CBD Pain Cream
CBD topicals are creams, lotions and salves that have been formulated with CBD. CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive component of cannabis. CBD is generally derived from hemp plants containing less than 0.3% THC, so it does not get you high.
CBD topicals are most commonly used for aches and pains caused by muscle and joint inflammation. Cannabidiol has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties according to a study performed on rodents. It could potentially provide relief for symptoms associated with back pain, muscle pain, pain from arthritis, etc.
CBD creams and lotions are meant to be applied directly to a specific area of the skin, and are typically not edible. They have also been used for burns, insect bites and stings, and other skin-related issues like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. These creams deliver CBD to the outer layer of the skin instead of into the bloodstream, providing localized relief.
Here are some of the types of CBD topicals that you might find on the market. Creams, salves and lotions are typically used mainly for pain and inflammation. Ointments, serums and oils are generally more suitable for treating skin-related conditions while also being used for various beauty applications, including beard creams, anti-aging serums, tattoo ointments and various hair and skin products.
How to apply CBD topicals
Since CBD is not particularly cheap, the goal is to apply as little CBD cream as possible to achieve the desired results. Start with a small amount, and gradually increase it until you’ve found your sweet spot. It may take some time, and the amount will vary depending on a variety of factors including: body weight, severity of condition and the strength of the CBD cream.
- Clean the area. Take a shower or just wash the area locally with soap and water. Remove any clothing around the affected area and make sure your skin is dry before applying it. It is not recommended to apply CBD cream directly to open cuts or wounds.
- Apply a small amount of CBD cream to your fingers. Gently rub it into the affected area using a circular motion until it completely absorbs into the skin, especially before re-applying more cream. Give the CBD time to take effect, it will not work instantly.
- Continue usage on a daily basis and pay close attention to your progress. If you are not getting the relief you were hoping for, try a slightly higher dose, or a stronger CBD cream. You might also want to increase your usage to twice a day.
- You can also supplement your topicals with another form of CBD like a tincture, vape or edible so that you can increase your overall CBD dosage. Once you find the dose that works for you, stick with it. There is no need to use more than necessary.
Advantages of CBD creams and topicals
The main reason why you would use a CBD topical is the need for relief in a specific part of the body. If you are looking for more localized treatment, then CBD topicals could potentially be a better choice than vaping CBD e-liquid or taking it sublingually.
CBD creams and topicals are also convenient and inconspicuous for on the go use. Many CBD lotions and salves also contain additional proprietary ingredients that can be beneficial to your skin like coconut oil, shea butter, lavender, peppermint etc.
- Provides localized relief
- Good for dry skin
- Convenient for traveling
- Suitable for non-vapers
Disadvantages of CBD creams and topicals
The main downside to CBD topicals is that they are said to have a lower bioavailability than ingesting or vaping CBD. Combined with the price of cannabidiol, it can get pretty costly. Also, while CBD topicals are effective at providing relief for your skin, you are not going to get many of the other known benefits and effects of CBD unless you’re taking it orally or using a CBD vape pen for example. CBD creams are not an ideal choice for treating anxiety, depression or seizures. Lastly, CBD creams come in different forms and concentrations, so finding the right CBD dose may require some experimentation.
- Low bioavailability
- Limited to pain/skin issues
- Difficult to calculate dosage
- Not cheap