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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)

CBD Ointment Gives You Instant Pain Relief, Here’s How

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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Safely Buy CBD Topicals

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Summary:

With literally thousands of CBD products options now available, how does a consumer go about safely buying CBD topicals, either online or in-person? Expanding upon a “step-by-step” guide written by Lisa L. Gill for Consumer Reports, we focus on creating a safe strategy for purchasing CBD topicals.

In this article, we discuss what CBD is, CBD topicals, and safely buying CBD topicals in just 7 steps.

Safely Buy CBD Topicals

In a world filled with artificial products, a major appeal of CBD-based products is the all-natural composition. However, with literally thousands of CBD products options now available, how does a consumer go about safely buying CBD topicals, either online or in-person?

Is CBD Legal?

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CBD Oil

Generally speaking, CBD is legal, provided it is derived from hemp and not from marijuana. The key difference is the THC content, hemp contains very low concentrations of THC (0.3% or less), and marijuana contains much higher concentrations (between 15% to 40%).

Yes, CBD is legal, however, it technically must come from hemp, and not marijuana. The FDA considers hemp oil and its derivatives, such as CBD, to be dietary supplements because they are made from industrial grade hemp plants, which is not to be confused with the medicine classification. Inside the United States, you can legally buy and consume CBD in any State of the Union, without the need for a medical prescription.

CBD Breakthroughs In Heart Disease

However, it is important to check your local laws, because there may be CBD specific prohibitions.

For more information on CBD, check out “CBD 101: Basic Cannabidiol Education“.

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CBD Topicals

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are cannabis-infused balms, salves, lotions, and oils that you massage directly onto your skin.

[They] are infused with hemp oil rich in CBD (cannabidiol), a natural, non-psychoactive compound extracted from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of cannabis plants that helps keep your functions in balance and your performance at its best.

These active compounds of the CBD oil are absorbed through your skin, where they can interact with nearby receptors without ever reaching the bloodstream.

CBD hemp oil topicals also contain an array of other essential nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids, to encourage health so you can function every day at your peak.

Like all CBD hemp oil products, CBD topicals are non-psychoactive, so you can take advantage of CBD’s balancing properties without concern that you’ll get high.

Why Use A CBD Topical?

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Safely Buy CBD Topicals

Safely Buy CBD Topicals In 7 Steps

The following “step-by-step” guide was based on work by Lisa L. Gill for Consumer Reports; it’s a great starting point for our purposes.

  1. Decide Why You Want to Use CBD, and in What Form
  2. Consider How Much THC the Product Contains
  3. Know Where Your Hemp Was Grown
  4. Ask for Test Results
  5. Look for Products That List the CBD Amount
  6. Know What Other Terms on the Label May Mean
  7. Avoid Products That Make Sweeping Health Claims

How to Shop for CBD

The 7 Steps

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The 7 Steps

Let’s break down each step and apply the logic for CBD topicals.

Step 1 – Decide Why You Want To Use CBD, And In What Form … CBD Topicals

As indicated by the title of this article, we will be focusing on CBD topicals. CBD topicals are a great way to directly apply the compound to your afflicted areas, regardless of condition. You can also easily control the amount applied and re-apply as needed to guarantee continuous relief.

Step 2 – Consider How Much THC the Product Contains, 0% Is Ideal

While you may live in a state that has decriminalized medical marijuana, the substance is still illegal federally. Due to this fact, we recommend only using products that contain 0% THC. Another added benefit, you’ll never have to worry about potential false positives on employment drug screens.

Step 3 – Know Where Your Hemp Was Grown

When it comes to hemp, where it comes from matters. Hemp is a bio-accumulator, meaning the plant naturally draws potentially harmful toxins from the soil. Always make sure your hemp comes from a legal, all-natural source, and is free from harmful pesticides.

CBD can be tested. Just how much CBD is in the product you are using? How pure is it? Did you know? Today’s technology limits the purity of full-spectrum CBD to about 60%, while CBD isolate, like the one used in TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, can test up to 99% pure. Look for test results.

Step 4 – Ask for Test Results

If you aren’t familiar with your product’s COA, or certificate of analysis, now is the time to make yourself so. This document shows how a given product performed on tests checking for CBD and THC levels, as well as the presence of contaminants.

Did you know? For products made with CBD from hemp, even Colorado doesn’t require testing of the finished product. So any COA for those final products comes from testing the company arranged on its own.

Step 5 – Look for Products That List the CBD Amount

With CBD being all the rage these days, it shouldn’t be surprising that some less savory marketers are trying to take advantage of the temporary market confusion. Some products, that don’t even contain CBD, market themselves as “whole plant” or “full spectrum” hemp products. They will sometimes state they are rich in other compounds from the plant, such as various fatty acids. While it is possible that those other compounds can provide additional health benefits, that’s still uncertain. When in doubt, check the COA, so you can verify CBD content, and possibly even steer clear of the product altogether.

Step 6 – Know What Other Terms on the Label May Mean

The CBD space comes with its own lexicon of terms. Terms used to describe CBD extraction methods, and CBD source. It’s important to know what the terms on your CBD product label mean, so you can properly understand it. Generally speaking, when it comes to extraction, we prefer to avoid solvents, and when it comes to CBD source, we prefer non-GMO, organic hemp from Switzerland.

Step 7 – Avoid Products That Make Sweeping Health Claims

CBD is amazing, and it has a number of well documented therapeutic uses which include being a powerful anti-epileptic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseate, sleep aid, muscle relaxant, sedative and anti-proliferative. However, CBD is not a magical cure-all. Be wary of any company that markets their CBD product with sweeping and unrealistic health claims.

At TheraJoy, we are proudly a market leader in topical CBD productsTheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed.

