The benefits of CBD Topical use
Even though CBD is completely non-addictive, non-toxic, and offers many potential benefits, not everyone who looks for relief wants to light up a hemp-joint or munch down an extract infused brownie instead!!
Thankfully, there is another way. By this time you will probably already have come across some topical CBD products either online or in your local health shop, and found yourself asking:- why would I put CBD on the outside of my body? Doesn’t CBD need to be ingested to work?
The sometimes surprising answer is no, it doesn’t. While you can eat it, vape it, or take it sublingually, some people do find that CBD really works best for them when it is actually applied directly to their skin.
While CBD (a non-psychoactive extract of industrial hemp) seems able to offer some benefits when ingested in almost any way, for some types of localized problems, topical applications allow users to get right to the source. Topical CBD also works faster and its effects can be potentially stronger, as it doesn’t have to travel through the digestive system first.
Cannabis extracts have already been used topically to relieve pain and treat skin conditions in India and Latin America for hundreds of years. They can be extremely effective and as one of the fastest growing ways of using CBD, topicals now include a wide classification of cannabinoid-infused products intended specifically for external use.
Today we can choose from many different CBD skin products that come in various ointments, salves, and lotions, which can all be used to help soothe a wide variety of conditions.
CBD skin products are generally safe to apply liberally to the skin and are not at all likely to cause any side effects. However it is very important that you do test a small amount on your skin before applying liberally to any affected area. Allergic reactions have occurred, and so you will need to test yourself first to see if you are allergic. If you do have an allergic reaction, it may not necessarily be an allergic reaction to the CBD or one of any other cannabinoids present. Instead, you may be having an allergic response to an additive in the product that you are using.
Remember to always check product labels and try to find products which contain only CBD or full spectrum cannabinoids, and of course the basic ingredients which will act as the carrier, for example some Jojoba, or coconut oil.
If you don’t have any specific nagging areas you want to focus on, you can always try adding some topical relief to these common trouble spots:- Temples, Neck, Elbows, Knees, and other joints, Wrists, Soles of your feet, Back of the heel / foot, Shoulders etc (or better yet, why not try asking your partner or loved ones to massage them in for you!!)
Best practise guide for CBD topical use
Before you consider using any topical remedy, always remember that your timing is going to be very important. Don’t apply any CBD topical oil to your skin before taking a shower or bath, or before swimming or any other activity that’s going to make you sweat for example. Any contact with water will simply wash the oil off of your skin before it has time to work, and excessive sweating could actually prevent the oil from penetrating your skin completely.
As a short guide here is a set of best practices that you should always put into place to ensure you will get the most benefits whenever you wish to apply your CBD infused topical of choice!!
1. Determine where to apply your topical.
Before applying your chosen ointment, consider first exactly where your problems may be coming from. This may sound like an obvious question, but try asking yourself “are you getting a headache from your head or from tension in your neck?” for example.
We inadvertently put a lot of stress on our bodies, and finding the “why” of our problems will usually help us in defining a way to subdue it; and in this case exactly whereabouts we should be applying the topical.
2. Make sure the area is clean.
In our daily lives we come into contact with a whole world of unseen bacteria and contaminants that adhere to our skin, so before applying your CBD infused topical onto your hands, feet or elbows, etc, always give yourself a quick rinse first. You don’t have to jump in the shower or anything, just grab a moist wash cloth or paper towel and then scrub the applicable area to remove anything unwelcome from your skin. And remember to always make sure that the area is dry prior to your application.
3. Be generous and vigorous.
After you’ve successfully cleaned and dried your affected area, you can then generously apply your CBD topical. Remember to always check the product labeling carefully, and be sure only to apply as much as is recommended, as this will always be the best way of ensuring your experience is going to be a positive, safe and effective one.
With every application, vigorously massage and rub the topical into your skin. Do not apply so much pressure as to exacerbate your discomfort, but do be firm and don’t be shy about giving the area a second pass.
4. Don’t forget to wash your hands.
Once you’ve applied your oil and have massaged it gently but firmly into your skin, after you’ve finished always wash your hands to make sure you don’t accidentally transfer any potentially irritating substances to other sensitive areas of your body. Some topicals will contain substances such as peppermint, lavender or citrus which can cause discomfort especially if you inadvertently rub them into your eyes for example.
5. And finally, adjust your expectations
CBD is not a panacea, but it can be quite helpful. Don’t expect a lifetime of arthritis to suddenly feel like nothing, or for old wounds to entirely subside. Rather, prepare for a subtle, innocuous feeling of relief alongside other sensations depending on the concentration of soothing ingredients found in your topical.
Just like a heating pad or IcyHot patch, CBD containing topical’s won’t necessarily cure our ailments, they will simply make them more bearable!!
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The fact remains that everyone is in a different place and will react differently to CBD. A serving size or dosage of CBD will differ for each person. It is best to start small and then gradually increase until you experience the desired result. It is not thought to be possible to overdose on CBD, however it is now generally recommended that you should start at a minimum dosage of 20mg per day and not to exceed a maximum dosage of 70mg per day on average, unless a doctor has agreed a higher amount..
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