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What Are CBD Topicals?

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Summary:

CBD topicals are topical creams, salves, and ointments, that contain cannabidiol, a compound derived from cannabis. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is emerging as a popular wellness ingredient. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, kills pain, enhances circulation and regenerates cellular activity.

In this article, we discuss what CBD is, CBD topicals, their benefits, different types of topicals, uses, how they work, and how to maximize their effectiveness.

What Are CBD Topicals?

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TheraJoy CBD Topicals

If you are suffering from aches and pains, and finding the typical sports creams aren’t cutting it anymore, then you might think painkillers are your only choice. I’d like to suggest another option altogether – CBD topicals.

CBD topicals are topical creams, salves, and ointments, that contain cannabidiol, a compound derived from cannabis. When applied, CBD is absorbed through the skin and interacts with the endocannabinoid system to produce its therapeutic effects. This all-natural ingredient has been shown to reduce chronic pain and inflammation, and you can reap the benefits of CBD without having to vaporize it or ingest it by mouth.

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Scientist Evaluating Cannabis Plant

What Is CBD?

According to USA Today:

CBD, one of the more than 100 chemicals in cannabis, is emerging as a popular wellness ingredient. The plant extract, often consumed as an oil under the tongue, is now the featured ingredient in high-end products including coconut oil, body lotion, face serum, olive oil, jam, bath scrub, cold-brew coffee, sports salve, lip balm, infused water, gummy snacks and dog treats.

Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD (Cannabidiol) won’t get you high, and it’s becoming so mainstream that even Coca-Cola may have interest in a CBD drink.

What is CBD? And why is the cannabis-derived ingredient on the rise for wellness products?

If you’d like to learn more information about CBD, you should continue your research by reading “What is Cannabidiol?“.

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are safe, easy-to-use topical agents that can be directly applied to most areas of your skin to relieve a variety of problems. These problems include soreness, inflammation, and irritation.  Furthermore, CBD topicals don’t create the “high” effects associated with cannabis or THC. This makes them appealing to a much larger audience.

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Male Doctor

Benefits Of CBD Topicals

Topicals are applied right to trouble areas so that the CBD oil can work directly where it’s needed most. Ingesting CBD products orally causes CBD and other compounds to enter the blood stream, which elicits full-body effects and takes up to 2 hours or more before those effects are experienced. With CBD topicals, the healing compound and other hemp-derived nutrients are almost immediately absorbed directly through your skin, allowing them to be target the affected area for quicker and more focused effects.

The Topical Benefits of CBD

Different Types Of CBD Topicals

CBD topicals include creams, lotions, salves, balms, ointments, and oils that are infused with CBD. In this article we will focus on the most popular types, they include:

  • CBD Lotion or Cream
  • CBD Ointment
  • CBD Salve

You can identify the various types of CBD topicals by the consistency of the product. CBD lotions or CBD creams have a creamy viscous consistency. CBD ointments are the least viscous of the three CBD topicals and CBD salves, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, are in the middle.

While your preference may vary, I recommend starting with a CBD salve with an organic coconut oil base. With a product like this, you can always “loosen” up the consistency with heat. This is one of the many reasons TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is made with organic coconut oil.

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Senior Woman Touching Face

What Are CBD Topicals Used For?

CBD contains anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties, kills pain, enhances circulation and regenerates cellular activity. CBD topicals are a great way to apply CBD directly to your afflicted areas. You can also easily control the dose and reapply as needed. This means CBD topicals are great for a variety of conditions.

While not comprehensive, this list contains some of the most popular uses of CBD topicals:

  • Skin conditions: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rashes, fungal infections, dry skin, blisters, etc.
  • Localized joint pain, arthritis pain, inflammation muscle soreness, sprains and other mild injuries.
  • Faster healing of wounds, cuts, scrapes and bruises.
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nerve pain/sciatica
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Earaches
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Mental disorders (anxiety, depression, PTSD)

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How Do CBD Topicals Work?

CBD topicals may be applied to the exterior of an affected area, such as a knee joint or a patch of inflamed skin.

The question is whether CBD can be absorbed through the skin (transdermally) or not. And if so, whether it provides meaningful pain relief. Fortunately, scientific researching animal models of human arthritis suggest the answer is yes.

Studies show that externally applied CBD preparations do, in fact, enter the tissues beneath the skin.

Furthermore, these CBD ointments provide pain relief in a predictable manner. In one such study, indications of pain and inflammation relief increased with increasing concentrations of CBD.

What Are CBD Topicals?

Using A CBD Topical

Using a CBD topical is as simple as applying a generous amount to the areas of your body where you feel discomfort or tension.

To maximize the effectiveness of your CBD topical, you should follow these simple steps:

  1. Clean and dry the area you wish to target with CBD treatment thoroughly
  2. Remember the CBD adage, always go “low and slow”. In this case, this means starting with a small amount of CBD product.
  3. Rub the CBD topical it into the affected areas using slow, medium-firm circles.
  4. Allow the CBD to penetrate the skin, applying additional CBD if needed.
  5. Most patients report a calming, fresh feeling on the area almost immediately, however it may be subtle.
  6. Re-apply as needed.

If you find yourself suffering from chronic or occasional muscle pain, tension, skin conditions, inflammation, or related problems and are looking for all-natural relief, you should try a CBD topical like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve. You won’t be disappointed. We guarantee it.

Always consult your doctor or physician before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.

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