What is topical CBD?

Topical creams, ointments, oils and solutions are an effective way for people to enjoy the benefits of CBD without the need to inhale CBD through an electronic cigarette or ingest them. From balms and salves to everyday moisturising lotions there is a huge range of topical CBD products available on the market for consumers to enjoy the many benefits that CBD products offer. In this article we’ll take a look at the uses of CBD topicals and application tips to help you get the most from them.

How do CBD topicals work?

Topical creams, ointments and balms are applied to the outermost layer of skin which is known as the epidermis. This outer layer of skin acts as a barrier to protect lower skin layers such as the dermis and hypodermis. CBD topicals provide a safe way to use CBD without the risk of CBD entering your bloodstream.

Types of CBD topicals

There are many different types of topicals but generally speaking, they tend to fall within three main categories which are:

  • Lotions and creams
  • Salves
  • Oils and serums

CBD lotions and creams

These are usually designed for everyday usage with topical creams and lotions designed to be used as a daily moisturiser as part of your skincare routine. Most commonly these creams are effective for helping to deal with skin care problems such as eczema, skin rashes, acne and other skin ailments.

Salves and balms

CBD salves and balms are used to help soothe and heal the skin from the pain that is caused by burns, stings, bites and other sensitivity issues. These CBD products are designed for occasional usage as and when you need topical relief.

Oils and serums

These have a thinner texture than the above two types of products and are commonly used to help with muscle pain, joint inflammation and minor injuries. The thinner base means that oils and serums are well suited to applications as massage oils and serums allowing them to be worked into the skin as part of a massage treatment.

How to apply a CBD topical

CBD topicals should be applied in the same way as their none CBD counterparts. So, for those that have purchased a daily moisturising cream this can replace your existing skincare cream and form part of your daily regime. Like all topical products for best results ensure that your skin is clean and dry prior to application. Start with a small amount of your CBD topical and apply to the skin making sure that it is fully rubbed in before applying more.

Will a CBD topical make me feel high?

Unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects and will not lead to a high feeling that is associated with cannabis. CBD has been proven to help provide a wide range of benefits including pain relief, bite and sting relief, skin problem treatment and many more. If you are looking for the benefits of CBD in an easy to apply format. then CBD topicals are a great choice.

Can CBD topicals be used with other CBD products?

While CBD topicals are the ideal way to get local pain relief as well as ease the symptoms of skincare associated problems, they do not enter the bloodstream and so are unable to provide the same levels of relief as products that are inhaled or digested. Topicals can be used alongside other CBD products to help provide maximum pain relief as well as helping to ease anxiety, reducing the symptoms of depression and minimising stress. At CBD Twist we would always recommend starting out with a low dosage of CBD whether you are vaping, consuming it or using a topical and building up gradually as your body becomes acclimatised to CBD.