We live in an interesting time. Chronic disease is on the rise, opioid abuse has reached record heights...autoimmune issues are becoming a larger and larger problem. Overall, a public health crisis is raging.
Yet at the same time, an unlikely plant-derived supplement has risen to combat it.
We're talking about CBD, of course - and this article will take a look at a particular kind of CBD product, the CBD topical, that is especially effective against the rising tide of aches, pains, and inflammation. As you might suspect, CBD topicals feature the same active CBD component you've come to know and love. It's just been infused into a skin-friendly base for external use!
Eventually we'll be covering the top 10 reasons to use topical CBD. But since each of these reasons is significant enough to merit some attention of its own, Part One will be looking at only the first three:
- Less Inflammation
- More Convenience
- Improved Skin Health
- Endocannabinoid Health
- Antioxidant Intake
- Better Mobility
- Massage-friendly Options
- Botanical Benefits
- Less pain
Reason #1: Who Doesn't Want Less Inflammation?
CBD topicals might soon become your favorite antidote for inflammation.
Of course, CBD taken in any form is likely anti-inflammatory, but topical CBD is unique. Unlike CBD capsules or oils, it can be used to directly target stubborn pain areas! A look at our customer's reviews of Medterra's CBD topical cooling cream shows just well CBD topicals work - there's nothing but 5-star reviews so far.
CBD topicals target two major types of receptors located in the muscles and skin. The moment that even a small amount of CBD is applied topically, it begins to activate CB2-type endocannabinoid receptors and unlock the body's innate inflammation-fighting power.
At this point, the existence of CB2 (and its relation to CBD) is pretty well known. What's less recognized is that CBD also acts on a different type of receptor, one that's responsible for our body's nociceptive abilities, or perception of pain: the TRPV1 receptor.
While it was once thought that CBD only acted through the endocannabinoid system, it turns out this molecule's mode of action is amazingly diverse. The implication here? By acting on the ECS, CBD may reduce inflammation; by acting on TRPV1, CBD may reduce the aftereffect of inflammation we call pain.
To best combat them both, users who experience severe pain (like what's seen with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis) may prefer to double up and take CBD oil and CBD topicals in tandem.
Reason #2: The Convenience Factor
Of all the natural pain-relievers out there, CBD topicals are among the most convenient. They're easy to dose and, as the industry advances, increasingly easy to apply. And because topicals kick in so quickly, it's very easy to quantify their dose intuitively, by feel. Use enough and your pain may become a thing of the past.
You might think the average CBD topical would leave your skin smelling earthy or feeling greasy, but that's a thing of the past, too, at least among our carefully curated products. With featured ingredients like manuka honey, organic beeswax, and aloe leaf juice, taking CBD has never been more luxurious.
Reason #3: The Skin Health Factor
CBD is quickly becoming the skincare industry's ingredient-du-jour. Even magazines like Forbes are talking about CBD's potential; reporting that "the oil is confirmed as a rich source of vitamin D [that] can help with anti-inflammation." CBD topicals are rich in antioxidants, too.
Indeed, vitamin D isn't the only beneficial ingredient our CBD topicals contain. There's also the CBD itself, which some research shows may help with everything from fighting oxidation to aiding collagen formation. And noted researcher Tamas Biro has found that the endocannabinoid system - that entity CBD so wonderfully boosts - plays a pivotal role in sebum oil production. This means CBD may work wonders for acne, if only indirectly.
Another study used synthetics to mimic CBD's effects, revealing benefits to "skin barrier repair, epidermal proliferation/differentiation [i.e, balance] and inflammation." Of course, a little bit of self-study may be required to determine exactly how CBD affects you!
In addition, many CBD topicals are rich in essential fatty acids (EFA's) that further improve skin health - and the skin's critical barrier function. Just look at this hemp balm that comes to us from Elixinol: it uses EFA-rich, skin-enhancing grapeseed oil as its base.
If you've enjoyed Part One of "10 Reasons You Should Be Using A CBD Topical" Guide and want to read more, here are parts two and three.
Thomas Wrona is a cannabis consultant, health + wellness advisor, and former professional athlete. He enjoys writing about all things CBD, both here and at Wrona Inc.