A wide variety of hemp and cannabis derived products have attracted attention from the alternative health and medical communities for its abundant health benefits and unique way of addressing a wide range of conditions. Probably the most important compound found in hemp, in which all the therapeutic benefits are found, is Cannabidiol or CBD.
CBD is the non-psychoactive organic compound in the cannabis and hemp plant that has been studied extensively for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties as well as its capacity to relax stress and soothe anxiety. In today’s article we will be looking at all you need to know about using CBD for Topical use
How Do CBD Topicals Work?
In topical form, CBD infused products administer this healthy organic compound straight through the skin, which as you may know is one of the largest organs in the human body. CBD and any other carrier oils or added ingredients will traverse the tough epidermis and reach the tissues below where they can begin their action.
Endocannabinoid exist in all the major organs including the skin. While CBD doesn’t directly activate these receptors, the presence of CBD enhances optimizes their activities. Most importantly to topical use, the actions enhanced by CBD topicals are anti-inflammatory, reducing inflammation, and analgesic, or pain relieving.
Unfortunately, the amounts of CBD that will be introduced into the blood through topical application will be too small to address stressful conditions or improve the mood. But, the specialized local relief can be very potent to a variety of conditions.
-Localized Pain Management
The primary benefit from CBD topicals is localized pain management and this is probably the oldest use for cultivated hemp in general. CBD can be applied to aching joints and sore muscles as well as minor injuries like burns, small wounds and lacerations. CBD creams and ointments have even been formulated to relieve the cramping and discomforts associated with menses.
-Potent Anti Inflammatory
CBD in topical form can be applied to inflammatory conditions of all types to reduce the inflammation and expedite the healing process. This works with equal efficacy when addressing, chronic inflammation from arthritis or even the acute inflammation as experienced in conditions of acne or the strained and sore muscles of intense body building exercise.
-Treats Mild Skin Irritations
A minor use for CBD topicals is in addressing skin irritations caused by a number of conditions. CBD topicals and creams can be used to ease the pains of bee stings, allergic reactions, eczema, fungal irritations and psoriasis. Of course, you will want to check and make sure your CBD product is suitable for treating any of these conditions as not all topicals are made the same.
Final Notes on CBD for Topical Use
While CBD topicals can be very effective in treating painful and inflammatory conditions locally, it is difficult to prescribe a single brand or products that will address all conditions equally. Personal biochemistry will decide the individual reactions and sometimes it’s best to try a few options out before selecting the best one for you.