Topical CBD, specifically hemp balm, is the best way to distribute CBD directly on the skin, muscles, and joints.
CBD is an active substance that belongs to the phenolic group of terpenes. Chemically speaking, they have a 21-carbon atom structure and are found naturally in some plants. Nevertheless, their importance centers on their varying uses in the health field as an alternative treatment for certain conditions.
There are three types of cannabinoids: synthetic, phytocannabinoids, and endocannabinoids, and they all differ in where they can be obtained.
As the name might suggest, CBD topicals, creams, oils, ointments, and balms are infused with cannabidiol, one of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the cannabis and hemp plant.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is not at all psychoactive, which is why CBD does not induce any of the famous brain effects. In other words, CBD does not get you ‘high’.
Like other cannabinoids, CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors found in the human body’s endocannabinoid system. When applied topically, CBD absorbs through the pores of the skin and acts on the endocannabinoid system within the skin, which is how the therapeutic effects and benefits are received.
Because topical CBD is localized, it is an excellent benefit to those who suffer from problems in specific areas of their body.
How Does it Work?
While much of CBD is typically ingested orally, smoked, or vaporized, topical formulations are applied directly to the skin. The skin is the main barrier and protector of our body, responsible for protecting the body’s internal environment against the external environment.
Only specific molecules can pass through the skin, depending on their structure and properties. CBD is a fatty compound, which means it can penetrate through the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin.
Once the epidermis is penetrated, CBD can access the tissues of the dermis. And, it is in the dermis that CBD can interact with the endocannabinoid system.
The two cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, are found in the skin. The CB1 receptor sends signals to the nervous system, helping to regulate pain. Part of the immune system is also found in the skin. CBD can thus interact with CB2 receptors in the skin.
The CB2 receptor regulates levels of inflammation, a process that is important in many skin diseases.
Unlike ingested or smoked CBD, its application to the skin does not allow it to enter the bloodstream. Instead, it simply acts on the endocannabinoid system found in the living layer of the skin.
Specific Effects of Topical CBD
Hemp balm products contain beneficial chemicals such as cannabinoids and terpenes, and the two most popular cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabidiol is found in all CBD products such as CBD creams, CBD lotions, CBD balms, CBD massage oils, and cannabis creams, and CBD lip balms.
They are mainly used for health and wellness purposes such as skin health, inflammation, dry skin, muscle pain, acne, joint pain, and general body relaxation.
All hemp-derived CBD products containing <0.3% THC can be legally purchased across all 50 states, found both online and in stores.
The majority of people use products that are applied topically to manage pain that is localized to a specific area on the body or to treat an area of skin that has been damaged or inflamed, as CBD is proven to be a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
Specific effects of CBD Cannabidiol modulate the transcription of more than 1,100 genes found in our bodies, producing anti-inflammatory substances that naturally inhibit inflammation in the central nervous system and the immune system. Since cannabinoid receptors are found in all mechanisms in the body, they can help the body regulate itself, and therefore restore a state of homeostasis.
Acne: CBD reduces inflammation in skin cells and exhibits antibacterial activity, which will help with acne and clearing up the skin.
Psoriasis: Keratinocytes are cells that multiply in the epidermis of the skin and that produce the visible effects of psoriasis. CBD inhibits the spread of keratinocytes.
Dermatitis: CBD may help reduce the signs of dermatitis by reducing the underlying inflammation.
CBD also acts as a powerful antioxidant, which may help maintain healthy, glowing skin.
Epidermolysis bullosa (blisters on the skin): in a study, three people who used CBD topically were followed. And, as a result, it was found that patients’ wounds healed faster, fewer blisters appeared, and the pain was less after applying CBD.
Muscle pain: Muscle pain is also caused by inflammation. Using CBD after exercise may help reduce muscle pain and promote muscle recovery.
CBD for Joint Pain: Topical CBD is an excellent asset to fighting joint pain.
Overall, the effectiveness of CBD varies depending on the product, the intended use, and the person. Experimenting with the various forms of CBD is the best way to determine what feels and works the best for yourself!
Ultimately, not all CBD products are created equal. There are several factors to consider to ensure that the CBD product you buy is truly of a high quality, and you can ensure that the manufacture is safe and legitimate based on labeling practices and ingredient makeups.
Although the CBD industry is still new, a majority of Americans are happy with the positive results of CBD and look forward to future developments. We are still learning a lot, but one thing seems likely: CBD is here to stay!