Topical CBD is all the rage these days… from bumps and bruises, to chronic arthritis, CBD has many people singing it’s praises. But how exactly does it work?
CBD works by interacting with receptors that are located all over your body, from your bones to your organs. Topical CBD does not just mask pain like over the counter pain creams do, CBD actually joins with your body’s natural receptors to turn off the pain response. The endocannabinoid system is a body-wide system that regulates many important body functions like inflammation response, immune function mood and sleep. Why is this? The skin has a very high number of cannabinoid receptors which regulate the pain response in the body.
A study in the journal ‘Pain’ found that preventative use of CBD stopped pain and hindered the development of increasing pain in rats. Small studies have show that CBD topicals used over three months significantly improved symptoms of psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and scaring. More studies are needed to confirm this study’s results. These results are likely due to CBD’s ability to work with the endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation response in the body.
Research done by Halpert has found that CBD is about to reduce the production of inflammatory markers like tumor necrosis factor alpha which is over produced in people who have conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Combining topicals with ingested CBD may be an excellent one two punch for helping those with chronic pain due to inflammation.
It is important to ensure the products you purchase are legitimate. As CBD has become more and more popular, many products are entering the market that make false claims of potency. Be sure that any product you purchase has third party lab testing to confirm dosing claims. When reading a lab test look for Cannabidiol results, this indicates the amount of CBD in a product. Some unscrupulous companies will list “total cannabinoids” which is different from cannabidiol, the hemp plant has hundreds of different cannabinoids which are not CBD. If a company lists “total cannabinoids” as proof of their CBD potency they are make false claims.
In conclusion topical CBD can work with the bodies endocannabinoid system to stop pain and inflammation by turning off the response in the body. Unlike other non-cbd topicals, CBD is effective at stopping pain rather than masking it. Picking a quality CBD topical is important to ensure you are getting the best results. Our CBD topicals are formulated with pure American full spectrum CBD and blended with therapeutic grade essential oils that are also known for their ability to fight pain, inflammation and irritation. If you need extra fast relief we make a balm with added menthol which can work immediately to mask the pain while CBD soaks in to stop the pain response itself.