CBD Topicals, what are they?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a compound found in the hemp plant that has received a lot of attention due to its involvement with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This harmonious system modulates many processes in the body, including pain sensation, mood, appetite, sleep, immune response and many more. There are several methods to take CBD - the most popular and effective routes are outlined below. For example, if you were to take CBD to assist with joint pain, muscle recovery and inflammation, you can either take an oil under the tongue or you can apply a topical cream to rub on the affected area.
Topical cream is slowly becoming a more popular choice as a means of taking CBD, but what is it?
Creams can be used to reduce inflammation and improve recovery, targeting arthritis and joint pain or even as part of a daily skin care routine to improve the day-to-day health of your skin.
Although CBD oils are the most popular method of taking CBD, accounting for 45% of CBD usage, this method can take a couple of weeks to reach the desired effects. In contrast, topicals can show their effects within minutes.
What counts as a CBD Topical?
A topical can be anything from a balm, lotion, oil, gel, cream, spray or patch that is infused with CBD, to be directly applied to the target area. CBD massage oils and creams have even become a popular remedy in spa treatments across the world.
What are the benefits?
A study in 2020 suggests topical application of CBD may be efficacious for some skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis, pruritis and inflammatory conditions.
The ease of administering a topical as opposed to daily doses of oils is best for some people who will use it for skin disorders, muscle recovery or even to reduce pain / inflammation. It is also helpful that CBD topicals typically take less than 1 hour for the desired effects to take place.
If you are familiar with our products, you will be familiar with our Miracle Balm, which creates a deeply soothing and regenerative effect. This product is used to treat wounds, as well as inflamed, dry or aggravated skin, including psoriasis, eczema and acne – it was first discovered when the owner of Vita Botanica used it to treat his psoriasis. Our Miracle Balm is an example of a CBD topical, used to treat and support skin health on a day-to-day basis, easy to add to anybody’s skincare routine.
CBD has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects in several inflammatory conditions, from muscle recovery to arthritis. Reducing inflammation is another popular reason to use CBD topicals. Muscle recovery is a new market for CBD topicals as people look to prevent excess inflammation in order to speed up the recovery process after intense training.
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it a great supplement for those with arthritis. CBD possess anti-arthritic activity and might ameliorate symptoms of arthritis via targeting the synovial fibroblasts under inflammatory conditions. CBD topicals are a great for those who look to reduce inflammation and target areas of the body effected by arthritis.
CBD has shown great promise in reducing pain and inflammation in preclinical models of arthritis; animal pain models had very promising results with 5% of the tests being carried out using topicals.
Why use a CBD Topical?
CBD Topicals have a wide range of benefits but a big reason to use them is it allows direct application to the target area, which is required for skin conditions, inflammatory conditions, joint pain and muscle recovery.