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We get asked this question a lot, and I’ve actually wondered about it myself. I have a very fair complexion that has been subjected to (arguably) too much sun damage over the years and would, of course, prefer a natural remedy for skin cancer prevention. The explosion of RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) and other forms of hash oil have seen a sizeable increase in availability in most “legal” states. So, this begs the question, “why not just use the oil?” Let’s compare.

First of all, THC cream will not get you high (as in, the normal “stoned” high we all normally associate with smoking or ingesting weed). It is a topical application that administers treatment locally and would taste horribly if ingested or even rubbed on gums (we don’t recommend smoking the stuff, either). It might “get you high” if you apply it all over your skin to be absorbed all at once. We’ve never tried.

For THC lotions to have a noticeable numbing or preventive affect, make sure you get a highly concentrated one. As a rule of thumb, lower cost generally equals lower cannabinoid percentage. Which leads me to my next point…

Hash oil. If you really want some serious relief, get this stuff. Because it’s still considered illegal to perform legitimate medical grade, double-blind research studies on cannabis, there is only anecdotal evidence of the miracles of Rick Simpson Oil (Tommy Chong, anyone?). In Colorado, pharmaceutical quality hash oil can reach $3900 for a two months supply. One gram of pure, organic refined CO2 oil with a THC level of 75% will set you back approximately $60.

It’s a bit more pricey than hemp cream, but you get what you pay for. You can smoke, vaporize it (recommended to maintain the integrity of the active components), apply it to the skin or gums, or ingest it. Many medical marijuana patients mix the resin oil with ingredients like organic coconut oil for tinctures, rubs, and edibles.

The versatility and highly refined level of cannabinoid compounds in hash oil make it a winner. For older or more sensitive patients and milder cases, a high-concentrate lotion will probably do. Use the freedom your patient card affords and play with the best method and THC/CBD level for you. Please leave your advice and experience in the comments…we’d love to hear from you!

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