Once applied, the ointment can take anywhere from 1-48 hours to provide relief, depending on the dosage, how often it’s used, and severity of your condition.
Seeing as how CBD and THC offer similar health benefits, patients may opt for high-CBD cannabis ointments with or without THC. But if you decide to combine CBD and THC, you’ll reap the benefits of both, from what’s known as the “entourage effect.” Research suggests that using the two together are more effective than when used individually, a fact that’s been proven with cancer research as well as with multiple ailments.
What’s the Best Way to Apply CBD Ointment?
First, many unfamiliar patients would rather not ingest cannabis due to its psychoactive effects, and prefer to inch slowly into their cannabis experience with something milder like a tincture or topical. We totally get that, trying THC for the first time for its psychoactive effects can be intimidating (although trust us, with the proper dose, anyone can feel comfortable with it).
CBD ointment is a safe, easy-to-use topical agent that can be applied to almost any bodily area to relieve several problems like soreness, inflammation, and irritated skin. When applied to the skin it doesn’t create the “high” effects that cannabis ingestion does via smoking, vaporizing or eating edibles.
Ointment producers typically list the recommended rate of use, which usually ranges from 1-3 times a day to as needed. Again, how often you use the ointment will depend on the severity of your condition and the product’s CBD and THC levels, so begin with doses as low as 2-3mgs then increase the amount if needed.
Transdermal Uses Skin Penetration Enhancers: Transdermal products leverage skin penetration enhancers to push CBD, terpenes and other compounds past the epidermis (first layer of skin) and into the dermis (second layer of skin), which includes blood vessels.
CBD Reaching the Bloodstream is Vital For Therapeutic Effect:
Cannabinoids and terpenes entering the bloodstream is vital in reaching the therapeutic level of CBD or THC. While topicals can be ideal for site specific surface level pain symptoms, it does not help with aches, pains, and symptoms deeper within the body.
Topical formulations don’t penetrate beyond the skin. For some products such as sunscreen, which protects the skin from harmful UV rays, this is ideal and by design. However, for many medical patients and consumers looking to get the most out of their cannabis product, this isn’t the desired effect.
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A Higher % of CBD Absorbs Into the Bloodstream Using Transdermal Formulations: Penetration enhancers found in transdermal formulations can increase the bioavailability of a cannabinoid/full spectrum extract from 1-5% as found in topical products to 40% or greater.