By EWN •
Updated: 29 Jun 2022 • 10:47
CBD has already become a buzzword, and most of you already know that it can be used orally. But what about the topical use? In this article, we’ll talk about how CBD topicals work, their types, benefits, and criteria to choose the most potent ones.
What is a CBD topical & how does it work?
CBD (also commonly known as cannabidiol) is an active, chemical compound found in the cannabis Sativa plant. Unlike its relative THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is also found in the plant, CBD doesn’t change your mental state. This is because most CBD topical and oral products contain less than 0.3% of THC to comply with legislation.
CBD topicals include products infused with cannabidiol that can be applied topically, for example, a CBD cream, balm, salve and lotion. This way, CBD penetrates the dermal and subdermal skin layers, reaching further than the surface of the skin. After application and absorption through the skin, cannabidiol is broken down by fatty acids and goes further to interact with receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for the sensations of pain and pleasure while its cell receptors are found in skin, muscle tissue and nerves. Therefore, using CBD oil for pain can help alleviate both pain and inflammation.
The skin is quite thick, so when you apply CBD cream, the CBD soaks into the skin; it does not make it to the bloodstream. It interacts with receptors and can modulate the pain and inflammatory response.
When to use CBD topicals?
How to choose a CBD topical
These are the criteria we think are good indicators of safety, quality, and transparency of the best CBD oil for anxiety, pain, insomnia or any other ailment you may have:
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