21 Feb Why Should I Use CBD Oil Topically?
At this point, you may have come across CBD topicals 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. Cannabinoids like CBD can be effectively applied externally, as well as internally. As one of the fastest growing ways of using cannabinoids, topicals include a wide classification of cannabinoid-infused products intended specifically for external use.
What Are Cannabis Topicals?
As more and more research is conducted on cannabinoids like THC and CBD and the endocannabinoid system, newer ways to use cannabinoid-based products are being developed, including the use of one of our largest and most outward of organs — our skin.
Cannabis topicals include balms, salves, lotions, and oils that are infused with active cannabinoids and are applied to and absorbed directly through your skin. Topicals have grown in popularity in recent years, with cannabinoids like CBD making their way into everything from lip balms and body butters to cosmetics and skin and hair care products.
How Do Topicals Work?
Rather than ingesting CBD hemp oil orally, which will affect the whole body and can take up to 2 hours or more to fully experience the effects, the topical application of cannabinoids allows them to be absorbed directly into the affected area for faster and more focused onset of effects.
This minimally invasive method for CBD use often serves as a first point of contact between curious consumers and the hemp oil industry. Reluctant to ingest CBD oil, new users may be more willing to try external applications for their first time before moving on to oral CBD supplements.
Like all CBD hemp oil products, CBD oil topicals are non-psychoactive, and since the cannabinoids in these topicals interact with CB2 receptors near the skin, activating the endocannabinoid system, they are never absorbed into the bloodstream.
Because human skin has a low absorption rate for cannabinoids, application needs to be heavy enough to overcome this barrier. This is why most topicals suggest applying “liberally” to the affected location.
However, CBD is more permeable to the skin than THC and more likely to stimulate the CB2 cannabinoid receptors, making CBD the popular choice for the manufacture of cannabis-based topicals, and since CBD contents are much higher in commercial hemp, hemp is a viable source of CBD for use in topicals.
How Should I Use CBD Oil Topicals?
HempMeds® offers a number of topically applied CBD oil products in our online shop.
Additionally, we sell CBD-infused skin care from Cannabis Beauty Defined®. This line of anti-aging skin care products – including serum, moisturizer, exfoliator, and toner – combines CBD hemp oil with a botanical blend of herbal extracts for a skin pampering skin care experience designed to leave your skin nourished, smooth, and youthful looking.
Finally, HempMeds® markets a line of bath products from Cibaderm®. Including CBD-infused shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and moisturizers, your entire bath routine can now provide the many benefits of hemp oil thanks to these daily use products.
You can also make your own DIY CBD hemp oil topicals using our guide here or browse our education page for more information on CBD and our diverse hemp oil products, including ways to add CBD topicals to an existing CBD hemp oil supplement regimen.
You can get started using CBD hemp oil topicals in your own life by visiting our online shop.