Rather than ingesting CBD hemp oil orally, which will affect the whole body and can take up to 2 hours or more to fully experience the effects, the topical application of cannabinoids allows them to be absorbed directly into the affected area for faster and more focused onset of effects.
This minimally invasive method for CBD use often serves as a first point of contact between curious consumers and the hemp oil industry. Reluctant to ingest CBD oil, new users may be more willing to try external applications for their first time before moving on to oral CBD supplements.
Like all CBD hemp oil products, CBD oil topicals are non-psychoactive, and since the cannabinoids in these topicals interact with CB2receptors near the skin, activating the endocannabinoid system, they are never absorbed into the bloodstream.
CBD is more permeable to the skin than THC and more likely to stimulate the CB2 cannabinoid receptors, and since CBD contents are much higher in commercial hemp, hemp is a viable source of CBD for use in topicals.
Topical CBD also works faster, generally within 2-5 minutes.
There is extensive research on the overall benefits that CBD provides in humans, but most of the studies on topical applications that we were able to find used animals.
A University of Kentucky research team in July 2016 published the results from their successful CBD study in the European Journal of Pain regarding relieving arthritis symptoms found in rats. Arthritis was artificially induced in the knee joints of rats by scientists, and then it was studied whether or not their pain was reduced and mobility improved by CBD.
The researchers noted that joint swelling was significantly reduced by transdermal CBD gel, and noted other pain indicators, including how the affected joints were positioned by the rats appeared to be improved as well.
The researchers added that the CBD did not alter exploratory behavior which indicated that higher brain function had only a limited effect, and there was additional evidence that few side effects were associated with CBD.
The scientists concluded that according to the data topical CBD application appears to have therapeutic potential for relieving arthritis pain-related inflammation and behaviors without any noticeable side effects.
Although maybe not as applicable to daily applications, it has been suggested by other animal studies that CBD might reduce numerous different types of inflammation. Another thing that is worth noting is there are two patents at least already on specific topical CBD formulations.
When cannabinoids are topically applied, it enables them to be directly absorbed into the affected area for more focused and faster relief.
Beyond just the basic chronic pain problems, it has also be shown that the topical use of the combination of CBD and THC have been reported as being effect against multiple sclerosis’ central pain. It might help with skin conditions as well, including skin infections, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, and burns.
Dr. Ranga Krishna, a Brooklyn-based neurologist, said he both holds a patent and prescribed topical CBD due to its amazing promise. He said that topicals are a great option since it is easy to measure them when it comes to ingredient compositions, and they have higher bioavailability compared to orally ingested compounds due to having the ability to skip liver metabolization.
Since everyone is different, topical CBD does not work for everybody.
One user reports that he tried it for a stubborn chronic pain issue and that it did help some but wasn’t enough for his level of pain or the spot.
He said they had gone back to other ingesting CBD methods that appear to help more. Although topical creams did not help with chronic pain, another, an unexpected benefit was discovered. It worked great on menstrual cramps.
Other people on Reddit were very enthusiastic about topical CBD benefits. One person suffering from postherpetic neuralgia, which is a lingering type of chronic pain that might be caused by shingles, wrote that CBD was the only thing that helped.
There are severeal Studies done on CBD and Skin Care from the NCBI below:
So my musings continue on the endocannabinoid system and deficiency of cannabinoids causing discomforts and disorders. Many people are suffering from different pain disorders. But it seems that there is a common thread of relief. Cannabis Sativa "L", hemp derived cannabidiol is that common thread. I am constantly amazed how CBD relieves pain. I have created a line of Hemp Relief Roll-On's that address specific discomforts as CBD appears to be the "common thread" for all pain disorders. Besides hemp derived CBD, each roll-on contains specific Young Living essential oils for specific discomforts.
There are many clinical studies underway, but one that recently caught my eye: "In a small study 28 ﬁbromyalgia patients took cannabis and were compared with a control group of patients who did not. Two hours after cannabis use, there was a reported ‘reduction of pain and stiffness, enhancement of relaxation and an increase in somnolence and feeling of well-being’. Another recent survey comparing the efficacy of cannabis with pharmaceutical drugs generally used for fibromyalgia found that cannabis came out best compared to the prescription alternatives."
I have conducted my own test on my husband, John, who kept experiencing red swollen, painful finger and toe. Other than these painful flareups John is in excellent health and doesn't take any pharmaceuticals. We changed his diet, many times for over a year. We finally isolated it to nightshades, specifically peppers, which he loves in ethnic foods. So totally eliminating spicy peppers we managed the flare ups. But as soon as he would consume his favorite Mexican food, the swelling and pain would return. Applying CBD topically totally took care of the pain and swelling, but would return if he ate spicy pepper dishes two days in a row. So, I seized the moment to test my theory that his pain was due to a deficiency of cannabinoids within his endocannabinoid system. John began taking a dose each morning and if the pain/swelling came on, he took more, and he enjoyed his favorite Mexican and Thai food weekly, (several times). After about the first month, the need to consume CBD due to pain/swelling was gone. He continues to take his morning dose, supplementing his endocannabinoid system and has not had an arthritic flare up for over 6 months. I am so happy I have found CBD.
