Unless you’ve been lost in the arctic circle or living under a rock, you know what CBD is. For those that have been living under a rock, you don’t need us to explain it to you.
CBD is a versatile little phytocompound that can be eaten, drank, vaped, inhaled, and slathered all over your body.
CBD-rich topical creams are more than just the latest skincare or health craze. While most products are buzzing with other beneficial ingredients like Vitamin E and mint extracts, CBD-rich topicals are only one part of a full-body solution when it comes to treating unwanted skin irritations.
While understanding how versatile this little cannabinoid can be is very much in its infant stage and research still needs to be conducted, we do know that it posses an array of pretty neat therapeutic benefits.
These benefits stem from helping our body heal itself. Have I lost you? Not to worry, we’ll get to that down below. But basically, CBD works with your body to promote wellness and body-balance.
From physical pain and tension to common skin irritations, a CBD topical can help reduce and prevent unwanted ailments. Topical means a product you apply to your skin. Most CBD products only penetrate the first layer of skin and do not reach all seven layers.
The bioavailability of a CBD-rich topical product is quite low. If you are using CBD to treat ongoing symptoms it is best to use a combination of CBD products with different methods of consumption.
Unfortunately, science is so scarce that I can barely prove my point with what limited research has been published. Fortunately, I’ve found enough to get you educated. These are the things you should know about before you give a CBD topical product a whirl.
This study and this study show what we’ve got to work with regarding topical CBD products and effectively treating both skin irritations and minor pain. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough human clinical trials to understand the ideal dose for pain-relieving effects.
Topical CBD products are applied to the skin whereas vapes and edibles are ingested and CBD tinctures are taken sublingually (under the tongue). The epidermis is the first of seven layers of our skin. This layer of skin is the barrier to other layers: dermis and hypodermis. It protects against chemicals, pathogens, and UV rays.
It makes sense the epidermis is hard to penetrate. This means that topical products (including CBD products) will not reach the other layers of our skin, and they definitely do not penetrate the blood-brain barrier and enter the bloodstream.
First time CBD users should try a topical product prior to using a tincture if they are concerned about cannabinoids entering their body. There are a few notable texture differences when it comes to CBD topicals. They each have their own classifications. The most common CBD topicals that have their own ingredients and functions are:
For those that use a CBD topical product daily on tense and sore areas, they have seen an improvement in their symptoms. While the science isn’t there to say for sure it is the product, we do know that CBD possesses an array of therapeutic benefits.
Because we don’t have accurate dosage guidelines when it comes to applying a CBD topical product, it relies on the consumer to apply as much or as little as they would like to.
While the CBD in lotions, salves, and balms do not penetrate the blood-brain barrier, they can be effective for local (general area) pain relief and reducing skin irritations.
There are three simple steps to applying CBD topical products and they are prepared, apply, and indulge!
The area you want to apply to your CBD-rich lotion, cream, or salve should be washed with soap and water. Remove any clothing that may cover the area as well. Make sure the application area is completely dried.
With your fingertips, take some of your CBD topical product and apply it to the area that you want to reduce pain and discomfort. Gently massage the topical into the skin in a circular direction. Ensure that the CBD topical has been completely absorbed and is dried before you apply any more.
Within moments you will begin to experience a nice relaxation effect. Although the true nature of healing will greatly depend on the CBD potency, a sense of calm is to be expected. If you are applying a CBD cream to a bite, burn or sting, apply the lotion around the area that surrounds the main point of pain.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound. Meaning, it does not get you high. Even if THC were present above the legal 0.03% amount, topical products do not penetrate all seven layers of skin and enter the bloodstream.
Because CBD doesn’t produce psychoactive effects and that legal CBD topicals are not allowed to contain more than 0.03% THC, do not expect any euphoric results. A full-spectrum CBD product will contain a trace amount of THC, but not enough to affect your perspective.
CBD topicals are special because unlike other methods of consumption, a lotion will not interact directly with your endocannabinoid system (ECS).
