Topicals are becoming a necessity to have on hand at any adult-use Illinois cannabis dispensary. For those unfamiliar with the term topical, a topical is any lotion, salve, or oil you apply to your skin directly. These types of THC products are essential to helping those who seek pain relief but don’t want to get high. These customers want more help than they will get from an over-the-counter topical at Walmart, and many of them find their way into cannabis dispensaries. Most cannabis dispensaries carry little to no topicals with few options. RiverBluff tries to keep a variety of topicals in stock as we know how beneficial they can be. We know you may have questions, and luckily, we have answers.  

How Do THC Products Work on the Skin?  

Our bodies contain natural cannabinoid receptors throughout the soft tissue and skin known as the endocannabinoid system, so when applying a CBD or THC product, your body is built to accept it. Most standard topicals found at your local pharmacy do not penetrate nearly as well due to lack of natural receptors. They work okay for skin irritation and minor aches, but if your issue is more severe, you should consider a topical THC product to see if it more suits your needs. In more cases than not you will find that it exceeds expectations.  

Will Topical THC Products Cause You to Fail a Drug Test?   

Many non-cannabis consumers shy away from the topic of using topical THC products out of fear they will get high or fail a drug test. First, topical THC products will not get you high. That is unless you start eating it in which case you either misread the directions or have a much much larger problem. As for Drug testing, topicals stay in skin cells for around 24 hrs. If you are not taking a skin test (the rarest of all drug tests) you should be fine but wait 24-48 hours to keep at ease. All in all, these products are safe, and your body was built to use them.  

Types of Topicals and What to Use Them For


Lotions Lotions are great for skin irritation and minor soft tissue pain. They don’t penetrate nearly as deep as salves or oils but many of them smell pretty whereas the other two generally have a medicine smell to them. They are also probably the easiest to apply. RiverBluff offers wonderful options to choose from. 

Salves- Salves are the deep penetrator of topicals. It is the messiest to apply but really the best to use for deep tissue bruising and sprains.  Once you get used to applying it, it isn’t as messy but at first rest assured you will get it everywhere. Here is what we currently have to offer. 

Oils- Many oils use a roll-on applicator. Roll-ons are nice because the roller also offers a slight massage when rolling over the skin. It penetrates better than lotion but not quite as good as a salve. It is the most versatile. It does well with everything from skin irritation to deep tissue bruising.  

Other Options- As topicals grow in popularity, more and more methods of distribution enter the market such as soaks and topical bars. Soaks are relaxing and even more relaxing with a cannabis infused product in the mix. Soaks generally come in bath bombs or salts to be added to your soak like this Avexia Epsom Salt Soak 100mg by Verano for $30. Topical bars are probably the newest topicals out there. They come in a deodorant like bar. They may be the least messy to use and work great to get to hard-to-reach places. They are still scarce on the market but luckily, we have this Topical Bar 1:1 CBD:THC 100mg by Shelby County for $40 

Now, You Know 

If you have been struggling with over-the-counter topicals, suffer no more. RiverBluff has options for you! They won’t get you high and there is no reason to continue to struggle when there are perfectly safe options available. Cannabis-infused topicals offer high end pain relief at an affordable cost. If you are interested but still not sure which product is best for you, stop in and one of our outstanding budtenders will assist you in making the right call. To keep up on all the RiverBluff deals articles sign up for our email group!