Out of the myriad of products which come from marijuana, one category that is not discussed enough are the fabulous topical creams and ointments that can be made from pot.
Whether you are a cannabis enthusiast or you are completely against the ganja, topical creams can be used by everybody, with no psychoactive effects.
One such company that is dominating the market is Dana Larsen’s MJ Creams. Dana and his business partners started with one cream and have now expanded to a full line of very incredible products. Dana was kind enough to talk to Herbal Dispatch about them.
When did you start MJ Creams and why?
I started MJ Creams because we’d been selling a cream at our dispensary shortly after we opened in 2008. It was very popular for a few years and we’d gotten great feedback on it and I thought, why am I requiring a prescription to buy a cream? No one is getting high, there’s no risk, and you can use it on anybody.
So then I thought, why don’t I do a spin off this and make it available to everybody who wants it without any kind of doctor’s note?
Now, there are a lot of dispensaries, including mine, that will sell cannabis to everybody. But when I started out it was the first time we were doing a cannabis product where we were not going to require any kind of medical certification for it.
What exactly does a cannabis topical cream do, is it for aches and pains?
It’s great for pain relief. The initial cream that we sold was simply a cannabis-infused cream and people would use it for arthritis, but also post-surgical pain and muscle pain. People were also finding that it was helping with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
So what I did with MJ Creams is I decided to expand the range of products. We took the base cannabis cream that we had been selling and we added other essential oils to it, to make it more effective. We had different formulations, so instead of just one cream we have a pain cream, and a skin cream [for example].
For the pain cream we added arnica and juniper to it, which are also both great topical pain relievers. With our skin cream we added comfrey and calendula to it, which are also both very good for healing and treating the skin.
How were you able to know which were the best concoctions for all those products? Just extensive research?
We did some research, giving people things to try and getting feedback. We also looked at other products and tried to make ours comparable.
To me, the proof is in the response. We often give out free samples to people and tell them that if it works to come and try more. The vast majority that we give [samples] to come back and say the cream is very effective.
Why is cream infused with marijuana more effective than traditional topicals?
Your skin is covered in cannabinoid receptors. On our website we link to dozens of studies that have been done into topical creams. There are quite a bit of studies showing the effectiveness of topical applications on pain relief and skin care. It’s very effective at reducing inflammation, which can be a source of pain.
One of the things I like about our products is that it’s a great way to introduce people to cannabis, who might otherwise be biased or nervous about trying it. I have had several people tell me things like, oh my aunt hates marijuana but she wants some more of that cannabis cream for her arthritis.
It doesn’t smell, you don’t burn it and it’s not in joint form, so it’s a great way of helping people and also educating people at the same time.
How many products are there, have you expanded?
We have five different kinds of creams. They are “Pure” which is our original formula cream with no other essential oils in it. Then we have “Pain” and “Skin” and we also have “Calm” and “Heat”.
“Calm” has chamomile and lavender in it. I often use “Calm” for skin rash after shaving and several people have applied it to their temples and forehead to help stop migraine headaches.
The “Heat” one is for pain relief but more for stimulation because it’s got ginger and cinnamon in it. If you want to increase circulation in your legs and arms, especially for older people, it can be very effective in getting the blood going and relieving pain at the same time.
We do salves as well, three of our creams are available in salve form. That’s a beeswax and coconut oil combination.
[Finally] we’ve just introduced one more product and that is a sex pleasure enhancer. We call it “Lust” and it’s simply pure hemp seed oil that’s clarified and then infused with cannabis resin.
It’s better for women but men can use it as well. You apply it to your genitals and give it about fifteen minutes and you can have more powerful orgasms.
If someone is a newbie to your product, is there one you would recommend as an introductory or is it based on the ailment?
It depends what you need. The “Pain” one is by far our best seller, it outsells everything two-to-one at least, just because pain is a very common issue. But it depends, I wouldn’t recommend a skin cream to someone who’s got pain or the other way around.
Originally we just sold one cream for everything, just the “Pure” one and it worked well for all those things because cannabis is a very multifaceted medicine.
As legalization takes hold do you expect that topical creams are going to be accepted by the medical and other dermatological communities?
I predict that in five to ten years, the vast majority of Canadians will have some kind of cannabis cream or other [cannabis] topical product in their medicine cabinet, regardless of how they feel about marijuana. Hopefully it will be my creams but regardless, it will be somebody’s creams out there.
To me it makes sense, I don’t see any reason to have an age limit or restrictions for these types of cannabis products. You can use our creams on a baby, on a senior citizen and anybody in between. You can even apply some of the topical products to animals as well, you just want to make sure with a pet that it soaks in before the pet licks it off.
What’s next for MJ Creams?
I hope to bring out some much stronger CBD-based topicals in the future to help deal with more serious ailments and problems.
No matter what your feelings are about cannabis products, legalization, and “getting high”, we can all agree that pain sucks.
One way to combat this very common issue that affects everyone at some point in their life, is to try cannabis topicals. The combination of essential oils and marijuana is a one-two punch that can cure what ails you. Try some today.
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