For local relief of pain, redness, and other minor skin issues, a CBD topical can be greatly effective. There is absolutely no way you can get stoned from using a CBD topical lotion.
While cannabinoid-rich products are taking over the holistic health scene, topical products are unique. The method of application, the effects, the cost, the concentration, and dosage calculations are much different than a CBD tincture or CBD-rich edible.
The cost of CBD-rich topical products is quite reasonable. Even for a high-end serum, you can expect to pay about $0.30 per milligram or about $30 per bottle. There are pricier products on the market. The ingredients used to manufacture the product will also play a role in the cost.
Applying CBD topicals cannot penetrate the bloodstream, so you will not be receiving the full effects of any cannabinoids, including CBD.
Unfortunately, the dosage amount and frequency depend on many factors including the product you are using, the CBD potency, as well as the reason you are using the product.
CBD via topical products will never actually take effect like a tincture, an edible, or a vape extract. However, a full-spectrum CBD product will be much more beneficial than a product made with isolated CBD.
Why? This is because of the entourage effect meaning, the cannabinoids derived from cannabis work better together as a team than they do when they are separated.
The concentration of CBD in the topical you choose will vary from product to product. Low-potency options from 250 to 300mg as well as high-potency options with up to 100mg of CBD are available.
While most CBD products have dosage recommendations, when it comes to topicals, you don’t have to concern yourself with factors like your weight or how often you apply.
Using a CBD-rich topical depends more on the level of pain or irritation that is bothering you.
Since CBD topicals aren’t regulated, the first thing you need to figure out is how much CBD is alleged to be in the product. If you are using CBD for pain, there are other methods of administration that treat more than locally. Unfortunately, we can’t say for certain what the ideal dose is for CBD topicals.
You might want to go with the highest dose possible, but the choice is yours. Remember also that some minor side effects are associated with some forms of CBD. Lower blood pressure and tiredness are the most common downsides. Unlike CBD tinctures or edibles, a CBD topical product will not penetrate the blood-brain barrier and enter your bloodstream.
The lack of regulation means that anyone with a CBD product can make a store and begin selling. The fact is: people are selling products making false CBD claims-including topicals.
Before you choose a product, make sure that the company is providing a certificate of analysis, a batch number, and third-party lab testing results for the corresponding products. This gives you peace of mind knowing the exact contents of the product you’re using.
CBD products are classified as safe to use and non-toxic. To be fair, not enough human clinical studies have been conducted on the long-term effects of using cannabinoid therapies. Because CBD is seen as a health supplement, the FDA does not evaluate these products like other health-related products.
Most of the side effects associated with CBD are considered not-life-threatening. With CBD in general, the most commonly reported downsides of consuming CBD are:
CBD is known to promote sleep quality, which makes it a top-notch holistic sleep aid. Unfortunately, taking too much CBD may make you feel sedated and lethargic. Avoid strenuous activities that require attention to detail and the ability to focus if you feel as though you’ve consumed too much CBD.
For those taking medications that affect your blood pressure or for those that have ongoing low blood pressure should speak with a doctor before using CBD.
However, a CBD topical does not interfere or penetrate your bloodstream, making it an ideal choice for those who may be taking blood thinners.
Taking too much CBD may negatively affect your digestive system creating unwanted digestive issues like lack of appetite and diarrhea.
CBD topicals have specific health concerns like allergy reactions. Although it is highly unlikely you are allergic to CBD (as your body creates its own endocannabinoids), there are other ingredients like essential oils that may initiate an allergic reaction in users.
Read the label if you are known to have allergies when using essential oils, and other ingredients typically found in lotion, cream, and salves.
Do not apply CBD topicals to open cuts, sores, or wounds. Doing so creates a serious potential for infection and other adverse reactions.
Most reputable CBD brands will provide an extensive ingredient list explaining what exactly is in their products. They will also produce third-party lab results, THC content information, as well as a batch number for their products.
