How are Topical Solutions Different to Other CBD Products?
Because CBD creams and similar treatments are only applied to the skin, they are unlike all other CBD products. Other forms of CBD require you to ingest or inhale the compound to allow CBD into your bloodstream. This means the CBD directly interacts directly with the endocannabinoid system, including both CB1 receptors found mostly in your nervous system (including your brain and spinal cord) and CB2 receptors found mainly in your immune system tissues (white blood cells, tonsils and spleen). This is not the case for topical treatments.
CBD oils, creams, and ointments do not enter the bloodstream when applied to the skin. The first layer of our skin (the epidermis) is not particularly porous, so topical CBD products can’t penetrate far enough to pass this barrier and reach the blood vessels. Additionally, because CBD is attracted to lipids, like oils, topical treatments are more likely to remain on the outer layer of skin, or accumulate in the sebaceous glands.
This is an appealing characteristic for those who are new to CBD products and concerned about the effects it may have on their body. Direct methods of ingesting or inhaling CBD can be daunting.
Benefits of CBD Creams and Topical Remedies
Even though CBD doesn’t enter the blood stream from the use of topical creams and ointments, they are effective in a number of ways. Like our nervous system, our skin has endocannabinoid receptors which can be activated by applying CBD creams and ointments. This allows our skin to absorb the CBD.
CBD rubs and other topical treatments have the following benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce chronic pain in joints and muscles. A study published in the European Journal of Pain found pain and joint swelling in rats with arthritis was significantly reduced when CBD was applied topically.
- CBD can be beneficial for acne, psoriasis, and eczema
- Hemp seed oil is less prone to clog pores than other oils and is great for dry or cracked skin.
CBD for Skin
Similar to the benefits CBD imparts for muscles and joints, the anti-inflammatory properties are great for your skin too. People who suffer from eczema and psoriasis have found relief and improvement of their condition with the use of CBD skin products as they work to reduce redness and irritation. CBD face creams can also provide relief from acne as it reduces swelling and may regulate oil production from sebaceous glands.
CBD skin products aren’t restricted to creams and lotions, CBD bath bombs and salts are also available from online and high street health stores like Holland and Barrett. Your skin can absorb the CBD in the same way as a lotion or ointment, but you have the added relaxation of soaking in the bath.
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Relax After a Workout with Hemp Cream
Keeping fit and regularly exercising can take its toll on your joints and muscles.
“Even though you may be getting stronger, it’s often painful to build muscle due to micro-tears in the muscle fibres that result from physical strain. Your body seeks to repair these tiny tears, which is often what causes aches and pain for a few days after an intense workout,” says Mike Schiemer of Frugal Fitness.
CBD topical applications can provide a pain relief solution for muscle soreness by reducing the inflammation caused by tissue repair, without interrupting the process our bodies use to rebuild muscle cells.
CBD Topical Treatments Are Not a Cure-All
Before jumping in the deep end of CBD treatments, it’s important to note that these products have not been evaluated or licenced by the MHRA – the UK’s equivalent to America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So there is little regulation of these treatments. Companies are restricted on making claims about the medical benefits individuals could derive from using these treatments. CBD is considered a safe compound with little or no side effects associated with its use outside of the body. However, it is not meant to replace other treatments prescribed by your GP and you should consult with your doctor if you are concerned about how CBD creams may interact with other medications.