Salves have a higher concentration of cannabis than other topicals and have a thick, oily consistency. The thick consistency of the salve makes it ideal for treating burns, cuts, muscle soreness, arthritis, psoriasis, nasal congestion, but make sure to also check the other ingredients in the salve. A cannabis salve provides moisture, creates an oxygen barrier for healing, antibacterial medication, pain treatment, reducing swelling and can provide some euphoria if you have a low tolerance.
Lotions are less conspicuous than salves due to their thinner consistency. They share many of the same benefits as salves. They tend to be better for the bottoms of your feet and your palms.
Lip balm provides a thin coating of cannabis concentrate on your lips. Like many lip balms they protect and moisturize with the added benefit of providing a painkiller and an antibacterial compound.
Patches are similar in appearance to a nicotine patch and work in a similar way. Place them where the skin is thinner so the medicine can more easily be absorbed. Patches come in several types: THC, CBD, THCA and many other variations. The ingredients can be made from different cannabis strains so the effects can vary depending on the person.