It is up to the CBD manufacturer to be transparent because cannabidiol and other cannabis compounds are not regulated or monitored by the FDA.
If you are using CBD to reduce ongoing physical aches and pains, it is best to combine it with another method of consumption like a CBD tincture or CBD gummy. This is because topical products are not trans-dermal, meaning, they do not penetrate all seven layers of the skin, nor do they enter the bloodstream.
CBD topicals like salves and lotions are perfect for local pain (meaning pain to that area). They are also ideal for those just beginning their CBD journey and who are concerned about cannabinoids present in their system.
Hemp-based CBD products that contain 0.03% THC are considered legal, but you must source your hemp from a reputable cultivator. The extraction method in which the CBD is extracted is also very important when it comes to potency and quality.
Topicals may help provide relief that is often associated with acne, burns, joint and muscle swelling, skin rashes, stiff muscles, bites, and stings, as well as minor injuries like bruises.
Using a CBD-rich topical daily by applying to the area that is sore may help your body heal itself. Those that have not tried CBD should speak to a doctor or medical professional before they begin their CBD journey.
If you are dealing with ongoing or severe pain, using multiple methods of consumption is best Incorporating a CBD tincture alongside your typical applications for a more well-rounded, or full-spectrum, approach to holistically treating your pain.
Feeling good and living a life in-balance should not cause you more unwanted health issues. Taking over the counter pain medication like Advil may cause serious liver damage with long-term use. Today, we have not seen any significant side effects of using CBD long-term.
However, we are also very much in the infant stage regarding the science of CBD.
CBD-infused topicals are packed with naturally beneficial ingredients like other cannabinoids, essential oils like lavender and aloe. Most CBD topicals moisturize, enhance your wellbeing, and are great for those who are in the fitness scene.
A high-quality topical product will be formulated by cultivating organic cannabis and using only the cleanest and safest extraction methods.
When it comes to all the CBD products on the market, CBD lotions, balms, and salves are by far the most indulgent way to incorporate CBD into your daily regime. Self-care has never been so therapeutic. Try a lotion, a bath bomb, or a coveted serum, and remember
This short guide intends to equip you with the most essential information about CBD, including how it works on the human body, the legality of CBD, whether or not it causes a high and how to choose the right CBD oil.
If you are looking to improve your health and overall well being, hemp CBD extract may well be the most important supplement for you to take.
While many herbs can be effective for a wide variety of conditions, hemp CBD extract is in a league of its own.
According to a list compiled from hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and PubMed (an online service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine), hemp CBD has been found therapeutic for more than 50(!) conditions ranging from acne and insomnia to epilepsy and seizures.
This is thanks to the plant’s numerous – over 100 – active compounds called cannabinoids.
In fact, our bodies also produce cannabinoids. And we call them endocannabinoids, from ‘endo’ meaning ‘‘internal’ in Greek.
Hemp phytocannabinoids discharge their beneficial action via the Human Endocannabinoid System (HES), which was discovered back in the 1990s.
The discovery of HES is arguably the most important discovery in human physiology in the late 20th century.
Scientists have found HES to be of the paramount importance in our bodies. Its receptors (called CB1 and CB2) are ubiquitous and are found in every organ of the body. It is responsible for maintaining and controlling homeostasis, or balanced regulation of each and every system in the body. HES regulates a wide array of bodily functions, from appetite to sleep patterns, moods, metabolism, immune response, the lifespan of cells and much much more.
Scientists still need to understand a lot about HES, but as of today HES appears to be the system behind all the other body systems, thus, it sort of holds the key to overall health and well-being.
Already back in 2001, the theory of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CED) was put forward by Dr. Ethan Russo, neurologist and medical scientist.
Now imagine for a moment what would happen if you never took vitamin C in your entire life because the government made it illegal? Surely, after a while, all kind of problems and disbalances would arise due to vitamin C deficiency.