It is my dream that everyone enjoy their lives pain free.
I'm not alone in my theory that our disorders and discomforts may be related to a CBD deficiency. Dr. Ethan Russo, believes many disorders, share a lack of what has become known as ‘endocannabinoid tone’ – i.e. how well the ECS performs its core role of keeping balance in the body.
In a recent interview Dr Ethan Russo a pioneering scientist in the endocannabinoid field, describes the ECS as a buffer ‘something that will work both ways as need be. So, for example, in the endocannabinoid system one of its main roles in the brain is to regulate neurotransmitter function and again, if there’s too much of one kind of neurotransmitter it will bring it down, if there’s too little it will bring it up’.
Another example of how the ECS restores balance is with neuropathic pain – a condition associated with MS, HIV and diabetes, but notoriously difficult to treat with pharmaceutical drugs. So the ECS acts as a dimmer switch, upregulating or downregulating when necessary, a principle that can be applied to all systems of the body.
But what happens if the Endocannabinoid System isn’t functioning correctly. According to Dr Russo, ‘If you don’t have enough endocannabinoids you have pain where there shouldn’t be pain. You would be sick, meaning nauseated. You would have a lowered seizure threshold. And just a whole litany of other problems’. Russo sees a pattern between these symptoms and a number of conditions that until now modern medicine has found difficult to treat, namely migraine, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and fibromyalgia.
Sceptics might believe this to be pure coincidence, but studies have already shown how the production of the endocannabinoid anandamide might have some bearing on the situation. Russo states ‘available data confirm that the target organs (brain, gut, musculoskeletal system) seem to express lower than normal levels of anandamide, thus providing credence for the concept that they would benefit from treatments that would upregulate the ECS back to normal levels’.
Russo’s named it ‘Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency’ (CED) and is based on the concept ‘that many brain disorders are associated with neurotransmitter deﬁciencies, Alzheimer’s disease, parkinsonian syndromes, depression, and that a comparable deﬁciency in endocannabinoid levels might be manifest similarly in certain disorders that display predictable clinical features’ as a result of this deﬁciency.
He believes that supplementing an impaired ECS with plant cannabinoids will bring it back to optimum function, thus provoking an improvement in any many conditions. Here-Here!
While I sit here having my morning coffee, I've decided to formulate a CBD extract that incorporates the healing turmeric root. First of all the "leafy" taste of CBD does tend to disagree with some. So adding just turmeric doesn't really add flavor tolerance! So what's organic, non gmo and will add great taste and not compromise either CBD or Turmeric? Okay, easy, essential oils. I've been working with essential oils for sometime now and really enjoy their healing terpene profiles. So I get out all my essential oils and start sampling one after another. I already know the one that will work, but I keep going. I'm like a kid when I start experimenting. Pretty soon the workstation is filled with small beakers of different combinations and I bribe friends to sample. Then it's on to FaceBook to ask whether the preference is for stevia or organic raw agave. Another round of sampling with the sweeteners added to the top 3. I visit with my wholesale accounts and let them sample the top 3 with the various sweeteners and viola we have our new Turmeric + CBD Hemp Extract. All this transpired in less than a week, and I would like to thank all who helped formulate. Hope your endocannabinoid system is happy!
Like most I was stumbling around, bouncing from the latest diet, supplement or regime and all the time looking for a doctor who could tell me what I had and how to fix it. Lots of money and years and doctors later, I discovered CBD from industrial hemp while searching the internet for relief of my dis-comfort. Anyway, as I read more and more about CBD, I decided to try it, cuz, what did I have to lose, I had tried almost everything else. It sounded too good to be true. But I was desperate for relief.
Wow, the room became brighter, I was very calm, focused, actually laser sharp focus, and proceeded to organize and complete things that had been left undone for years. This went on for the entire day. The next day I decided to take less. I took 1/4 tsp, 1/2 of what I took the day before. Once again, brightness, clarity, focus, and calmness. More stuff got done and unbelievably my office became an office and not a dumping ground. So on day 3, I cut the dose in 1/2 again, taking 1/8 of a teaspoon. It did the trick again, had the best day, finishing projects. The next 2 weeks was the same clarity, focus and calmness. I had great energy, felt refreshed, positive and motivated. The anxiety of my discomfort was gone. I could get past my discomfort and see the beauty once again. Other noticeable attributes was the disappearance of any inflammation in my body. My rings became loose and the tightness in my ankles disappeared. After two and half weeks I felt like I didn't need it anymore and stopped taking CBD for the anxiety. That was 2 years ago, and since than I generally only take CBD for anxiety if I'm getting on the freeway, solves the "white-knuckle" driving and am relaxed and feel like I can see better, more aware or intuitive.
So after experimenting on family and friends, and seeing so many results for different discomforts I knew that this was my mission, to help others to the possibility of healing with CBD from the industrial hemp plant. And so CBD Nutritional was born. Everyday is such a blessing, and I thank that day I found CBD, because I am able to appreciate the littlest joy and it is magnificent. With gratitude, cc