Cannabis topicals are the best way to apply CBD directly to a localized area as an effective means of relieving aches, soreness, muscle spasms, and can soothe inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Since CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, it does not give you mind-altering effects that THC does. CBD topicals are a useful alternative to steroid-based creams typically used for arthritis, joint pain, and similar conditions.
How do CBD Topicals work?
Our bodies have a signaling system called the Endocannabinoid System that regulates the limbic, metabolic, nociceptive, and immunologic functions. Endocannabinoids are naturally occurring regulators that detect and regulate pain, mood, hunger, memory, and more. If these regulators are not being properly maintained, these functions may become unbalanced. CBD interacts with an enzyme called FAAH by stopping the breakdown of natural cannabinoids and increasing the body’s natural endocannabinoids.
CBD is available in various topicals forms including oils, salves, lotions, ointments, patches, creams, and even personal lubricants. They are easily absorbed into the skin and can be directly applied to affected areas. Topical CBD can be an effective form of relief for a variety of ailments and conditions. Once applied, CBD can take anywhere up to 48 hours to provide relief depending on several factors including dose, frequency of use, and severity of the condition. Chronic conditions such as arthritis are best treated with an application regimen. When applied topically, CBD can also effectively relieve headaches, stiffness, and muscle cramps.
The effects of topical CBD can increase pain-relieving endocannabinoids, decrease inflammatory responses, and desensitize pain receptors.
A CBD-rich salve with a cooling agent such as menthol and/or peppermint is a perfect way to wind down after an intense workout. And for more intense pain, there are full spectrum balms available that carry all the cannabinoids, including THCA, without the adverse effects of THC. Other topicals are enriched with terpenes and other plant botanicals that may aid in relief depending on the benefit you are seeking. Each type of topical has different benefits depending on the way they are processed and the ingredients that are used, so experiment to see what works for you.
Still not sure which type of CBD topical is right for you? Stop by one of our locations and visit with our friendly staff members. Our staff of highly trained product consultants are happy to answer questions and can provide you with samples to try on before your purchase.
If you are one of the many people living with chronic pain and inflammation, topicals are worth exploring.
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Co-founder of the Arizona trademark CBD Dispensary, April is an active Volunteer for the Arizona Epilepsy Foundation and the U.S. Pain Foundation, Glendale Chamber of Commerce member, American Legion Auxillary member, former Communications Director position for NORML, and is an advocate for women’s health, chronic pain, and senior issues. She is also an accredited AKC Dog Evaluator and Trainer. April enjoys traveling, writing, live music and comedy, and chasing her pets with the latest Snapchat filter.