Cannabis has been incorporated into self-care routines in different ways, but recently, cannabis-infused salves and balms have been a hit in wellness circles. These aren’t your typical health store picks – they’re a blend of tradition, science, and a touch of plant magic, designed for those looking to add a new dimension to their wellness routine. 


In this blog, we’ll unravel the wonders of cannabis-infused balms and salves to help you understand how they work and why so many have been adding a green twist to their self-care.

Understanding Cannabis-Infused Topicals

Cannabis-infused topicals, including balms and salves, are applied directly to the skin, providing localized relief or therapeutic benefits without the psychoactive effects typically associated with cannabis. But how does it work? Well, it all comes down to our body’s largest, and often underappreciated, organ: the skin. 


Cannabis balms and salves contain cannabinoids like THC and CBD, which are the compounds that are responsible for all the amazing effects of cannabis. THC is the cannabinoid that gets you high, but in balms and salves, you won’t feel any psychoactive effects. Instead, THC offers pain relief and reduces inflammation. CBD, on the other hand, is great for calming inflammation, easing soreness, and even helping with skin issues.


Unlike taking a puff or indulging in an edible, cannabis balms and salves don’t send cannabinoids into your bloodstream. Instead, they stay exactly where they are applied and interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is vital in regulating your body, including pain sensation and inflammation. 


The cannabinoids in the balm bind to or alter ECS receptors in the skin, providing targeted relief to the applied area without affecting your entire system.

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The Potential Benefits of Cannabis Salves & Balms

Now that we’ve covered how cannabis salves and balms work, let’s talk about why these products are brimming with self-care potential. These are the benefits that cannabis salves and balms bring to the table:


  • Pain Relief: Think of these topicals as your personal, pocket-sized masseuses. Rub them onto those aching muscles or creaky joints, and feel the relief as they work their magic, easing soreness and discomfort in a way that’s both gentle and effective.

  • Skin Health: For those battling with finicky skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, these balms and salves can be like a soothing lullaby, helping to calm inflammation and moisturize those dry, unhappy patches, all while singing a tune of natural relief.

  • Stress Reduction: Applying these topicals can be your new de-stress ritual. Picture this: a quiet evening, your favorite chill tunes, and a dab of cannabis-infused balm melting away the day’s worries. It’s like a mini spa session in the comfort of your own home, bringing a sense of calm that’s as easy as applying your favorite lotion.


Choosing the Right Cannabis Topicals for You

After seeing all the benefits of cannabis salves and balms, you may find yourself wanting to go out and get some for yourself. But before you do, let us give you some tips on how to choose a cannabis salve or balm that’s right for you:

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  • Check the Potency: Some products pack a more potent punch with higher concentrations of cannabinoids, while others are more mellow. Consider what your body needs – are you looking for something to tackle that stubborn back pain or just a light touch for daily skin health?
  • CBD/THC Ratio: This is all about balance. Depending on what you’re after (relaxation vs. pain relief), you’ll want to choose a ratio that aligns with your needs. Some go all-in on CBD, while others prefer a mix.


  • Additional Ingredients: Many topicals include goodies like essential oils, herbs, and moisturizers. Have sensitive skin? Look for soothing ingredients like lavender or aloe. Need extra pain relief? Keep an eye out for products with added arnica or menthol.


Reading labels is key. It’s like the ingredient list for your favorite snack! Check for quality assurance: Are the ingredients listed clearly? Is there lab testing for purity? This is your wellness we’re talking about, so quality matters!

Zenbarn Farms Dispensary: Vermont’s Go-To for Cannabis Topicals & Expert Guidance

If you’re looking for more support to incorporate cannabis-infused salves or balms into your self-care routine, Zenbarn Farms has your back. At Zenbarn Farms, we don’t just sell products – we offer a whole experience, steeped in knowledge and passion for cannabis-based self-care.


Whether you’re a seasoned consumer or just dipping your toes into the cannabis wellness pool, discover our salves – thoughtfully curated, focusing on quality and efficiency, ensuring there’s something for everyone.


If you’re not sure where to start, try either of our fan favorites: Wolfbalm and Daily Zen. These balms are both packed with CBD, but they each offer something a little different. 


Wolfbalm is known for its cooling relief and is enhanced with CBN, while Daily Zen provides calming relief. Wolfbalm is perfect for during your warm-up before exercise or to ease tension after working out, and you can use Daily Zen after your workout or long day to help your muscles relax and recover.


Our products are amazing, but what really makes us shine is our team of knowledgeable staff. Think of us as your guides on your cannabis wellness journey. We’re here to answer your questions, big or small, and help navigate the nuances of potency, CBD/THC ratios, and ingredients. 


Swing by Zenbarn Farms cannabis dispensary, and embark on a journey toward balance and blissful self-care – your body and mind will thank you!

*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*