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Your Guide to Cannabis Creams and Balms 

January 31, 2024

Cannabis topicals, including creams, balms, and lotions, have gained popularity in legal markets as a unique way to experience the benefits of cannabinoids without the need for inhalation or ingestion.  

Stewart Farms, a licensed cannabis producer in Canada, takes a holistic approach to crafting its Rebound creams and balms, prioritizing natural ingredients and the potential therapeutic effects of both THC and CBD.  

In this guide, we’ll explore the world of cannabis creams and balms, how they are made, and the diverse range of benefits they offer.  

Understanding Cannabis Creams & Balms

What are cannabis creams and balms? 

When people hear “cannabis topicals”, creams and balms are usually what come to mind. Cannabis creams are designed to be applied directly to the skin, offering users an alternative way to incorporate cannabinoids like CBD and THC into their daily skincare routine. These creams are typically designed to be a standalone product first, then they are infused with cannabinoids like CBD and THC.  

THC-infused creams 

Tetrahydrocannabinol is what we all know as THC. It’s the thing that gets us high when we consume cannabis in the traditional way of smoking or ingesting it. While THC is known for its psychoactive properties, THC-infused creams do not produce a high. These creams offer potential therapeutic benefits without the intoxicating effects associated with traditional cannabis consumption. 

CBD-infused creams 

Cannabidiol or CBD is naturally found in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid (won’t get you high) and is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabis companies like Stewart Farms infuse CBD into their creams, leveraging its potential health benefits, including reducing inflammation, pain, and anxiety. 

Stewart Farms infused creams 

Stewart Farms stands out by prioritizing the quality of its Rebound creams and balms before cannabinoids are introduced to the product. No synthetic fragrances and no artificial substances are rules they live by. Curating the finest, sustainably sourced ingredients is very important to them as everything they put out into the market needs to be good for your health!  

Once they know they have an amazing product, Stewart Farms will infuse cannabinoids into the creams and balms to compliment the products primary intention. This is where the company is different. Many companies find a cheap cream or low-cost raw materials then just simply add cannabinoids in. Unlike like other cannabis companies, Stewart Farms adds both THC and CBD into many of their creams but do offer CBD only creams as well. 

Infusion Methods 

Cannabis companies use various methods to infuse cannabinoids into creams and balms, aiming to create products that provide localized relief for conditions like pain and inflammation. The infusion process typically involves incorporating cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD, into a base cream or balm. Here are a few common methods: 

Stewart Farms choice for infusion 

Isolate or Distillate Infusion: Cannabis isolates (pure CBD or THC) or distillates (highly concentrated cannabis extracts) can be mixed into the base of creams and balms. This allows for precise control over the cannabinoid content. 

Stewart Farms primarily uses distillate extracts with terpenes removed to infuse their cannabis creams and balms. 

Other methods of infusion 

Oil-Based Infusion: Cannabis extracts, often in the form of oils (such as cannabis-infused coconut oil or olive oil), can be added directly to the cream or balm base. The cannabinoids are absorbed into the fatty components of the base, allowing for easy application and absorption through the skin. 

Alcohol-Based Infusion: Cannabis tinctures or alcohol-based extracts can be added to creams and balms. The alcohol helps extract cannabinoids from the plant material, and the resulting tincture is mixed into the topical product. 

What about the terpenes? 

Although the Stewart Farms distillate extracts do not contain terpenes, their Rebound creams and balms do! Terpenes are the compounds found in cannabis that are responsible for aromas and flavours, but they are also found in essential oils. Since their creams and balms all contain therapeutic essential oils, users of these topicals reap the benefits of these terpenes upon application. 


How do cannabis creams and balms work? 

The idea behind cannabis creams is that they may be able to treat acute symptoms, including pain or inflammation, by interacting with cannabinoid receptors in the skin.   

Cannabinoids, no matter how they are applied/consumed, interact with our endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of different receptors that respond to the THC or CBD we are introducing to our body. These receptors are also found on our skin but the skin receptors interact with THC and CBD differently. The cannabinoids are not absorbed as much compared to other methods of consumption. 

So no, you wont get intoxicated from applying Stewart Farms cannabis creams but you will find that they relieve things like tension, inflammation and other ailments like skin irritations. 

Why do Stewart Farms creams contain THC? 

Why have THC in your creams when there is no psychoactive benefit? It’s a valid question and one that needs to be explored and researched a lot more. In general, Stewart Farms finds having the combination of THC and CBD activates what’s known as the entourage effect.  

The entourage effect is a theory that suggests a mutual synergy between THC and other cannabis compounds (CBD, terpenes, etc) ie. They work better, together! Stewart Farms believes CBD’s relaxing and relieving benefits are elongated by the THC found in their creams. The entourage effect theory labels the synergistic interactions between the two cannabinoids as “intra-entourage”. 

What are the benefits of cannabis creams? 

Because everyone’s body is different and every product is different, there are a wide range of benefits that come from using cannabis creams.  

