approximately four to six hours.
MÜV EnCaps 1:1 THC/CBD Cannabis Patch
If you’re looking for longterm easing of pain, look no further than MÜV Transdermal Patches. They provide a steady microdose of cannabinoids - 0.24mg of cannabinoids every hour for 72 hours. The 20mg (total) Patch does not lend significant psychoactive effects, but for those sensitive to THC, some may be expected.
While a 1:1 option is always recommended, as it allows analgesic THC and anti-inflammatory CBD to work synergistically to target the sensation (former) and (often) the root cause of pain (latter), full CBD and full THC Patches are available.
MÜV Evolve 1:1 THC/CBD Gel
Inflammation in the hands is a struggle that many people deal with, including those with arthritis. One way you can begin relieving inflammation, however, is through the MÜV Evolve 1:1 THC/CBD Gel. Although this product has several uses, one of the primary effects is the relief of inflammation – including inflammation in the hands, if this is what you’re experiencing.
MÜV Evolve 1:1 THC/CBD Gel contains equal parts THC and CBD. This makes it a versatile treatment that is capable of relieving a wide variety of symptoms. Primarily, the THC targets pain, while the CBD hones in on inflammation.
MÜV Evolve THC Gel
If you’d prefer a pain relief gel that has a high concentration of THC, MÜV Evolve THC Gel is a great option. When you apply this topical, you can receive both the psychoactive and pain-relieving effects of the cannabinoid.
This product eases nerve pain in the hands. Because THC is especially effective at targeting pain, that is what users can expect from the product. Once it has been applied, it takes the MÜV Evolve THC Gel an average of ten to fifteen minutes to take effect. Then, it will remain effective for approximately two to four hours.
Why Use Cannabis Products to Relieve Hand Pain?
If you’re still uncertain whether cannabis products can be used to relieve hand pain, consider the following review from one of MÜV’s own customers:
What Steps Should I Take If I Want Cannabis Products For Hand Pain Relief?
Before making your purchase, never neglect to:
1. Have A Conversation With Your Doctor
Check in with the doctor who initially recommended you enroll in the medical marijuana program. With their input, it’s easier to make sure that your selected product matches the treatment plan they’ve created for you.
2. Read The Entire Product Label
When you’re learning more about a cannabis product for hand pain, always remember to read the fine print. Every detail matters, as anything could impact if you should use the product, and how – so, read over all the directions and ingredients without skipping any lines. This makes it easier to spot ingredients that you may be allergic to or those that you’ve had a negative experience with in the past. Then, that product can be eliminated from your possible choices.
3. Determine Your Dosage
Be sure to share your treatment plan upon visiting your local MÜV Dispensary. This allows them to identify which formulations are best suited to your needs. For instance, some dosages will be far more effective than others when you’re looking to target pain or inflammation in your hands.
4. Keep Track of the Affects You Experience (And Adjust as Necessary)
Once you’ve tried out a cannabis product for hand pain relief, start to monitor its effects. Create a detailed record of your experiences with each product you try. This way, you can begin to build up your medical cannabis history, spotting both positive and negative patterns in your cannabis usage. Over time, you can begin to adjust the products you use based on what most benefits you and helps to relieve your hand pain.
Looking for something easier than a journal? Take a look at Strainprint, the mobile journaling app!
MÜV Provides Medicinal Cannabis to Florida Residents
Over the years, it’s become increasingly obvious that cannabis products carry a host of benefits. This is true for products that are composed mainly of psychoactive THC, as well as those containing higher levels of CBD and other compounds from the cannabis plant.
Medicinal cannabis can be used to potentially relieve pain, fight inflammation, reduce anxiety, and much more.
Are you a Florida medical cannabis card holder? Ready to discover the MÜV strains that you can test for your pain needs? Head on over to our Cannabis Strain Glossary to find details on our strains, including: names, flavor profiles, effects and the medical potential for each. With knowledge on the right product and strains, you can stop by any MÜV Medical Dispensary in Florida knowing you're well informed and selecting products intended for your specific needs!
And, don’t worry if you aren’t 100% sure what you want to try. When you stop in, our Cannabis Consultants will answer any questions you still have and make sure you leave with the right products.
Content Manager for MÜV Florida and Contributor for Zen Leaf Dispensaries. A cannabis connoisseur with a passion for explaining the miraculous possibility of the plant, Swan began her journey with cannabis as a recreational user and quickly realized its positive impact on her depression and severe anxiety. She joined the cannabis industry as Receptionist and MedTender and witnessed first-hand the immense potential of the plant for a wide variety of ailments, deepening her passion for alternative medicine. Swan is dedicated to self-education on the plant and sharing its potential with all. She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa.