The benefits of CBD topicals are worth discussing in this article. Let’s start with CBD, or cannabidiol. What is it? Well, it’s one of many compounds found in cannabis plants. For the purposes of this blog, I’ll point out that Lost Remedy uses hemp-derived CBD in our products. The reason I point that out is to let you know our products are nonpsychoative, meaning you won’t get high.
What can CBD topicals benefit?
The beauty of CBD is its versatility. It is a known anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic and antioxidant. The power of CBD can be associated with the endocannabinioid system, or ECS, present in everyone. The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, by regulating various processes in the body such as appetite, pain and mood, among others. CB receptors are found throughout the skin and the addition of a CBD topical can help promote healing and homeostasis.
Because topicals are available as lotions, creams, balms and salves, you can apply them directly to an affected area. So, it gets to the heart of the matter faster for certain conditions.
Heal burns and wounds faster
CBD can promote faster healing of burns and wounds by activating the CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in the area of the burn or wound. While it reduces inflammation, its antibacterial qualities also protect your skin from bacteria that can cause infection. As an analgesic, it also reduces the pain associated with burns. Finally, it keeps the skin moist around the affected area, so healing can continue without the skin cracking open. Its antimicrobial qualities keep the area free of germs and bacteria. A perfect healing environment.
As already noted, using CBD topicals benefits pain by acting quickly on arthritis and joint and muscle pain. In fact, “Reliable topical CBD products don’t just mask pain or inflammation as some over-the-counter topical pain relief creams do. They actually can make the pain go away for a certain time period, says Matthew Halpert, an instructor of immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “This is because of the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors on the skin. Cannabinoid receptors are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system, a bodywide system discovered in the 1990s that affects many important functions.”
It’s estimated that 350 million people suffer from arthritis and deal with swelling, pain and inflammation. A 2019 report from the Arthritis Foundation showed that of 2,600 patients surveyed, 79% said they used CBD or considered using it. But, of the 29% currently using for arthritis symptoms, 55% used a CBD topical applied directly to their joints. Studies have shown that CBD topicals reduce inflammation, which then help relieve the pain and swelling.
Alleviate psoriasis, eczema and rash symptoms
CBD topicals for rash promote moisture and relieve dryness. It adds essentials vitamins and fatty acids to the skin that help promote elasticity and ward off infection. Using CBD for these conditions is especially beneficial and here’s why.
It’s an anti-inflammatory and an antimicrobial. Rashes are essentially an inflammation. Usually a they present as red, scaly, itchy patches on skin or scalp. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can relieve the intensity of the inflammation and soothe the itch. But it also interacts with the endocannabinoid system we all have in our bodies to promote healing.
Retain youthful skin
There’s no fountain of youth, we know that. But the benefit of CBD topicals for skin care is that it can help hydrate the skin, keeping it supple and smooth. As an antioxidant it can protect skin from environmental toxins and free radicals and prevent or heal damage. Free radicals lead to wrinkles and fine lines on the face and body. Antioxidants can help prevent this damage and fight the effects of aging.
In addition, because of its ability to adjust the output of oils in our skin, it can help prevent or heal acne by inhibiting lipid production in skin cells.
There you have it. Just a few ways CBD topicals can be beneficial for skin conditions.