Luckily for us, the wave of hemp legalization, which has started a few years ago is rolling across the globe at full speed, with more and more countries are legalizing hemp for medical use and for research purposes.
Already in his 2016 research update, Dr. Ethan Russo defined criteria for the evidence of cannabinoid deficiency:
Without sufficient cannabinoids in our diet, the HES operates at less than optimum efficiency, resulting in a general decline in overall health. Supplementing our diets with full spectrum phytocannabinoids by consuming CBD oil may be an essential component to achieving optimal health and regeneration.
Some doctors go as far as to claim that “More people will be saved by the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system than are currently saved by surgery.”
As scientists are just starting to make sense of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, we cannot help but ask: What modern diseases could vanish altogether once the endocannabinoid system is better understood?
The legalisation of medical marijuana has caused a lot of confusion, and the current CBD market can be compared to the Wild West. There are no real rules or regulations as to what medical CBD oil is and what it can be called. There is a lot of misinformation floating around.
One of the main points of confusion comes from the fact that the media often uses the term marijuana to refer to hemp and vice versa. This raises other issues, the most common of which are the legality of CBD oil and whether or not it causes a high. Now let’s set the record straight as to what is meant by hemp, marijuana, cannabis, cannabidiol, medical CBD oil, THC and hemp seed oil.
Cannabis is the Latin, or scientific name, for the entire plant family. Marijuana is a colloquial name for the cannabis plants but is mainly used in reference to cannabis strains which cause a psychoactive effect, euphoria, a so-called “high”. What is generally referred to as hemp plant, on the other hand, is completely non-psychoactive and has been used for centuries for to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, textiles, paper, etc.
In the UK, Europe and USA, psychoactive marijuana is a controlled substance. However, as of the end of 2018, UK, Europe and all of the US states have instituted legislation to regulate the cultivation of non-psychoactive hemp and allow its use as medicine. Some US states, as well as Canada, have also legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Marijuana is high in the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound that causes a euphoric feeling. Hemp, on the other hand, has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, hemp must contain less than 0.2% THC.
Medical CBD oil, aka cannabidiol, is a natural essential oil, which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. As with hemp, in order to be legally sold, it must contain less than 0.2% of the psychoactive component, THC. Thus, CBD does not cause a feeling of being “high” or “stoned”.
Another important distinction to be made is that hemp seed oil and CBD oil are not the same product.
Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as hemp oil, is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds. Hemp seed oil is generally used for cooking and as a dietary supplement as it is a good source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. Hemp seed oil does not contain any CBD or other cannabinoids.
Medical CBD oil, on the other hand, is made by extracting the essential oils from the plant’s flower clusters and contains cannabinoids, terpenes, and other active compounds.
Now that you are convinced or at the very least curious about the paramount importance of hemp CBD for your health, the question arises – how to choose the right CBD oil for your condition or improving general well-being.
Note that, it is not about choosing the right hemp CBD oil to treat a specific condition. The oil works holistically on the whole body and can universally treat all conditions via the human endocannabinoid system. It is rather about choosing good quality hemp CBD oil.
While all bottles in the industry may be labelled “CBD”, not all hemp CBD oil is created equal. Here are the 8 most important things you need to consider to avoid disappointment and make an informed decision about the health product you are going to select.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study which revealed that nearly 70%(!) of hemp CBD oil products sold online were mislabeled. “Only 30 percent of CBD products purchased contained an actual CBD content…” stated in the press release about the JAMA study. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported similar findings about the hemp CBD products in 2015.
Given the overwhelming degree of misinformation in the new unregulated industry, look for independent third party test certificates to ensure that the hemp CBD products contain what they claim to.
Hemp is known to be one of the most highly-absorbent plants. It means that contaminants such as pesticides, chemicals, metals, etc. may ultimately end up in your hemp CBD oil.
The best course of action is to select a hemp CBD oil, which was grown and manufactured in the EU. European regulations regarding hemp are very strict and ensure the highest-quality organic farming standards.
