The use of extracts from cannabis on the skin to provide relief to pain didn’t begin just today. For hundreds of years, such has been the practice of natives in India and Latin America. Today, as the fame of CBD and its therapeutic benefits spread, more products in the form of ointments, salves
CBD in topical form can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including
• Pains in the joint
• Muscle pain
• Nerve pain
• Back pain and a lot more conditions
For those who have had little to no luck with other more conventional forms of treatment for the conditions listed above, CBD topicals could hold the secret.
How CBD works on the skin
The body has an endocannabinoid system. Now, this system is made up of a couple of receptors called CB1 and CB2. Though both receptors can be found throughout the body, CB1 receptors are located predominantly in the brain whilst CB2 receptors are located predominantly in the immune system.
We all know the immune system and the crucial role it plays in protecting the body from diseases. It is thought the endocannabinoid system performs important skin functions like regulating the growth of cells and healing of wounds as well as having a hand in how the immune system responds to pain and inflammations in our body. CBD when taken acts by inducing the body to produce a lot more of its own cannabinoids. Through the production of the body’s own cannabinoids, an effect is created so the body reacts better and more positively to pain and inflammation, whether caused in the body or on the skin.
What are the side effects of using CBD topically?
CBD has been shown to have very minimal to no side effects in the body of humans. Using CBD topically is very safe actually is not psychoactive as it does not contain any considerable amounts of THC. Even if it did, you couldn’t possibly get “high” by applying a CBD cream or lotion on your skin.
It is important when using CBD on your skin to do so in small bits before applying it liberally to the area affected. Why? Well, there have been cases where allergic reactions have ensued as a result of using CBD topicals so it is important that you test yourself in this regard.
If you are planning on using CBD, it may be necessary to consult with your doctor or health care provider before you proceed. CBD could interact with other drugs and result in unpleasant effects. It is true that applying CBD topically would hardly result in any adverse effect even if you were on medication but you do not want to take any chances on your health, do you?