Topicals have quickly become one of the most popular ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD
CBD pain cream may be the most effective ways of using CBD for targeting specific points of tension or pain.. and this feature alone offers a lot of appeal.
In today’s video we’re breaking down all of the biggest questions about CBD topicals and pain creams..
What exactly is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, and it’s a naturally occurring compound that comes from the hemp plant.
CBD is actually one of over a hundred different substances, called cannabinoids, that come from hemp. Compounds like CBG or THC, which all have their own specific advantages. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
CBD has its own list of benefits, thanks to the unique ways it interacts with our mind and body.
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What is CBD Pain Cream?
A CBD topical is any cream or lotion that’s infused with CBD and can be applied directly to the skin
Topical cannabis dates back thousands of years, typically in the form of ointments, which have been widely used in traditional medicine for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
In the modern era, topicals are infused with either CBD isolate or full-spectrum hemp oil, and because of the fatty lipid content of their carrier oils, CBD and hemp extracts do nicely in hydrating topicals with bases like shea butter, cocoa butter, and oils like coconut oil.
Full-Spectrum CBD Pain Cream vs CBD Isolate Pain Cream
As with most CBD products, CBD pain cream can contain either full-spectrum hemp, or CBD isolate.
Full-spectrum hemp products will contain all of hemp’s naturally occurring compounds.. Many consumers enjoy full-spectrum products, because it’s theorized that all of these compounds together will create a synergistic connection known as the entourage effect, which may amplify CBD’s benefits.
However, CBD isolate has its benefits too. Some individuals may prefer to avoid THC completely, especially those who find that they have a heightened sensitivity to THC, even in trace amounts
What’s the Difference Between CBD Cream and CBD Oil?
When distinguishing CBD pain cream from CBD oils or tinctures, the main difference is how they’re used: CBD oil can be taken orally, while CBD pain cream is applied to the skin.
Additionally, CBD oil is typically either CBD isolate or full-spectrum hemp, suspended in a carrier oil, and while CBD oil can be applied topically, it’s not formulated for skin the way CBD pain cream is.
CBD creams tend to have a thick, creamy consistency that’s easy to apply without a greasy residue, and readily absorbs into the skin.
What’s the Difference Between CBD Pain Cream and OtherCBD Topicals?
To be clear, CBD topicals include a wide range of different products, including roll-ons, ointments, and even lip balms. The main way in which all of these products differ lies in their consistency and usage.
There’s very little distinction between ointments and balms aside from their marketed use, but both tend to use fatty agents like waxes, butters, and oils, while incorporating very little water. These are suitable for people with rough, chapped skin that’s been inflamed.
CBD creams, on the other hand, tend to incorporate oils, emulsifying agents, and water for easier absorption and a less greasy consistency.
It gets interesting, though, when we talk about CBD creams for general use, and CBD pain creams.
Creams that use CBD as the main ingredient might not necessarily be for pain relief, as beauty brands are taking notice of the way that CBD can help the skin.
And while these may offer pain relief, CBD pain creams tend to offer far more intense relief.
CBD pain creams are specially formulated to help manage pain that’s set deep into the muscle tissue, making them suitable for those with joint pain, tired, stiff muscles, and stubborn tension.
Typically, CBD pain creams are made with higher concentrations of CBD, which is why they tend to be more expensive, and these formulas typically have other ingredients known for combating pain, such as menthol, arnica, and copaiba.
What Is CBD Pain Cream Good for?
CBD tinctures and edibles are orally ingested, and from there, the CBD is digested and delivered to the bloodstream so it can be absorbed into CB1 and CB2 receptors for a full-body effect.
CBD topicals work differently, though.
When CBD pain cream is applied to the skin, it creates a more local effect. In other words, the CBD is only going to affect the area you apply it to.
This is because the CBD can penetrate the skin and target localized cannabinoid receptors, and doesn’t need to bypass any digestion process.
How do I find the right products for me?
You’ve probably noticed already: there are lots of CBD pain creams to choose from.
But there’s no singular CBD pain cream that will work the best for everyone. Ultimately, it’s about shopping for one that works best for you.
And this is going to depend on a number of factors, and here are a few to consider:
Look for Clear Labels
If you’re going to learn anything at all about a CBD pain cream and how it will help you, you have to know what’s in it.
Check the labelling on CBD cream for the CBD amount, ingredients, and how to use the product. Checking for the type of CBD is important, as well: whether they use full-spectrum or CBD isolate. If any of these things are unclear, the CBD pain cream might not come from the most reliable brand.
Check for a Certificate of Analysis
As with all CBD products, always make sure that the CBD pain cream comes with a certificate of analysis from a third party lab. This is important because while labeling is crucial, it might not always be accurate.
In a certificate of analysis, you’ll get an exact report of the CBD levels in your product, as well as any other compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes, if the product is full-spectrum
Keep the Ingredients in Mind
We mentioned that CBD pain creams are often distinguished for not just their CBD strengths, but the other ingredients as well.
When scoping out a good CBD pain cream, consider whether you want one with menthol. Menthol creates a noticeable cooling sensation, which will encourage the affected area to gradually warm up. This can work wonders for circulation and easing the muscles, but the intense minty aroma might not appeal to everyone.
How Do I Use CBD Pain Cream?
Compared to most other CBD products, CBD pain cream is pretty straightforward: there’s no dropper, no cartridge to worry about, and no need to take it under the tongue.
Instead, CBD pain cream is simply meant to be applied directly to the skin.
But some users are concerned about how much they should use; after all, dosage is generally something that’s emphasized in the CBD industry.
In the case of topical CBD, however, determining your dosage isn’t as crucial, since the CBD application is so localized.
Generally, a good rule of thumb for CBD cream is to use enough that will absorb into your skin without residue.
This is a good rule of thumb for most CBD creams, but CBD pain creams may come with a bit more guidance. Some brands package their products with a pump, and may offer instructions as to how many to dispense, but this is the most specific it gets.
And when applying your CBD pain cream, it’s of course helpful to apply directly onto the problem area, like your shoulders when they’re tense.
It’s generally recommended to give the cream some time to work, but you can re-apply every 3-4 hours as needed.
Finally, most CBD pain creams will probably list this in their packaging, but it’s still worth mentioning: CBD pain creams are for external use only, and should never be orally ingested!
How long does CBD pain cream last?
The effects of CBD pain cream varies with the amount, how much is applied, and the way your body reacts to it. But generally, you can expect a CBD pain cream to work between 2-6 hours.