Everyone can benefit from using a soothing balm or gel from time to time. So, how exactly do you use CBD topicals?
Whether it’s a Cooling CBD Gel or a Relaxing CBD Muscle Balm, those that use topicals swear by them. They’re a great option for targeted relief from minor aches and pains to more serious chronic inflammation issues. But how do you use them? Are you just supposed to slather your whole body with the stuff?
Honestly, using a CBD topical is surprisingly easy. Once you experience that kind of powerful relief, keeping a CBD topical around the house will become a necessity. That’s why today we’re talking all about topicals and why YOU should try one today.
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What are CBD Topicals
The word “topical” just refers to anything you apply directly to your skin. That might be a topical steroid your doctor prescribes for psoriasis or eczema, or it could even just be something like Icy Hot used for sore muscles.
When something is advertised as a CBD topical, it just means it includes CBD as one of its ingredients. These might come in the form of gels, balms, lotions, or skin oils.
Because there are so many products available, however, it’s always best to check the COA (certificate of analysis). That’s the only way to make sure the CBD levels match what’s being advertised. You should do this with all of your CBD products, but for topicals, this step is even more important.
Your skin is incredibly resilient, and it’s very good at its job–protecting you! Generally, CBD topicals penetrate one centimeter into the skin and don’t usually get into the bloodstream whatsoever. If you’re just treating something on the surface of your skin, this isn’t an issue.
If, however, you’re trying to ease deep muscle soreness, you’re going to want a high-quality CBD topical with more potent CBD levels. That’s why checking the COA is so important.
Benefits of CBD Topicals
Once you find the right product though, you’re going to fall head-over-heels in love. That’s because CBD topicals may provide the following benefits:
Being able to apply a topical precisely where you need it is probably one of the best benefits. Have back pain? Apply a CBD topical. Swollen joints? Apply a CBD topical. Neck tension? You get it the picture…
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD have been one of its most popular features. That’s because everyone experiences inflammation from time to time (seriously, we wrote a whole article about it). When inflammation starts to impact your quality of life, however, it’s time to take action. A CBD topical lets you put an anti-inflammatory exactly where you need it, and relief can be felt within 15-30 minutes.
One of the main reasons people use CBD is for its powerful analgesic properties. This is due, in part, because of its ability to decrease inflammation.
However, more and more research is showing that CBD also affects the way our bodies perceive pain. CBD has the ability to increase anandamide signaling. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter associated with regulating pain, so that may be one of the reasons CBD has been so effective at treating pain.
Ok, this one is more about HOW you use your CBD topicals, but it’s still important! Your lymphatic system helps your body rid itself of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. The issue, however, is that it has no way of moving those nasty things. Normally, regular activity and exercise are enough to move those compounds through your lymphatic system. But, if you’ve ever experienced a swollen lymph node, you’ll know how irritating it is when your lymphatic system gets blocked.
That’s why additional practices, like massage, are so great for lymphatic drainage. One CBD topical lover even said, “Whenever I’m applying topicals to my neck to relieve tension, I always massage it into the area below my ears. My lymph nodes always get swollen during allergy season, and massaging CBD there seems to really help.”
Who Should Use CBD Topicals
Pretty much everyone! But if you deal with any of the following issues, you’ll definitely benefit from using a CBD topical:
Even if your workouts just consist of a weekly walk with your pals, those concrete sidewalks can wreak havoc on your joints. Any sort of muscle or joint soreness associated with exercise can be soothed with a CBD topical.
Chronic Pain Sufferers
If waking up with back pain is a normal occurrence for you, we highly recommend adding a CBD topical to your regimen before bed and upon waking. Using it before bed will help you relax into a restful night’s sleep, and applying in the morning will help ease you into your day.
For severe chronic pain, we’d also recommend using a CBD Oil so your body gets the maximum amount of CBD for more pain relief.
Those with Eczema and/or Psoriasis
The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD mean that a topical is a fantastic option for those dealing with skin issues. Several studies show that CBD may decelerate the skin cell division that causes psoriasis and eczema outbreaks.
Those with Chronic Inflammation
This means anyone who deals with regular joint and/or muscle inflammation, mainly arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation released a report in 2019 that said of the 2,600 arthritis patients surveyed, seventy-nine percent had considered using CBD or had already tried it.
What’s even more interesting is that twenty-nine percent were currently using it to relieve arthritis symptoms, and, of those already using CBD, fifty-five percent of them used a CBD topical. For those suffering from arthritis, a CBD topical can mean more pain-free days.
How to Use CBD Topicals
No, you don’t have to slather your entire body with a CBD topical. All you have to do is apply it generously where you need it, and massage gently. That’s it! Just make sure you’re using high-quality products from brands you can trust.
That’s why our Soothing & Cooling CBD Gel has 500mg of our C02 extracted premium CBD Oil. We use all-natural ingredients and make sure that our products are free of toxins, parabens, and plastics. Plus, we’ve put a few other goodies, like menthol and camphor, to make our gel even more soothing.
We hope this inspired you to take action if you’ve been suffering from any localized issues. Contact us today if you have any questions, and stock up on CBD products today so you never have to go without the relief you need.