By Thomas Wrona
Have you been considering using CBD topicals? There are plenty of good reasons to - so many reasons, in fact, that we made a "Top 10 Reasons Why" Guide. If you haven't already, check out part one and part two of the guide here and here.
In Part Three, reasons 7 through 10 will be covered:
- Less Inflammation
- More Convenience
- Improved Skin Health
- Endocannabinoid Health
- Antioxidant Intake
- Better Mobility
- Massage-friendly Options
- Botanical Benefits
- Less pain
Reason #7: Massage-friendly Options
The number of CBD users isn't the only thing that's growing - the diversity of CBD's applications is also taking off. CBD is being used (and greatly enjoyed) by athletes, yogis, busy professionals, and busier parents.
And now, the versatile compound has found yet another new home: massage therapy.
Why are CBD and massage such a great match? In part two of this guide we talked a little about cannabimimetics, or cannabis-unrelated things that still manage to boost the endocannabinoid system. One such cannabimimetic is massage therapy - in fact, endocannabinoids like anandamide may explain why getting a massage feels so good.
CBD itself also boosts anandamide, mainly by inhibiting the enzymes (like FAAH) that break it down. And that means it could make massage therapy even more relaxing - and possibly even more effective.
Reason #8: Botanical Benefits
While CBD and the hemp plant from which it comes are great and all...they're not the only natural substances to have an impressive effect on health. Far from it!
So we're thankful to report that many of the CBD topicals we carry contain other botanicals, too. Elixinol's CBD Hemp Balm, for example, is "formulated with synergistic extracts," like blue eucalyptus, "to support and fortify CBD's known benefits." Green Roads' CBD Skin Relief Cream, on the other hand, is infused with terpene-rich lavender oil. And the scientific world is just beginning to realize that terpenes, courtesy of their small molecular size, are often able to heighten the topical absorption of other compounds.
Reason #9: Relaxation
This quality may be less tangible than some of the others we've listed...but it's no less important! As Forbes reports: "topicals are the most popular CBD products among older adults" - largely thanks to their relaxation factor.
The mere act of using a CBD topical is an immersive, restorative experience. There's CBD...aromatherapy...moisturizing mixes. Of course, for many users there's also the surreal experience of stubborn pain slowly melting away.
While CBD topicals are truly therapeutic, nothing about using them feels like a burden or chore. Instead topicals are an easy - and enjoyable - addition to the healthy lifestyle.
Reason #10: Less Pain
Back in Part One, this guide began with CBD's ability to reduce inflammation. And now, it's wrapping up with some info on CBD's ability to reduce pain.
That's only fitting - because while inflammation and pain are similar, they're not exactly the same thing. There are certain types of pain that aren't caused by inflammation, at least not directly. Nerve pain is one important example.
Yet CBD topicals may help its users find relief from neuropathic pain, too. That's not surprising when you consider that cannabinoids are themselves neurotransmitters by nature. Equally promising, CBD topicals can be applied directly to painful areas for targeted relief.
Another plus: CBD topicals can be used in conjunction with conventional pain medicine. According to expert Dr. Ethan Russo, "Cannabinoids may offer significant ‘side benefits' beyond analgesia [...] the degree to which cannabinoid analgesics will be adopted into adjunctive pain management practices currently remains to be determined." Even with this uncertainty, the patients Russo surveyed were "indicating in some degree an acceptance of, and a desire to continue such [conjunctive] treatment."
Concluding with a list of CBD's health benefits, Russo summarized his study with this: "the future for cannabinoid therapeutics appears very bright, indeed."
Thanks to CBD topicals, however, the future of cannabinoid therapy isn't only bright. It's also more accessible than ever before.
If you've enjoyed Part Three of "10 Reasons You Should Be Using A CBD Topical" Guide and want to read more, here are parts one and two.
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.