CBD continues to explode in popularity and remains all over the news. Find out what CBD is and what all the fuss is about.
Extracts derived from cannabis plants have been applied to wounds for thousands of years. 1 CBD balm is a soothing and softening emollient made by infusing CBD into a blend of organic beeswax and regenerating oils of coconut, argan and rosehip, plus therapeutic essential oils of geranium, eucalyptus and lavender. To use, apply a thin layer and massage thoroughly into affected areas of skin or over a tired joint.
Everything you need to know about CBD safety, the different types available, and what to look for on a CBD product label.
What’s the difference between hemp seed oil and CBD?
CBD interacts with your own endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, including in skin cells, skin nerve fibres, hair follicles and oil and sweat glands. 2 The abundant distribution of cannabinoid receptors in the skin allows topical CBD products to have a localised effect.
The two main oil products from industrial hemp, hemp seed oil and CBD oil, are from different parts of the plant and are used for different purposes.
The action of rubbing stimulates nerve endings in the area and helps to overwhelm underlying pain signals, so the perception of discomfort is reduced. When rubbing is combined with an active ingredient that sinks into the skin the benefits are multiplied for reducing aches and pains.
When applied to the skin, CBD balm works in several ways. First is the physical and warming action associated with massaging it in. As children, we quickly learned that ‘rubbing it better’ really works for reducing the pain of knocks and sprains, and the same is true for sports injuries and painful joints in later life.
The other two common forms of CBD are full-spectrum and CBD isolate.
Manufacturers often add CBD to oils, such as hemp seed oil, which they then use as an ingredient in skin creams and lotions. Research suggests that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and may help alleviate the symptoms of some skin conditions.
Also, some CBD extraction processes use harsh chemicals that may be harmful to the environment and leave traces in the end product.
CBD skin cream may be helpful for people with various health conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, and inflammation.
Various brands offer CBD skin creams. A person new to CBD products should start by using only a small amount and, if necessary, gradually increase the amount over time.