If you’re reading this article on how CBD balm can relieve pain, you probably know at least a little about the benefits CBD, or other cannabinoids, can offer us. CBD is great at providing a vast array of benefits, including those relating to antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and anti-cancer functions. The level of effectiveness in providing benefits is determined by the interaction between CBD and the Endocannabinoid (ECS) receptors found inside the human body.
The endocannabinoid system can be described as a network of cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) that modulate cognitive activities like sleep, pain sensation, appetite and internal balance. They play a critical role in the way the brain secret hormones, the way the immune system acts to protect the body and the way we deal with major disease conditions. CBD used as pain relief is only one of the many ways it can aid us.
It’s important to understand that regardless of how you take your hemp products (edibles, topicals, inhalants, tinctures, etc…) the goal of producing these products is to deliver the correct dose of CBD for you that can interact with the ECS receptors to provide the much needed relief. CBD products differ in their bio-availability and mothod of application. In this article we shall focus more on the CBD topical products like balms and creams. We’ll take a look at the common types of CBD balms, ingredients used in creating these, how they work, and how to use them to obtain the best results. CBD balm is effective at pain relief, so keep reading to find out how.
Are there different types of CBD balms for pain relief?
Depending on the concentration of cannabinoids in a product, all CBD products are classified as full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolates. Cannabinoids are chemicals secreted by mammals and plants (cannabis) and are capable of interacting with the cannabinoid receptors. CBD balm for pain relief has the same spectrums.
The common cannabinoids utilized in CBD products include cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabichromene (CBC). The combination of these chemicals is what determines the spectrum of CBD balms. Please note that THC is psychoactive and is responsible for the feelings of highness experienced after using marijuana in inhalants and edibles.
These are CBD balms that contain all the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, including THC. Full-spectrum CBD balms offer a wider range of activities since they engage more receptors. They are widely used in pain relief and control of skin defects. Although psychoactive reactions may not be an issue with CBD balms, it is highly recommended all CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC in order to remain legal. All products sold by New Phase Blends are certified as containing anywhere from 0.0% to 0.3% THC by dry weight.
Broad-spectrum CBD balms
These products contain all the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the cannabis plant except THC. They offer great help to people who may not want THC in their products.
This is when a product contains CBD as the only available cannabinoid. It offers great benefits but may be limited since it does not engage several receptors as full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. Some people swear by a CBD isolate, others prefer broad or full spectrum. It’s entirely up to the individual user on what they think works best for them.
Where can I apply CBD balm for efficient pain relief?
Just like every other topical, CBD balms can be applied directly to the following body part:
- Soles of your feet
- Many other areas that may ache or throb…
It is important to note that topical CBD products are meant for topical use only! This means no one should eat CBD balm, ever! That being said, using CBD balms is very easy. All you need to do is wash the affected area with warm water and mild soap, then apply your CBD balm. Rub gently until the product disappears and you are good to go. The balm will appear very thick at first, but as it warms up to your body’s temperature it will thin out. See the picture below:
What type of pain relief can I use CBD balms for?
CBD balms are great at providing relief the for the following conditions:
- Acute pain
- Chronic pain
- Skin infections
- Sore joints
- Sore muscles
- Wrinkles and black spots
So, how exactly does CBD balm provide pain relief?
CBD balms work by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. Once you apply CBD balms on the affected area, CBD is absorbed into the skin. The topical product (balm, cream, lotion, etc…) only acts as a carrier for the CBD to get into blood stream so it can interact with cannabinoid receptors to bring you the relief. The human skin is well supplied with blood vessels and CBD receptors that allow for fast absorption and rate of reaction.
Information from research has shown how CBD is great at neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals and helping reduce signs of aging. They keep the skin free from microbial attack and provide an analgesic effect which soothes the muscles and reduces pain. There are also information on how CBD may modulate the activity of immune cells thus reducing the rate of inflammatory reactions. There is so much promising information out there, feel free to look around.
How can I determine my dosage for proper CBD balm use?
Contrary to what is obtainable in other types of CBD products, dosage is a bit different since they are applied topically. For safety, it is important that you study the product packaging to know exactly how much hemp extract and other ingredients are in your product. You should start with a small dime sized amount on the tip of your finger and gently massage it into the affected area. Let it soak into the skin for 5-10 minutes. If you feel relief, great! If you need more relief, or didn’t get enough, apply the same amount again. Rinse and repeat!
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If you find interest in reading about CBD, you should check out the eBook “CBD Essentials“, written by CBD expert and CEO of New Phase Blends, Dale Hewett.