Can THC Get Absorbed Through Skin?

Can THC Get Absorbed Through Skin?

Can THC Get Absorbed Through Skin?

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Many people wonder if THC can be absorbed through the skin. In this blog post, we’ll explore the answer to that question.

Key Takeaways:

  • THC can be absorbed through the skin, but only in small amounts
  • Topical cannabis products are designed for localized effects
  • Ingesting or inhaling cannabis is more effective for whole-body effects

Table of Contents:

What is THC?

THC is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants. It’s responsible for the “high” feeling that people experience when consuming marijuana. THC interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in various functions like mood, appetite, and pain perception.

Can THC Be Absorbed Through Skin?

Yes, THC can be absorbed through the skin, but only in small amounts. The skin is designed to be a barrier, so it doesn’t allow large molecules like THC to pass through easily. However, some THC can still make its way into the bloodstream when applied topically.

The amount of THC that can be absorbed through the skin is generally not enough to produce significant psychoactive effects. However, it can potentially provide localized relief for conditions like muscle pain or inflammation.

Topical Cannabis Products

Many companies now offer topical cannabis products, such as creams, lotions, and balms. These products are designed to be applied directly to the skin and are often used for localized relief of pain, inflammation, or other conditions.

Topical cannabis products typically contain a combination of THC and other cannabinoids, like CBD. They may also include other ingredients like menthol or essential oils to enhance their effects.

Other Ways to Consume THC

While topical application can provide localized benefits, ingesting or inhaling cannabis is more effective for whole-body effects. Smoking or vaporizing cannabis allows THC to enter the bloodstream quickly, producing a more immediate and potent psychoactive effect.

Edibles, tinctures, and other ingestible cannabis products also allow THC to be absorbed into the bloodstream, but the effects take longer to onset and may be more gradual.


Q: Can topical cannabis products get you high?
A: It’s unlikely that topical cannabis products will produce a significant psychoactive effect, as the amount of THC absorbed through the skin is generally low. However, some people may experience mild effects, especially if using products with high THC concentrations.

Q: Are topical cannabis products legal?
A: The legality of topical cannabis products varies depending on your location. In places where cannabis is legal for medical or recreational use, topical products may be available.

Q: Can topical cannabis products show up on a drug test?
A: While the risk is low, it’s possible for topical cannabis products to cause a positive drug test result, especially if used frequently or in large amounts. If you’re subject to drug testing, it’s best to consult with your employer or testing agency about their policies.

At REALEAF Cannabis Dispensary in Saskatchewan, we offer a variety of topical cannabis products for our customers. Our knowledgeable staff can help you understand the potential benefits and proper use of these products. Stop by our dispensary or contact us for more information.


Prior to using any cannabis product, it is strongly recommended that consumers seek guidance from a qualified healthcare professional. Cannabis can have various effects on individual health, and a healthcare provider can provide personalized advice, especially if you have underlying medical conditions or are currently taking medications. Their expertise can help you make informed decisions regarding the use, dosage, and potential interactions associated with cannabis consumption, ensuring your safety and well-being.

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