There are many uses and benefits of CBD, the most widely known being taking CBD oil through mouth form. However, today we will be addressing topical CBD and its applications.
Although greatly effective, taking CBD through the mouth can take up to two hours to take effect and effect the entire body. On the flip side, the application of topical CBD on affected areas is absorbed almost instantly and creates a more focused outcome- this resulting from the ability to control where you apply the topical.
Topical CBD may be one of the most versatile applications for the already versatile compound. The word “topical” is another word for a cream, balm, lotion, oil etc. that can be applied directly to the skin, typically providing some sort of medicinal benefit. The benefits of topical CBD will vary with the dosage of CBD in the product, the higher the dosage, the stronger the effects- see our Hemp Oil Muscle Creams in Peppermint and Lavender 2oz and 8oz.
What Are the Benefits of Using Topical CBD?
There are three main benefits of topical CBD including pain management, mitigation of skin conditions and infections. Today we are going to break each of those down for you and provide some research as to how and why, so you can decide if topical CBD is right for you!
Benefit #1: Pain Management
We all at one point have felt soreness, a nagging ache or just general wear and tear that gets in the way of everyday life. Thankfully, although research is constantly being done, we are confident in our findings that CBD can provide an array of benefits in the area of pain management.
Why is that you may ask? To begin, CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which help aid in the mitigation of pain, since pain is the root outcome of inflammation. In fact, a 2016 medical study found that reduction in joint swelling and inflammation was achieved through the application of topical CBD on rats over a course of four consecutive days.
Following this, research on endocannabinoid receptors state that cannabinoid receptors have shown that endocannabinoids can suppress the feeling of pain.
With this being said, topical CBD can be an effective treatment for:
- Arthritis pain
- Muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Inflammatory pain
- Nerve-related pain
- General muscle soreness
Benefit #2: Skin Conditions
The skin is the body’s largest organ protecting against illnesses and infections. Many of us have experienced a minor skin condition like a rash, dry skin or other discomforts, but on the flip side, others may struggle with more serious autoimmune skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis.
Many skin conditions are made worse by inflammation, and as we touched on previously, CBD has great anti-inflammatory properties. We have found that many individuals are using it to treat and prevent certain skin conditions including:
- Dry, aging skin
- Red, itchy skin
Benefit #3: Infections
The World Health Organization has deemed antibiotic resistance as a global health threat, which is scary enough in and of itself. However, excitingly, scientists have found that CBD can potentially work as a powerful method in fighting drug-resistant bacteria, such as the bacteria that causes staph infections, and believe that it could be a valid treatment option for infections that are a result of it.
With this being said, there are many general infections that the use of topical CBD can be helpful in treating such as:
- Bacterial infections (MRSA)
- General skin infections
- Bug bites
How Do I Use Topical CBD?
With the wide variety of use topical CBD creams provide, you may be wondering how exactly you should use them to receive the greatest outcome.
Although it won’t hurt to put CBD all over, when using CBD as a topical, we have found that it is most practical to focus mainly on the area that you want to receive the benefit. For example, individuals with arthritis can apply topical CBD to an inflamed joint region to receive quick relief. However, you can experiment and find out what works best for you!
All in all, if you have never used topical CBD before to apply it to a small area, reapplying as needed in 3-4 hours before using it on a larger surface area.