The CBD extract used in topicals, and in all CBD products, comes in three main varieties: full spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. Full spectrum CBD extract contains the major and minor cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and all other substances as they are in the source hemp. This includes a trace amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid made famous by cannabis. Isolates are on the opposite end of the spectrum: all components except for the desired cannabinoid – in this case, CBD – are removed, leaving behind a roughly 99 percent pure substance that contains only CBD.
Why is it so important to use CBD products on your skin that are formulated specifically for topical use? By using a CBD tincture topically, your skin would miss out on all the other nourishing ingredients added to topicals and might not be designed with the right amount of CBD to bring the desired benefit to your skin. At Prima, our CBD topicals are made with other plant-based ingredients selected to support healthy, radiant skin. Our R+R cream, for example, includes invigorating menthol and eucalyptus. Our ultra-hydrating, fast-absorbing Skin Therapy body butter is designed to support and bring balance to dry skin, and includes its own set of nourishing add-ins, including fatty-acid rich hemp seed oil and moisturizing shea and cocoa butter to lock in hydration.
What are CBD topicals?
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Here, we’ll review the purpose of CBD oil tinctures, CBD topicals, and why you’ll see the best results for your skin from a product that’s designed for topical use.
CBD oil is often what people use to describe the extract that comes from the hemp plant. Often, CBD oil the same word people use to describe a tincture, which is CBD hemp extract blended with a carrier oil, which is designed for ingestion. Tinctures can often contain flavors and other ingredients whose benefits are designed for ingestion. Topicals work differently because they are often formulated with other key ingredients that deliver skin and body benefits through skin application. Its strongest impact is seen and felt locally, in the area where you rub in or apply the topical. In addition, ingestibles are not tested for skin sensitivity and skin safety, and have different quality testing protocols. It’s always important to use products as directed both to get the desired benefit, but also to ensure that it’s safe.
Topical CBD can come in a number of forms, like an oil, salve, lotion or even a patch. There are even CBD-infused bath salts and soaks to give you full-body relief. When you have an area of the body that’s uncomfortable, you can use topical CBD the way you would a lotion to help combat the discomfort. The great thing about topical CBD oil is that it doesn’t enter the bloodstream when you apply it—meaning that it really targets just the area where you slather it on.
Second, CBD helps limit your body’s inflammatory response when you have muscle soreness due to exercising or lifting weights. By working with the natural functions in your body, CBD eases a variety of discomfort and helps make you more comfortable, whether you’re dealing with a chronic condition or just temporary minor aches and soreness.
And, just to give you a heads up: You need to apply it liberally. Skin is designed to keep anything put on it from entering the body. Choosing a product with a high concentration of CBD and making sure that you apply enough to get into your skin’s pores will give you the best results. If you’re using it in the bath, follow the product instructions for how long you should soak, to really reap the benefits.
TOPICAL CBD OIL: HOW TO USE IT
There are two key ways that topical CBD oil works to fight discomfort. First, the oil contains what are called endocannabinoids, or body signals that help you notice and manage various functions, including discomfort. CBD naturally raises the endocannabinoids in your body, helping to relieve minor discomfort.
There are several methods for using CBD oil and reaping the benefits. As you’re likely aware, it can be ingested through vaping, pill form, or used topically as a cream. But, depending on what you’re using CBD for, the method can really matter.
Various research shows that topical CBD oil can be an effective method to combat chronic discomfort. From joint health to normal inflammation, studies have found that topical CBD oil can be very efficient for providing comfort. There’s also research finding that CBD can help with more minor forms of discomfort like cramps and headaches. However, since some of these studies have been performed on animals, further research is needed to confirm CBD oil’s comforting effects on humans.
Depending on the ailment you’re hoping to ease with CBD, you should use the most efficient method for comfort. For instance, if you’re using CBD oil for stress reduction, vaping is considered the fastest, most effective means since ingesting in this way can send the CBD and its healing properties straight to your brain. Topicals, by contrast, can take a bit longer to be effective. (And, as mentioned, concentration matters!)