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How Effective are CBD Topicals…Really?

Updated: May 14

When people talk about using CBD, they often refer to an ingested supplement, such as CBD gummies or tinctures. But CBD is starting to become common in other products as well.

There are so many conflicting stories about CBD that we like to clear up confusion and answer your questions honestly and with as much helpful information as possible.

What Are CBD Topicals, and How Can They Benefit You?

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 examine CBD, the topical products made with it, and how you can use them daily or as needed.

You may already know quite a bit about CBD, but if you're just learning about it, let's go over some basics.

CBD is short for cannabidiol and is 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 to 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 tiny amounts of THC, the mind-altering substance found in marijuana. U.S. federal law prohibits hemp and any products containing hemp from having more than 0.3 percent THC.

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 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 aches and pains.

You'll also find plenty of CBD creams explicitly made 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.

Some formulas focus primarily on hydration for your skin and provide nourishing, gentle care for your skin.

  • It may help calm and soothe the skin for pampered skincare you can love using.

  • Gentle for all skin types, including uneven skin textures and various levels of sebum production, and for all ages, which is a bonus for any kind of skincare.

  • Helps to support healthy skin through a variety of product types and applications.

Other CBD Topical Options

Along with creams, there are many other CBD topical products, including soaps, patches, masks, balms, aftershaves, and bath salts.

After a long day or night, a favorite is to soak your care away in Dead Sea Salt CBD Botanical bath salts. This is a particularly lovely way to relax while nourishing your skin with hemp extracts and other soothing botanicals. They are especially popular with athletes looking to recuperate after training sessions. For this and other favorites, look no further than Omalani.

At Gulf Coast Acupuncture and Fertility, we are here to support you on your journey to being your best. Our office is minutes away from the Pensacola International Airport and is easily accessible from the I-10. Book your appointment today. (850) 331-9991

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