Throughout our time working in the hemp wellness industry we have realized that many customers are unaware of the different intake methods available to them, and which intake method might be the best fit for their ailments. Since everyone’s endocannabinoid system is unique, and CBD metabolizes differently depending on which method you are using, it’s important to understand every different intake method prior to choosing which one you will make part of your daily CBD regimen.

In light of this, we’ve decided to create a blog series which will break down every individual intake method, how it works, what the benefits are and when it is best suited to use.

We have already discussed sublingual and ingested CBD, so this week we will be going over topical CBD.


Administering CBD topically

Topical application refers to applying CBD product externally. The product is typically applied directly to your skin through a salve, cream or oil product.


Which products are topical?

While people looking for topical CBD products typically turn to a salve, cream or lotion, you can also use CBD oil as a topical product. You can also find topicals in the form of bath bombs. CBD topicals now also come in patches, thanks to new nanotechnologies evolving within the industry.


How to administer CBD topically

Take a generous amount of your product and apply directly to the affected area. You can apply the product as needed throughout the day. The time it will take to take effect, as well as how long the relief will last depends on how strong of a product you are using and how severe your ailment is. However, topicals can work quite quickly as you can apply directly to your sore spots.


Benefits of using CBD topically

The main benefit of topical CBD products is the ability to apply directly to the area in pain. For instance, if you have a headache, you can apply a cream directly to the base of your neck. If you have sore joints you can apply the product directly to those joints. The CBD will then absorb into that part of the body first, rather than waiting for it to circulate through the entire bloodstream.

But topicals can be used for much more than just pain. The body has receptors under the skin that topicals can reach the same as a sublingual or ingested product. This means that topicals can actually help ease stress, anxiety and other cognitive ailments as well! While it doesn’t get all the way into our endocannabinoid system like other intake methods, we hold a lot of our stress in our muscles, which is where topical CBD absorbs.


Who should use CBD topicals?

While topicals are quite versatile, we recommend you consider topicals if you suffer from:

  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain


If you have further questions about CBD topicals or CBD in general, contact us! We’re happy to help.