Still, especially for those with skin issues or joint and muscle pain, CBD topicals are often more effective and quicker. Topical CBD formulations typically include additional ingredients to enhance an analgesic, anti-inflammatory effect. So although there are many ways to try CBD, a topical may be your best bet if you need to treat skin issues or relieve aches and pains.
You can also take CBD using a tincture, oil, or spray by holding it under your tongue (sublingual) and allowing it to absorb directly into the bloodstream for 60 to 120 seconds. You can feel effects within 15 to 45 minutes, although you will also taste the preparation. Full-spectrum CBD oils in particular have a strong plant taste.
CBD Topicals vs CBD Oil
CBD topicals are any CBD products you can use on your skin: lotions, creams, balms, roll-ons, and salves that have CBD in their formulations. CBD lotions, creams, and balms are typically not edible and are intended to be applied directly to specific affected areas of the skin.
When you use a CBD tincture, you just place several drops or whatever your serving size is under your tongue. Hold it there for at least a minute, if you can, to hasten the benefits, which you can feel in minutes.
In a CBD topical, the base, whether it is oil, cream, wax, or something similar, works as a carrier agent. If you recall our other discussions of how cannabinoids work, you remember that THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids bind with fatty acids. This is why carrier oils are so common.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.