Explaining the benefits of CBD cream
When most people think of CBD products, they imagine oils, gummies and capsules. However, CBD topicals (often in the form of CBD creams, lotions and balms) can be a fantastic alternative for those with dry skin.
In This Article
- The different types of CBD topicals
- Topical use
- People looking to improve their skincare regime
- People with muscle soreness
CBD creams and lotions are infused with a concentrated form of cannabidiol. Whether they are made from broad spectrum CBD or isolate CBD, CBD creams that comply with regulations contain less than .03% THC. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is removed before processing, leaving only the CBD behind. Users therefore get all the benefits of CBD, without the THC.
As with all CBD products, more research is needed to better understand the effectiveness of CBD cream. This article will look at the benefits of CBD cream and how it works.
Traditionally, face and body creams contain several substances, both natural and artificial, that help moisturize the skin. CBD creams are blended with a dose of cannabidiol to make your skin feel extra soft.
CBD cream is used in the same way as any other body or facial cream. All you need to do is take a small amount and apply it to the area desired, unless directed otherwise on the product instructions.
Research has shown that massaging cream into any area of the body can have various benefits, from giving the skin a smooth feeling to helping reduce wrinkles. With this in mind, we recommend gently massaging the desired area while applying the CBD cream.
The different types of CBD topicals
- Cream - Most CBD creams are a mixture of [emollients] and water and have a rich, creamy consistency.
- Lotion - Lotions contain more water and less oil than a cream, making them runnier. This means if you have a large area that needs moisture, they are easier to apply. Lotions are also better for oilier skin as they are less likely to clog pores.
- Oil - CBD oils are great for massage as they can be rubbed on, soothing the skin
- Roll-ons and sprays - As roll-on CBD creams and sprays are less messy, they can be easily used on the go and will not leak in bags or purses.
It’s essential to check the dosage of your cream before you use it, as different creams and brands will contain varying levels of CBD.
The label on the product should state how much CBD is in the product as well as how much product should be used. Most creams contain between 3mg to 8mg of CBD per dose, although this can vary from brand to brand.
If you’re new to CBD or aren’t sure how much to use, start with a small dose and gradually increase it over time.
If this is your first venture into CBD products, or you are worried about taking edibles or tablets, creams can be a great introduction to CBD. Here are some of the key benefits.
One of the main advantages of CBD cream over other products is that it provides a nice sensation to the skin. Rather than taking something that affects the whole body, you can focus on massaging into the skin.
People who are sensitive to ingesting CBD may find that creams are a good alternative as the CBD does not enter the bloodstream.
Many creams currently on the market contain harmful chemicals, including parabens, phthalates and sulfates which are not beneficial to the skin or body. As an example, parabens cause skin irritation and can also harm fertility.
As CBD is derived from a natural source (highly renewable hemp plants), CBD-based creams can be ideal for people looking for sustainable and eco-friendly skincare. Always be sure to research your chosen brand though to ensure their CBD is properly tested by an authorized lab.
CBD creams, lotions and oils can provide a range of benefits to various people.
People looking to improve their skincare regime
CBD cream can provide a glowing finish, making it an ideal addition to anyone’s morning or evening skincare routine.
Studies have shown that CBD can help to plump dry skin. CBD may also be good for those with acne-prone skin.
People with muscle soreness
CBD cream is proving popular with athletes and sportspeople, who use it to make the skin feel good with a nice massage. It’s estimated that over 60% of athletes have used some form of CBD.
While research has been carried out on the potential reactions to CBD cream, there have not been many confirmed side effects. A 2018 study showed that some people experienced contact dermatitis after using CBD cream, but they were likely reacting to another ingredient in the product.
The side effects of using CBD cream are generally the same as other CBD products. These effects can include tiredness, diarrhea and changes in appetite. One thing to consider is that CBD creams only sit on the skin and do not enter the bloodstream, meaning of all the CBD products available, users are less likely to see adverse effects with CBD cream.
It’s important to remember that people react differently to CBD though, with some people more sensitive to its effects than others. If you purchase a CBD cream, we recommend patch testing on a small area of skin first.
We hope this article has given you valuable insights into CBD creams and how they can improve the appearance of your skin.
There are many CBD creams on the market, and it’s important to choose the one that is right for your needs. When researching products, you need to consider the brand, potency level, dosage and overall product quality. It’s always worth talking to friends and colleagues to see what products they recommend too.
If you’re using a CBD cream for the first time, read the instructions carefully before you use it. Start with a small dosage and then build up. And of course, if you have any questions or concerns about using CBD cream, consult your doctor or healthcare professional.
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