Alleviating aches and pains is one of the potential benefits of CBD. Early findings already suggest that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can make this compound a viable treatment option for chronic and acute conditions, whether mild, moderate, or severe. Using CBD cream may be the ideal choice for problems that require a targeted response.
Read on to find out how CBD cream can benefit you.
How does CBD cream compare against other CBD products?
CBD is available in a variety of forms, and the specific type of CBD product determines the potency of CBD, its bioavailability, and how it is used.
CBD oils and tinctures are the most popular, as these provide the highest CBD potency. When taken sublingually, or placed under the tongue, the CBD is quickly absorbed by the bloodstream so that the effect/s of CBD are maximized and appear more quickly. Oils and tinctures can also be added to food or applied topically.
CBD is also available as tablets or capsules. They also deliver higher strengths and amounts of CBD, and are more convenient to take given their pre-measured dosages and because you simply pop them in your mouth. However, the release of CBD into the bloodstream takes longer because the tablets/capsules still have to be digested; some of the CBD may also be broken down during digestion, so the body actually absorbs less CBD than what was contained in the product.
CBD edibles, such as gummies, candies, and chocolates, are another popular form of CBD. They’re tasty and offer a subtle way of taking CBD. CBD edibles, however, are not as potent as CBD oils and tinctures, and because they also take the digestive route, the amount of CBD absorbed is further reduced. Most CBD edibles contain flavourings and other ingredients — the latter may offer additional benefits — but the presence of sugar and artificial ingredients can make a product more unhealthy than healthy.
CBD creams offer a more targeted therapeutic approach. The main difference between CBD cream and other CBD products is that it is formulated to help manage only certain conditions, specifically pain and inflammation, whereas the other CBD products may be used to address many other problems, such as anxiety, insomnia, and even seizures.
But while CBD creams may have limited therapeutic benefits, they also may have some advantages. Here are seven of them.
1 Specific Effects
CBD cream is designed to help provide relief from aches, pain, and inflammation. The exact mechanism by which CBD interacts with the body to produce specific health effects is still not fully understood, but most scientists theorize that as a cannabinoid, CBD may directly interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is a complex signalling system that regulates a wide range of responses, including pain and inflammation.
2 Targeted Solution
Depending on the dosage and condition, the soothing and healing properties of CBD may provide immediate results as the CBD cream is directly applied to the specific problem area to produce a localized effect, e.g., pain relief or reduced inflammation. More specifically, CBD cream is often applied on arthritic joints; sore muscles; or irritated skin.
3 Additional Benefits
Most CBD creams also contain other beneficial ingredients, such as Vitamin E, jojoba oil, beeswax, and aromatic essential oils. These ingredients often enhance the pain-relief and anti-inflammatory effects of CBD cream, as well as deliver their own soothing properties.
4 Reduced Risks
Because the CBD cream is only used topically, the CBD and other ingredients present are not absorbed into the bloodstream, which reduces the potential side effects of CBD. While studies have shown that CBD is generally well-tolerated by most humans, CBD intake, particularly in high doses, may lead to diarrhea, fatigue, or changes in appetite and/or weight.
Like all topical applications, CBD creams also carry the risk of an adverse skin reaction, so a spot test is important before using a new product. Any adverse reactions that might occur may be caused by the other ingredients present in the cream, and not necessarily by CBD. Make sure to always check the product’s ingredients list, especially if you have allergies or sensitivities.
5 Safe Reapplication
Because the application is topical and localized and does not enter the bloodstream, CBD creams can be safely reapplied whenever necessary. In comparison, CBD products that are ingested and that enter the bloodstream typically should be taken in the appropriate dose and at specific intervals. It’s important to note that, so far, available evidence shows that there is no risk of overdose when using CBD. Lastly, because CBD is non-psychoactive, it will not cause an altered state or behavioral changes.
6 Promising Scientific Evidence
While results still require additional support from further studies, a number of trials have already shown that the pain-relieving and antiinflammatory properties of CBD can reduce chronic pain and improve quality of life; significantly reduce intense pain, sharp pain, itchiness, and cold typically associated with peripheral neuropathy; and may help treat acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
7 More Trusted Options
Many established and reputable skin care brands have added CBD-infused products into their collection. The CBD industry has been flooded with a multitude of products that can easily confuse and overwhelm customers, especially those who are new to the world of CBD. But they can also easily find CBD creams from trusted brands, even brands that they already use consistently for their skin care needs.
CBD creams are the ideal option if you’re looking for a topical solution to address a localized skin, joint, or muscle condition. On its own, CBD has great potential in providing relief from pain and inflammation. As most CBD creams also contain other ingredients to provide additional benefits, it’s best to always opt for a product that only uses natural ingredients. Refer to the product information to make sure there are no harmful chemicals in the product. You may also check the product’s certificate of analysis to verify the exact contents of the product.
The best option for CBD cream is one that contains full-spectrum CBD, as this will provide the entourage effect from all the other beneficial compounds present in hemp, alongside CBD. Take note that full-spectrum CBD will contain trace amounts of THC, but not enough to cause any high. If you wish to stay away from THC altogether, you can choose broad-spectrum CBD; this contains CBD and other beneficial compounds, except for THC. CBD isolate will only deliver the benefits of CBD.
Lastly, choose a CBD cream that uses US-grown and organic hemp to make sure that you will not be exposing your skin to pesticides, hard metals, and other harmful contaminants.