CBD Topical Products
CBD has become immensely popular because of its therapeutic properties. It is one of the essential chemical components extracted from Cannabis sativa or industrial hemp. However, it has nothing to do with the psychoactive nature of marijuana because it cannot cause euphoria. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the major intoxicating chemical component of the plant. All legal CBD products contain less than 0.3 % THC, which is not significant enough to cause a high. CBD is available in several forms, such as oil tinctures, capsules, edibles, and topicals.
Like all other CBD forms, topicals are incredibly useful in relieving a variety of different conditions. CBD topicals such as creams, lotions, salves, balms and bath bombs have invaded the market and are offered with a range of CBD concentrations.
How do CBD topicals work?
The human body has an endocannabinoid system that is spread across the body. It is responsible for carrying out the physiological functions such as memory, sleep, pain, inflammation, and other functions. The human skin also has endocannabinoid receptors i.e., CB1 and CB2 receptors that bind to the endogenous cannabinoids anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglyerol to maintain homeostasis. Just like the endogenous cannabinoids, CBD can also interact with receptors and mimic their function.
Potential benefits of CBD topical products
CBD topical products may help treat several health problems such as inflamed skin, localized pain, and irritation.
- CBD topicals may help reduce irritation caused by UV rays or other environmental pollutants.
- Inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, can cause painful and unpleasant skin conditions, which can be highly uncomfortable. CBD may help reduce these symptoms.
- Localized pain caused by muscle swelling or strain may be relieved by using CBD topicals. Apply and massage the affected area with a cream, lotion, or balm to help decrease these symptoms
- Inflammatory responses such as redness and rash are irritating, but CBD topicals may be effective in reducing these symptoms.
Types of CBD topicals
CBD topicals are made with different kinds of CBD, such as CBD isolate, broad-spectrum CBD, and Full-spectrum CBD. Each one of these has its own benefits. Full and Broad-spectrum CBD contains other cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, CBC, and THC which offer different potential benefits to the consumer, while CBD Isolate is pure CBD.
How should I use CBD topical products?
CBD is safe and easy to use. However, to make sure it is appropriate for you, apply the topical to a small patch and let it stay there for a while. If there are no adverse reactions, use it for the rest of the affected area.
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