I’ve written quite a few posts about CBD oil and what sorts of benefits it offers to those who make use of it.
I haven’t written about how CBD oil can benefit skin when applied topically, though, so here we go.
Different uses of CBD oil typically include “oils, tinctures, edibles, patches, vape oil, and topicals in the form of creams, lotions, balms, and more,” says an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website. But let’s delve into the topicals a little further.
Topical CBD, “unlike other CBD products, doesn’t enter the bloodstream but is no less effective. Depending on the issue you’re trying to address, it could even work faster than say, tinctures and edibles, which are ingested, and work from inside the body. Because topical CBD is applied right to the skin and exactly where it’s needed, the cannabinoid is absorbed directly into the affected area so it’s able to work faster, providing quick relief.”
Neat stuff, right?
As for how exactly topical CBD functions, it can be defined as a “product infused with cannabinoids, which are compounds found in the cannabis plant, and designed to be applied externally, onto the skin. It is known to provide quick localized relief without ingestion.
“Inside each of our bodies is an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a network of receptors which can be found in the brain, nervous system, and other parts of your body. The ECS is also in our skin and is the key to how topical CBD works.
“Topical CBD works by interacting with the ECS receptor points in our skin. When these receptors are activated, they start to seek out “stressed” receptors and bring them back into balance. When we have stressed out receptors, we notice symptoms ranging from aches and pains to general soreness and stiffness.”
As for the type of topical CBD you’re using, it most commonly comes in three variations; creams and/or lotions, balms and/or salves, and oil.
Be sure to reference the article linked above to determine which type is best for you.