Topical CBD oil can be a life saver for those suffering from joint pain, skin issues, and inflammation but don’t want to smoke or consume cannabis products.
This quick users guide will introduce you to CBD topical oils, what they are, how they work, and the conditions they can help to treat.
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As always, our suggestions should not be taken in lieu of diagnosis and treatment by licensed medical professionals. We take extraordinary steps to make sure the information we present is accurate and has been reviewed by industry professionals. Before using topical CBD oils, consult with your doctor – you could be allergic and wouldn’t know it without tests.
Now that our disclaimers are out of the way, lets get into it!
What is Topical CBD Oil?
You might remember from our previous article that CBD stands for Cannabidiol (CBD) – a compound that is found in the cannabis sativa plant. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and is then infused with other ingredients to make your topical cream.
CBD is non-psychoactive and therefore will not make you “high”. In fact, CBD is actually an inhibitor of the psychoactive compound THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol ).
Once CBD oil is infused with your lotion or salve, it can be applied to the surface of your skin (instead of smoked or consumed). This is a great option for those who want localized treatments instead of the cerebral effects of THC on the body and mind.
CBD topicals can include:
- CBD topical lotion
- CBD topical cream
- CBD oil spray, and
- cannabis oil infused ointments
There is even a CBD transdermal patch on the market that you can get without a prescription!
Topicals work well because our bodies are comprised of an endocannabinoid system ( ECS ) that includes our nervous system, immune system, brain andr skin. The entire system is responsible for bodily functions like movement, memory, appetite and general well being.
The ECS has thousands of receptors on the surface of your skin that allow compounds in cannabis – called cannabinoids – to connect to those receptors and regulate bodily functions.
Using Topical CBD Oil For Pain
Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a medical and nutritional supplement. Fast forward to modern times, and we are just now catching up to what our ancestors already knew!
Many peer-reviewed studies confirm that CBD is an excellent treatment for pain management and other conditions that include:
- Joint swelling
- Muscle pain
- Inflammatory skin conditions
- Itchy Rashes
- Bacterial infections
- Nerve Pain
- Back and neck pain
The Anti-Aging Effects of Topical CBD Oil
CBD anti aging cream has become a huge part of the beauty industry, and for good reasons: CBD is directly connected to our ECS and helps us achieve balance in our bodies or homeostasis. Achieving this balance is paramount to maintaining a healthy body – and that includes hair, skin, and nails!
Not to mention the fact that CBD—and the cannabis plant overall—is packed full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids, all of which encourage skin health.
CBD helps to rebuild cells due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and this, in turn, will cause the reversal of things that set off aging like sun damage.
Cannabis and pain relief. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/