When people talk about using CBD, they often talk about a supplement they ingest – like CBD gummies or tinctures. But, CBD is starting to become common in other products as well.
Did you know that 10 percent of the qualifying cars at this year’s Indy 500 ran on a CBD-ethanol hybrid fuel? And that a new line of 16K CBD televisions is set to hit store shelves in 2022?
Okay, neither of those things are true. Here’s the point – there are so many conflicting stories about CBD that we like to clear confusion and answer your questions honestly and with as much helpful information as possible. Like what CBD cream is, what the CBD benefits are, and how to use CBD lotion. And benefits that matter to your life are important. So, let’s dispense with the jokes and answer your questions about the possibilities of CBD cream benefits and more.
CBD at a Glance
You may know quite a bit about CBD already, but if you’re just learning about it, let’s go over some basics.
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s one of the most prevalent substances in cannabis plants and one of over 100 compounds referred to as cannabinoids.
Simply put, cannabinoids are molecules that can interact with special cell receptors in the body. These receptors, and the chemicals our body makes that work with them, make up the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Most experts agree that the ECS helps the body achieve homeostasis.
Those who produce CBD products use extracts from hemp plants. Hemp growers cultivate these plants to contain little to no THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. U.S. federal law prohibits any amount greater than 0.3 percent of THC to be present in hemp and any products containing hemp.
What Is CBD Cream, and How Can It Help You?
First of all, CBD creams and other topical products will not cause you to feel the “high” that marijuana users experience. And since cannabinoid receptors are found in skin tissues, adding CBD topical lotions and creams to your routine could provide valuable support to skin health.
CBD creams, gels, lotions, patches, balms, and other products for use on the skin are now available for many purposes. But very few concentrate solely on CBD. Instead, most makers add CBD to common skincare and pain formulas to provide extra comfort or support.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at CBD, the topical products made with CBD, and how you can use them daily or as needed.
Now that we’ve taken a look at some of the key concepts:
- CBD is a cannabinoid from the hemp plant.
- CBD works with the ECS (endocannabinoid system) in your body.
- There are CBD receptors in the skin which allow a topical application to deliver benefits for the skin.
Let’s take it a little further.
First of all, CBD cream is a catch-all term for a wide range of hemp products that you can apply to your skin. Add to that; there are tons of formulas for wide-ranging purposes.
The most common kinds of CBD creams combine topical pain relievers with hemp extracts and other botanicals. People generally use these products for joint and muscle aches. They’re particularly popular among athletes of all levels, people who work in physically demanding jobs, and others who deal with occasional soreness.
Menthol and histamine dihydrochloride are especially popular pain relievers often listed as the active ingredient in creams that also feature CBD.
You’ll also find plenty of CBD creams made specifically to moisturize and nurture your skin. Along with hemp extracts, these products frequently contain other soothing plant extracts like shea butter, aloe vera, and coconut oil.
Lotion is absorbed into the skin more quickly than a balm, and you may experience relief faster. The lasting effect however, may not last as long as balms. Lotions containing CBG may relieve pain from inflammation from 4-6 hours, vs. balms lasting effects may be as long as 6-8 hours. Balms tend to be more oily in nature, and so it’s better to use overnight on areas where the skin tends to be thicker.
Some CBD-enriched products are more like gels, but they’re applied and function the same way as creams.
Be sure to read the ingredient list on any CBD topical cream carefully, especially if you have allergies. This will also indicate the amount of cannabinoids contained in the product. Not all CBD products are created equal, and it’s important to understand why certain products are specially formulated for therapeutic purposes. And, you should always follow the directions carefully since many products contain over-the-counter drugs.
CBD Cream Benefits (CBD Lotion Benefits)
CBD cream (or lotion) benefits vary from person to person, but you can expect certain common beneficial effects such as:
- Some formulas focus primarily on hydration for your skin and provide nourishing, gentle care for your skin.
- Lotion is absorbed quickly, and you may feel relief within minutes.
- Balms may have longer lasting relief, and are good for overnight treatment while you sleep.
- May help calm and soothe the skin for pampered skin care you can love using.
- Gentle for all skin types, including uneven skin textures, various levels of sebum production, and for all ages, which is a bonus for any kind of skin care.
- Helps to support healthy skin through a variety of product types and applications.
Can CBD Oil Be Used Topically?
When most people use the term CBD oil, they’re talking about tinctures. And while they’re usually taken orally, some people like to use these oils on their skin.
CBD oils tend to be a mixture of hemp extracts and a carrier oil, like coconut oil/MCT, olive oil, or similar.
Since those ingredients are safe for your skin, you can use CBD oil topically. And it’s a good option if you’re sensitive to common ingredients in skincare products.
If you don’t have issues with those traditional ingredients, there are endless CBD options that combine hemp extracts with emollients, moisturizers, pain relievers, and more.
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