Cbd topical is a compound in the cannabis sativa plant (better known as marijuana), but unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) it doesn’t get you high. CBD is found in a wide range of products including supplements, capsules, tinctures, and topical creams. When applied to the skin, cbd topical is absorbed into the dermal and subdermal layers, which means it can alleviate both pain and sore muscles.
CBD creams can contain a combination of ingredients like menthol, capsaicin, and arnica that can provide enhanced pain relief. They can also have other benefits, such as promoting healthy skin. CBD is thought to work by mimicking the functions of natural skin lipids and modulating receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which maintains homeostasis (the internal balance of body systems).
CBD on the Surface: Exploring the Benefits and Uses of Topical Products
Studies show that topical CBD can be effective for reducing pain and inflammation. A small 2019 study found that people who applied a CBD cream to their jaw experienced less pain after two weeks. CBD was also shown to help reduce nerve pain in a 2020 study.
A recent case series study found that many CBD topical products sold online and at popular retail stores were mislabeled for their CBD content and made therapeutic claims without clinical proof. Hurd recommends consumers look for companies that document their ingredients and have rigorous quality control procedures to vet their products. Then, she suggests applying the product to a trouble spot to see how it affects them, keeping in mind that it may take a while for the cream to penetrate the problem area and kick in.