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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The Benefits Of CBD Topicals (CBD Creams, CBD Lotions, And CBD Salves)

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Summary:

While many of us have experienced muscle and joint aches, most of us haven’t stopped to consider the health risks associated with seemingly innocuous NSAID based painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Aleve. Thanks to an exciting compound found in the cannabis plant, there is another all-natural option. The compound, known as CBD, is already being used by many to treat muscle and joint aches, in addition to a wide array of other conditions.

While available in a variety of forms CBD topicals, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, were designed to deliver CBD directly to your injuries. Absorbed through your skin, CBD topicals go to work immediately and can be easily re-applied as needed.

The Benefits Of CBD Topicals (CBD Creams, CBD Lotions, And CBD Salves)

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CBD Creams, CBD Lotions, and CBD Salves

While many of us have experienced muscle and joint aches, most of us haven’t stopped to consider the health risks associated with seemingly innocuous, over-the-counter NSAID based painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Aleve.

Most of us have experienced muscle and joint aches either related to long-term health problems or exercise. These aches are often treated by prescription or over the counter pain medication. Most people know the health risks associated with Opioids but many are unaware that seemingly innocuous NSAID based painkillers such as Ibuprofen and Aleve can also pose a risk to your health. In August 2017 the FDA outlined the dangers of NSAIDS citing that prolonged use increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

In the search for safer pain relief, many Americans have begun to turn to cannabidiol (CBD).

Could CBD cream be an important part of your daily workout?

An exciting compound, CBD, has been getting a lot of press coverage due to the amazing therapeutic uses it has.

Scientists are regularly learning more about cannabidiol (CBD) and how it interacts with receptors throughout the body to elicit balancing and healing effects. Studies suggest that CBD may be able to minimize and even eliminate seizure activity, reduce anxiety and depression, manage pain, fight some cancers, and provide anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects that could potentially be beneficial for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis. For CBD to have influence over our systems, the natural non-psychoactive compound first need to be absorbed.

How Does the Body Absorb CBD?

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Plant Science

How Does CBD Work?

From a biological standpoint CBD appears to work in three ways:

Well, there are a few different ways CBD could help regulate pain—by increasing your natural endocannabinoids, decreasing your inflammatory response, and desensitizing your pain receptors (although it’s still unclear whether this stands when absorbed topically compared to orally).

Let’s start simple: Endocannabinoids are natural signals in your body that help maintain homeostasis by detecting and regulating hunger, pain, mood, and memory. CBD helps elevate your natural levels of pain-relieving endocannabinoids by blocking metabolism as they’re moving around your body.

The second method of pain relief centers around the damage you do when you work out. When you strength train, you create micro-tears in your muscles, which is why you feel sore as you heal. Once your immune cells detect damage, they release inflammatory mediators in order to repair the tissue. CBD, though has the ability to limit the release of some proinflammatory signals, thereby helping with pain without thwarting the healing entirely, Gerdeman explains.

Finally, you have receptors called TrpV1 that detect and regulate your body temperature. When activated, they put out heat, soothing your pain receptors. Using this channel, CBD makes these pain receptors hyperactive for a period of time, causing them to get hot, desensitizing them and downregulating those pain-sensing nerve endings.

Should You Try Cannabis Creams for Pain Relief?

Common Forms of CBD

CBD is available in a number of different forms. the most common forms include:

  • Oils and Tinctures
  • Topicals like Salves, Creams, and Lotions
  • Capsules and Pills
  • Edibles like Gummies
  • Vaping

CBD Topicals

CBD topicals are already being used to treat a variety of conditions. These conditions include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain
  • Sore muscles
  • Sore joints
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin infections
  • Rashes
  • Burns

The Benefits Of CBD Cream For Pain

CBD topicals, like TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve, are formulated to deliver CBD directly to your injury, capitalizing on it’s anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties.

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Senior with Back Pain

Pain Relief with CBD Salves, CBD Creams, and CBD Lotions

Pro-athletes aren’t the only one who experience muscle pains. All of us have gone too hard at the gym and struggled with aches the next day. CBD can help to alleviate those pains. Some people prefer to vape but this sometimes causes respiratory irritation and isn’t for everybody.

If you want to avoid the respiratory irritation that comes with smoking or vaping CBD one of the best alternatives is to use creams.

CBD creams can also help to relieve the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. CBD has been shown to reduce the swelling and pain associated with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis in rats. Applying cream to the affected errors can help to reduce swelling and the massaging motion will help to circulate blood flow to the joints, making CBD cream an excellent alternative to oil drops.

Could CBD cream be an important part of your daily workout?

How To Maximize The Benefits Of CBD Topicals

A recent Leafly article covered the “best practices” for using CBD topicals like TheraJoy:

  1. Determine Where to Apply Your Topical – “Before applying your cannabis ointment, consider where your pain is coming from.”
  2. Clean the Area – “Before applying a dollop of cannabis-infused lotion/topical to your hands, feet, elbows, etc, give yourself a quick rinse. “
  3. Be Generous and Vigorous – “After you’ve sufficiently cleaned and dried the affected area, generously apply your cannabis topical. You don’t need to bathe in it, but doing a second or third application is not uncommon”
  4. Wash Your Hands! – “After applying your topical, wash your hands well.”
  5. Adjust Your Expectations – “Just like a heating pad or IcyHot, cannabis topicals don’t necessarily cure our ailments, they simply make them more bearable.”

5 Best Practices for Using Cannabis Topicals

While researchers are still compiling more data, there is growing positive support and a large body of anecdotal evidence that shows CBD has a lot of potential for both treating pain and a variety of skin conditions. CBD products may be able to offer the relief you need from chronic pain, without causing intoxication and dependence.

As a market leader in the CBD topical space, TheraJoy has been proudly manufacturing our complete line of CBD products in the United States for three years. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our product is all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.

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