While marijuana has a reputation for being a recreational drug for young people, its reputation is slowly changing into one of a medical miracle worker. No longer is marijuana a drug to be smoked or even one that people use to get high. Cannabis infused topical are one of the latest methods of consumption that are changing the way people use the plant.
What is a topical?
A topical is a lotion, balm, or oil that is infused with cannabidiol. They’re applied to the skin for relief of pain and inflammation. These have no effect on the brain and are a favorite among patients who do not want to experience the cerebral euphoria that can be associated with smoking the drug, but are seeking pain relief.
How do CBD topicals work?
CBD topicals work by binding to CB2 receptors. These receptors are found throughout the body and are activated by naturally occurring endocannabinoids or cannabis compounds like CBD.
Topicals that contain THC still don’t produce the high that a person gets from smoking or ingesting marijuana. Most topicals make it impossible to CBD to reach the bloodstream and instead impact the CB2 receptors. The one thing to note is that transdermal patches do deliver CBD to the bloodstream and could produce psychoactive effects.
What can CBD lotions treat?
CBD’s can be used for localized pain relief, muscle soreness, tension, and inflammation. Additional evidence is beginning to support that CBD lotions can also treat psoriasis, dermatitis, headaches, and cramping.
CBD lotions that include menthol and peppermint are some of the most popular options to relieve pain and induce relaxation.
What are the benefits of CBD topicals?
CBD is an incredibly powerful antioxidant that has been proven to protect skin from free radicals like UV rays and environmental pollutants. These free radicals lead to wrinkles and fine lines, however, CBD topicals help to prevent this from happening.
CBD also encourages healing and homeostasis because of the way it interacts with the receptors in the skin.
Additional benefits of CBD topicals includes an ample serving of a wide variety of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fatty acids – which all encourage skin health. Vitamin A and D play a large role in skin repair, support skin cell growth, and inhibit oil production so your skin is kept soft. Vitamin C and E boosts collagen and elastin production, which helps to maintain a more youthful appearance. And vitamin B complex helps in the construction of skin, hair, and nails. This helps prevent dermatitis and other frustrating skin conditions.
When an individual applies topicals to an area that is in pain, the effect of the topicals is fast and relief comes quickly. Oral CBD products can take up to two hours to take an effect and can cause users to feel high. Conversely, CBD nutrients are immediately absorbed through the skin and lead to better, faster results.
If you’re curious about CBD topicals contact our team at Botha Chiropractic. We are committed to treating patients holistically and are here to answer your questions.