Do cannabis topicals protect you from the sun?

Cannabis topicals, by themselves, do not typically provide significant sun protection. While they may contain various ingredients that offer some level of skin care and nourishment, such as moisturizers or antioxidants, they are generally not formulated with sun-blocking properties like those found in dedicated sunscreens.

If you’re looking for sun protection, it’s recommended to use a sunscreen product specifically designed for that purpose. Sunscreens come in various forms, including lotions, creams, sprays, and sticks, and they are formulated to provide effective protection against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.

That said, some cannabis-infused skincare products may include sunscreen ingredients, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which offer physical protection against UV rays. These products may offer a combination of cannabis-based benefits and sun protection. It’s important to check the product labels and look for specific SPF (sun protection factor) values or indications of broad-spectrum coverage to ensure adequate sun protection.

When using cannabis topicals, particularly those without specific sun protection properties, it’s advisable to use them in conjunction with a separate sunscreen product to ensure comprehensive sun protection. Apply the sunscreen first, allowing it to fully absorb into the skin, and then follow up with the cannabis topical for its intended skincare or pain relief benefits.

Remember, consistent use of sunscreen, protective clothing, and seeking shade are important for maintaining healthy skin and minimizing the risk of sunburn and long-term sun damage.