Cannabidiol (CBD) has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. This has led to article after article focused on CBD and what it can do. However, it appears that the authors of many of these articles don’t want to talk too much about CBD creams and other topicals. This makes it difficult for those who may be interested in creams to learn more. Well, this article is trying to rectify that. Together we will get into more detail about CBD creams, other CBD topicals, and what makes them so great.
What is CBD?
It’s always good to start with the basics; in this case, defining CBD. It is a chemical compound that is found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. It is just one of over 113 compounds called cannabinoids. These cannabinoids can have a number of reactions with the human body because of a serious of receptors we have called the Endocannabinoid System. While CBD is certainly a well-known cannabinoid, the most famous one is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) because it creates a psychoactive high. This is the reaction that is most commonly associated with cannabis and, as a result, CBD. However, CBD and THC are very different compounds. CBD’s effect is not psychoactive, unlike THC. It may create a sense of calm, but that appears to be the only effect it has on one’s mental state.
Another difference between CBD and THC is that most CBD products are now federally legal, where THC is still subject to individual state laws. In late 2018, a new version of the Farm Bill was passed. This bill included a section legalizing industrial hemp across the country. It defines hemp as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. This is why the CBD industry is booming like it has been the last few years. Since hemp is so rich in CBD, it is the go-to choice of CBD manufacturers to make their products. Legalizing hemp helped catalyze this industry.
This has led to CBD producers creating all kinds of CBD products, from basic CBD oils to crazy edibles to lotions and creams. While oils and edibles get a lot of attention, it feels like creams don’t get talked about too much. This often leaves people asking why anyone would use CBD creams in the first place?
Why use CBD creams?
Many people struggle with things skin problems like acne and redness. Some people struggle with intense inflammation. As CBD becomes more popular the research on what it can do increases. Among these are studies on how CBD may be able to improve the daily lives of those who fight acne or inflammation.
Everyone has gotten acne at some point, and no one likes it. It can be so frustrating. But recent research suggests that CBD may be able to improve your skin health. One study, published in 2015, wanted to see how CBD may affect sebum production and redness associated with acne. This study found that not only was the cream safe to use, but at the right level of dosage (more than 3% extract) it was able to reduce the redness on the test subjects’ cheeks as well as their sebum production.
Inflammation is a common issue for a lot of people. It can lead to all kinds of problems including decreased mobility. Most of the recent research around CBD and inflammation has found that CBD could have some serious anti-inflammatory effects. One of these studies, conducted in 2012, looked at how CBD interacted with mice who had spinal inflammation. They found that CBD helped fight the inflammation by targeting certain receptors associated with the affliction.
There are benefits with CBD creams beyond just the basic health-based ones. CBD creams are better if you are looking for a more localized effect. You are more likely to get a focused effect than you would with something like a capsule. Other products are going to have more of a general effect. This makes CBD creams ideal for those who are struggling with an issue that is mainly focused on one specific part of their body.
Of course, you don’t even need the excuse of acne and inflammation. There are those who just use it as a nice daily moisturizer. Some use it for the potential health boost they may get from the cannabinoid. Most CBD creams are made using carriers like coconut oil and shea butter, so it leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft.
How to use CBD creams
It’s simple to use CBD cream. You just use it like any other cream. Apply the cream need to the area where it is needed most. Bear in mind that it may take a little while for you to experience any effects. It tends to be different for each person.
If you want to start using a CBD cream and are not sure how to start, the best answer is start small. The best way to start using CBD cream is to find a low CBD content cream and start with a small amount. There are no serious side effects associated with CBD. Some people do experience things like fatigue or diarrhea, but those who report these side effects often take large quantities of CBD consistently. Not everyone experiences these side effects. As briefly mentioned, CBD effects everyone differently. Some people need a lot of CBD, others only need a little bit. So, you may have to experiment to find how much works best for you.
It is also always a good idea to talk with a medical professional before starting any new supplement, including CBD. There are certain medications that don’t work in the presence of CBD. Or the CBD may change or cancel out the effects of the medication.
Creams, while not as popular as edibles, have the potential to help with the quality of life for so many people. So, it really is a shame that there aren’t more people talking about them. However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t worth trying. Why not give some a shot today?