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From muscle aches and joint pain to chapped lips and overall skin health, CBD topicals have become a staple to many who bear witness to the therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol.
But how can you add them to your skincare routine or for post-workout recovery? And what exactly are CBD topicals? We’ve got you covered on all you need to know about CBD topicals.
What are CBD topicals?
Topicals are products that you can apply directly to the body. These include creams and lotions that you can use for moisturization or salves and balms that address particular concerns.
CBD topicals are creams, lotions, balms, and ointments that are hemp-infused. As with other CBD products, topicals are either full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD or CBD isolate.
CBD isolate products contain only CBD and no other cannabinoids (which are the active chemicals found in the hemp plant).
Broad-spectrum products contain most of the naturally occurring compounds found in the hemp plant, except THC. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound in cannabis that is intoxicating.
Full-spectrum CBD products contain all the cannabinoids found in hemp plants, including THC. But don’t be alarmed by the THC content in full-spectrum products. Legally, it should be less than 0.3 percent, and the amount is so insignificant that it won’t affect you.
What are CBD topicals used for?
- Joint pain and swelling
- Dry skin
Besides these conditions, you can use CBD topicals simply to maintain overall skin health, for chapped lips, and even to keep your cuticles moisturized.
There are very few studies covering CBD topicals, but the evidence accumulated so far is promising.
A 2014 study observed CBD’s effect on human skin cells that produce sebum (your skin’s natural oils). Acne is a common skin condition caused by excessive sebum and other particles on the skin that clog pores. The study found that CBD prevents the skin from producing too much sebum and could be a useful treatment option for acne.
Another study done on rats found that skin applications of CBD could help reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
In 2018, the American Academy of Dermatology suggested that CBD topicals could suffice as a supplementary treatment for various skin conditions, including psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
Research on CBD topicals – especially human studies – is still limited, but an increasing number of consumers have reported on how CBD topicals work for them.
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How to use CBD topicals effectively
Before using your topical, clean the area you intend on using it on. You can apply it after soaking in a bath with one of our revitalizing bath bombs or simply using a wet washcloth and gently cleansing the area.
After cleansing, dry the area and apply a generous amount of your CBD topical. Massage it into the skin.
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The benefits of using CBD topicals
CBD topicals are great for providing targeted relief because you can apply them directly to affected areas.
Most topicals include additional ingredients to them that provide added benefits. For example, CBD topicals that target dry skin may have additional emollients, and CBD salves may have added essential oils such as eucalyptus oil to target pain.
One of the best parts of using topicals is that you can apply them liberally. CBD topicals are not absorbed into the bloodstream when they are applied. Your skin prevents this from happening because it is so thick.
Topical application of CBD also reduces the likelihood of experiencing side effects because the CBD is not absorbed directly into the bloodstream when applied to the skin.
CBD topicals are incredibly convenient, especially for those on the go. They tend to come in sizes appropriate for travel.
Simply throw a balm or salve in your handbag, or keep it in your car and whip it out when you need it.
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A few things to keep in mind
CBD topicals may work great for various skin concerns, but it is important to remember that they won’t work on deeper internal issues. For this reason, you need to know which concern you plan on addressing with the CBD topical.
For example, if you suffer from neck pain due to tension headaches, a CBD topical might only work temporarily but won’t solve the problem. You may need to address the reason you are getting tension headaches to resolve the issue.
If you suffer from chronic pain, opt for a topical with a higher potency (at least 8mg per application). Potency refers to the amount of CBD in the product. Opting for a more potent product means that more CBD will be absorbed through the thick layers of your skin.
As mentioned before, CBD topicals usually have additional ingredients added to them. You should always check that you are not allergic to any of the added ingredients. If you are unsure, do a skin patch test to see how you react to the product.
Always seek professional medical advice before using CBD topicals if you suffer from any chronic conditions or are unsure how you may react to CBD.
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Why choose Royal & Pure?
Your skin is your largest organ. It protects and encapsulates your entire body, and you should only use the very best products to care for this important body part. At Royal & Pure, we use organically farmed Colorado hemp to produce a soothing & refreshing full-spectrum CBD salve.
Our salve is loaded with a blend of essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, lavender, and peppermint, which will leave your skin feeling cool and smelling fresh. Other added ingredients include vitamin E oil and fractionated coconut oil, which will moisturize your skin and leave it radiant and improve the overall health of your skin.
Our gentle formula can be massaged into sore areas or used for skin concerns. It can serve as a lip balm or a moisturizer.
If you have sensitive skin or you’re new to CBD topicals, start by using a patch test – massage a little on your skin and see how it reacts. If your skin doesn’t seem irritated, continue using it as normal.