The recent clinical trials on the effects of topical use of CBD and scientists’ findings suggest that using CBD topically helps with muscle and joint inflammation as well as local pain relief.
For example, during one study, CBD oil was applied to the inflamed joints of lab rats with arthritis and a significant reduction in swelling in those areas was found.
But how does CBD work when used topically? Read this article and find out all the answers.
How does CBD affect your body?
First, let’s briefly explore how any type of CBD (topicals, oils, tinctures and more) interacts with your body to create calming effects.
Did you know that humans have an endocannabinoid system? Until it was discovered in 1988, no one did. In fact, the endocannabinoid system (or ECS) was named after cannabinoids, the molecules found in the hemp plant. That’s because the ECS was first discovered after scientists realised it was the system that interacted with cannabinoids to produce the felt effects of ingesting or smoking marijuana.
Now, we know that the ECS does a whole lot more than previously thought. It was found that the endocannabinoid system is wide-ranging, with parts found in the brain and nervous system as well as the digestive system.
In short, the endocannabinoid system is responsible for maintaining your body’s homoeostasis. That means that the ECS helps maintain our 36.6-degree body temperature, regulate our mood and stress response, keep inflammation and pain in check, make sure digestion is going smoothly, regulate our sleep and its quality, as well as maintain an optimal immune system, blood circulation and intraocular pressure. More about the benefits of CBD read here.
When the ECS isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or chronic migraines.
CBD is a phytocannabinoid that is virtually identical in its chemical composition to the endocannabinoids produced by your endocannabinoid system, which are essential for maintaining the optimal condition and functioning of the ECS. Therefore, CBD that enters your body is absorbed by the endocannabinoid system, thus strengthening it and restoring the balance of various functions.
How topical CBD works
Topical CBD is applied directly to the skin rather than ingested. So, how it affects your body is a bit different.
When CBD is ingested, it passes through your digestive system and then into your bloodstream. This creates a whole-body effect, with CBD helping your endocannabinoid system in all kinds of places, like your nervous system and your digestive system.
When CBD is applied topically, it reaches the specific cannabinoid receptors nearest to the area you put it. It means you get a more powerful, targeted effect on a certain area rather than on your whole body.
Topical CBD has been found to have an analgesic effect where it is applied. Plus, unlike synthetic topical anti-inflammatory creams, CBD oil shows no evidence of causing side effects like skin rashes or redness.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing CBD topical oil is to go for liquid, heavy oil. For topical CBD to be as effective as possible, it must be able to penetrate through the skin, so the more watery, the better.
Topical CBD is safe to use
To close out this article, it is important to say that even though the research on using a CBD topical is still emerging, there’s been zero evidence that it could be harmful. So, it’s best to try CBD and see how it works for your body.