When it comes to consuming cannabis, you can smoke it, vape it, eat it, and - less commonly - put it on your skin. But even though cannabis salves, balms and ointments aren't common right now, the market for topicals is set to explode according to the 2018 Civilized Culture Poll.
To celebrate 420, we teamed up with PSB research to survey over 1,600 American and Canadian cannabis consumers about what products they are most interested in trying. Topicals topped the list in both the United States and Canada.
But this might just be because few have had a chance to try these products yet. According to the poll, Only 2 per cent of North American users currently use these creams. So maybe it’s curiosity, or maybe it’s a desire for effective pain relief without popping Tylenol every other hour. We'll have to wait and see to find out.
What we do know is that companies providing topicals should consider stocking up since demand for their products may never be higher. And that's not surprising since the compounds are said to reduce muscle pain and soreness where they’re applied. And since they're applied on your skin, topicals won't get into your bloodstream, which means you won't get high - even if they contain THC.
Read more from our series of stories on The 2018 Civilized Cannabis Culture Poll:
- Apple Bongs and Other Improvised Pipes Are More Common than Dabs and Topicals
- 1 in 3 Non-Consumers Are Curious About Trying Cannabis in the United States
- From Driving to Sex, Most Consumers Don't Think Cannabis Impairs Their Performance
- Meet the Average Canadian Marijuana Smoker
- Meet the Average American Marijuana Smoker
- Less Than 1 In 5 Americans Oppose Marijuana Reform
- Most Cannabis Consumers Spend More On Charity Donations Than Marijuana Every Year
- 3 Out of 4 Americans Believe Marijuana Has Medical Benefits
- Here's How Most Cannabis Consumers Get High
- Is ‘Dab And Nap’ The New Wake And Bake?