Pain & Inflammation 

Users often report relief from pain and inflammation, thanks to CBD’s well-documented anti-inflammatory effects present in many cannabis creams. 

Skin Conditions 

Creams with CBD have been effective in treating various skin conditions linked to inflammation, offering relief for dry skin and more serious issues. 

Tension & Stiff Muscles 

Many cannabis creams, especially those from Stewart Farms, are designed to alleviate muscle tension and soreness, making them ideal for individuals with active lifestyles or those who experience muscle tension from stress. 

Wellness & Relaxation 

Creams and balms extend beyond physical relief, incorporating the power of aromatherapy. Essential oils like lavender, geranium, and patchouli not only contribute to the products’ enticing scents but also offer holistic benefits. The calming and soothing aromas enhance relaxation, making the application of these topicals a sensory experience that promotes overall well-being. 

Why do people love Stewart Farms Creams & Balms? 

Stewart Farms mission is to displace prescription drugs like opioids, benzodiazepines and steroidal creams. Their products represent a safe, made-in-Canada alternative to these behind the counter and harmful drugs. This is a mission that anyone could get behind. 

First and foremost, people love Stewart Farms’ Rebound creams and balms due to their natural and botanical formulations. Each ingredient is carefully selected to provide a healthy benefit to the user. All of the creams are highly moisturizing, botanically blended, and formulated with restorative essential oils.  

Dry Skin Balms 

People experiencing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis have turned to the Lavender + Arnica balm by Rebound. With its potent 250mg CBD and 250mg THC formulation and lavender, geranium and patchouli essential oils, this balm is excellent for treating dry skin. Many people have even stated that this was the only thing that worked for them. 

Muscle Relief Creams and Balms 

Tension and sore muscles are something everyone has experienced, the Rebound by Stewart Farms’ Turmeric + Arnica balm along with their Arctic Heat muscle cream were designed specifically for people with active lifestyles that need deep muscle penetration.  These creams and balms are so effective, even health care professionals like chiropractors and masseuses have seen excellent results when introducing these mediums while treating clients. 

Natural Beauty Creams 

After releasing creams and balms that benefit users for muscle and skin issues, Stewart Farms received a lot of requests for creams that were more tailored to beauty and keeping skin looking healthy. Enter the Lavender Fields face + body cream. The best thing about this cream is not only does it provide a natural glow to your skin, the ingredients are non-harmful and designed to protect, rehydrate and restore dry or irritated skin. 

Dosage & Recommended Usage 

A lot goes into dosage recommendations, and this comes down to what’s in the cannabis creams themselves. Always do a deep dive on the ingredients of these creams and your body will thank you. People with allergies should use caution and read through labels diligently. 

When it comes to potency, Stewart Farms has noticed the higher the better. As cannabinoids in topicals do not enter the bloodstream, the risk of overconsumption is minimized. As always, use your discretion and test out dosages slowly and follow the recommendations of your physician and on the packaging.  

With Stewart Farms creams and balms, they recommend you apply generously, where and as needed. 

Tips and Best Practices for Cannabis Cream Use 

  1. Start with a Patch Test: Before applying a new cannabis cream extensively, perform a patch test on a small area of skin to ensure you don’t have an adverse reaction, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies. 
  2. Read and Understand Labels: Thoroughly read the product labels to understand the ingredients and their concentrations. This is crucial for those with allergies or sensitivities to certain components. 
  3. Consult with a Healthcare Professional if you have concerns: If you are on medication or have existing health conditions, consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating cannabis topicals into your routine. This is especially important if you are pregnant or nursing. 
  4. Apply to Clean, Dry Skin: For optimal absorption, apply the cannabis cream to clean, dry skin. This ensures that the active ingredients can penetrate effectively. 
  5. Massage Gently: When applying the cream, massage it gently into the skin. This not only helps with absorption but also enhances the soothing effects, particularly for muscle tension and stiffness. 
  6. Consider Targeted Areas: Focus on applying the cream to specific areas where you experience dry skin, pain, inflammation, or tension. Targeted application can be more effective than general application. 
  7. Be Patient: Results may not be immediate, so be patient. It might take some time for the cannabinoids to interact with the endocannabinoid system and produce the desired effects. 
  8. Store Properly: Follow the storage recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Store the cannabis creams in a cool, dark place to prevent degradation of the cannabinoids and maintain product quality. 
  9. Combine with Other Relaxation Techniques: Enhance the benefits of cannabis creams by combining them with relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or warm baths. This can create a more holistic approach to relieving tension and stress. 
  10. Track and Monitor Effects: Keep a journal to track the effects of the cannabis creams on your symptoms. Note the dosage, application frequency, and any changes in your condition to make informed decisions about usage. 


Stewart Farms offers a unique approach to cannabis creams and balms, emphasizing quality, natural ingredients, and the potential synergistic effects of THC and CBD. Whether you seek relief from pain, inflammation or skin conditions, Stewart Farms has carefully crafted products to meet your needs. Always remember to approach cannabis cream usage with awareness and research, deep dive into the companies and their formulations before choosing your cannabis cream.