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You hear plenty about cannabis and CBD and how to consume them via tinctures, vaping, smoking, gummies and more. It’s great to take care of our bodies from the inside-out, but sometimes you need a new approach.
Our skin is its own complicated system part of our body that’s connected to the endocannabinoid system. Which means that you can target pain or skin issues directly.
With CBD topicals available in cleansers, lubricants, pain-relieving gels and lotions, how do you narrow down your search? And how do you figure out what will be best for you?
We provide all that clarification here so that you’re optimizing your purchase and finding the comfort you deserve.
What is a CBD topical, cream or salve?
A CBD topical—creams, salves, ointments, gels, lotions—is a cannabidiol-infused holistic supplement that can be applied to your skin for relief or treatment. There are also even sexual lubricants you can use and self-care items like bath bombs and body cleansers.
In this sense, CBD topicals are great for beauty routines and pain management. Our selection of products offer an array of choices that you may be able to combine.
CBD is a cannabinoid, a chemical compound of cannabis and hemp with medicinal benefits. It’s non psychoactive, though the same can be said for THC topicals. With that said, some products may contain less than 0.3% THC and additional herbs with terpene profiles that may expand the therapeutic index of your topical.
If you consume CBD and haven’t had much relief with external symptoms, then using a topical can help with spot treatment.
What can topical CBD help with?
From a wellness perspective, CBD topicals take the forms of face cleansers, lotions, tattoo recovery gel and sexual lubricant. Because they tend to exclude harsh chemicals that are in standard products, our selection is a great alternative.
For day-to-day occurrences, the analgesic or pain-relieving salves, creams and freezes also work for muscle aches and back pains. Those can come from intense exercising, so CBD topicals also work great for recovery and preparation for fitness.
What precautions should you be aware of?
You should always consult with your physician before using CBD with any medications.
Opiate and NSAID doses were formulated by pharmacists who considered how well these drugs can be flushed through your liver. Typically, CBD inhibits an enzyme that assists in this process. But that requires it to enter your bloodstream.
Though CBD is easily absorbed into the skin, it doesn’t travel farther beyond that. So you don’t have to worry about altering your medication when you pick up one of our topicals.
That said, still work with a physician to determine how to add CBD salves and creams to managing your condition or if you add it to your wellness routine.
You still need to be cautious for possible allergic reactions though. Especially if you have sensitive skin or an autoimmune disease.
What should you look for when buying CBD topicals?
Checking ingredients is key to deciding on what to buy–again, to prevent allergic reactions. This also includes your desired sensations.
For example, if you’re sensitive to fragrance from tea tree oil or you hate the residue of menthol, you’re encouraged to double-check ingredients before adding a product to your cart.
On the flip side, you may be looking to optimize the effects of CBD. And what better way to do that than with the entourage effect (we love talking about that around here).
If you’re not concerned about less than 0.3% THC and you care for terpenes, you want full spectrum topicals that include essential oils as well as extracted or added hemp terpenes.
Also, there’s the amount of CBD per container. This is important if you require potent products for your level of pain. We can’t offer a measurement system per serving. But we advise you to use a small amount and see how it affects you before applying a generous yet effective amount.
Choosing which CBD product to try from our vast CBD topical sections can be overwhelming, so here are some options to narrow it down. Doesn’t matter if it’s just for wellness or for addressing an ailment—we got your back.
CBD For The People’s 3-pack of lavender, tea tree and lemongrass salves contain 1200mg of CBD total and is our most unrefined topical. They’re committed to full spectrum, whole-plant help, so this salve contains a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes.
Many manufacturers only extract CBD, so the possible medicinal boosters like THC and naturally occurring hemp terpenes get lost. So give this a try if you haven’t had luck with other pain relieving topicals and need high potency for targeting pain.
And don’t let the price scare you. A little goes a long way, so you’ll have these salves for a while. We also offer each product separately if 3 jars are too much.
Pure CBD cleanser is a great wellness option. It’s great for daily cleansing and CBD works as an anti-inflammatory agent to keep your skin in healthy condition. If you’re sensitive to chemical irritants that are standard in soaps, this is a great break from those that your skin will appreciate.
Don’t wait–get relief today!
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to CBD, you’re one of our occasional customers or you’re a CBD veteran looking explore some topicals. We offer plenty of variety to help tackle your current wellness hiccup or chronic condition.
Let us know which product you want to experiment and share it! We’d love to hear how it works well for you, a relative, a peer or everybody. We have something for everyone.
Alaina Dorsey is CEO, freelance cannabis copywriter and content strategist at her Baltimore-based business Bud Biz Llama in Maryland.