Consumers looking to reap the potential benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), the wildly popular non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, will likely run into not only CBD oil, but also many different types of CBD cream and other topical CBD products.
The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that regulates appetite, mood, and pain and pleasure sensations. Cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD can activate our body’s ECS by binding to cell receptors in the skin, muscle tissues, and nerves. This interaction explains why the most common uses for CBD cream are chronic pain and inflammation.
Though Chasen said there are studies that support CBD’s ability to interact with the receptors and factors that are found in the skin, many more medically reviewed studies are necessary. Most of the existing research was conducted on animal models. “We need much more research to elucidate the physiological mechanisms at play, especially in humans,” she said.
The difference among CBD topicals such as creams, salves, and lotions really lies in the consistency of the product. As in non-CBD infused products, it’s really up to consumer preference.
For instance, if you have a 30-milliliter bottle with 1,500 milligrams of CBD, that equals 50 milligrams per milliliter. Using these dosing parameters, you can figure out how much CBD oil you should drop into the non-infused cream or topical, depending on the amount you plan to make.
If you’re a first time CBD salve user, you may be wondering what to do with this viscous pot of magic. Well, don’t panic: we’re here to help. We even made a YouTube video for you on how to apply Tanasi CBD salve! But before we share our top tips for applying CBD, let’s take a closer look at what goes into our CBD topicals.
Unlike tinctures or water-soluble CBD, which you dose orally, you have to apply CBD salve topically (directly to your skin.) From there, your body absorbs the CBD, and this cannabinoid gets to work targeting the area around your application site. Now, since the dose of CBD in your salve is absorbed through your skin, it works locally—you won’t get the same effect you’d see with oral CBD doses. For that reason, you’ll want to maximize your dose with the best technique for applying CBD. So keep reading for our 3-step guide to the perfect application process but most important to know is that each scoop is 5mg of CBD for your tender spot!!
What is a CBD Salve?
Got a specific spot that needs a little love? Before applying CBD, try to pinpoint your exact problem areas—say, if your arm hurts, is the problem closer to your shoulder or your bicep? Pinpointing one area can really help you get your desired effect. Of course, even if you aren’t in pain, you can still enjoy applying CBD salve. Many people like to target common tension spots, such as your wrists, temples, neck or even the soles of your feet. There’s nothing like a proactive dose of CBD salve to help you unwind at the end of a long day!
A salve, with or without CBD, is an ointment that’s meant to benefit or heal your skin. You could also call it a balm, but it all boils down to the same thing: a blend of ingredients, infused with plant-products (in our case, CBD), and mixed with carriers such as oils and beeswax. The carrier oils do one simple job—they help carry infused CBD to your skin for easier absorption. In our Tanasi salve, we use almond oil, but hemp oils are also popular choices as carriers.
Since every ounce of CBD topical contains active ingredients, using an applicator like a spoon is a good idea. This way, you target the spots you want, and avoid treating the parts—like your hands—that may not need the CBD love. So, grab your tool, get a generous scoop of salve, and firmly but vigorously rub the salve into your skin. After that, the dosing is up to you. Some people like to go for two or three applications; others are good with just one time. We suggest starting low and slow. See how the first application works for you, and go up from there, until you achieve your desired effect.