Applying CBD locally brings direct relief, bypassing the digestive system and bloodstream
CBD comes in many forms, and topical CBD products (the kind you apply externally, to your skin) are gaining momentum across the health and wellness industry. But how do topical CBD products work and are they effective? Read on to learn more about topical CBD.
How Does Topical CBD Work?
CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), a collection of cell receptors and molecules in the human body that helps regulate essential functions such as sleep, appetite, mood, and pain. CBD binds to and activates, at least several types of receptors in the ECS, including serotonin, adenosine, and vanilloid, and also boosts dopamine levels. And thanks in part to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD encourages the production of natural cannabinoids in the ECS.
Our skin, the human body’s largest organ, acts as a protective barrier, but also serves as a dynamic source of hormones with its own immune system and sensory nerves. When you apply CBD topically (for example, with Crescent Canna’s CBD Recovery Cream or CBD Freeze Roller) as opposed to internally (by ingestion), CBD binds to CB1 and CB2, the two common receptors found in the skin, muscle tissue, and nerves. By this local application, the CBD activates the ECS.
The most important distinction between applying CBD topically and taking it internally is that skin application allows you to completely bypass the bloodstream and the digestive system. This means that topical application of CBD could deliver more immediate results and to a more targeted area.
The Best Way to Apply CBD Topicals
Topicals come in many forms: lotions, creams, freeze rollers, ointments, balms, salves, and more. People who have localized pain may prefer topicals to other forms of CBD, using them to recover and find relief faster. Here are a few simple steps to follow to ensure best results when applying a CBD topical:
- Clean and dry the area of application. Invisible microbes and contaminants can cling to your skin, so giving the affected area a quick rinse or a wipe-down with a damp paper towel or disinfectant wipe is a good idea.
- Massage the CBD topical in thoroughly. Without applying too much pressure, massage a generous amount of the topical directly into the affected area for optimal absorption and fast-acting, localized results.
- Wash your hands after the application, and let the product do its work!
- Complement topical CBD use with a daily dose of CBD oil to enhance efficacy.
If you have allergies or sensitive skin, it might also be a good idea to spot-test the topical first, to see how your body reacts and whether you are allergic to any of the ingredients. And always read the label before use.
Be Careful With What You Apply to Your Skin
As discussed previously, the skin is a complex organ that plays defense, immunity, and sensory roles, so naturally, we should be careful about what we apply to it.
Crescent Canna CBD topicals contain carefully selected ingredients of the highest-quality. In addition to organic CBD extract, we use time-tested essential oils like menthol and camphor, natural analgesics that together provide a cooling sensation that can calm irritated muscles.
Some of our topical products include medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which has its own impressive list of benefits, including antimicrobial properties. At Crescent Canna, we’re also fans of yerba mate (an antioxidant-rich herb), organic arnica flower, and tea tree oil, all anti-inflammatory agents that are powerful complements to CBD.
For fast and long-lasting localized relief, CBD topicals are becoming staples in the medicine cabinets of professional athletes and active parents alike. Try some for yourself with code TOGETHER for 20% off your order. Or visit our CBD FAQ for more information about CBD and our commitment to quality.