how does topical cbd work

How does Topical CBD Work?

Many people understand the basics of how lotions or creams work, but how does topical CBD work?

If you are reading this article, you probably understand that a large portion of the CBD products that exist come in an edible form. However, ingestible CBD is only one form of a CBD supplement. The other CBD type is of a topical nature, and for some people topical CBD creams are the best.

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So, how does topical CBD work?

The Epidermis and Dermis (AKA Your Skin)

Without getting too scientific, all humans have skin. We know this. The skin is actually the largest organ in the human body.

It’s important to take care of our skin. From a young age, your parents likely told you things like “put on your sunscreen” or  “make sure you wear your hat.” Our skin, although incredible resilient, is also damaged periodically as we age. Sun damage, chemical damage, and acne are just a fraction of the things that can hurt our skin – permanently.

Topical Preventative vs Reactionary Treatments

In order to prevent damage to our skin, we have to take two approaches to a proper skincare regimen:

  • preventative treatment
  • reactionary treatment

An example of preventative treatment would be applying sunscreen to your skin before you go outside. Your skin would be covered in a small layer of the sunscreen which prevents your skin from being burnt for a certain period of time. The SPF rating will determine how long you need to go before reapplying.

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Reactionary treatments, on the other hand, revolve around how you treat your skin in reaction to something that damaged your skin. For example, when you come back inside from being in the sun, you may apply aloe. The aloe seeps into your skin and helps repair your skin cells.

Interestingly, I see some of the best topical CBD creams being used as a reactionary treatment.

What does this have to do with how topical CBD works? Follow closely.

The epidermis and dermis are both layers of skin. The epidermis is the top layer of your skin that you can see. It contains freckles, scars, pours, and other visible characteristics. The dermis is the layer of skin below your dermis. The dermis contains hair follicles, nerve and blood vessel endings, and different skin cells than the epidermis. There is a hypodermis, but we are not addressing that layer in this article.

Here is an example to help you better visualize your skin layers:

How does topical CBD work



How does Topical CBD Get Into the Skin?

So, how does topical CBD work? The simple answer is through absorption. The skin has pores all over it. When something goes on the skin, the skin absorbs it. Have you ever sat in the pool or bathtub for an extended period of time?

You’ll notice your skin gets wrinkly. This is because while you are in the water, your skin absorbs it. When you put a lotion or cream on your skin, it absorbs this also. 

What Does Topical CBD Do Once Absorbed?

By blending CBD extract with a topical cream (like our topical hemp balm called ‘soothe’) , it makes it available to your body for use by allowing it the be absorbed through the skin. The cool thing about this is that the area you apply the CBD topical product to will reap most of the benefits of the CBD.

Have pain in your knuckles from arthritis? Studies show by applying a topical CBD product, that area will reap the anti-inflammatory affects of the CBD. Have muscular pain from an overworked or stretched/torn muscle? The same effect will apply here as well.

The skin is quite excellent and delivering nutrients to your body by absorbing them. CBD is simply an example of a nutrient that can be absorbed by the human skin. CBD, and other cannabinoids, deliver a type of anti-inflammatory action through what’s called keratinocyte cytokine production and also their structuring of immune cells.

Our skin is filled with CB receptors. It still isn’t know exactly how CBD interacts with these receptors. This network of receptors is part of the human Endocannabinoid System. Topical CBD products work well with these receptors.

Should I Use a Topical CBD Balm, Lotion, or Cream?

There is no right answer here. This is purely up to the individual. All of these products absorb into the skin the same way. Some people like a lighter option like a lotion. Other’s prefer a nice balm. Tiger balm is a multi-million dollar company who made a lot of money by only providing a balm for pain relief. Other companies, like Dove, provide lotions for their consumers. It’s all a matter of preference – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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The important factor is choosing what works best for you. Pick a product from a well-known and reputable CBD company. Use it for several days and see how your body responds. I would recommend starting with a 500mg CBD balm and moving up from there, as needed.

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Conclusion | How Does Topical CBD Balm Work?

I hope we helped answer the question, “How does topical CBD work?” For those that prefer to skip to the conclusion for the information, here are some key topics:

  • Our skin is rich with CB receptors
  • Topical CBD products interact with these receptors which may bring relief in a variety of ways
  • Choose the best topical CBD product that works for you and your body
  • Most people respond differently to different CBD topicals

That about covers it. Drop a comment below if you have more questions about how topical CBD balm works. If you have any questions, please contact New Phase Blends and we’ll do our best to help you out! Thanks for reading!


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