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Most CBD oil is actually formulated to be taken orally. So what is the difference between topicals and CBD oil? That’s exactly what we’ll focus on here.
The ECS helps achieve and maintain homeostasis in the human body—or in some cases re-establish it. Homeostasis is the balanced, healthy zone within the bounds of which biological systems stay well-regulated. Imagine a human body with ideal blood pressure, blood sugar levels, etc.
CBD Topicals vs CBD Oil
If you’re not sure if it would be better to use CBD orally or topically, you may need to refocus your question to decide which type best suits your needs. Using CBD topically works best if you have a targeted area where you need CBD the most because it allows the cannabidiol compounds to work with the cannabinoid receptors right where you apply the topical cream.
The carrier agent works, usually alongside essential oils and other natural ingredients, to smoothly apply the CBD to skin conditions and other affected areas and help it cling there long enough to work.
Taking CBD by mouth. You absorb CBD that you swallow in capsules, gummies, food, or liquid, through the digestive tract. This makes absorption slow and dosing a bit challenging due to several factors, including recent meals, unknown effects of stomach acids, the delayed onset of effect which is one to two hours, and other factors.
Yes, in most cases you can use your oral CBD oil products topically on your skin. However it’s probably not a good idea for efficiency, price, and overall effectiveness. Let’s take a look at the differences between oral and topical CBD products.
That being said, we are aware of one company that has bridged this gap. When Leef Organics developed their acclaimed Revive CBD Balm, they focused on developing a holistic topical that could be used as needed around the entire body (avoid the eyes though!). We’ve heard from several customers that their morning routine is actually to add this topical to their coffee in the morning. With a simple list of ingredients like Cacao Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Organic Whole Plant CBD Extract, Calendula, Peony, & Lavender, Leef’s Revive Balm keeps it simple and provides endless uses for their topical.
Oral CBD Vs. Topical CBD: The Ingredients
By contrast, when examining the ingredients of oral CBD oil, one may note a stark simplify when compared to topicals. The Design Wellness CBD Oil has only two ingredients for instance, Full Spectrum CBD and a carrier oil (MCT). Some, like Mary’s Remedy Oil, also contain flavoring (cinnamon) and other essential oils. As these ingredient combinations have been formulated to be absorbed through the digestive tract and glads, and not the epidermal layer of the skin, they are MUCH more effective when taken orally, especially when applied to the Submandibular Glands occupying the space under the tongue. This type of administration is called “sublingual” and while research is still ongoing, mounting evidence points to this being the most effective method of absorbing CBD.
Leef bridges the gap again with their Leef Organics Wild Crafted CBD Skin Oil, which is very different from oral CBD oils, in that it is intended exclusively for the skin. Once again, a read-through of the ingredients shows us that there are added components to help with absorption by the skin, that make this an external use only product.
The skin and internal systems interact differently with CBD, which is why when you examine the ingredients of popular topicals like Mary’s Nutritionals Muscle Freeze, versus a tincture from the same company like Mary’s Nutritionals Remedy Oil, they are starkly different. The primary difference is that oral CBD oils are meant to be absorbed in the digestive tract and the saliva glands of the mouth, while topicals are designed to effectively absorb through the body’s largest organ, the skin. This means topicals have carriers that are different from oils, which would cause gastrointestinal distress, as they’re not meant to be ingested.