Topical CBD lotions and creams are something we see constantly in our news feeds, on social media, and in advertisements. But what exactly are these CBD topicals and should we even be using them?
What is topical CBD?
CBD topicals are any products that are applied directly to a part of the body such as CBD lotion and CBD cream. These products are absorbed by the skin and are designed to target specific areas of discomfort. Topical CBD products come in all shapes and sizes and seems to be among some of the most popular hemp-based products on the market. There are several main categories of topical CBD products including:
- Creams and Lotions: CBD skin creams and CBD lotions usually have a very similar texture to the average lotions in peoples’ cupboards. Like these average household lotions, many of these products contain ingredients to moisturize and soothe the skin.
- Salves and Balms: Similar to salves and balms that are designed to alleviate dry and cracked skin, CBD Balms are formulated with a much thicker consistency when compared to lotions or creams. CBD balms can often have a texture that resembles lip balm.
- Oils: Topical CBD oils are very much the same as traditional massage oils, but have been infused with CBD, CBG, or other cannabinoids that are designed to be absorbed by the skin. Oils have a much slicker texture when compared to balms or salves. Topical CBD oils should not be confused with CBD oil. The term CBD oil is often used interchangeably with hemp oil and is either taken orally or integrated into other products as an ingredient.
- Others: There are hundreds of different varieties of topical CBD products on the market today and manufacturers are constantly formulating new creations. While creams, lotions, balms, and oils are the most common varieties, there are also products such as bath bombs, patches, lubricants, sprays, roll-ons and many more.
Does CBD Work?
While there are tens of thousands of anecdotal accounts of the benefits of daily CBD use, many people still wonder… Does CBD actually work? According to Harvard Health Publishing, animal studies, and self-reports or research in humans, suggest CBD may help with:
- Anxiety: Studies and clinical trials are exploring the common report that CBD can reduce anxiety.1
- Insomnia: Studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep.1
- Chronic pain: Further human studies are needed to substantiate claims that CBD helps control pain. One animal study from the European Journal of Pain suggests CBD could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis when applied to skin. Other research identifies how CBD may inhibit inflammatory and neuropathic pain, which are difficult treat.1
- Addiction: CBD can help lower cravings for tobacco and heroin under certain conditions, according to some research in humans. Animal models of addiction suggest it may also help lessen cravings for alcohol, cannabis, opiates, and stimulants.1
Further research is happening all the time with human subjects to determine just how effective CBD and other cannabinoids are at treating many of the common ailments listed above. So far, the scientific evidence is very promising, and the mountain of anecdotal accounts is certainly difficult to ignore. So… Should you use topical CBD? The answer is simple—give it a try and see if it works for you!