How much of your product should I use? How often should I reapply?
The good news: There’s no wrong answer. You won’t overdose on topicals.
If you’re keen for a step-by-step guide, though, do this:
- Put a nickel-sized amount of topical (lotion, aloe gel, balm) on your skin. Rub it in. Use enough to go across the affected area, but not so much that you can’t rub it in.
- Reapply mornings and evenings (or more, but twice a day is a good starting point).
- Continue this regimen for at least five days. We find that topicals get more effective over sustained periods of use.
- Experiment. Try using more. Try using less. Try using a different product, or using it on different parts of your body. Everyone will react slightly differently, so trust yourself and find what works best for you.
Can I buy your topicals directly from you?
Alas, no. Check out our list of dispensaries here. Or head into your favorite Oregon or California dispensary and tell them to stock the heck up on HDP!
What's the difference between THC and CBD?
Great question. The short answer: THC is psychoactive. Taking it (eating, drinking, or smoking it) will make you feel high. CBD is not psychoactive. It won’t make you feel high.
You won’t get high from using topicals. Even topicals with THC in them. Unless you eat your topicals. Which, um, please don’t.
For more information, check out our Cannabis Guide.
If I use one of your topicals, will I fail a drug test?
Nope! Topicals don’t pass THC into the bloodstream. Drug tests check for psychoactive “head highs,” and topicals don’t get you high.
In a study by the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, three volunteers applied THC topicals every two to four hours over a period of three days. Researchers didn’t find cannabinoids in the blood or urine of any of the volunteers.
Why is the potency number on my label different from what I see on your website/what was on my last product?
Have you noticed that some topical companies always list the same THC and CBD potency numbers on their products? This is a red flag.
The potency of full-spectrum extract varies slightly from batch to batch, as do topicals made with full-spectrum extract. Other concentrated cannabis products—like distillate THC—produce consistent potency numbers, but at what cost? Distillates strip cannabis down to its most basic—and least useful—form. Unlike distillate, full-spectrum extract uses the whole cannabis plant and preserves all the healthful compounds.
We use full-spectrum extract in our topicals. The potency numbers on our website are targets, and as such, the unique numbers printed on each label might be slightly higher or lower depending on the batch.
How long does it take for a topical to start working?
Effects will generally start to set in within 30 minutes. The closer the problem is to the surface of the skin, the more quickly you should notice relief. For deep pains, it may take a bit longer. We recommend using the product every day for at least five days to allow the benefits to accumulate and reach their full potential!
Do cannabis products work?
We’re legally not allowed to say, if you can believe it. Technically, we can’t even repost customer testimonials. Our products have helped a lot of people with a lot of issues, but until the FDA decides it’s worth listening to all those folks saying, “Cannabis topicals were the only thing that made my arthritis/eczema/neuropathy/sore muscles/sunburn feel better,” we have to say half-hearted things like, “Some people find that this product helped them!”
We encourage you to give our products out a try for yourself, form your own conclusions, and tell your friends. You can say that it helped you, even though we aren’t allowed to.
How much do your products cost?
We can’t sell products directly to consumers, so the prices will vary depending on the dispensary. We try our best to provide a range of products at different potencies and price points, and the prices you see in dispensaries will reflect this.
But wait, I have more questions! Can I pester you?
By all means, please pester us!