Lotions, salves, oils, and balms are alternative ways to experience cannabis. Administration via topicals generally does not produce a psychoactive feeling. For some, the psychoactive high is the best part, but for others it can be limiting. People may not feel safe smoking for an ailment, and then driving impaired. Alternative methods of cannabis administration may be more beneficial than edibles or via smoking. Especially for those in the working world who cannot be high in the workplace.


Many people in the working world would like to know whether applying cannabis topically will show up on a standard drug test via urinalysis. Smoking, and eating cannabis can produce a positive result in a standard drug test. This positive result is dependent on several factors. Including but not limited to a person’s metabolism rate, and frequency of use. Smoking cannabis allows cannabinoids to absorb into the bloodstream via the lungs. Eating an edible provides access to the bloodstream via your stomach. But what about topicals?


There are three layers to your skin before it hits muscle. The epidermis is the barrier on the outside. The second layer is the dermis which consists of connective tissue. It houses hair follicles, nerves, and sweat glands. Finally, the third layer is the hypodermis, also called subcutaneous tissue. The third layer consists of connective tissue that helps your skin connect with muscles. It’s innervated, and has a fatty component too.  Topicals are effective because they get absorbed through the skin. They are effective for localized pain management, as well as possible skin issues. Topicals generally have a lower level cannabinoids than smoking or edibles. The Drug Policy Alliance reports no known cases of a positive standard drug test through topical use. It is worth noting that the results may be different if you apply a topical, and then come into contact with a mucous membrane. (Example: mouth, nose, eyes, vagina, etc.) Generally, the consensus is that topicals alone should not produce a positive on a standard drug tests.


Here at SACRED we want you guys to be safe, and informed! The only way to pass a standard drug test is to abstain from use. I know that may not be an option for some of you out there.  I am not a medical doctor either. This entry is purely based off of information gathered from a variety of sources. As a rule of thumb, I encourage those of you reading to do your own research as well. Read studies, books, and look at reputable sources to build your own opinion. There are at home test kits that you can buy, but I don’t know how accurate they are. I also encourage talking to your doctor above all if you are really concerned.