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How to Use CBD Topicals for Pain Relief

How To Best Utilize Topicals For Localized Pain Relief

CBD has demonstrated tremendous potential in treating a wide array of physical and psychological ailments. One ailment, in particular, is chronic pain. Pre-existing research and anecdotes attest to the anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids, which work primarily by stimulating the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the body’s immune cells.

Cannabinoids have also been shown to have apoptotic (cell-killing) effects on malignant cells. This synergy could be huge for alleviating muscle soreness, chronic pain, and more severe pain associated with terminal illness.

CBD can be consumed orally or applied topically to the skin. While oral consumption provides the most prolonged relief, topical application to pained areas will deliver potent, localized, therapeutic relief in minutes.

By heavily concentrating around the skin pores of the affected area, those cannabinoids are directly attacking the sore, swollen, or inflamed areas head-on. If you are considering trying CBD topicals for pain relief, here’s what you should know.

Massage Gently

There is a myriad of CBD balms, salves, oils, lotions, creams, and other topical products which can be applied to the skin, but many of them largely abide by the same universal rules for use. While transdermal CBD products permeate throughout the entire body, topical products impact the upper skin layers of the localized area. 

While there’s currently no definitive dose for treating localized pain, it can certainly provide great relief. Dosaging depends on existing health conditions, weight, and a variety of other factors.

Experts at the Mayo Clinic have ballparked 2.5-20 MG as a recommended range for treating chronic pain. For pain associated with multiple sclerosis, experts approximate an even wider window, recommending 2.5-120 MG of any CBD product for up to 15 straight weeks of treatment.

As topical CBD products absorb over the top layers of the skin, make sure to apply a considerable amount around the affected area, and rub it in vigorously for maximum effect.

Molecules naturally gravitate from higher concentration to areas of lower concentration, doing this will create a concentration gradient and allow you to get the most out of your topical. 

Be sure to carefully follow any added instructions on the packaging as well, and make sure you’ve received those instructions from a reliable source.

Timing is Key

Don’t shower, bathe, swim, or do any intense, strenuous physical activity right after applying the CBD. Not only can water wash away the topical, but heavy sweating can prevent your upper skin pores from absorbing the extract. If you want to utilize topicals for pain relief, be careful to utilize it well before or after any activities that may weaken the CBD topical’s full therapeutic effect.

Make sure that your topicals aren’t actually being applied over other topical skin-care products. Like sweat, mixing CBD topical with other topical products over the pores can interfere with the extract’s concentration gradient and weaken relief. To reap the most benefits out of CBD topicals, apply them only to clean, uncovered skin, and apply any other skin-care products at a separate time.

Wash Your Hands

From a young age, handwashing is held up and drilled-in as the universal golden tenant of hygiene, and washing after topical CBD use is no different. Some topical products may contain additives which can irritate the eyes, open cuts, or other sensitive areas, so to prevent any unnecessary discomfort, it’s crucial to wash your hands of the topical after application. Simply blend soap, water, and a few seconds of your time. Lather, rinse and repeat.

Go Full Spectrum

The two main types of CBD products are CBD isolate and full spectrum CBD. 

In addition to providing patients with the entourage effect, full spectrum products (such as TruCure CBD) are synthesized to remove THC, and multiple studies have attested to full spectrum CBD’s superior therapeutic power. 

Long story short, extra cannabinoids and plant matter equals extra synergistic relief, united on one concentrated target. Consult your primary care physician before trying any form of topical CBD, but if you're using CBD topicals for pain relief, go full spectrum, full stop.

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