Do you want to know why you should spring for CBD topicals? Well believe it or not, today is the first day of spring. I invite you to spring into CBD topicals and here’s why. Beyond the impact winter has on our skin, it can take a toll on muscles and joints and other conditions that topicals can benefit.
After a long, cold winter, spring comes every year. Trust me. It will come this year. Along with it comes new life and changes that entice you to get outdoors. The sun warms your skin, and your cockles, and there’s light longer in the day. As a result, you have more energy to be active. So, how does springing for CBD topicals fit in this picture?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a component of cannabis. Hemp-derived CBD, as we use at Lost Remedy, is nonpsychoactive unlike its cousin marijuana, which contains THC. So, you won’t get a high from using CBD from hemp.
Next up is skin. We all have it. It’s the largest organ in our body making up about 15% of our weight. Skin is the first line of defense against biological, chemical, mechanical and ultraviolet threats. This magnificent organ is comprised of epidermis, the outer layer, dermis and subcutaneous layer.
What’s important to know about CBD topicals is that they are versatile, easy to use and have few, if any, known side effects. The beauty of topicals is that they go to work quickly. More quickly than if you ingest CBD.
CBD is a known anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, analgesic and antioxidant. The power of CBD can be associated with the endocannabinoid 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.
CBD for exercise recovery
You’re eager to get outside and exercise the muscles that have been less active during winter. Andrew Kerklaan, D.C., founder of Kerklaan Therapeutics, believes CBD may be beneficial for recovery from a number of common exercise-induced conditions. “These will all trigger inflammatory responses, and therefore, CBD may have potential to help in the recovery process,” he says.
You may want to try CBD as you recover from the following:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Muscle spasm
- Minor sprain/strain
- Aches and pains from overuse
During a workout, or even doing strenuous work for a period of time, can break down muscle fibers – microtears – which leads your body to believe it’s been injured. It goes to work to try to remedy the situation, which shows up as soreness and pain. The discomfort can be temporary or longer term. For instance, overworked muscles experience acute discomfort that usually goes away in a day. Other times you may have done more than overwork the body and find you have discomfort for longer periods of time. Either way, that discomfort can get in the way of daily activities.
Enter CBD topicals. The beauty of topicals is that you only need to massage the cream or salve into the painful area. Relief is often experienced within 10 to 15 minutes.
CBD for gardening
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been planning your garden for months – longing to get out in the dirt and grow little green plants. You’re outdoors, in the sun, finding joy in growing your own food or flowers. But gardening is also hard work. Don’t let arthritis, nerve pain or neuropathy get in the way of doing what you love.
- Affects more than 32 million adults in the U.S. and more than 500 million people worldwide.
- Can cause pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased range of motion.
- Usually occurs in hands, hips and knees.
- Has no cure, so doctors treat patients with therapies that include NSAIDs
This last bullet is a good reason to recommend a CBD topical to help relieve arthritis pain.
Neuropathy and nerve pain
Nerve pain is damage or injury to a nerve that can cause symptoms such as pain, numbness or prickling sensations in areas of the body.
Neuropathy is damage to the nerves in the central nervous system with damage to nerve fibers, disrupting the pain signals the nerves send to and receive from other parts of the body.
Peripheral neuropathy is a problem with nerves that send messages from the central nervous system, the brain and the spinal cord to the rest of the body.
Again, using a CBD topical can ease the discomfort often associated with nerve pain and neuropathy and get you back in the garden.
CBD for skin protection
Being outdoors in the wind or sun can take a toll on the skin in a number of ways. Remember, skin is our largest organ and the frontline of protection against external factors such as bacteria, chemicals and temperature. Protecting your skin with CBD lotions and creams is a good idea.
CBD for skin care 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 reasons to spring for CBD topicals.