CBD, or cannabidiol, is a marijuana cannabinoid that has been getting much attention in the past few years. This is because it can provide many of the benefits of cannabis but without the plant’s psychoactive effects.
You can take CBD in many forms, including as a tincture or an edible, but you can also apply it on your skin as a lotion or oil. Research suggests that this application has many direct benefits to users.
Fast and efficient absorption
You can enjoy CBD’s benefits with topicals much faster. The effects of forms that go through the digestive system or the bloodstream can take up to two hours to kick in. Topicals can bring fast relief as the affected area of the skin absorbs them.
In July 2016, University of Kentucky researchers saw that CBD gel relieved joint pain in rats. The study said that transdermal CBD gel “significantly reduced joint swelling.” The researchers added that it did not seem to have any side effects on “exploratory behavior”. This suggests that CBD doesn’t affect higher brain functions.
The Kentucky scientists concluded that CBD “has therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviors and inflammation without evident side-effects.”
Treatment for skin conditions
Further research into the benefits of CBD topicals says that they can aid with many different skin problems. Our skin has cannabinoid receptors that allow it to interact with the substances and boost healing. There is evidence that hemp oil can help with outbursts of eczema.
There is also research that says that using CBD can affect our skin and hair’s oil output. This can block the production of lipids, thereby alleviating the effects of acne.
Cannabidiol itself is a strong antioxidant. This means that it can help fight free radicals, which include smoke, harmful UV rays from the sun, and other forms of pollution in the environment. These can cause wrinkles, but a regular intake of antioxidants can fight against them and protect our skin from the consequences of aging.
A 2013 study from the British Journal of Pharmacology showed that the topical application of CBD could help in the control of cell differentiation and proliferation. This suggests that there are uses for it in treating allergies and even forms of cancer.
Provision of nutrients
Besides helping to treat many conditions, CBD topicals can provide us with important nutrients. These include vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and proteins that help maintain a healthy skin. Vitamins A and D help with the regeneration and repair of skin cells while blocking oil production, keeping it soft. C and E vitamins are powerful antioxidants that protect elastin and collagen from sun damage. B vitamins fight dermatitis, hair loss, and nail and hair damage.
CBD topicals are still new products and science is still working through its advantages and disadvantages. Despite this, the recorded side effects are close to non-existent and their benefits could be groundbreaking. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional remedies, you could give them a go. Topicals might be the stress- and side effect-free solution for you.