Reputable manufacturers usually state clearly where their hemp CBD oil is sourced from. And again, look for third-party lab test results, which is an indication that the manufacturer takes its quality standards seriously and guarantees that the product is free from contaminants.
Often less expensive hemp CBD oils may use harmful solvents such as butane or propane. While this extraction process is cheaper, the question is do you really want to compromise the health benefits of your hemp CBD oil with products that may contain residuals of the toxic substances.
Supercritical CO2 extraction is proven to be the best method for creating hemp CBD oil. This method involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure to isolate over 100 cannabinoids from the raw hemp botanical material. Reputable manufacturers employ CO2 extraction and are proud to mention it.
Raw hemp material can be put through a series of filtration and distillation processes to extract only one cannabinoid compound (out of over 100), namely the CBD. This extract is then called CBD isolate. In its pure form at room temperature, it looks like solid crystals almost without any smell and colour. CBD isolate is devoid of the benefits of other cannabinoids and active ingredients present in the plant.
Full-spectrum CBD is an extraction of all the active compounds present in the plant and contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids found in hemp. The evidence is mounting that other cannabinoids naturally contained in the plant provide a host of additional benefits not seen in isolates, thus making full-spectrum CBD hemp oil the best choice. These compounds seem to work in synergy with CBD, creating a powerful entourage effect.
Another type of oil is broad-spectrum hemp CBD. Broad spectrum is made by combining CBD isolate and other isolated cannabinoids and active ingredients. Oftentimes, broad-spectrum oils are less expensive to produce, but they lack the intelligence of the original nature-intended synergistic balance.
And finally, there is synthetically-produced CBD. While it may be the cheapest type of CBD, it is also the least effective and can produce unwanted side-effects.
Hemp CBD oil is available in various concentrations, which are expressed in milligrams (mg) or percentage terms. To compare different products, express CBD concentration in percentage terms by dividing the CBD amount in milligrams by the total amount of liquid in the bottle. A 10 ml bottle is 10,000 mg. Thus, 500 mg of CBD per 10 ml bottle equals 500/10,000*100=5%.
While higher doses of CBD will have a more pronounced effect, it is best to start with a low entry-level concentration of 5%.
Observe the effects over the course of several days and make adjustments if needed. If you do not see the desired effects after 5-7 days, start gradually working your dose up.
Note, that as a natural holistic remedy, CBD oil/tinctures may not necessarily produce desired effects immediately after taking as pharmaceutical drugs do. Most pharmaceutical drugs act chemically in a very targeted way with the purpose of alleviating symptoms rather than mobilizing internal resources and gradually helping the body to heal.
It is observed that it takes the body at least one week to start accumulating and using hemp CBD active ingredients in an optimal manner.
THC is one of the active compounds of cannabis, the one that gives a feeling of euphoria and a high. As of the beginning of 2019, only products with less than 0.2% THC are illegal. 0.2% is an extremely low dosage and does not generate any psychoactive effects. Check the packaging to make sure that there is no unnecessary THC in the product.
CBD oil can be made with a number of oils as a base, including coconut oil, grapeseed oil or hemp seed oil. Studies have found that the hempseed oil is the by far best agent for CBD, as it increases its bio-availability by protecting it from being broken down by stomach acids. Furthermore, hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil” due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega 3 : Omega 6 for long term human consumption.
In its original form, hemp CBD oil has a grassy, astringent taste, which some people may find unpleasant. Companies try to mask it with the use of artificial flavourings. Ask yourself, if you would like to get a dose of potentially harmful ingredients every time you use your hemp oil supplement to improve your health and well being.
Bear in mind these 8 points and you will be able to make a good choice of your hemp CBD oil.
To conclude, let me leave you with this one thought. The research findings on CBD published in the past few years look nothing short of miraculous. With no significant side-effects reported, what can possibly hold you back from giving a go to the amazing natural medicine to see what it can do to improve your health and wellbeing?